Susan Walsh was a judge in the 2019 v15 Photography Competition Contest
WPJA Judge since 2006 -
A native of Las Vegas, Nevada, Susan Walsh matriculated at Boston University hoping to become an aerospace engineer. However, her first semester Ds in physics and calculus led her looking for classes that would improve her grade point average.
Her work in a second semester basic photography course won her an A and a new interest. She continued taking photography classes and joined the yearbook photo team. Because she didn't want to wait months to see her work published, she handed many of her photographs to the BU Daily Free Press.
"I'm impatient and I need that instant gratification," Walsh says. "I was always meant to be a wire photographer."
By 1991, she had joined the staff of the Associated Press. After her stint as president of the White House News Photographers Association, from 2001 to 2006, she returned to the AP, this time in its Washington bureau.
In 1999, Walsh was part of the the Associated Press team to win the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography for its "striking collection of photographs of the key players and events stemming from President Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky and the ensuing impeachment hearings."