When you hear the expression “our esteemed panel of judges” used on tawdry television game shows, you may wonder at the elevated description. But when the WPJA describes its roster of contest judges as esteemed, we’re not just blowing our own horn.
Tops in Their Profession
WPJA's International cast of distinguished judges works at the very pinnacle of the profession. You’ve seen their photos on the pages of the largest and most respected newspapers and magazines in the world. They’ve been on the front lines of battlefields and of other wars against infectious diseases, poverty, and hunger. Most are educating the next generation of great photojournalists. It's no wonder that they are held in high regard by their peers throughout the field of photojournalism.
Not Wedding Photographers
What do all these elite photojournalists, whose bios below make for a very long page, have in common? None of them are wedding photographers.
Their Decisions Are Fair
What sets WPJA’s contests apart from those run by other wedding photography organizations is that we never, in the 15 years of our existence, have used our members to judge one another’s work, and we never will. The decision has nothing to do with competence, because we have many members who are eminently qualified to serve as contest judges. Rather, our position is based on fairness. The use of highly qualified outside judges keeps our panels free from even a hint of bias.
They Deserve Our Thanks
It is not an overstatement to say that WPJA’s judges make up the backbone of the association. Without them, we would not have well officiated contests, POY’s and the Badge Ranking system that is based on our members’ achievements throughout the contest year. May we never take their contributions for granted.
Denis Finley is the editor of The Virginian-Pilot, a 200,000 circulation daily newspaper. In the position of deputy managing editor for presentations, Denis guided The Virginian-Pilot to recognition by the Society for News Design as one of the world's best designed newspapers in 2001. Denis has twice been a Pulitzer Prize juror, judging breaking news photography and feature photography. In 2005, Denis chaired the photo jury.
Photojournalist, Mary F. Calvert has been a staff photographer at The Washington Times since 1998. While she has covered the White House and presidential campaigns, her calling is documenting the plight of women around the world. Calvert was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography “for her haunting depiction of sub-Sahara African women afflicted with fistula after childbirth” and was awarded the 2008 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in International Photography for her project, “Lost Daughters: Sex Selection in India”. Calvert’s other honors include: 2007 National Press Photographer’s Association (NPPA) Photojournalist of the Year for Smaller Markets and First Place Portfolio in the White House News Photographer’s Association 2007 Eyes of History competition. In addition to being a guest faculty member of the Western Kentucky University, Mountain Workshops, and the NPPA’s Flying Short Course, Calvert has been a member of the faculty for the Department of Defense Worldwide Military Photographers Workshop in Ft. Meade for the last twelve years. Before joining the staff of The Washington Times, Calvert spent nine years covering the Bay Area for The Oakland Tribune and The Hayward Daily Review. She is a graduate of San Francisco State University, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Journalism. She makes her home in Annapolis, Maryland, with her husband Joseph M. Eddins, Jr. and 18-year-old daughter, Mary Stone Eddins.
Gina has been a staff photographer with the Los Angeles Times since 1994. Her Wildfire photos were part of the staff Pulitzer Prize win for Breaking News in 2004. Other recent awards include: Best of Photojournalism 2007: Second Place - Natural Disaster Single, 61st Pictures of the Year 2004: Second Place - Spot News; Award of Excellence - News Photo Story; Award of Excellence – Pictorial, Best of Photojournalism 2004: Second Place - Domestic News; Honorable Mention - Domestic News Picture Story. Gina has covered the last three Winter Olympics in Japan, Salt Lake City and Italy. She also covered many national sporting events, presidential campaigns, local and national news events including Hurricane Katrina. Most recently, Gina has been on the Campaign Trail through Iowa and New Hampshire. Before that she was covering the American League baseball playoffs and the California Wildfires in 2007. In 1992, Gina was named Best of Gannett and California Photographer of the Year while working for the San Bernardino Sun in San Bernardino, CA. She began her career in photojournalism at the Kennebec Journal in Augusta, Maine after graduating from the University of Maine, Orono with a degree in Journalism.
Yonathan Weitzman (born 1977) is an award-winning freelance photojournalist based in Israel. Having previously worked with Corbis, Reuters and the daily newspaper, Haaretz, Yonathan has also had photographs in magazines including: Stern, Newsweek, The Observer, Time, and View. In 2005, he was working as a cameraman for Reuters Television documenting the former Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip. During five years of work as a professional photographer, Yonathan was awarded 3rd place in the World Press Photo competition in 2007; 1st place in 63 Pictures of the Year international (POYi) 2006; 2nd and 3rd place in Best of Photojournalism 2007; 1st place in PPY press photographer year 2007, and was awarded prizes in Israel's annual photojournalism competition Local Testimony 2006 and 2004. Yonathan has studied photography in "Camera Obscura" School of Arts in Tel Aviv, "Musrara" School of Arts in Jerusalem and media studies in "Beit Rutenberg Media Centre" in Haifa. He also participated in a special project entitled "Kids with Cameras" in Jerusalem, whose goal was to teach photography to underprivileged children. Yonathan specializes in documentary photojournalism in the Middle East and in developing countries and in outdoor studio portraiture.
David Stephenson has been the Photojournalism Adviser for the University of Kentucky’s student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel, since 2009. David returned to his native Lexington and joined the staff of the Herald-Leader in 1997 before leaving to join the Kernel. He is a four-time recipient of the Kentucky News Photographers Association’s Photographer of the Year Award and has been named Sports Photographer of the Year three times. He won the National Press Photographers Association Region 4 Photographer of the Year in 2000 and 2002. Stephenson, a 1992 WKU graduate, recently completed a four-year project, “A New Dawn?”, following a young mother addicted to pain pills through a local Drug Court Program. In 2005, David created heraldleaderphoto.com, a place for staff photographers to publish multimedia and slideshows. The site recently won a Media Eclipse Award for 2007 Kentucky Derby Coverage online. He also created a site specifically for one of his favorite series of stories on oddly name towns in Kentucky, Project Dateline. David led the staff’s charge into multimedia and has produced videos and multimedia projects which have won awards in the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, POYi, NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism, and The Southern Short Course.
Stephanie Sinclair graduated from the University of Florida, with a BA in Journalism and a minor in Fine Art Photography. She was hired by the Chicago Tribune after college where she worked for five years. After covering the war in Iraq, Stephanie quit her job and moved to Iraq and then Beirut, Lebanon to work out of the region. She has since been published in Time, Newsweek, Fortune, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Stern, German Geo and Marie Claire among others. Stephanie has earned several awards in the Pictures of the Year International annual competition including a first place for a story she did on courthouse weddings in Chicago. The Chicago Bar Association's Herman Kogan Meritorious Achievement Award 2000 was awarded to her for her involvement in a series that the Chicago Tribune produced on the failure of death penalty in Illinois and resulted in the governor to put a moratorium on capital punishment in the state. Stephanie was also part of the paper’s team that won the Pulitzer Prize for their documentation of problems within the airline industry in 2000. Stephanie’s work from Iraq and Afghanistan is currently on display at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, California to accompany the collection "Breaking the Frame: Pioneering Women Photojournalists. " In February 2005, her work was featured on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer a segment called Picturing Iraq. The Peace Museum displayed her images from Iraq in an exhibit titled "Occupation " in Chicago, Illinois in the Fall of 2004.
David Leeson has been a staff photographer for The Dallas Morning News since 1984. In 2004, he was a Pulitzer Prize Winner for his photographs depicting the violence and poignancy of the war with Iraq. In 1985, Leeson was also a Pulitzer finalist for his photo coverage of apartheid in South Africa. In 1986, he lived on the streets of Dallas with the homeless for two months. The photos, published in a 24-page special section by The Dallas Morning News, won a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Outstanding Coverage of the Problems of the Disadvantaged. In 1991, Leeson arrived in Kuwait City with the 1st Marine Division and was among the first journalists to photograph in the city following Iraq’s withdrawal during the Gulf War. The following year he returned to the gulf and gave readers an exclusive look inside war-torn Baghdad. In 1994, he covered civil war in Angola, earning a second Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. In the same year, a Leeson photograph of a family evacuating floodwaters in southeast Texas was named a finalist for the Pulitzer. For more than 14-months, 1996 thru 1997, he worked on an essay about death row in the United States. Following that assignment, Leeson completed stories in China, Bosnia, the 1999 earthquake in Turkey and civil war in Sudan.
Jon Lowenstein is a native of Brookline, MA and a graduate of the University of Iowa (1993). For the last decade, Jon has been a freelance photojournalist. He has been published in Time, US News & World Report, Fortune, The New York Times, and Mother Jones, to name a few. In 1998 Jon was Region 5 POY for the NPPA. In 2001 he was Magazine Photographer of the Year in the 58th annual Pictures of the Year Competition. His latest acclaim comes through Cliff Edom's 2005 "New America Award" for a 25-picture photo essay called, "Pocket Town Kids: Passion, Hope, and Connection on Chicago's Southside."
Eric Strachan is a freelance photographer and graphic designer based in Naples, Florida. Formerly, he was the senior managing editor at the Naples Daily News in Southwest Florida, where he started as a staff photographer in 1981. He has won numerous awards as a picture editor and photographer in the NPPA Best of Photojournalism, Pictures of the Year International, Florida Press Club and the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors. He was named director of photography at the Daily News in 1991, later serving as graphics editor, assistant managing editor/presentation prior to being named managing editor.
Preston Gannaway (b. 1977) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning documentary photographer and artist. Her work often focuses on intimate stories about American families and marginalized communities while addressing themes such as gender identity, class and our relationship to the natural world. The story she did on the St. Pierre family, Remember Me, was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. She is a regular lecturer and has served as guest faculty in a variety of educational workshops. Her photographs are held in both public and private collections and have been exhibited widely. Her first book, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, about the changing character of a seaside neighborhood in Virginia, was released in 2014. Born and raised in North Carolina, she is now based in Oakland, California.
John Kaplan is one of America's most accomplished photographers, having been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography, POY National Newspaper Photographer of the Year, the Overseas Press Club Award, two Robert F. Kennedy Awards, and the Nikon Documentary Sabbatical Grant. John has been featured on the PBS’ program, Now with Bill Moyers, on CNN, and on NPR’s All Things Considered. John’s first feature length film, Not As I Pictured: A Pulitzer Prize-winning Photographer’s Journey Through Lymphoma, and its companion short film, Pulitzer Pride: A Story of Redemption, Rock ‘N’ Roll, and the Pulitzer Prize, have won more than 20 awards, including two prestigious Cine Golden Eagle honors. Not As I Pictured is presently airing nationwide on PBS stations. His project on survivors of torture in West Africa was awarded the Overseas Press Club Award for Feature Photography and the Harry Chapin Media Award. The United Nations used John's work to help facilitate contact with the victims. His work is exhibited at museums and galleries worldwide including solo exhibitions in the United States, Peru, Bolivia and Korea as well as shows in China, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, Korea, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. A full professor at the University of Florida where he has been named International Educator of the Year as well as his college’s Teacher of the Year, John has been named a Fulbright Scholar and has twice been selected as a Pulitzer Prizes juror. He is the author of two books, Photo Portfolio Success and Mom and Me. John Kaplan is an American Reportage Advisor.
Chris Curry began his career at Houston’s Lufkin Daily News. His elevation in photojournalism quickly migrated to Burlington, Iowa’s The Hawk Eye followed by the Peoria Journal Star in central Illinois. Curry is recipient of the Cliff Edom New America Award, the Missouri School of Journalism Photographer of the Year and the Japanese Sasakawa Sports Foundation’s Canon Award. Most recently, Curry facilitated for the 2004 Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, participated in a five-city tour and presented at the National Press Photographers Association’s Flying Short Course.
Jake May, 30, is an editorial photographer who lives in Flint, Mich. His work on the city's ongoing water crisis was honored as a 2017 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Feature Photography, as well as a 2016 SPJ Sigma Delta Chi Award in Feature Photography. His portfolio was also recognized twice by the National Press Photographers Association's Best of Photojournalism: Third place (2017) and Honorable Mention (2015) in Photojournalist of the Year, smaller markets. The NPPA also awarded him a Special Citation for his work on the Flint water crisis. May was named the Michigan Photographer of the Year by the Michigan Press Photographers Association for 2016 and has claimed the 2015 and 2016 Barry Edmonds Michigan Understanding Award. May, who attended Central Michigan University, is currently the chief photojournalist at The Flint Journal, proudly working alongside the #Flinterns: some of the brightest, young photojournalistic minds and eyes nationwide. He currently serves as the Michigan Press Photographers Association president (since Feb. 2013), and the Midwest Regional Chair (since Sept. 2014). He attended The Eddie Adams Workshop XXVII, and coached at The Mountain Workshops in Oct. 2016. May has also judged statewide photojournalism competitions in Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky.
John Scanlan is the Director of Photography for the Hartford Courant newspaper (CT-USA). Over the past 30 years The Hartford Courant, a 144,000 daily circulation newspaper, has earned a national reputation for its photography and design. John began his photojournalism career as a U.S. Army photographer - 1968 through 1972. He served in both Vietnam (1969) and Germany (1970-72). He attended graduate school (photojournalism sequence) at the University of Missouri in September 1973 where he studied under legendary photojournalism professor Angus MacDougall. In 1980 he started he first job as a newspaper photojournalist at The Coffeyville Journal, a small newspaper near the Kansas/Oklahoma border. He worked as a photographer and photo editor from 1983 until 1986 at The Greeley Tribune in Colorado. He came to The Hartford Courant in 1986 as a picture editor. In 1995 he was promoted to Deputy Director of Photography. In 2000 he was promoted to Director of Photography. John lives in Wethersfield, Connecticut with his wife Cindy; daughter, Margaret; and son, Benjamin.
Amanda Voisard is a Washington, D.C. based multimedia journalist who specializes in social issue short-form documentaries. Her assignments have ranged from wading through chest deep waters in search of residents devastated by hurricane Sandy, documenting the struggle of the Havasupai during their fight to protect their homeland from uranium mining, to photographing in Tahrir Square during the 1st anniversary of the Egyptian revolution. Most recently she spent four months in war-torn northern Uganda producing a documentary on the reconciliation and reintegration of former child soldiers back into their host communities. Prior to this, she was a member of the award winning staff at The Palm Beach Post during which time her work was recognized by the Florida Press Club, National Press Photographers Association, and Women in Photojournalism along with being a member of the Atlanta Photojournalism Conference photo staff of the year. In 2010, she left The Palm Beach Post to pursue a master's degree in multimedia photography at Syracuse University where she worked as an instructional associate. In between semesters, she worked in the photography department at The Washington Post and spent a semester documenting the current state of Kurdish affairs in Istanbul, Turkey. Amid working on mostly grant-funded projects, Voisard works as a freelance visual journalist producing work for leading publications such as The Washington Post. Awards: Women in Photojournalism- 2008 winner Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar Contest- member of the 2006 Newspaper Staff of the Year Florida Press Club Excellence In Journalism Contest- 1st place Pictorial Photography MSNBC.com- featured 2008 year in pictures DOUBLEtruck Magazine- showcased in Fall 2007-Issue 9 New York State Associated Press Awards- 1st place Spot News 2005 and 2nd place Feature 2005 National Press Photographers Association- National clip contest win May 2004 Region 2 and Region 6 multiple 1st, 2nd, 3rd wins; Placed Top Ten 2004; 2005 Region 2 Photographer of the Year
Through documentary photography, Andrea Bruce brings attention to people living in the aftermath of war. Andrea is currently based in Afghanistan. For eight years she has chronicled the world's most troubled areas as a staff photographer for The Washington Post. She focused on Iraq from 2003 to the present, following the intricacies and obstacles of the conflict experienced by Iraqis and the US military. She also wrote a weekly column for The Post called "Unseen Iraq." Her awards include top honors from the White House News Photographers Association (where she has been named Photographer of the Year four times), several awards from the International Pictures of the Year contest, and the prestigious John Faber award from the Overseas Press Club in New York. She has also been a finalist for The Aftermath Project grant and a 2011 recipient of the Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship. In 2010 she received the WHNPA grant for her work in Ingushetia.
Ross Taylor is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. Previously he was a visiting professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the inaugural fellow with the Multimedia Photography and Design Department at Syracuse University. Taylor has worked for prestigious visual newspapers such as The Virginian-Pilot and The Hartford Courant, as well as won numerous national and international awards, including Photojournalist of the Year (Large Markets). His work in a trauma hospital in Afghanistan was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He’s also been named Northern Photographer of the Year, Virginia Photographer of the Year and North Carolina Photographer of the Year (twice).
Yunghi Kim is a freelance photographer based in New York. For 12 years, she was a staff photographer at the Boston Globe, and the Patriot Ledger in Quincy Massachusetts. She was a member of Contact Press Images from 1995 to 2008. Kim has covered conflicts all over the world, as well as worked on many in-depth issue-driven stories where intimate storytelling and giving a voice to her subjects through the camera remains important to her. Kim had received awards from the World Press Photo Foundation, named the Magazine Photographer of the Year (Pictures of the Year/National Press Photographers Association), the Olivier Rebbot Award and the John Faber Award from the Overseas Press Club of America (OPC), Visa D’or Award at Visa Pour L’image Festival (Perpignan, France), and the White House Press Photographers, Communication in Arts and Society for News Design. Kim also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University and has served as a speaker at the Nieman Narrative Journalism Conference at Harvard University.
Graduated from Syracuse University in 1989. Worked as a photographer for several newspapers in Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and Ohio. Worked as both a picture editor and an assignments editor during her three years at the Washington Times. Joined Knight Ridder/Tribune, the 2nd largest wire service in the US, as a picture editor in March of 1999 and is now senior photo editor at McClatchy Tribune Photo Service, handling all the photos for the McClatchy Washington Bureau. Served on the Board of Directors for NPPA for 8 years, from 1999 to 2007.
Carol Guzy is a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer with The Washington Post. Guzy originally studied to be a nurse, but changed course after taking a photojournalism class. She received her most recent Pulitzer in 2000 for photographs of Kosovo refugees, a second in 1995 for her portrayal of the U.S. intervention in Haiti, and her first in 1986 awarding her work during a mudslide in Colombia for The Miami Herald. Guzy graduated from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 1980 and acquired her first job with the Miami Herald after a successful internship. She spent eight years at the Herald, then joined The Washington Post in 1988. In 1990, Guzy was the first woman to receive the Newspaper Photographer of the Year Award, presented by the National Press Photographers Association.
Bill Frakes is a photographer and filmmaker has worked in more than 138 countries for a wide variety of editorial and advertising clients. His advertising clients include Nike, Coca-Cola, Champion, Isleworth, Stryker, IBM, Nikon, Kodak, and Reebok. Editorially, his work has appeared in virtually every major general interest publication in the world. Bill won the coveted Newspaper Photographer of the Year award in the prestigious Pictures of the Year competition. He was a member of the Miami Herald staff that won the Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of Hurricane Andrew. He has also been honored by the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for reporting on the disadvantaged and by the Overseas Press club for distinguished foreign reporting. He was awarded the Gold Medal by World Press Photo.
Gehrz worked at the Worthington Daily Globe in southwestern Minnesota before becoming a staff photojournalist at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In 1999 he joined the photo staff at the St. Paul Pioneer Press before accepting a position with the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, where he is currently a staff photographer. In 1997, one of Jim’s photos was named Photograph of the Year by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Gehrz has been named state Photographer of the Year thirteen times and in 2004 received the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award for Photojournalism. In 2005, the NPPA named him Newspaper Photographer of the Year. Also in 2005, Gehrz was one of three finalists nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in feature photography. Jim has received four regional Emmy Awards for still photography and multimedia produced and presented on the Web. In 2007, the NPPA recognized one of his multimedia stories in the annual Best of Photojournalism competition as “Best Audio Slide Show.” Jim lives in St. Paul and has three children.
Gary Porter is currently a freelance photographer specializing in documentary, photojournalism, travel and editorial. He is a recipient of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism as the photographer for One in a Billion, the story of DNA sequencing of a very sick little boy, Nicholas Volker. Gary Porter began his career as a photojournalist with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 1984, after working at the Janesville Gazette for 8 years. Porter has worked on many projects over the years and travelled extensively for the Journal Sentinel, including stories in Bangladesh, Nepal, India, China, Thailand, the United Kingdom, Spain, Mexico, Canada, and Belgium. Porter has also been awarded a 2012 Robert F. Kennedy Award for Print Journalism, for photos and video for the story Imminent Danger, a look at mental commitment laws, two AP National Headliner awards, one for the documentary project “Made In China”, another for “Imminent Danger" the Overseas Press Club Award for Outstanding Photojournalism from Abroad, the United Nations World Hunger Year Award, several awards from the National Press Photographers Association, as well as being named Wisconsin News Photographer of Year 6 times. Porter attended the University of Wisconsin system and studied photography at Ryerson University in Toronto. He lives with his wife in Wauwatosa and has three children.
Mark Edelson is Presentation Editor at The Palm Beach Post, where he works with photographers, designers, reporters and editors on the packaging of stories throughout the paper. He joined The Post as a picture editor in 1993, and since then has been named Newspaper Picture Editor of the Year eight times. He's also been the lead picture editor or designer for the Post team that has earned numerous awards at Best of Photojournalism, Pictures of the Year, Society for News Design and the Picture Editing Quarterly Clip Contest. Earlier this year, for work done in 2004 he was named Picture Editor of the Year at BOP, the Post won Best Use of Photography at POY and in the PEQCC, and the Post photo staff was a Pulitzer finalist for photographic coverage of Florida's 2004 hurricanes.
Barry Chin has been a staff photographer at the Boston Globe since 1987. Prior to working at the Globe he was a staff photographer for the Boston Herald. Barry has covered the 1992, 2002 and 2004 Olympic games.
I first fell in love with the power and grace of photography as a teenager studying images in Life and Lookmagazines. My desire to tell compelling stories has taken me from the mountains of Haiti to African villages to the streets of my hometown of Pittsburgh, a city of colorful characters and distinct topography. My photographs have received international acclaim, including a Pulitzer Prize for work documenting the lives of Burundian and Rwandan survivors of the 1994 genocide. I specialize in documentary, editorial and portrait photography. Working mostly on location, I enjoy exploring communities and photographing people where they live, work and play. One of my strengths is helping reluctant subjects to relax in order to create authentic portraits. As a skilled multimedia storyteller, I also create audio slideshows for editorial, nonprofit organizations and corporate clients. Recently I contributed to The Marcellus Shale Documentary Project, a traveling exhibition of photographs chronicling the impact of the shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania. The project was funded by The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments. I was also selected as one of the photographers for the Downtown Now Photography Project, a special initiative of The Heinz Endowments. My work has been exhibited at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Mattress Factory, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Galleries and the Hewlett Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University. My work can be found in the permanent collections of the Carnegie Museum of Art, BNY Mellon and the Newseum in Washington D.C. Previously I worked as a staff photographer for the St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times) and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. My work has earned the Scripps Howard Foundation Award for Photojournalism, a National Headliner Award and the Distinguished Visual Award from the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors. I was also named Pennsylvania News Photographer of the Year. I have worked as an adjunct associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and taught at the Western Kentucky University's Mountain Workshop, the Sundance Photographic Workshops. I am also a master class instructor at the Chautauqua Institution. I am a graduate of Ohio University's School of Visual Communication. In the spring of 2017, I received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Point Park University.
Damon Winter joined the staff of The New York Times in May 2007 after working for the previous three years as a staff photographer at the Los Angeles Times. He has also worked for The Dallas Morning News, Newsweek, Magnum Photos, The Ventura County Star and The Indianapolis Star. Mr. Winter has covered a broad range of stories including conflicts in Israel and Afghanistan, 9/11 in New York, the Olympic Games and feature stories in Vietnam, Cuba, Russia and India. Born in Elmira, NY, on Dec. 24, 1974, Mr. Winter grew up in St. Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands. He has a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Columbia University. Mr. Winter has won awards from World Press Photo, Picturàs of the Year, Society of News Design, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, APME, and was named the NPPA Region 8 Photographer of the Year in 2002 and the California Press Photographer of the year in 2006. He has been featured in the Communication Arts Photography Annuals 2001-2005 and was the subject of a feature profile in May/June 2005. His photo essay on sexual abuse victims in western Alaska was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography and was part of a portfolio that earned the National Journalism Award for Photojournalism that year. Mr. Winter now lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Dennis Brack is past President of the White House News Photographers Association. Brack has won awards from the National Newspaper Photographers Association, the White House News Photographers Association and the World Press Association. Brack is also the secretary/ treasurer of the United States Senate Standing Committee of Press Photographers. This six member committee determines the photographic coverage of the House and Senate, the conventions and the Inauguration. From JFK to today, Dennis Brack has photographed the Presidents of the United States and he hopes to continue this coverage for years to come. Represented by Black Star, the clients have changed through the decades: LIFE, NEWSWEEK; were major clients over these years. Brack averaged a picture a week in TIME for twenty-three years.
Susan Walsh has worked as a staff photographer for the Associated Press for the last 15 years covering everything from Presidents to Patriots — the ones from New England, or course! In 1999, Walsh was part of the Associated Press team to win the Pulitzer Prize. Most recently, Walsh served as president of the White House News Photographers Association (www.whnpa.org) from 2001 to 2006.
Tom's work as a newspaper and magazine photojournalist has been nominated for Pulitzer Prizes in breaking news photography, feature photography and explanatory reporting. As a staff photographer at The Seattle Times, he was also recognized with multiple honors from World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, Best of Photojournalism, The Associated Press, Society of Newspaper Design, the United Nations Association, International Conservation Photography Awards and others. He has also been a photo editor, designer and reporter. Currently he is an independent photographer, editor and artist based in Seattle. The Seattle Art Museum Gallery represents a selection of his recent work.
Seth Resnick is one of North America's most prolific corporate, editorial and stock photographers. Seth is greatly in demand for his beautiful graphic images in both natural and created light. Resnick has been published in the world's most prestigious magazines. His credits include over 2,500 publications worldwide and his clients constitute a virtual list of Corporate America. He is co-founder of D-65, an organization teaching digital workflow workshops. Resnick is at the forefront of digital innovation working with Adobe, Canon, Xrite, Epson and others to help them formulate more useful products for photographers. He is a member of the prestigious Canon Explorer of Light program as well as an Alpha/Beta and feature consultant for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. He travels extensively presenting the various aspects of photography, and is also the former Founding President of Editorial Photographers, a trade organization dedicated to the promotion of sound business practices for editorial photography. Seth is also a partner of PixelGenius developing Photoshop plug-ins and software and a regular contributing columnist to a variety of trade publications.
Mary Vignoles, a freelance picture editor based in Oregon, helps photographers with idea generation and story telling though the fine tuning of focus and direction. She edits the work, portfolios, and websites of photojournalists as well as commercial and fine arts photographers ranging from students to seasoned professionals. In 16 years as an award-winning professional picture editor, she assisted numerous staff photographers in elevating the quality of their work. While at the Los Angeles Times, she coordinated major projects and weekend coverage, and worked on national and international stories as well as significant social issue and timely local stories. Her interest in video has helped photographers translate still imagery into storytelling videos.
Documentary photographer Kristen Ashburn is based in New York City. She has received numerous honors including an Emmy Award nomination (2007), the John Faber Award from the Overseas Press Club of America (2007), a Getty Grant (2006), National Press Photographers Association's (NPPA) Best of Photojournalism (2007, 2006, 2003), Pictures of the Year (POY-2007), and two World Press Photo prizes (2005, 2003). In 2004, she won Canon's Female Photojournalist Award (AFJ) and was named as one of Thirty Emerging Photographers by Photo District News (PDN). In 2003, she was granted the Marty Forscher Fellowship for Humanistic Photography. Ms. Ashburn's photographs and stories from the Middle East, Europe, and Africa have appeared in publications including The New Yorker, Time, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone and Life among others. Kristen is also the author of 'I Am Because We Are', the photography book companion to the documentary film of the same name, produced and written by Madonna and directed by Nathan Rissman. Both the book and film share the stories and images of children living with the effects of HIV/AIDS. Each child’s story is accompanied by a series of powerful photographs by Kristen, images that, in the words of Madonna, capture “the paradox of beauty and tragedy that exists today in Malawi and many other countries in Africa.” Kristen has photographed the impact of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa for almost a decade and brings her passion for the issue to bear on every image.
Bob Carey's passion for photography began in high school and has spanned over four decades. His love for capturing moments in time led him to a career in photojournalism, and for the past 12 years, he has dedicated himself to developing photographers. As chair of the Department of Communication Studies at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C., Carey shares his passion with students. He also serves as President of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and on the board of directors of Christians in Photojournalism.
Peter Power is a 20-year veteran photojournalist from Canada who works for The Globe and Mail, Canada's National Newspaper. Prior to taking his present position in 2007 he was on staff at Canada's largest daily newspaper, The Toronto Star. Power continues to document life in Toronto and area, as well as national and international breaking news, and in-depth feature stories. His assignments have ranged from the Zapatista uprising in Chiapas, Mexico (1994), to the destruction of Hurricane Andrew, Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan, the slums ("favelas") of Rio de Janeiro, the short period of Islamist rule in Mogadishu, Somalia and four Olympic Games. Most recently he was in Haiti to document the aftermath of the devastating earthquake there. His work has earned numerous Industry awards and accolades including three of Canada's National Newspaper Awards (NNA)--he's been nominated six times -- and a Governor General's Award for Public Service Journalism. He has also been named the National Press Photographer's Association's (NPPA) Region Two Photographer of the Year three times, and has twice earned the same honor from the Eastern Canadian News Photographers Association. To his credit, he has numerous Picture of the Year honors from various professional organizations including the Society for Newspaper Design. Peter has recently expanded his portfolio by adding video production, primarily of long-term documentary stories. For work completed in 2007 he won Multimedia Project of the Year honors from the News Photographers Association of Canada, and several other stories have won or placed in the NPPA BOP, and the POYi multimedia categories. In 2007 he was a Webby Award Finalist for a Documentary Series, and in 2008 he was a Webby Award Honouree for a Documentary - Single Episode. In April he was awarded Best Multimedia Story by a single person by the News Photographers Association of Canada. Power also sits as a member of the Advisory Committee for Loyalist College's Photojournalism Program--the school he graduated from in 1989. Prior to 1989, Power spent five years in the Canadian military under the Regular Officer Training Plan. This was a period of his life which he largely credits for his personal discipline, attention to detail, and problem solving skills--all of which he says he uses on a daily basis as a photojournalist.
Justin Merriman, a freelance photojournalist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has traveled the world to cover politics, wars, natural disasters, civil unrest as well as covering assignment throughout the United States. His work has appeared in leading national publications and he has received multiple top journalism awards. After covering the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks – including the crash of United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania – Merriman committed to chronicling the U.S. military and its war on terror. He has followed this story across the United States and into the conflict zones of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He also has covered life in Fidel Castro’s Cuba in 2002, India’s efforts to eradicate polio from its population, the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Cuba in 2012, the 2013 conclave and election of Pope Francis in Rome, the second anniversary of Egypt’s revolution and subsequent unrest, Russia’s invasion of Crimea and the international political crisis that unfolded in Ukraine in 2014, a look inside of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in 2015 and its uncertain future, and most recently, traveled the entire U.S. border with Mexico documenting issues on immigration. Merriman’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, Time, USA Today, Sports Illustrated and other publications across the globe. He has been recognized with numerous regional, national and international awards from organizations including Pictures of the Year International, Society of Professional Journalists, the National Press Photographers Association, the Society for News Design, the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, the Northern Short Course, the Southern Short Course, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the Military Reporters and Editors Association, and the Western Pennsylvania Press Club. He was awarded Photographer of the Year by the News Photographer Association of Greater Pittsburgh four times and most recently was honored with the Keystone Press Award’s 2016 Distinguished Visual Award from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. Born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Merriman graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Writing. In 2009, the university awarded him its prestigious Alumnus of Distinction award. Currently Merriman lives in Oakmont with his fiancé, Stephanie Strasburg, a photojournalist with the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Justin is a founding member of American Reportage.
Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, Tiffany Brown has had a lifelong passion for photography. A news photographer with a distinct point of view, an eye for detail and a sense of humor, Tiffany digs into stories to inform her work and provide viewers with something more than straight news photographs – whether it’s casino workers losing their longtime jobs to the “progress” of a wrecking ball or a teacher coping with the devastating effects of a shooter’s bullet lodged in her husband’s spine. In her current work she is leading the way to tell multimedia stories online as well. Brown worked for a community newspaper in Corvallis, Oregon, from 2003 to 2006 and is currently a staff photographer with the Las Vegas Sun. She also works freelance assignments around southern Nevada, and the world. Her freelance work has published in Stern, The New York Times, Wired.com, CondeNaste Portfolio, Rolling Stone, The Fader, The Washington Post, The Oregonian, and many others internationally. Tiffany’s photos have been published in books including America 24/7 (2003), Oregon 24/7 (2004) and as one of only forty contract photographers worldwide for Blue Planet Run: The Race to Provide Safe Drinking Water to the World (2007). In 2009, Brown has been a contributing member to the Las Vegas Sun’s Pulitzer Prize for public service. In addition, Tiffany has been a runner-up for the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for a single project, was a finalist for the 2008 Dart Award, a 2008 nominee for the World Press Joop Swart Masterclass and has been recognized for her work by World Press Photo, the National Press Photographers Association, Best of the West journalism contest, The Associated Press, The Eddie Adams Workshop, Nevada Press Association, Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, Society of Professional Journalists, Suburban Newspapers of America, and Lee Enterprises.
Michael Ainsworth is a former staff photographer at The Dallas Morning News. A graduate of The University of Texas at Arlington, with a degree in journalism, he has won awards for his coverage of spot news and sports. He was one of the staffers at the DMN who were honored to receive the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News for their coverage of Hurricane Katrina and it's aftermath. He is presently a photo editor for Panini America and also freelances.
Ann Johansson is a Los Angeles based corporate and editorial photographer specializing in documenting people and their environments around the world. Ann's success is attributed to her low-key approach combined with her exceptional eye and ability to connect with people. Ann also takes the time to work on personal projects looking at social issues such as Sierra Leone's child mortality rate where 27% of children die before their fifth birthday. Ann works for leading publications around the world such as the New York Times, The Globe & Mail, Le Monde, Bild am Sonntag and Dagens Nyheter as well as for national and international corporations.
Al Bello graduated with a Liberal Arts degree from the University of New York at Stony Brook in 1989. Since Joining Allsport/Getty, Al has become Chief Sports Photographer in North America on a very talented staff and is assigned to cover sporting events and people in sports worldwide. He has worked on editorial assignments for Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine, Newsweek, Time Magazine, US News and World Report, Maxim, The New York Times, The LA Times, and The London Times. He has also worked on commercial assignments for Everlast, Reebok, Puma, Adidas, Canon, Discovery Channel, Bank of America, Sandisk, and Spike TV. Some of Al’s favorite events he has covered include many Super Bowls, World Series, and Stanley Cups. He covered 3 Winter and 3 Summer Olympic Games. His tennis favorites include the US Open, the French Open and Wimbledon. Al has also enjoyed covering World Cup Soccer for both men and women. His favorite sport, by far, is boxing. Al has been to countless world title fights and boxing gyms in the last 17 years and he never gets tired of it. Some of Al’s picture stories include “Cockfighting in Puerto Rico”, which won him 1st place in the Sports Picture Story Category in News Photographer's The Best of Photojournalism 2007. He also won 3rd place for Sports Photojournalist of the Year for that same year. His other works include “Senior Athletes” and a photo essay in 4x5 format on “The Faces of Boxing”. In 2008, Al was named 2nd Place Sports Photographer of the Year for both the NPPA and POYI. He also won 1st Place NPPA Olympic Feature and covered seven Olympic games.
For the past 16 years Jeanie Adams-Smith has been a professor in the photojournalism department at Western Kentucky University, one of the top college programs in the country. Jeanie is an award-winning photojournalist and has published three books of her photography. Jeanie’s multiple awards range from Kentucky Photographer of the Year in 2006 to first place in Pictures of the Year International for a multimedia piece of children of divorce in 2000. In the past several years, Jeanie has traveled twice to Cuba, documenting the everyday lives of people in Old Havana. She has also been to Western Ireland documenting farming culture. The work has won her several regional and national awards. Currently she is working on a book project, The Doorways of Old Havana, which will feature her work from Cuba. Jeanie has won international awards for her social documentary photographs, including work for Planned Parenthood, Vanderbilt’s Burn Unit for children, and projects on brain injury and survivors of rape and sexual assault. One of Jeanie’s largest projects documented children coping with divorce. Her book Survivors: Children of Divorce, was nominated by WKU for a Pulitzer Prize entry in non-fiction literature. Before coming to Western, Jeanie was a photo editor at the Chicago Tribune. Most of her time was spent as the National/Foreign Picture Editor, which included researching and assigning photographs for the national and foreign bureaus and working on many of the Tribune’s special projects, including Killing Our Children, a year-long documentary on the children murdered in Chicago in 1993, that won the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Journalism. Jeanie has been a photo editing coach for the Mountain Workshop, has spoke at national conferences, like Southwestern Photojournalism Conference and she has judged national and regional photo competitions, including White House News Photographers Association, Photographer of the Year International , Society of Newspaper and Design and Ohio, Michigan and Indiana State POY contests. Adams-Smith has been married 19 years to her husband David, and they share the joy of raising their 12-year-old daughter.
Denny Simmons, BJ '93 is a University of Missouri graduate, currently a photographer/visuals coach with the Evansville Courier & Press and The Gleaner (Henderson, Ky.). Past positions include picture editor at the News Sun (Waukegan, Ill.), picture editor at the St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press, and photographer at the Jacksonville (Ill.) Journal-Courier. Simmons was named NPPA's Best of Photojournalism Photographer of the Year (smaller markets) in 2008. He has also been Indiana POY thrice and currently serves as its president. Simmons has served the NPPA in multiple roles including national clip chair, Region 4 director and Region 7 magazine editor. He was awarded the title of College Photographer of the Year for work done in 1992. In a few weeks, Simmons will be serving on faculty for The Mountain Workshops for his fourth time. Simmons is married to Penny (yeah, Penny and Denny) and they have two kids in college and two dogs on their couch.
Lisa Krantz has been a staff photographer at the San Antonio Express-News since March 2004. Previously she worked at the Naples (FL) Daily News for five years. Krantz attended Florida State University, where she received a Bachelor's degree in psychology and earned her Master's degree in photography from Syracuse University. In the Spring 2018, Lisa was an Adjunct Profession at the Texas A&M-San Antonio. RECENT NOTABLE HONORS: Finalist, Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography, 2018; ASNE Photojournalism Award, American Society of News Editors, 2018; First place, Best Published Picture Story (Large markets), NPPA's Best of Photojournalism, 2018; Award of Excellence, Newspaper Photographer of the Year, POYi, 2018; Award of Excellence, Newspaper Local Picture Story, POYi, 2018; Award of Excellence, Feature, POYi, 2017; Editor & Publisher EPPY Awards, Best Investigative/Enterprise Feature on a Website, 2016; Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Feature Photography, Team entry for immigration crisis, 2015; Third Place, Portrait, World Press Photo, 2015 At the Express-News she covers everything from hurricanes to the NBA Championship although her true love is telling intimate untold stories in communities. Most recently she spent close to two years documenting life in the small city of Helotes, Texas, as it struggles to maintain its identity in the face of suburban growth.
Brian Lanker has won numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for his feature photography. He was named National Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 1970 and again in 1976. His work for LIFE Magazine and Sports Illustrated has received numerous honors around the world. He presently divides his time between editorial/advertising still photography and motion picture writing and directing. Born August 31, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan, Lanker grew up in Phoenix, Arizona where he attended schools including Phoenix College. The son of a newspaper feature writer, he became interested in photography in high school and by college, was working at the Phoenix Gazette at the age of eighteen. He joined the staff of the Topeka (Kansas) Capital-Journal in 1970 as a staff photographer. He became director of photography at the Eugene (Oregon) Register-Guard in 1975 where he organized a highly acclaimed photographic report. He left the newspaper in 1982, subsequently becoming a contributing photographer to Sports Illustrated and LIFE magazines. Soon thereafter, he expanded his career to advertising photography. He continues today photographing National and International advertising campaigns. In February 1989, Mr. Lanker’s exhibition of photographs entitled, “I Dream a World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America”, opened at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. This two-year-long project was a dream of Lanker’s, that these special women of American History would not be forgotten. Concurrently with the exhibition, a book of the same title (“I Dream a World”) was published by Stewart, Tabori and Chang of New York City. The response by the press and public has been overwhelming. The exhibition has set records for attendance at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and many other museums throughout the country. The original two year national exhibition quickly blossomed into a six-year international tour. Attendance of this museum tour is placed at well over one million viewers. The accompanying book was in a second printing before the first printing had reached bookstores. Currently it is in its fourteenth printing with total sales well over 400,000 copies, making it one of the most successful photographic books ever. Perhaps one of Lanker’s greatest honors was when he was chosen as one of eight photographers to be included in a series of audio visual educational programs entitled “Images of Man”. Lanker, along with W. Eugene Smith, Henry Cartier Bresson and Elliott Porter were featured individual programs in that series. He directed his first documentary film, They Drew Fire: Combat Artists of WWII in 1999. It aired prime time on PBS and was nominated for the International Documentary Awards. Lanker, now sixty-one years old, lives with his wife Lynda, herself a nationally known artist.
David H. Wells
David H. Wells is an award-winning photographer, producing images for local, national and international clientele. Past assignments have been for Life Magazine, National Geographic Publications, the New York Times Magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday Magazine, to name a few. Teaching Experience: Workshop instructor / International Center for Photography, New York, NY, 1995-98, 2002-2018 Workshop instructor / Maine Photography Workshops, Rockport, ME, 1995-2018 Workshop instructor / Objectifs, Singapore Center for Film and Photography, 2004-2013, 2015-2017 Visiting Professor of Photography, Rochester Institute of Technology, Roch., NY. 2007 Faculty, Northern Short Course in Photojournalism. Providence, RI 2004 and 2007 Workshop instructor / Santa Fe Photography Workshops, Santa Fe, NM, 2003-2006 Workshop instructor / Pathshala school of photography, Dacca, Bangladesh, 1999-2005 Workshop instructor / Art Workshops in Guatemala, Antiqua, Guatemala, 2002-2007 Workshop instructor / Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City, 1999-2002 Adjunct Professor of Photography, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA., 1998-99 Visiting Professor of Photography, London campus of Syracuse University, London, 1997 Senior Lecturer at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 1997-1998 Visiting Professor of Photography, Newhouse School, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 1995 Guest lecturer: Lehigh University, New School for Social Research, Pitzer College, Rhode Island College, Rhode Island School of Design, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rhode Island, School for Visual Arts
Kathleen Flynn is a founding member of American Reportage. She is currently the Multimedia Photography and Design Fellow at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She comes to the fellowship with more than 15 years as a working journalist, including a decade at the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times) and three years at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. In 2016, Flynn was part of a small team of documentarians who traveled for three months creating, “Veterans Coming Home,” a multi-platform public media project made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for PBS. She and her team, half of whom were veterans, explored ideas of service and citizenry in an effort to give a voice to veterans while opening national dialogue about veterans’ issues. In addition to her dedication to community journalism in Florida and Louisiana, she has covered Hurricane Katrina, the tsunami in Thailand, immigration in Mexico, post-conflict Liberia, India’s booming pharmaceutical industry, the war in Afghanistan, and Haiti. Her work has received numerous awards, including six regional Emmys in 2013, 2014 and 2016, honors in 2012 and 2013 from the National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism and a 2013 Casey Medal, awarded for the nation’s best reporting on children, youth and families. Flynn was named the NPPA’s Region 6 photographer of the year in 2004.
Joe Weiss has worked as a photojournalist, multimedia reporter, designer, programmer, producer and editor in print and online media since 1996. He is currently an independent interactive producer and the developer of Soundslides, a multimedia authoring application for journalists. Previously he was an interactive producer at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., the Director of Photography at The Herald-Sun in Durham, N.C., and worked for MSNBC.com as a multimedia producer in Redmond, Wash. His multimedia reports have garnered national and international recognition including an Online Journalism Award from the Online News Association, multiple POYi and NPPA BOP awards, and two Digital Edge awards from the NAA. His work has also received a Gold medal in the Society for News Design's Interactive Design competition. For his development of Soundslides, he was awarded the J. Winton Lemen Award from the National Press Photographers Association. He has judged several awards including Pictures of the Year International, Society for News Design's Interactive Design Awards, College Photographer of the Year, and the Online News Association's Online Journalism Awards. Weiss frequently speaks at seminars and workshops concerning the integration of photojournalism, audio reportage and multimedia technology, and has taught photojournalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Melissa Lyttle has been a photojournalist for the St. Petersburg Times since 2005, where she is committed to documenting the lives of people in her community. Before working for the Times, Lyttle interned at newspapers in Florida, South Carolina and Michigan. A native of Florida, she began her career at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel after earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Florida. Her work has been recognized by POYi, the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, Best of Photojournalism, the Southern Short Course, SPJ, the Alexia Foundation and UNICEF. Melissa is also the founder of A Photo A Day.
Massimo Mastrorillo was born in Turin and lives in Rome. He has been working essentially with geographical and social reportage cooperating with various magazines in Italy and Europe (Espresso, D di Repubblica, Geo France, Meridiani, Neon, Panorama, Sunday Telegraph, Internazionale ecc.). Massimo worked on long term projects about the Kurdish Diaspora and the poverty in Mozambique. From the year 2005 to the year 2007 he has been working on his project The Lives of the Cities. Prizes: Fujifilm Euro Press Photo Awards/ Italia 2005 section Europe, OneVision 2005/Italy, Honorable mention Korea International Documentary Photo Award 2005 for “Mozambique a decade of peace between poverty and Dream”, World Press Photo 2006: Nature 1st prize singles, 63 Pictures of the Year International contest: third place Magazine Photographer of the Year, 2006 NPPA Best of Photojournalism contest: third prize Photojournalist of the Year, Humanity Photo Awards 2006: first prize Traditional Rites for “Zione, between moon and stars”, Finalist GRIN Prize-Amilcare Ponchielli 2006, Bronze AOP Photography Award Document 2007, PDN Photography Annual Photojournalism 2007, International Photography Awards 2007, FNAC Prize Attenzione Talento Fotografico 2007, International Photographer of the Year at the 5th Annual Lucie Awards.
Torsten Kjellstrand is a staff photojournalist at The Oregonian. He previously worked as a staff photojournalist at The Herald in Jasper, Indiana and at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington. In 1995, he was named POY Newspaper Photographer of the Year. He was a Knight Fellow at Stanford University in 2003-4. Torsten graduated from Carleton College with an English degree, after which he spent a year at Uppsala University studying literature as a Fulbright Scholar. He earned a masters in journalism and from the University of Missouri
Renee C. Byer
Renée C. Byer is an award-winning documentary photojournalist and Emmy nominated multimedia field producer best known for her in-depth work focusing on the disadvantaged and those who otherwise would not be heard. Her ability to produce photographs with profound emotional resonance and sensitivity earned her the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography in 2007 and dozens of national and international honors, including the World Understanding Award from Pictures of the Year International, and Pulitzer Finalist in 2013. Known for her ability to translate stark statistics into images that connect us to our humanity, she has traveled throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, covering some of the most important issues of our time. Byer’s stories have deepened our understanding of the environment, climate change, extreme poverty, genetically modified food, healthcare, women at war, domestic violence, and the drought and economic crisis in California. In 2016 the Sacramento Bee published a 20-page special section, "No Safe Place," featuring her images chronicling the plight of Afghan SIV's as they struggle in the U.S., facing poverty and violence. Byer’s internationally acclaimed book, Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor, illuminates the stories of people living on the brink of survival, and invites you to put an end to extreme poverty. The book won First Place Documentary Book from the International Photography Awards in 2014. Byer narrates a documentary about the project that was released in 2016. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FIQD4EXir0&feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">View Renée C. Byer's feature on CBS Sunday Morning.</a> Also a picture editor and designer, Byer is represented by Zuma Press photo agency. Byer's photos have been published in Newsweek Asia, Paris Match, Marie Claire, El Mundo, Days Japan, Rangefinder, Photo District News, Business Week and most recently in View magazine in Germany. She has taught workshops and had gallery shows in San Francisco, California, Palm Beach, Florida, Yokohama, Japan, Siem Reap, Cambodia and Madrid, Spain. Her pictures titled "Seeds of Doubt," won the Harry Chapin Award for Photojournalism 2005 and she is also the recipient of the Associated Press News Executives Council, Mark Twain Award 2004. She was a finalist for a Dart award for victims of violence before coming to the Sacramento Bee 2003. Her numerous awards include honors from NPPA, POYi, AP, SND, Best of the West and regional contests in photography, picture editing and design.
Loup Langton currently serves as Director of the Visual Journalism program at the University of Miami's School of Communication and as a member of the Pictures of the Year International Inaugural Advisory Board. His career reflects a balance between creative and research work with a particular passion for Latin America. His book, Photojournalism and Today's News, Creating Visual Reality, published by Blackwell/John Wiley & Sons in 2009, examines the ways in which newsroom culture, economics and routines influence visual reporting in both printed and online media. He recently worked as the photographic and design editor for Ecuadorian photographer Pablo Corral's book, 25. He and Corral also co-directed the Descubriendo Ecuador book project published in 1994.</p> <p>Between 1992 and 1998 Langton was a faculty member at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. In 1998 he became Director of Photography for El Universo, Ecuador's largest newspaper, where he helped change the concept of visual story-telling in Ecuador. Later, as Director of Photography for Copley Chicago Newspapers, he helped lead a team that twice produced the Pictures of the Year International Newspaper Photographer of the Year. In 2005 he and colleague, Lelen Robert, organized the SomosFoto workshop in Quito, and in 2008 they directed the second SomosFoto workshop in Santo Domingo. As a member of JB Pictures Langton photographed throughout the U.S., Africa and the Middle East. He was a contributor to the Homeless in America book in 1987, and his work from Haiti, North Carolina and Ecuador appeared in exhibitions in New York and Washington, D.C. Langton received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Texas School of Communication.
Walter Astrada was born in 1974 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1996, he started his career as staff photographer in La Nacion newspaper (Argentina). During 1999 he traveled around Brazil, Chile, Bolivia and Peru developing a personal project on "Faith". In September 1999, he joined Associated Press in Bolivia and later in Argentina. From 2000 to 2002 he worked for the Associated Press based in Paraguay, from where he covered events in Latin America and the World Cup Korea-Japan 2002. During 2003 he worked as a freelancer in Buenos Aires and Madrid. At the end of 2003, he rejoined the Associated Press based in the Dominican Republic, covering events in the Caribbean countries. From March 2005 until March 2006, he worked as a freelancer for Agence France Presse in the Dominican Republic and was represented and distributed by World Picture News. In March 2006, he moved to Spain. Currently he is working as a freelancer in Kampala/Uganda. Awards: 2009 - NPPA-BOP 'Photojournalist of the Year' 2009 - NPPA-BOP Best of show 2009 - The PGB photo award 'Photographer of the Year' 2009 - The PGB photo award 'Picture of the Year' 2009 - 1st prize stories, Spot News - World Press Photo 2009 - Days Japan 1st Prize 'Post-election violence in Kenya' 2009 - NPPA-BOP-1st Place, International News Picture Story, 'Post-election violence in Kenya' 2009 - NPPA-BOP 'Photojournalist of the Year' 2009 - China international Press Photo Contest - War and Disaster News Stories - Gold Stories 2009 - 1st prize - Kellicutt International Photo Show - Through A Lens: Contrasting Elements 2009 - 3rd prize - Kellicutt International Photo Show - Through A Lens: Contrasting Elements 2009 - OPC Award - The John Faber award - AFP team 2009 - NPPA-BOP-3rd place and HM, International News 2009 - Award of Excellence, Spot news - 66th Picture of the year 2008 - 1st prize single - BJP British Journal of Photography 2008 - 1st prize in Photojournalism - American Photo Magazine - Images of the Year Competition 2008 - 2nd prize - International Photojournalism Award "Fundación Caixa Galicia-Juan Cancelo" 2008 - Honorable mention - XII International Photojournalism Award ?Ciudad de Gijón? 2008 - Juror's Choice awards for the Santa Fe Project Competition 'Femicide in Guatemala' 2008 - Days Japan Special Prize by Jury 'Femicide in Guatemala' 2007 - 1st prize singles, Contemporary Issues - World Press Photo 2007 - 2nd prize - International Photojournalism Award 'Fundación Caixa Galicia-Juan Cancelo' 2006 - Honorable mention - International Photojournalism Award 'Gjon Mili Kosovo' 2006 - Honorable mention - X International Photojournalism Award "Ciudad de Gijon" 2005 - Award of Excellence, Spot news - 62nd Picture of the year 2005 - 'Women and immigration' Award - IX Humanitarian Photography Award Luis Valtuena, Medicos del Mundo (Spain) 2004 - Accessit Award - VIII Humanitarian Photography Award Luis Valtuena, Medicos del Mundo (Spain)