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NPPA 2017 Awards Announced, Williamson and Kobre Named Sprague Award Winners

Michael Williamson, left, and Ken Kobre. Both are winners of the 2017 Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award

ATHENS, GA (January 19, 2017) – The National Press Photographers Association’s highest honor, the Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award, will be presented in 2017 to two individuals for their commitment to the craft of visual journalism and to education that advances the profession.

Michael Williamson, a staff photographer at the Washington Post, is a Sprague honoree who epitomized these standards. His professional awards include two Pulitzer prizes and numerous Photographer of the Year recognitions through the NPPA, POYi, and WHNPPA competitions. He also has a rare gift in the way he sees the world, and has been generous sharing his vision and inspiring others through countless workshops and presentations.

Ken Kobre, retired professor of photojournalism at San Francisco State University, is the other Sprague honoree. He is the author of Photojournalism: The Professionals’ Approach, now in its 7th edition. It has been the textbook for countless college students who were in their beginning stages of developing their understanding of the profession. He is also known for a new book, Videojournalism: Multimedia Storytelling, as well as innovations in other areas, such as Lightscoop and the VideoPro Camera App.

Established in 1949, the Sprague Award is NPPA's most prestigious honor. It recognizes individuals who advance and elevate photojournalism by their conduct, initiative, leadership, and skill, or for unusual service or achievement beneficial to photojournalism and technological advances. It honors Joseph A. Sprague, a press technical representative for the Graflex Corporation, who is credited with designing the Big Bertha, Magic Eye, and Combat Camera for the company as well as dozens of improvements and refinements to the original Graflex Speed Graphic 4x5 camera, which was once the press industry standard.

The Sprague Awards, along with NPPA’s other top honors, will be presented during a ceremony at NPPA’s Northern Short Course in Fairfax, VA. the beginning of March.

In addition to the Sprague Awards, NPPA’s other top honors and annual recognitions were also announced.

Lisa Berglund, the owner of Gold Dog Media, is the winner of the Clifton Edom Award. Berglund is the first and only woman to win the NPPA’s TV Photographer of the Year award. She is also known for her consistent commitment to give back to the photojournalism community. The Edom Award recognizes an individual in the tradition of University of Missouri photojournalism professor Cliff Edom to inspire and motivate members of the photojournalism community to reach new heights.

John Thain is the winner of the Joseph Costa Award. His tireless efforts have brought the NPPA TV Quarterly contest to our members, and the number of entrants and entries have grown every year under his leadership. He successfully navigated through the challenges of transitioning to the new NPPA competition website to provide the best possible experience for our TV entrants, including the creation of a TVQCC Facebook group. The Joseph Costa Award is named after NPPA’s founder. The Costa Award is given for outstanding initiative, leadership, and service in advancing the goals of NPPA in Costa’s tradition.

Donald R. Winslow has won the Jim Gordon Editor of the Year Award. Following in the footsteps of Jim Gordon himself as the editor of News Photographer Magazine, Winslow continued to produce the magazine with the same high standards and quality pioneered by Jim and raised the magazine to another level, with its dynamic display of tremendous photojournalism, insightful interviews, profiles and issues of the day. The Jim Gordon Editor of the Year Award award honors an outstanding newspaper, magazine, video, movie, web, book, or other publications editor who supports and promotes strong photojournalism, best use of photography, and whose individual dedication and efforts have moved photojournalism’s standards forward. It is named after Jim Gordon, who was NPPA’s News Photographer magazine editor for 25 years until he retired in 2003.

John Larson has been awarded the John Durniak Mentor Award for his incredible generosity in helping others achieve their goals - both in the broad sense of how he volunteers at countless workshops as an editor and coach, and on a much more personal level, offering advice and assistance on special projects of individual visual storytellers. the Durniak Award is given to an individual who has served as an outstanding photojournalism mentor. Durniak was executive editor of Popular Photography magazine, a picture editor at Time magazine and The New York Times, and the managing editor of Look. During his career he nurtured some of the most prominent photojournalists of the 20th Century.

Bethany Swain, a lecturer at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, has won the Robin F. Garland Educator Award for her dedication to her students, who have related about the breadth of professional knowledge she has shared with them. And not just from a technical perspective but also real “inside” advice and guidance about developing and maintaining relationships, both within the newsroom and with their subjects. She also done a wonderful job starting and advising Maryland’s very active and engaged NPPA student chapter, which is comprised primarily of students with a focus on broadcast photojournalism. The Garland Award is given for outstanding service as a photojournalism educator. Garland was a picture editor and war correspondent for the Saturday Evening Post until he joined Graflex Inc. as press technical representative after World War II. Later he became a press photography product specialist for Eastman Kodak Co. 

DJI Technology Inc. is awarded the J. Winton Lemen Award. DJI has been instrumental in developing products that visual journalists rely upon for news gathering, training our members and others in the safe use of sUAS, also known as drones. The Lemen Award is given in recognition of outstanding technical achievement supporting and advancing the best interest of the Visual Journalism community. Lemen was a charter member of the NPPA. In 1952, after a distinguished career as a news photographer at the Rocky Mountain News, Pittsburgh Press, and Buffalo Times, he established the photo press markets division of the Eastman Kodak Co. and served as the firm's liaison with news photographers.

Gabriel Green, an independent journalist, has won the NPPA Humanitarian award for his work in Greece, where he documented the refugee crisis. He stayed there for almost a year, continuing to document the refugees and also volunteering with NGOs to help those refugees. In one instance, his efforts resulted in the rescue of refugees whose boat had capsized.

The Alicia Calzada First Amendment Award has been award to Chuck Tobin, Joel Roberson and Christine Walz of the Holland and Knight law firm. The award recognize recognizes the work the three, and their firm, have done on sUAS issues, often representing the the NPPA on a Pro Bono basis. Their staunch advocacy for the legal use of drones for news gathering is greatly appreciated and respected. The award recognizes an individual who has worked to promote and advance the First Amendment, especially as it relates to news photographers. It is named after NPPA past president Alicia Wagner Calzada, the founder and longtime chair of NPPA's Advocacy Committee, who is now an attorney specializing in media law. 

Anne Herbst, a photojournalist at KUSA in Denver, is the winner of the Morris Berman Citation. She put in tireless effort in successfully resurrecting the Women in Photojournalism Conference. Through her commitment, she enabled a conference that benefitted all members of the visual storytelling community, with a focus on diversity in the voices of the presenters. The Berman Citation is given to individuals or organizations for special contributions that have advanced the interests of photojournalism. 

Kenneth P. McLaughlin Award of Merit has been award to Carolyn Hall. As NPPA Treasurer, she took herself out of her comfort zone and immersed in all aspects of the NPPA’s financial realities. She attacked the position in an effort tget on top of the intricacies of the organization’s budget at a very critical time for the NPPA. The McLaughlin Award is given to those who have rendered ongoing and outstanding service in the interests of news photography. McLaughlin, a photographer for the San Francisco Chronicle until his death in 1966, was the third president of the NPPA.

Phil Greer is the winner of the Bert Williams Award for his work at numerous papers, both large and small, throughout Illinois. He was Director of Photography at the Chicago Tribune, and continues to serve the industry as an educator at Southern Illinois University. The Burt Williams Award is in memory of one of NPPA’s founders and its first national secretary. It is given to a news photographer who has completed at least 40 years of service to the industry.

John Long Ethics Award is awarded to Fred Ritchin, Dean of the School at the International Center of Photography. John Long himself spoke of Ritchin's book, In Our Own Image, as a major in influence on his understanding of the ethics of digital manipulation, even before we had established the formal position of “Ethics Chair.” His work helped inform how we approached ethics for the NPPA over the next quarter of a century.

The Outstanding Student Chapter Award goes to the Howard University Student NPPA Chapter. Even though the chapter is in its first year, it has been extremely active and engaged, launching their own Pictures of the Year competition, hosting Geekfest and participating in regional and national photojournalism events.

NPPA Special Citations have been awarded to Jake May and Matt Gade. For May, the award recognizes his tireless efforts covering the water crisis in Flint, Michigan with empathy and insight. He also is recognized for his leadership with the Michigan Press Photographers Association, his position as NPPA Regional Chair or one of the many workshops he has volunteered to participate in. Gade is recognized for his tireless efforts in serving as the NPPA’s Central Region Clip chair, and the consistent timeliness in which he handles those responsibilities. including his diligence in communicating results with our members and posting them to our contest website.



5 Tips for Covering Conflict at the 2017 Inauguration

Athens, GA (January 17, 2017) –With the Presidential Inaugural only three days away, journalists from all over the world are expected in Washington to cover the festivities as well as the anticipated protests.

In preparation for the conventions, NPPA General Counsel Mickey Osterreicher has several tips for dealing with law enforcement and protesters in an effort to avoid altercations and to keep journalists safe.


It is imperative that journalists are aware of their rights and the protections available to them when entering a possibly dangerous or hostile environment. NPPA has a wealth of knowledge and advocacy options for member visual journalists. See: First Amendment Issues in Public Spaces Symposium Takeaway and Practical Advice about Covering High Conflict News and Before You Fly Reminds UAS Users to Check for Flight Restrictions during the Presidential Inauguration 

Information about press credentials and visual journalist rights can be found on the NPPA advocacy page. NPPA will also be coordinating with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press who operate a First Amendment rights hotline at (800) 336-4243.


One of the important aspects of covering high-stress events like the Presidential Inaugural is being aware of your surroundings and having an exit plan in case the situation becomes hostile. Be aware of exits and the areas that press is allowed to enter, as well as the location of nearby police officers in case of an altercation with protesters.

An effective way to increase situational awareness is to work in pairs with other journalists.

"It's really a good idea to work with somebody else so they can watch your back,” Osterreicher said.

He also suggests that, in the event that the situation takes a turn for the worse, journalists should move toward the nearest police officer under the assumption that they could protect you from hostile or violent protesters.


If crowds become hostile, the last thing a journalist wants is to be mistaken for an instigator, which could lead to physical harm or arrest. To set yourself apart from protesters and other attendees at the conventions, make sure to openly display press credentials and dress in a professional manner, Osterreicher said.


“The first reaction to a police officer approaching is often to take this defensive posture, and that could be construed badly,” Osterreicher said. Even in a stressful environment, Osterreicher urges journalists to maintain a polite, calm, and professional attitude to diffuse any possible hostility.


In the case of an arrest, all personal belongings are confiscated by law enforcement, so it is wise to have important information and phone numbers written in permanent ink somewhere on your body so that it is available even after arrest.

Further, Osterreicher advises that having audio and video equipment in your toolset, regardless of the medium you work in. It can be important because any material recorded during an altercation or arrest may act as evidence for your defense.

Making sure you are equipped for the worst case may help in the aftermath of a hostile encounter with police, protesters and the general public.



NPPA Joins Journalists, Lawyers and NGOs Mobilizing to Protect Freedom of the Press

January 16, 2017 – Washington, D.C. – The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) joined with more than 50 journalists, lawyers, media rights advocates, and First Amendment stakeholders who came together last week with a common interest in protecting freedom of the press and securing rights granted by the First Amendment. In discussing top priorities as the Trump administration takes shape, the group agreed that countering legal threats to reporters – such as leaks investigations, libel suits, and a disregard for the Freedom of Information Act – and promoting a public policy in support of the public’s right to know are crucial areas that require a unified response.

“This past election year has left the press’ standing with the American public at its lowest point, caused many of us to question ourselves and each other over mission and methods, and now finds us facing a new president who expresses not only disregard but disdain for many of the rights and freedoms journalists have long taken for granted,” said David Boardman, chairman of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) which, along with the American Society of News Editors, organized the event.

“But I hasten to remind you all that this is not a partisan struggle. The president who leaves office next week, while far less strident in his comments about the press, was no champion for our rights,” Boardman said.

NPPA general counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher, who participated in last week’s meeting and who also helped to draft a 2013 letter to then Press Secretary Jay Carney, said “We were concerned three years ago about meaningful access to the President and the importance of establishing a better working relationship in anticipation of the next administration. Given the recent election and the events of the past three months, that is an even more crucial concern.”

In addition to prioritizing protections for reporters from government interference in newsgathering, the group considered how best to strengthen the press’ public image and discussed forming a coalition to document intimidation of the press. It also agreed on the importance of leading a coordinated response to these challenges while rallying the public in support of the First Amendment.

“It is critical that we work together and do all we can to leverage our combined power to safeguard freedom of the press and protect reporters’ rights,” said RCFP Executive Director Bruce Brown. “This includes promoting the significance of the First Amendment and the media’s essential role in a functioning democracy.”



Military Photographer of the Year Judging Format Changes With New Rules

By Tom Burton

Rule changes for the Military Photographer of the Year contest are requiring photographers to win their service branch top honors before being considered for the top overall prize.

Previously, the top-level competition allowed military photographers to enter directly even if their portfolios had not won at the base, command or service levels. Now, entries have to place in the top three at the lower levels to move on.

The top level of the competition is judged by photojournalism professionals outside the military. In the most recent years, most of the judges came from high-profile media companies in the Washington, DC area. Lower level competitions are judged by military communications officials.

The contest, known in the military as MILPHOG, has had a cooperative relationship to the National Press Photographers Association for decades. In addition to offering help in judging and organizing the contests, the MILPHOG winners have been awarded alongside the winners of Pictures of the Year and the White House News Photographers Association.

The rules changes came because the contest had inconsistent procedures between the military branches and the logistics of running the contest had become too large, said Karen Nowowieski, Chief of Public Affairs for Defense Media Activity (DMA). It was also a concern that someone who had not placed in lower competitions could enter and win MILPHOG.

It was a “perception” that the entire media awards program was broken, she said, including awards programs for writers, videographers and other communications professionals. The DMA hosted meetings earlier in 2016 with representatives from the branches to update the rules. The DMA did not vote in the meetings.

Photojournalists with both military and civilian experience have been questioning if military judges, especially at the base level, have the background to select winners based on storytelling and photography standards.

“Our public affairs officers are more than qualified to judge these competitions at the base level,” Nowowieski said.

Ken Hackman has his concerns. Retired after 35 years as a civilian photographer for the Air Force, he ran the MILPHOG competition from 1988 to 1995. His peers refer to him as the godfather of Air Force photojournalism.

“That bothers me a lot,” he said about the base-level judging. “The people doing it are not communicators.”

If high-level work is not awarded at the lower level and taken out of consideration for the top award, he said the quality of the final winning entries could drop. Part of the mission of the contest, he said, was to show civilian photo editors that the military photographers were working at the highest levels and that their photos should be considered for publication.

There will also be a stronger enforcement of an existing rule requiring all entered photos to have a military connection. For the last few years, Nowowieski said there were a growing number of winning entries that did not connect to the military. For instance, in the 2016 winning portfolio by Staff Sgt. Kenneth Holston there were news photos from riots in Baltimore taken on his day off.

“Their mission is to be a military photographer, a military communicator,” Nowowieski said.

Chip Maury was twice MILPHOG during his Navy career. He was later Director of Photography at the Providence Journal and the Indianapolis Star and has been a coach at several photojournalism programs for both civilian and military photographers. He feels the rule changes are about the military wanting to manage the messaging of the images rather than promoting the craft of the photographers.

“You manage things, not people,” Maury said. “How are you going to manage an artist?”

Nowowieski said the DMA is focused on promoting the talents of the photographers and that the conversations about the winners and the resulting education is what drives the competition. The judging will continue to be livestreamed this year, allowing photographers to listen to the judging comments.

She also said that Ray B. Shepherd, Director of DMA, supports the competitions to “celebrate the passion that exists throughout the DOD.”

Both Hackman and Maury said while they had serious concerns about the rules changes, the final results will the winners this year. If the quality remains high, the military photographers will continue to be recognized as competitive with their civilian peers.



Joe Marquette Memorial Planned for January 28

Joe Marquette. Photo by Wilfred Lee

A memorial service for Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Joe Marquette will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 at The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, 3630 Quesada Street, NW in Washington, DC., just off Chevy Chase Circle.

There will be a reception with remembrances from friends the same day from 4 to to 6 p.m. at the home of Madlyn and Joe McPherson, 1119 Woodside Parkway, Silver Spring, MD. All are welcome. For those wishing to attend reception, please RSVP to Carol Giacomo, [email protected], so they can plan food and drink.

Marquette died at home home in Tulsa, OK, on November 5, 2016 after a series of lengthy illnesses. He was 79. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1999 as part of a photo team from the Associated Press for their coverage of the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. He is also known for an iconic photo of Washington Redskins running back John Riggins from the 1984 Super Bowl.

For much of his career, Marquette was based in Washington, DC. In addition to the Associated Press, he worked for United Press International, Reuters, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the European Press Agency.

Read more about his career here.



Best of Photojournalism Contests Open for Entries

The Best of Photojournalism competition sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association is open for entries for work produced in 2016. There are four divisions in the competition, covering a range of visual journalism.

Best of Photojournalism 2017 for still photography is open to professional photographers, editors and online photojournalists, and there is no entry fee. All entries must have been taken or initially published between January 1st and December 31st, 2016. Photographers do not need to be members of NPPA to enter.

The entry period begins Jan 3rd, 2017 and runs through 3 pm EST Feb 3rd 2017. Entry rules and instructions for the still photos competition are here

Best of Photojournalism Video contest is also open. For this year’s video contest there is no advance registration. Simply review the entry information and categories. Once you are ready to submit click the 'Enter Now' links for either the video photography or video editing divisions. Entries will be accepted beginning January 3rd, 2017, and must be received by 11:59pm CST on January 27th, 2017. Entry rules and instructions for the video contest are here

Best of Photojournalism Picture Editing contest recognizes the individuals and publications that practice and promote great photojournalism through great picture editing. Deadline February 3rd, 2017 3pm EST. Entry rules and instructions for the picture editing contest are here

Best of Photojournalism Multimedia contest recognizes the best visual journalism being produced online or for mobile delivery. The multimedia contest will judge entries from their live URL submitted at the time of entry. If the URL is not given, or the link is not functioning properly at the time of judging, the entry will be disqualified. Deadline February 3rd, 2017 3pm EST. Entry rules and instructions for the multimedia contest are here



NPPA, Cato Institute File SCOTUS Brief on Rights to Record Police Activity

(Athens, GA) A “friend of the court” brief has been filed in support of a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the rights of a photographer who was arrested while recording the activities of police officers.

Submitted by the National Press Photographers Association, The Cato Institute and five other media organizations, the amicus brief asks the court to consider the case of Antonio Buehler, a photographer who was arrested in Austin, TX for recording an officers conducting a DUI stop in 2012.

Buehler was eventually acquitted of the charges, after which he filed a lawsuit against the Austin Police Department, suing them on grounds of violating his civil rights. The NPPA filed an amicus brief in support of his case in 2014.

The trial court refused to dismiss the case on qualified immunity grounds, finding instead that that not only is there a constitutional right to document police officers, but that the right was clearly established at the time of the arrest. Magistrate Judge Mark Lane held that “the First Amendment protects the right to videotape police officers in the performance of their official duties, subject to reasonable time, place and manner restrictions.”

Continuing, the judge wrote, “if a person has the right to assemble in a public place, receive information on a matter of public concern, and make a record of that information for the purpose of disseminating that information, the ability to make photographic or video recording of that information is simply not a new or a revolutionary expansion of a historical right. Instead the photographic or video recording of public information is only a more modern and efficient method of exercising a clearly established right.”

In its subsequent motion for summary judgment, the Austin Police Department argued that they should not be held liable in the civil case because Buehler had been indicted by a grand jury, and that indictment was enough to prove probably cause for his arrest. A federal court agreed, granting the motion and dismissing the case and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed that ruling.

Buehler’s petition to the Supreme Court argues that not only was he never found guilty of any crime, he was never given the opportunity to prove lack of probable cause for his arrest. It further asserts that because the grand jury relied on testimony from the arresting officer, and since those proceedings are closed, Buehler did not know what was said, and could not have defended himself against the accusations.

The brief filed by Cato and the NPPA and joined by First Look Media Works, Inc., Getty Images, Inc., the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. urges the Supreme Court to consider if Buehler’s arrest, on its face, was a retaliation for his exercise of First Amendment protected activity. And, that the court should consider the First Amendment implications more deeply than the lower courts have. 

From the brief, amici counsel assert:

“This case is of national importance because this is but one example of an epidemic of harassment, interference and arrests by police of citizens and journalists for merely recording matters of public concern. If people are precluded from the opportunity to dispute the facts underlying grand jury indictments, police will have free reign to continue these chilling abridgments under color of law."

Read the full legal brief here.



Randy Cox Memorial Fund to Support the Kalish Picture Editing Workshop

Randy Cox, a talented picture editor, photographer, designer and visuals educator known as much for his passion for photojournalism as his generous spirit, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, in Portland, Ore.

In lieu of flowers, we are honoring Randy by establishing the Randy Cox Memorial Fund for the continued success and operation of The Kalish visual editing workshop, which is overseen by the National Press Photographers Foundation (NPPF). You can contribute at this link.

It was a personal mission for Randy to use his visuals skills to make the next generation of journalists better. Beyond his professional accomplishments, Randy’s energy and a charisma easily convinced friends, family and colleagues to join him in whatever caper he might dream up. A gifted picture editor and designer and an evangelist for documentary photography, he selflessly shared his knowledge with others. He was on the faculty of the Missouri Photojournalism Workshop more than a dozen times. He served on the faculty of The Kalish Visual Editing Workshop and on its advisory board since 1993. He also served on the faculty of the Electronic Photojournalism Workshop for nine years, and on numerous other workshops and professional development programs, including for the National Press Photographers Association and the Society of News Design. During his career, he was recognized many times by NPPA for his service.

Paul Randolph Cox was born on Feb. 24, 1953, in Athens, Texas, to Paul Warren Cox and Ida Kathleen Cox. He was an active Cub and Boy Scout, earning the rank of Eagle Scout, the God and Country religious award, and membership in the Order of the Arrow. He attended primary schools in Texas, Kansas and Missouri, and graduated from Topeka West High School in 1971. Randy attended Washburn University in Topeka before transferring to the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia to study photojournalism. He received his Bachelor of Journalism degree in 1975. While at Mizzou, Randy met the love of his life, Joan Lucille Carlin, also a journalism student. Randy and Joany married on May 27, 1978, in Springfield, Missouri.

Randy began his 38-year newspaper career as a photographer at the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger. He then became photo editor at The Coffeyville (Kan.) Journal, followed by editing positions in Allentown, Pa., at The Morning Call and at The Hartford (Conn.) Courant, where he served as assistant managing editor. He worked as a consultant to various newspapers and served for a year as a professional-in-residence at the Reynolds School of Journalism in Reno. He worked as a designer at The Albuquerque (N.M.) Tribune before joining The Oregonian in Portland in 1997 where Randy directed photography and visual presentation for about 16 years. After leaving there, Randy became the visuals communications coordinator for the Multnomah County Communications Office.

Students and professionals sought him out for his coaching and mentorship. He always remained humble and approachable. Those he met as students became life-long friends and colleagues.

Randy was an avid reader, collector and traveler. He had an abiding interest in digital technology and was a staunch Apple devotee. No iteration of a new Apple product escaped his interest (or purchase), and it was not beyond him to pay someone to stand in line for the newest smartphone. Randy was always a loyal friend and confidant, willing to set aside his own concerns and listen to those of others. He was generous and universally recognized as helping those he touched improve their lives. He had a sharp wit and a brilliant, often self-deprecating sense of humor. He also possessed a fierce inner strength that saw him through many challenges of almost seven years of living with kidney cancer. It allowed him to live an active and engaged life until his final days.

Randy is survived by his beloved wife Joany, his brother Brian Cox, of Topeka, brother-in-law Joe Carlin of Salt Lake City, and numerous sisters- and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of the life of Paul Randy Cox will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 at The Evergreen Community (formerly the Presbyterian Church of Laurelhurst), 935 N.E. 33rd, Portland.

A memorial and graveside service will be on Jan. 21, 2017 at Selmore Cemetery in Ozark, Mo. Details are pending.



Donald Winslow Retires as News Photographer Editor

Don Winslow, NPPA Executive Editor

ATHENS, GA (December 30, 2016) – Donald R. Winslow, the executive editor of News Photographer magazine for the National Press Photographers Association since May 2003, announced his retirement from the magazine’s masthead today.

“It’s been an incredible 13 years but it is time for me to move on,” Winslow said from the Texas Panhandle where he’s now the managing editor of the daily newspaper of Amarillo, the Amarillo Globe-News.

“For more than a decade I’ve had the best job in photojournalism and it’s been an extreme honor to report on the best work being done by the most dedicated photojournalists in the world, whether they were NPPA members or not,” Winslow said.

“The organization had both the grace and the good sense to let the magazine be about photojournalism, in all of its forms and in all of its places around the world, and they didn’t limit the magazine to being a ‘trade publication’ about just NPPA,” he said.

Winslow, an NPPA Life Member, took over the helm of the magazine following the retirement of the legendary Jim Gordon in 2003. Winslow continued to raise the bar of excellence of the magazine both in design and content.

Seth Gitner, an associate professor at Syracuse University, writes the magazine’s monthly column “Multimedia Moments” and has had Winslow as his editor.

“Even though I wrote about multimedia and video, he was always able to make that content look beautiful from issue to issue,” Gitner said. “I'll miss Don's monthly emails asking for my column topic and when it would be ready.”

News Photographer Executive Editor Don Winlsow with his predecessor, Jim Gordon, looking over the first edition of the magazine edited by Winslow in 2003. Photo by Sean D. Elliot. 


NPPA president Melissa Lyttle has read News Photographer since joining the organization as a college student.

"In the last decade the quality of storytelling, images, and issue reporting has only deepened under Donald's relationships with and knowledge of the key players." Lyttle said.

"Last year, when I was elected President, it was Donald's guidance and wealth of institutional knowledge on the organization that I sought out immediately. He will definitely be missed,” she said.

Along with redesigning the magazine in 2003 shortly after becoming editor, Winslow led News Photographer through the digital revolution and helped develop the magazine’s web presence on the organization’s website,

Winslow’s career spans four decades, from daily newspapers in Indiana at the Wabash Plain Dealer and The Republic in Columbus, to the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel, The Pittsburgh Press, The Palm Beach Post, and Reuters in Washington, DC, where he was a senior photographer and editor covering the White House, Capitol Hill, and major league sports.

Winslow briefly left print journalism in 1995 to explore technology startups in San Francisco at Rick Smolan’s “24 Hours in Cyberspace” and then the launch of at CNET Networks, where for almost seven years he was the director of photography for a growing CNET family of websites and television shows. He returned to print journalism in 2003 as editor of News Photographer. In March of 2016, Winslow decided to return to newspapers when he accepted an offer from the Amarillo Globe-News and AGN Media to be the daily newspaper’s managing editor.

NPPA Executive Director Akili Ramsess joined the organization this year and said that she is grateful she’s been able to work with Winslow, however briefly.

“Through News Photographer, he amplified the voice of photojournalists the world over and his contributions to our industry are incalculable,” she said. “Although he will no longer be with us in a full-time capacity, we look forward to his continued contributions as Editor Emeritus. On behalf of the NPPA Board of Directors we wish Donald good luck and Godspeed.”

NPPA Assistant Editor Tom Burton will step up to be Interim Editor as the NPPA looks to the future, Ramsess said. NPPA’s website is presently undergoing a major redesign of both the membership site and the digital version of the magazine, and NPPA will continue to be the source for photojournalism industry news.