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NPPA Retains First Amendment Attorney

DURHAM, NC – The National Press Photographers Association announced today that it will be retaining an attorney to assist with its growing need to support photographers’ rights. The move will enhance the organization’s ability to fight policies that are harmful for photojournalists.

“With the frequency of issues that we have been dealing with,” said NPPA president Tony Overman, “from the smallest municipality to the Supreme Court, we really needed someone with legal experience and an understanding of photojournalism to help NPPA defend photojournalists’ rights in America.”

Attorney Mickey Osterreicher at the United States Supreme Court in Washington, DC.Mickey Osterreicher, an attorney based in the Buffalo, NY, area will be retained by the NPPA effective September 1, 2006. Osterreicher is a long time NPPA member and has done significant legal work for the organization on a pro-bono basis. In 2006 he was awarded NPPA’s Kenneth P. McLaughlin Award of Merit and the Presidential Medal.

“After having been a member of NPPA since 1973, it is an honor and a pleasure to represent the organization in a legal capacity,” Osterreicher commented. “I believe that it is very important that the rights of photojournalists be upheld and I look forward to working with the NPPA to advocate on behalf of our members.”

“The work that the NPPA is doing on First Amendment matters continues at a break-neck pace and is beyond what can be handled on a volunteer basis,” said Alicia Wagner Calzada, NPPA Advocacy Committee chairperson and NPPA’s immediate past president. “This is a natural step as our commitment to supporting photographers continues. We are fortunate that an attorney like Mickey is available to us. His familiarity with the industry, with the NPPA, and with the legal issues we deal with, makes him the ideal person for this position.”

The Washington, DC, law firm of Covington & Burling has also provided significant pro-bono legal support to the NPPA and will continue to do so. The main contact at the firm had been Kurt Wimmer, who recently left to take a position as senior vice president and general counsel for Gannett. The new NPPA contacts at Covington & Burling are partner Steve Weiswasser and associate Robert Sherman.

Osterreicher has served as chairman of the NPPA Government Media Relations Committee and as a member of the Advocacy Committee. He is also a member of the New York State Bar Association Media Law Committee and an adjunct lecturer for SUNY at Buffalo and the University of Buffalo. He has advised and provided support to the NPPA in the matter of cameras in the courtroom, the need for a shield law, the NFL’s removal of local television photographers from the sidelines, copyright issues, the attempted New York City subway photography ban, and the NCAA vs. photographers issue. A new Media Government Relations Committee chair will be appointed by Overman to replace Osterreicher.

Osterreicher, who is married with two grown children, was a photographer for the Buffalo Courier-Express until its demise in 1982. He worked for the ABC television affiliate WKBW-TV from 1982 until 2004. His still and video work have appeared in such news outlets as The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, USA Today, ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, and ESPN.

He became interested in pursuing a career in law while covering court cases on the job and graduated cum laude from the University of Buffalo Law School in 1998. Osterreicher continues his photography work as he practices law. He volunteers, teaches, and advises in various capacities that combine the two talents.

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Best Of Photojournalism 2006 Accepting Entries

DURHAM, NC – NPPA is accepting entries in the Best Of Photojournalism 2006 contest. Online registration is active and entries are being uploaded by photojournalists from around the world. All entrants in all divisions of the contest must first register online. Entrants will then receive an ID code by eMail that will allow photographers and editors to submit their entries.

“There are many submission, category, and rule changes in all the divisions of the contest this year, so please review the rules and read about all the changes,” NPPA contest coordinator Thomas Kenniff said. The Still Photography rules are currently posted online in English, French, Japanese, and German, and soon will be posted in Spanish and Russian as well.


There have also been some technical changes this year, and also changes in the entry and juding processes. Read about many of these changes here.

The Best Of Photojournalism 2006 is sponsored by Canon.

Photojournalists with questions about the rules or entries and who want more information should contact Kenniff at [email protected] or by calling +1.919.383.7246 ext. 16.

Go here for links to the rules and guidelines for each division.

Still photography entrants can go here to register.

Inside the eMail with the registration ID code, entrants will also receive a license code for the application PhotoMechanic. The download of PhotoMechanic for Macintosh or Windows-based computers is here. (Note: This version of PhotoMechanic is a trial license that will expire on the contest entry deadline, February 10, 2006. To purchase a full version of PhotoMechanic, please go here.)

To enter the Still Photography Editing categories, please go here to read the rules and submit entries.

To enter the Television Photography categories, please go here to read the rules and submit entries.

To enter the Television Editing categories, please go here to read the rules and submit entries.

To enter the Web categories, go here to read the rules and to submit entries.

For links to the rules and guidelines for each division, please click here. For more information, please contact Kenniff at [email protected]. The Best Of Photojournalism 2006 contest is sponsored by Canon.

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Bay Area Photojournalist Bob McLeod, 59

Bob McLeod, 59, a staff photojournalist and picture editor for the San Francisco Chronicle, died January 3, 2006, at his home in Antioch, CA, from lung cancer – although he was never a smoker – the newspaper reported. He retired from the newspaper recently because of his health, and his condition was only discovered within the last year.

McLeod's friends at the Chronicle say a memorial service or wake is being planned for sometime soon, in the coming months. Details will be provided when available. For more information about the service please contact Rick Romagosa via eMail.

McLeod was a photojournalist in the Bay Area for nearly four decades, first at the San Francisco Examiner and then for the Chronicle. A native of Daly City, CA, he started photography as a hobby as a 12-year-old and, after studying briefly at San Francisco State, joined the Examiner in 1967 as a copy boy. He did that for five years before becoming a staff photographer, and McLeod was named director of photography for the Examiner in 1989.

As a general assignment photographer for the Examiner, he was the first to photograph Patty Hearst with her parents in their Knob Hill apartment when she was released from jail, and he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for a photo essay called “The Caregivers” done with his wife, Examiner reporter Beth Witrogen McLeod. She told the Chronicle that her husband's favorite pictures were the thousands of images he took of ballet dancers over the years, pictures that he donated to the San Francisco Ballet photo archive.

McLeod is survived by his wife and a brother and sister. Plans for a memorial service are pending. The family requests memorial donations be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Contra Costa, 2051 Harrison Street, Concord, CA, 94520.

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NJ Photographer Donald L. "Don" Davidson, 76

Donald L. “Don” Davidson, 76, of Denville, NJ, an NPPA Life Member, died December 16, 2005, from cancer. He joined NPPA in 1964 and had been a photojournalist for the Associated Press as well as being the owner of New Jersey Newsphotos, Inc., which represented the photographs of The Star-Ledger in Newark for more than three decades.

The New York Press Photographers Association reported that Davidson was born in Queens, NY, and had served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean and Vietnam wars, retiring from the service in 1989 as a first sergeant. He then worked for the New York City Medical Examiner’s office in New York City as a forensic pathologist until retiring from that post in 1987.

Davidson is survived by his wife, Maureen, and three adult children: Mark, Carole, and Steve. Funeral services were held December 19 at the Norman Dean Home for Services in Denville.

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New Jersey Transit Corp. Withdraws Proposed Photo Ban

DURHAM, NC – A proposed ban of photography on New Jersey public transportation and its property by the New Jersey Transit Corporation has been withdrawn by the group’s executive director, George D. Warrington, after they received “an unusual number of public comments” and complaints about the proposed rule changes.

NPPA was one of several press organizations taking formal steps to oppose the suggested photography ban.

“Effective immediately, we will return to our historic practice, which enables hobbyists and other non-commercial photographers to take pictures in public areas throughout the New Jersey Transit system without obtaining permission or providing prior notice. There will also continue to be no restrictions on journalists in public areas of the system,” Warrington wrote in a letter responding to those who had filed public comments of opposition. “Your input was taken into careful consideration by senior management.”

"I am thrilled about this development," NPPA president Alicia Wagner Calzada said today. "This means that our message is getting across, and that policy makers are understanding and supporting the importance of protecting a free press and free expression."

In November 2005, NPPA joined with the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press, the Radio-Television News Directors Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists in formal opposition to the proposed New Jersey Transit Corp. photography prohibitions. NPPA’s opposition to the rule changes was voiced on the organization’s behalf in a legal brief filed with New Jersey Transit by pro bono attorney Kurt A. Wimmer of Covington & Burling in Washington, DC. Wimmer specializes in First Amendment matters. In response to Warrington’s letter and the withdrawal of the proposed rule changes, Wimmer wrote, “This is indeed great news!”

Calzada also said today in response to the news, "We are thankful to the Radio-Television News Directors Association, the Reporters Committee for the Freedom, and the Society of Professional Journalists for standing with us on this issue. This really shows that when NPPA members and supporters work together, we can accomplish positive things. The New Jersey proposed photo ban is at least the third public agency that has backed down from efforts to ban photography during the past year. I'm sure we'll see this type of thing again, but we will treat each situation with the care and concern it deserves."

Calzada also thanked all the photographers who sent individual letters to the New Jersey Transit Corp. protesting the proposed ban. "And thanks to attorney Kurt Wimmer, who wrote our legal brief of opposition and made a very strong argument for our case," she said.

NPPA opposed the ban because it would, in counsel’s opinion, violate the First Amendment rights of photojournalists and other photographers; the ban would not achieve New Jersey Transit’s goal of enhancing national security or passenger safety by preventing intelligence gathering activities on New Jersey Transit property; and it would impair the ability of photojournalists to perform their job effectively. Wimmer’s brief also made the point that the proposed rule changes would not leave any alternative means for photographing on New Jersey Transit’s property, and that the proposed ban by itself was unconstitutional.

In his letter of response Warrington also wrote, “Be advised that our police, as well as local law enforcement, have a responsibility to provide for the safety and security of our customers, employees and assets. If an officer receives a complaint or observes circumstances that warrant further investigation, he or she may approach you. I ask that you cooperate fully with the officer, understanding that he or she is concerned both for your safety and the security of 80,000 commuters who ride the system every day.”

“They relented. This shows why we should always respond immediately, and numerously,” NPPA Region 2 director Harry DiOrio said. DiOrio and Region 2 associate director Todd Maisel, along with the New York Press Photographers Association, had led local efforts in New York to oppose the proposed ban.

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Best Of Photojournalism 2006 Now Accepting Entries

DURHAM, NC – NPPA is accepting entries in the Best Of Photojournalism 2006 contest. Online registration is active and entries are being uploaded by photojournalists from around the world. All entrants in all divisions of the contest must first register online. Entrants will then receive an ID code by eMail that will allow photographers and editors to submit their entries.

“There are many submission, category, and rule changes in all the divisions of the contest this year, so please review the rules and read about all the changes,” NPPA contest coordinator Thomas Kenniff said. The Still Photography rules are currently posted online in English, French, Japanese, and German, and soon will be posted in Spanish and Russian as well.


There have also been some technical changes this year, and also changes in the entry and juding processes. Read about many of these changes here.

The Best Of Photojournalism 2006 is sponsored by Canon.

Photojournalists with questions about the rules or entries and who want more information should contact Kenniff at [email protected] or by calling +1.919.383.7246 ext. 16.

Go here for links to the rules and guidelines for each division.

Still photography entrants can go here to register.

Inside the eMail with the registration ID code, entrants will also receive a license code for the application PhotoMechanic. The download of PhotoMechanic for Macintosh or Windows-based computers is here. (Note: This version of PhotoMechanic is a trial license that will expire on the contest entry deadline, February 10, 2006. To purchase a full version of PhotoMechanic, please go here.)

To enter the Still Photography Editing categories, please go here to read the rules and submit entries.

To enter the Television Photography categories, please go here to read the rules and submit entries.

To enter the Television Editing categories, please go here to read the rules and submit entries.

To enter the Web categories, go here to read the rules and to submit entries.

For links to the rules and guidelines for each division, please click here. For more information, please contact Kenniff at [email protected]. The Best Of Photojournalism 2006 contest is sponsored by Canon.

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Photojournalists Receive NPPA-NPPF Katrina Relief Funds

DURHAM, NC – NPPA past president Bob Gould said today that six photojournalists and their families who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina and suffered losses because of the storm received funds today from the NPPA-NPPF Katrina Relief Fund.

“Several of these folks have relocated, and their lives are still not back to normal,” Gould said. “Thanks to NPPA fund raisers (such as print auctions) and to individual contributors, when it’s all tallied we raised close to $10,000 for this effort, along with money from some companies who matched contributions.”

The fund was established to help photojournalists who lost their homes, or lost their jobs, or may have been separated from their families because of Hurricane Katrina. NPPA and the National Press Photographers Foundation solicited donations from the journalism community and the public to create the fund. The NPPF, often referred to simply as “the Foundation,” is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) charity; all donations to the NPPF and to the Katrina Relief Fund are tax deductible.

“We asked the photojournalism community to respond, and they did. The Foundation and NPPA are thrilled to be able to provide this much-needed assistance. We’re sure these grants will be definitely welcomed, especially at this time of year.”

The relief fund checks were sent out via overnight express by Foundation treasurer Frank Folwell, and the recipients received the funds on Friday, December 23. Four of the six recipients are NPPA members, and Gould says the four will also receive a one-year complementary renewal of their NPPA membership as part of the relief package.

“This was a great opportunity, and the NPPA really did the fund raising, and the Foundation was able to provide the vehicle to get funds to the people who really need them,” Folwell said today. “Alicia (Wagner Calzada, NPPA president) and Bob (Gould) really did a great job of pulling this together.”

Earlier this year a committee was established to receive and review the requests for aid. Those on the committee were Gould, of WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, MI; John Ballance from The Advocate in Baton Rouge, LA; Tim Mueller from The Advocate; and C. Thomas Hardin, currently the Foundation’s vice president who also served it as president, and who is the retired photography director of the Louisville Courier-Journal and the Detroit News.

Gould said that funds were distributed based on need, affiliation with NPPA, and how much money was in the relief fund. NPPA members were going to be given first priority by the review committee.

During the 48th annual NPPA Flying Short Course, print auctions in Boston, Austin, and Eugene raised cash for the relief fund. The print auction in Eugene raised $1,854 according to NPPA vice president Tony Overman, and the print auction in Austin raised $1,425 according to NPPA president Calzada.

New York and New Jersey news photographers raised $1,325 at a fundraiser in late September when eight metropolitan-based photographers showed their photographs of the destruction and human suffering in New Orleans and Mississippi caused by Katrina. The money was presented to NPPA Region 2 director Harry DiOrio, who placed it in the NPPA/NPPF Katrina Relief Fund.

For more information about the fund, and what you can still do to help photojournalists and their families who are in need, please contact Gould at [email protected].

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NPPA Web Site Upgrades, New Features

DURHAM, NC – The National Press Photographers Association Information Technology department has been very busy this December, adding three new major features to the site in addition to moving the NPPA Web site to a faster, more reliable server and preparing for the upcoming Best of Photojournalism competition. Included in the technology upgrades are new NPPA discussion boards, an RSS/Atom News Feed, and NPPA/Google Site Search.

NPPA information technology director Jared Haworth and developer Stephen Sample say that using the power of Google Site Search, it’s now easier than ever to locate information on the NPPA Web site. To find out more information about an upcoming NPPA event, or to find a news story from the archive, users can go to www.nppa.org/search and do a comprehensive search of NPPA’s site.

To keep up to date with NPPA and photojournalism industry news, the technology staff has added an Atom news feed to the NPPA Web site that displays the 10 most recent news items added. Atom feeds are similar to RSS and other syndicated feeds, and can be accessed either through a Web browser (Mozilla, Firefox, and newer versions of Safari) or via a third-party RSS reader. Also, if you administer a photojournalism-related Web site, you can incorporate NPPA headlines into your site directly. For more information please seewww.nppa.org/news_and_events/news/atom.html.

“The NPPA Discussion Boards have gotten a much-needed overhaul,” Haworth wrote in an eMail blast to NPPA members. “The aging forum software has been replaced by a very modern and modular solution, which now allows members access to avatars, forum titles, and credit for the topics and replies posted. Recent discussions have been saved and placed into the three new categories: Business Practices & Ethics; News & Events; and Shooting & Editing. The new discussion forums are accessible to everyone, but only valid NPPA members can contribute new topics and replies. Additionally, an archive of all the previous discussions have been saved and are visible to NPPA members only. To see the new discussion boards, go to www.nppa.org/news_and_events/discussions/.

For more information, or to ask a question, please contact Haworth at the NPPA technology department at [email protected].

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NPPA Seeks National Office Nominations

NPPA nominations chairperson Matt McColl today said the NPPA Nominations Committee is currently seeking candidates who are interested in running for a national office with the organization. NPPA will hold elections for its national offices at the next meeting of the board of directors in June 2006. Elections will be held for president, vice president, and national secretary.

“To be eligible for election to national office, an NPPA member must be a news division member in good standing for at least one year prior to being nominated or have been granted a waiver of this rule by the committee on nominations,” McColl said. “If you are interested in running for office, or in learning more about the positions, please contact the committee or the nominations chairperson.”

In addition to being the Nominations Committee chairperson, McColl is also director of NPPA’s Region 10 and is the assistant chief photojournalist at KVBC-TV in Las Vegas, NV. He can be contacted at [email protected] or +1.702.657.3117.

NPPA is the professional society of photojournalism, founded in 1946 with members who are still photographers, television photographers, editors, educators, and students, with headquarters in Durham, NC. NPPA also publishes the monthly magazine, News Photographer, and provides the profession with the premier annual photography and picture editing competition, the Best Of Photojournalism.

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NPPA Seeks National Office Nominations

NPPA nominations chairperson Matt McColl today said the NPPA Nominations Committee is currently seeking candidates who are interested in running for a national office with the organization. NPPA will hold elections for its national offices at the next meeting of the board of directors in June 2006. Elections will be held for president, vice president, and national secretary.

“To be eligible for election to national office, an NPPA member must be a news division member in good standing for at least one year prior to being nominated or have been granted a waiver of this rule by the committee on nominations,” McColl said. “If you are interested in running for office, or in learning more about the positions, please contact the committee or the nominations chairperson.”

In addition to being the Nominations Committee chairperson, McColl is also director of NPPA’s Region 10 and is the assistant chief photojournalist at KVBC-TV in Las Vegas, NV. He can be contacted at [email protected] or +1.702.657.3117.

NPPA is the professional society of photojournalism, founded in 1946 with members who are still photographers, television photographers, editors, educators, and students, with headquarters in Durham, NC. NPPA also publishes the monthly magazine, News Photographer, and provides the profession with the premier annual photography and picture editing competition, the Best Of Photojournalism.

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