The WHNPA is pleased to announce our traditional general membership meeting featuring presentations by contest judges in the staff auditorium on Friday night.
Michael Robinson Chávez has been a photographer at The Los Angeles Times since 2007. Prior to that, he worked for The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and The Associated Press. He has covered assignments in over 50 countries including: the Congolese Civil War, tsunamis in Indonesia and Chile, the Egyptian revolution, life in Brazil’s slums, gold mining in Peru, the 2006 Hezbollah/Israeli war, the conflict in Israel/Palestine and the US led invasion and occupation of Iraq.
He is a two time Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Photojournalism winner in 2015 and 2012 and Photographer of the Year by Pictures of the Year International in 2014 and 2010. He has has been named WHNPA’s Photographer of the Year twice.
He is publishing a book of his photographs from Peru: “Awaiting the Rain,” next year. In addition he teaches and lectures at workshops throughout the world including Mexico, Argentina, India, Thailand, Egypt, Peru, Australia, the United States and El Salvador.
Catherine Orr is the co-founder of StoryMineMedia, a documentary production studio that produces independent projects and partners with nonprofits, foundations, and other organizations to create character-driven video stories that move people to action.
Orr’s individual and collaborative work has been recognized by Picture of the Year International, College Photographer of the Year, SXSW Interactive, and the Grantham Prize for Environmental Journalism. Her first feature-length documentary, Overburden, premiered at the Spring 2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Overburden, is the story of a fiery, pro-coal right-winger and a tenacious, environmentalist grandmother who take on the most dangerous coal company in America.
Orr is a graduate of the master’s program at the University of North Carolina School of Media and Journalism, where she was a Roy H. Park Fellow, and the editor-in-chief of “Coal: A Love Story,” an interactive documentary funded by the Carnegie and Knight News21 initiative.