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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD ANNOUNCED
(WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 9, 2012) – The White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA) announced today that they will present Ed Eaves of NBC News with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 ‘Eyes of History’ annual awards gala Saturday, May 5, 2012, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington, DC.
Ed began his television career in Little Rock in 1974. In 1983 he moved to Washington as a staff editor for ABC News and traveled extensively covering assignments for many of ABC’s news programs. Ed covered the 1991 gulf war from Saudi Arabia and was among the first journalists to reach Kuwait City at its conclusion. In 1998, Ed joined NBC News as a senior segment editor/producer for Dateline NBC. At NBC, Ed continued his travels for the Olympics and presidential trips. Ed currently is a staff editor / producer for Rock Center with Brian Williams.
Ed’s editing work has been honored with numerous awards, including the Emmy, the Edward R. Murrow, the George Polk, the National Press Photographers Association, and the White House News Photographers Association. In 2012 alone he won 4 awards, including two first place honors, in the WHNPA’s 2012 “Eyes of History” competition. He is also a member of the WHNPA board, serves on the Video contest committee, has been active in the association’s programs, and for the last eight years has been co-producer of the annual awards gala.
In accepting the award Ed said, “To be recognized by the professional photojournalists of the White House News Photographers Association is a great honor, it was such a unexpected surprise. This award means a great deal to me.” Antoine Sanfuentes, Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief of NBC News, said, “We are extremely proud of Ed’s achievements. This is a testament to what he does every single day and, most importantly, what Ed brings to NBC News. Ron Sachs, WHNPA president, commented, “Ed’s professional accomplishments are certainly impressive. What exemplifies Ed is his long-standing commitment to the WHNPA and its many programs. This is truly a well-deserved honor.”
The White House News Photographers Association is a 91-year-old non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the efforts of Washington’s professional photojournalists. The WHNPA aims to provide professional and educational outreach to its members and the community through scholarships, programming, an annual competition and a celebration of the industry at the annual “Eyes of HistoryTM” gala. For more information you may contact WHNPA president Ron Sachs at firstname.lastname@example.org (301-526-1597) or executive director Heidi Elswick at email@example.com (301-606-8251). For further information about ‘The Eyes of HistoryTM’ and for more information about the association or to view images and videos from annual contests, please visit the WHNPA website at www.whnpa.org. The WHNPA and “The Eyes of HistoryTM” are sponsored in part by Nikon, Tiffen/Domke, PNY, and Continental Airlines.
WHNPA Announces Education Grant Winner: Allison Shelley
(WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 2011) – Allison Shelley, freelance photographer, has been chosen as the recipient of the White House News Photographers 2011 Project Grant. The grant of $10,000, half from the WHNPA and a matching amount of $5,000 from PNY Technologies Inc., will fund her project to examine and raise awareness on the health implications of adolescent childbearing in rural India. Every minute a woman dies from pregnancy-related causes according to The United Nations Population Fund. In developing countries maternal mortality is the leading cause of death for women of reproductive age. But when the mother is under the age of 15, she is five times more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth than a woman in her 20’s. Girls 15 to 19 are twice as likely to die in pregnancy.
"I would like to express my sincere thanks to WHNPA for awarding me this year's WHNPA project grant,” Shelley said. “I am humbled and honored to follow in the footsteps of the distinguished past winners. In my first year as a freelancer, following many years as a staff photographer, I have learned the importance of external support. Even beyond the financial help, the validation of a project idea through such recognition is crucial for photojournalists. The WHNPA has always understood this concept, promoting member work at every turn through its annual exhibition, blog and grants.
This past year in Haiti I began part one of a larger project: investigating issues that endanger the health of expectant mothers around the world. This grant will allow me to move forward on part two, examining the health implications of adolescent childbearing in rural India. In Rajasthan, where I will be traveling, almost half of the women are married before the legal age of 18, and many give birth before their fifteenth birthday.”
WHNPA Education Committee Chairman Pablo Martinez Monsivais, announcing the award commented, “All the members of the Education Committee strongly believe in Shelley's ability to achieve her objectives in raising awareness on adolescent childbearing.”
Allison Shelley’s images from rural India will eventually be integrated with a larger project and be part of a bigger awareness-raising campaign on the topic of maternal health.
“The world looks at photojournalists to bring to life the good and the bad of what our eyes can’t see,” said Tony Gomez, vice president of sales and marketing at PNY. “PNY congratulates Shelley and wish her the best as she uses her photos as the voice of these young women. Only through awareness and education will the mortality rate of this devastating epidemic cease.”
Shelley said, “My heartfelt gratitude also extends to PNY Technologies whose matching funding will greatly expand the scope of the project, allowing me to team up with a writer/multimedia producer to create a full package that will include a written story and multimedia component.”
In commenting about the grant award, White House News Photographers Association president Ron Sachs said, “The WHNPA is proud to award Allison with this grant and applauds her further investigation of this vital health issue. Through this partnership with PNY, Allison will capture images that will shape our understanding of human rights in less developed parts of the world. We wish Allison the best of luck and are looking forward to seeing her photos when she returns.”
For more information please contact Ron Sachs at firstname.lastname@example.org or executive director Heidi Elswick at email@example.com (301-606-8251). For further information about ‘The Eyes of History™’ and to view images of Allison’s work visit the website at www.whnpa.org.
The WHNPA and “The Eyes of History™” are sponsored in part by Nikon, Tiffen/Domke, PNY, and United Airlines.
Louie Eroglu of Australian Broadcasting Corporation has been awarded the 2011 WHNPA Video Photographer of the Year in the ‘Eyes of History™’ video
contest. Alexandra Garcia of The Washington Post has been named Video Editor of the Year.
WHNPA NOMINATES JAMIE ROSE FOR IPC LEADERSHIP AWARD
IPC Announces Leadership Award Winners, Establishes Lifetime Achievement Award in Pro Photography
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, March 7, 2011 – The International Photographic Council (IPC), a non-governmental organization (NGO) of the United Nations, is proud to announce the recipients of its IPC Professional Photographer Leadership Awards. IPC is also establishing a Lifetime Achievement Award in professional photography and is proud to announce the first honoree. All of the 2011 award recipients will be honored at the 13th Annual IPC Awards Luncheon, which will be held at the United Nations in New York City on Thursday, May 5, at 11:30 a.m. As it does each year, the IPC Awards Luncheon kicks off May, International Professional Photographers Month, saluting professionals around the globe. “The winners, nominated by professional photography organizations, are chosen for best representing the groups’ criteria and ideals,” says IPC President James Chung.
This year, six associations designated honorees: Advertising Photographers of America (APA); American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP); Federation of European Photographers (FEP); Professional Photographers of America (PPA); White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA); and Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI). The Professional School Photographers Association (PSPA) nominated IPC’s first Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
The 2011 IPC Professional Photographer Leadership Award recipients are:
Advertising Photographers of America (APA): Don Dormeyer
American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP): Richard Kelly
Federation of European Photographers (FEP): Martin Vrabko
Professional Photographers of America (PPA): Ron Nichols
White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA): Jamie Rose
Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI): Doug Gordon
The 2011 IPC Professional Photographer Lifetime Award recipient is: Professional School Photographers Association (PSPA): Harold Strawbridge
This year’s Awards Luncheon Chair is IPC Vice President and Board member Kathy Schneider-Jello. Andy Marcus, 2010 WPPI Leadership Award honoree, will deliver the keynote address, “The Life of Professional Photographers.” IPC Vice President and Board member John Segall will deliver introductory remarks for Lifetime Achievement Award designee Harold Strawbridge. Reservations for the May 5 luncheon at the United Nations must be received by April 22, 2011.. To RSVP or receive more information on the event, contact James Chung at 914.476.1712 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The International Photographic Council (IPC) is a multinational, non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) of the United Nations, composed of representatives from every major sector of the photographic industry. Founded in 1974, the IPC is dedicated to increasing worldwide recognition of photography as a universal means of communication through the adoption of the motto “Peace Through Understanding, Understanding Through Photography, the Universal Language.” Additional information may be obtained by visiting www.ipc-un-ngo.org.
April 14, 2010. Award recipients in the WHNPA's 2010 The Eyes of History contest in the White House Press Briefing room, waiting for their Oval Office photo with President Obama...
READ MORE about some of this year's contest winners on the CONTEST page: Chip Somodevilla,
Photographer of the Year; Bethany Swane, Video Photographer of the Year; Chris Shlemon,
Video Editor of the Year; and Alex Wong, who shot the Political Photo of the Year
To view this year's winning still and newmedia entries, visit THE EYES OF HISTORY™ 2010 .
Award-winning videos will be added soon.
2009 WHNPA PROJECT GRANT AWARDED TO ANDREA BRUCE
WHNPA Announces Education Project Grant Winner: Andrea Bruce
(WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 2010) – Andrea Bruce, freelance photographer on contract for the Washington Post, has been chosen as the recipient of the White House News Photographers 2009 Project Grant. The grant total of $10,000, half from the WHNPA and a matching amount of $5,000 from PNY Technologies Inc., will fund ‘The Caucasus at the Crossroads: Ingushetia's Decisive Moment’, which Bruce plans to publish in magazines, major news web-sites and a traveling exhibition in the Caucasus.
The Republic of Ingushetia is a splinter of land west of Chechnya that is caught in Russia’s struggle to hold on to the North Caucasus. Bruce's project focuses on the Ingush people and the changes they confront in the wake of violence in Chechnya and Georgia as well as the choices they make while faced with harsh Russian forces and a conflicting wave of Muslim extremism gaining support in the area. Bruce said of the project, “One of Russia poorest and most restive regions, Ingushetia has been destabilized by corruption, a number of high-profile crimes and an increase in religious extremism. It's a region that has received very little international attention and yet has the potential to become one of the most dangerous places in the world.”
While photographing in Iraq for The Washington Post, she has witnessed similar power struggles and outlets for Muslim extremism. WHNPA Education Committee Chairman Pablo Martinez Monsivais announcing the award said: “Andrea Bruce's project is in part of the world that is often overlooked but should not be ignored and with this grant she can bring more attention to the region.” Bruce is a four-time winner of WHNPA's Photographer of the Year Award.
“Photojournalists are unspoken heroes who have the ability to connect the world through photographs, and in times of conflict give war a memorable face. We wish Andrea the best as she takes a stand for the Ingush people and bears witness to capture the societal destruction of this area, a region many people may have not even heard of, and bring it into focus for the public’s eye,” said Tony Gomez, vice president of sales and marketing at PNY.
Bruce also commented, “WHNPA has been great at encouraging photographers to go beyond one-time news stories and cover an issue in a more complete and nuanced way. I also thank PNY for their continued commitment to photojournalism.”
In commenting about the grant award White House News Photographers Association president John Harrington said, “ The WHNPA is committed to supporting member projects through the project grant program for work that makes an impact and potentially changes lives. These grants re-enforce the power of photography and its place in the visual media as a catalyst for change. Andrea's passion for bringing stories to light from remote regions of the world will be supported and rewarded through this grant. The WHNPA is so pleased that PNY has stepped forward with a matching grant that will allow Bruce to commit more of her talents and time to this worthwhile project.”
For more information please contact John Harrington at email@example.com or executive director Heidi Elswick at firstname.lastname@example.org (301-606-8251). To view additional images in this series, use the slideshow link below.
Time Lightbox is featuring a 115 image slideshow of Pete Souza's work. "Through adversity and triumph, public victories and private setbacks, chief official White House photographer Pete Souza and his team of photographers have relentlessly documented the actions of the President, the First Lady and the Vice President since Obama took office in early 2009. " Read more: http://lightbox.time.com/2012/10/08/pete-souza-portrait-of-a-presidency/#ixzz29fiXd2ft
An exhibition of Souza’s work, The Obama White House — Photographs by Pete Souza, is on view at the Leica Gallery in New York City from Oct. 5 to Nov. 10, 2012.
Congratulations to WHNPA members Pablo Monsivais of the Associated Press and Jahi Chikwendiu of the Washington Post, both of whom have images in the show. If you're going to be in Miami between March 10th – April 4th, 2012, check out the exhibition, which features 25 contemporary artist/photojournalist in a collaboration with Bernice Steinbaum Gallery to help promote public dialogue and engage the international art community.
THE EARTHQUAKE IN HAITI
This slideshow offers just a small sampling of the remarkable coverage of the Haitian earthquake and its aftermath by nine WHNPA members. Our thanks to David Gilkey, NPR; Carol Guzy, The Washington Post, Gerald Herbert, AP; Brendan Hoffman, Corbis; Nikki Kahn, The Washington Post; Rod Lamkey, Jr, freelancer; John Poole, NPR; Astrid Riecken, freelancer; and Jewel Samad, Agence France Presse, for sharing these extraordinary images.
We will continue to add to the Haiti gallery as more photographs become available.
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The gallery Camera Work in Berlin in presenting an exhibition of portraits of important photographers by the American photographer Arnold Crane. The exhibition starts on July 16, 2011, and remains on view until September 3, 2011. The individual portraits are depicted through works of artists from the extensive photographic collection of CAMERA WORK. The exhibition is open Tuesday - Saturday from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm. Hint: If you can’t read the original (in German), use Google translate. His sold out monograph, "On the Other Side of the Camera" features the artists' portraits Crane has made over the years. In 1995 the book received the renowned Kodak Photo Book Prize. Arnold Crane's images previously have been presented in several solo exhibitions in galleries and museums. They are included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Art Insitute of Chicago.