WHNPA National Eyes of History contest results: Kraft named Best in Show
(WASHINGTON – Feb. 19, 2013) The White House News Photographers Association is happy to publish the winner's list from the inaugural National Eyes of History political photography contest. Contest judges Pulitzer-Prize winning photojournalist David Hume Kennerly, Jeff J. Mitchell of Getty Images and Stokes Young of NBC News deliberated for several hours on President's Day via Internet conference from their respective home bases in California, Scotland and New York, before unanimously and emphatically selecting Brooks Kraft's photograph of President Barack Obama campaigning in a rain storm as Best in Show and first place in the Political Portrait category.
Young praised the pictures "great technical quality and great moment," and Mitchell noted that, while some images fail when presented in black-and-white, "This one really, really works - that's a brilliant picture." Said Kennerly, "For me, it's a very powerful picture: it's in the rain, the quality is fantastic, it goes to the heart of Obama's character, his resilience. You can see the raindrops splashing off the top of his head, but he is undeterred. I buy into it one hundred percent."
The complete list of winners follows below, and we're excited to note that the judges honored work by photographers from sea to shining sea, you might say - from Massachusetts and New Hampshire, to Florida, California and many places in between. We will continue to provide updates as we post the winning images online. Many thanks to all who competed!
WHITE HOUSE NEWS PHOTOGRAPHERS ASSOCIATION INAUGURAL NATIONAL EYES OF HISTORY 2013 CONTEST WINNERS
The Race for President
A single image, which primarily features one or more of the candidates for president during primary season and the general election. Entries in this category must include one or more of the presidential candidates.
1ST PLACE – Brian Snyder, Reuters, “Untitled (Romney in Nevada)”
2nd PLACE -- Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Associated Press, “Untitled (Girls Looking at Obama)”
3rd PLACE – Jason Reed, Reuters, “Into The Night”
AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
Brooks Kraft, TIME Magazine, “Obama’s Arrival”
Doug Mills, The New York Times, “Tearful Final Evening”
Kevin Dietch, United Press International, “Through The Window”
Larry Downing, Reuters, “The Big Stage”
On the Stump
A single image featuring a candidate for office, not including 2012 presidential candidates. Images in this category could highlight someone campaigning for any elected office, from city dogcatcher to the U.S. Senate and everything in between.
1st PLACE – Carolyn Kaster, Associated Press, “Bikers”
2nd PLACE – Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune (Minneapolis), “Backroom Meeting”
3rd PLACE -- Mary Altaffer, Associated Press, “Paul Ryan”
AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
Michael Henninger, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Untitled (Biden)”
Tom Williams, CQ/Roll Call, “Untitled (Cleland and Warren)”
Bill Clark, CQ/Roll Call, “Ravioli Dinner”
A compelling portrait (a single image) that captures an aspect of a candidate or sitting politician’s character.
1st PLACE – Brooks Kraft, TIME Magazine, “Rain Storm”
2nd PLACE – Brian Snyder, Reuters, “Window”
3rd PLACE – Melissa Golden, Freelance for Redux Pictures, “Ron Face”
AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
Alex Wong, Getty Images, “Marine One”
Andrew Harnik, The Washington Times, “Fist of Support”
Charles Dharapak, Associated Press, “Quiet Moment”
Gregory Bull, Associated Press, “Callista Gingrich”
A single image which highlights a lighter moment specifically on the campaign trail, a moment which capitalizes on an ironic take, a funny juxtaposition, humorous interaction or a just plain silly moment -- not merely an “in between” frame
1ST PLACE – Doug Mills, The New York Times, “Getting A Hug Lift From A Republican”
2ND PLACE – Joe Burbank, The Orlando Sentinel, “Securing Newt” 3RD PLACE – Joe Burbank, The Orland Sentinel, “Sorry, Wrong Number”
AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
Melina Mara, The Washington Post, “Desperate Actions”
Jason Reed, Reuters, “With Friends Like These . . . “
Joe Raedle, Getty Images, “Rambler”
Lisa Krantz, San Antonio Express-News, “Untitled (Ron Paul)”
A single image from such situations as vote canvassing, campaign events, and polling stations which features only the voters -- be they undecided, true believers, swing staters or the like. Entries in this category cannot depict the candidates themselves, even in what might be considered supporting roles.
1st PLACE – Jewel Samad, Agence France-Presse, “Supporter”
2ND PLACE – Jim Gehrz, Star Tribune (Minneapolis), “Day To Vote”
3RD PLACE – Brendan Hoffman, PRIME Collective for Getty Images, “Voting”
AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
John Tully, Concord Monitor (New Hampshire), “Campaign Headquarters”
Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images, “I Voted”
Max Whittaker, Freelance for the New York Times, “Photographer Bait”
Presidential Campaign Picture Story
A series of pictures that depicts a story line or single theme related to one more of the 2012 presidential candidates.
1st PLACE – T.J. Kirkpatrick, Freelance, “Theater In The Big Tent”
2ND PLACE – Jason Reed, Reuters, “Presidential Protection”
3RD PLACE – David Goldman, Associated Press, “On The Romney Campaign Trail”
AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
Brooks Kraft, TIME Magazine, “President Obama’s Final Campaign” Charles Dharapak, Associated Press, “The Boys (and Girls) On The Bus” Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images, “The Final Campaign”
Campaign Picture Story
A series of pictures that depicts a story line or single theme related to candidates for elected office not including the U.S. presidency.
1st PLACE – Andrea Bruce, NOOR Images for The New Yorker, “Election Day from a Battleground State”
2ND PLACE – Kris Connor, Freelance, “Aiming For Public Office”
3RD PLACE – Tom Williams, CQ/Roll Call, “Kucinich’s Last Campaign”
A series of pictures that depicts a story line or single theme related to elected officials in action, the work of political parties or special interest groups (excluding the campaign trail), highlighting the everyday work of public servants in American life.
* The judges unanimously decided not to award any of the picture essays submitted in this category.
Best In Show</b>
Brooks Kraft, TIME Magazine, “Rain Storm”
With the support of our sponsor Nikon, First Place winners in each of the eight National Eyes of History contest categories will receive at NIKON 1 V2 camera!
For questions regarding eligibility or any other concerns,
please send inquiries to: EyesofHistory(at)whnpa.org
National Eyes of History Contest Judges:
David Hume Kennerly
David Hume Kennerly, a producer of Barack Obama: The Official Inaugural Book, won the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for his photos of the Vietnam War and went on to become President Gerald R. Ford’s personal White House photographer. Kennerly has been a photographer for Newsweek, Time & Life, and George magazines. American Photo Magazine named Kennerly “One of the 100 Most Important People in Photography.” He also authored the definitive photographic volume on President Gerald Ford, Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford. Kennerly is on the Board of Trustees of the Gerald R. Ford Foundation and the Atlanta Board of Visitors of the Savannah College of Art and Design. His archive is housed at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas, Austin. Kennerly, an Emmy-nominated film producer, is currently producing a four-hour documentary for The Discovery Channel about White House chiefs of staff, titled “The Presidents’ Gatekeepers,” which will air in the Spring of 2013. Kennerly has had exhibitions of his work at galleries and museums around the world, including the Smithsonian and The Annenberg Center for Photography. He has had five books of his work published, Shooter, Photo Op, Seinoff: The Final Days of Seinfeld, Photo du Jour, and Extraordinary Circumstances. READ MORE: http://www.kennerly.com/about.php
Jeff J. Mitchell
Getty Images Staff Photographer, Scotland, UK
Jeff Mitchell was born in Milton, Scotland in 1970. Jeff Has been a photographer for 19 years starting out on the Helnsburgh Advertiser and progressing to the Edinburgh Evening News and Glasgow Herald, he also worked for Reuters before taking up a staff position for Getty Images in 2006 , as a news photographer based in Scotland.
Assignments have varied over the years from covering the recent London Olympics and World Cup in Africa for FIFA, travelling on the Labour battle bus during the 2010 general election following Gordon Brown and features like Lairg Lamb sale the largest one day sale in Europe and Up Helly AA Viking festival on the Shetland Isles.
He has also been involved in many UK international news stories such as the Diamond Jubilee the recent Royal Wedding as well as funerals of Princess Diana and the Queen Mother, the Foot and Mouth outbreak and the multiple murder of 16 school children at Dunblane primary in March of 1996.
He has been recognized with a number of awards: Including World Press Photo – 1st Place Nature and Environment Stories, Two times winner of the British Picture Editor Awards Photographer of the Year.
Two times winner of the British Picture Editor Awards Sports Photographer of the Year, British Picture Editor Awards Royal Photographer of the year, British Picture Editor Awards Business and Industry Photographer of the Year.
Two times winner of the Nikon Regional Photographer of the year, Two times winner of the British Press Gazette regional press photographer of the year, Scottish Sports Photographer of the year 2006 and 2011 Scottish Press Awards News Photographer of Year.
Jeff currently lives in Alexandria with his wife Lyn and two sons Final aged nine and Callum aged six.
Executive Producer for Multimedia at NBCNews.com
Stokes Young is the Executive Producer for Multimedia at NBCNews.com. He started this role in January of 2012. Young leads the teams responsible for production and programming of all video and still photography on NBCNews.com properties. Young, who attended Deep Strings College and graduated from the University of Michigan, began his career as an assistant at the Black Star photo agency. He has since been a multimedia producer for the msnbc.com business team, the east coast supervising multimedia producer at msnbc.com, director of editorial assignments at Corbis, a video producer at MSN Video, and the director of video at msnbc.com. Young lives with his wife and son in Brooklyn, New York.