Nation’s Leading Photojournalism Association Annual Contest Travel Exhibit Returns to Washington for Exhibit at FotoWeekDC.
(WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oct. 20, 2014) The White House News Photographers Association 2014 Eyes of History® traveling exhibit returns to Washington after a tour across the U.S. and will be showcased at FotoWeekDC. The show features the winning images from the 2014 Annual ‘Eyes of History®’ competition and includes still, video, multimedia and student winners.
In judging at National Geographic earlier this year freelancer photographer Astrid Riecken was named WHNPA’s Still Photographer of the Year and Getty Images Win McNamee was awarded Political Photo of the Year. Riecken won first prize in the Feature, Picture Story International, and Portfolio categories. “I am very, very happy and extremely grateful that this happened,” Riecken said after the win. “I appreciate this honor and recognition.” McNamee’s Political Photo of the Year was an image of President Barack Obama speaking in the White House briefing room about the Trayvon Martin case. McNamee said, “I am very honored to have one of my photographs selected as the Political Photo of the Year and would like to thank the entire team at Getty Images for their amazing support and teamwork,” McNamee said. “The WHNPA has a rich and wonderful history and I am humbled to have my photograph chosen from those produced by so many talented and deserving photographers."
WHNPA President Ron Sachs said, “We are so pleased to partner with FotoWeekDC to showcase our traveling show. Our member photographers truly have a front seat to history and they appreciate the exhibit being back in Washington and the opportunity for thousands of FotoWeekDC visitors to see their work.”
Although a printed exhibit, the exhibit also displays the work of John Landy of BBC who was awarded the 2014 WHNPA Video Photographer of the Year and Lance Ing of WTTG – Fox – 5 News, who was named WHNPA Video Editor of the Year. The top award for came after he entered the competition for the very first time. Landy said, “It’s difficult to express my gratitude to the judges for selecting me as the recipient of the WHNPA award for Videographer of the Year. I am so humbled to have been chosen for this award knowing the quality of the field I was competing with.” Ing won the award as Video Editor of the Year for his first place finishes in General News, Day Feature, Editing Short Form, Political/Campaign, and Audio categories. Ing said, “I am truly honored again. It has taken me ten years to get a title back.”
The ever-changing multimedia contest winners are also featured in the exhibit and some of the images depicted include Jim Lo Scalzo’s, first place for Iowa’s County Fairs, a story he produced for European Press Photo agency. Team National Geographic took first place for the iPad version of The Last Chase, a story produced for The National Geographic chronicling a devastating tornado and the last days of a storm chaser. Kainaz Amaria also took a first place for Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt, a story produced for National Public Radio that uniquely chronicles the hidden world behind clothes sold in the United States.
The WHNPA also features a student contest and the travel exhibit features work by Jabin Botsford, now an intern with The New York Times, based in Washington, who won the WHNPA Student Still Photographer of the Year. Jon Kasbe of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was named the WHNPA Student Video Photographer of the Year.
The top winners of the contests were honored at the annual ‘Eyes of History®’ gala in May at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington. The annual black-tie event celebrates all the winning photojournalists and the President of the United States. Nearly 1,000 guests, including government dignitaries and industry celebrities, attended.
The White House News Photographers Association® is a 93-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 and the annual competition.
The WHNPA supports photographers in their work to chronicle images from the White House, Capitol Hill, embassies, and other governmental organizations. The association negotiates access to governmental events in order to maintain a visual record of history.
The WHNPA and ‘The Eyes of History®’ are sponsored in part by Nikon, Tiffen/Domke and United Airlines.