The WHNPA Student Contest Committee is proud to announce Meg Roussos of Ohio University as the 2013 WHNPA Student Photographer of the Year. "Her portfolio is a well rounded collection of photographs," said judge Linda Epstein, adding, "The whole package is executed very well and the fact that she included two stories is a ballsy move." Judges Allison Shelley and Jahi Chikwendiu also commented on Roussos' ability to capture strong moments while building an intimate relationship with her subjects. When contest chairman Kevin Dietsch called Roussos with the news she said, "You just made my day."
The Award of Excellence was awarded to Sara Lewkowicz, also of Ohio University.
Kevin Dietsch calls student winner Meg Roussos to tell her she’s won.
Judges Allison Shelley and Jahi Chikwendiu watch. Photo by Linda D. Epstein/MCT and fellow judge.
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- Entrants are not required to be WHNPA members, but membership is encouraged.
- If you choose to apply for membership, your contest fee ($25) will go towards your first year’s dues.
- Simply submit your application for membership with your contest entry materials.
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- Undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in a full time degree program are eligible.
- Students who graduated in December/Winter 2012 are eligible to apply for the 2013 contest.
- Entrants, you must have your advisor confirm your full time status as a student.
- Student Contest membership/entry payments can be made via PayPal.
- Payments and emails must be received by February 2, 2013.
- Entrants and all photographs must adhere to the code of ethics of WHNPA found at whnpa.org.
- All contest information and updates will be posted on this page.
One student portfolio will be chosen as the winner and the portfolio will go on the Eyes of HistoryTM contest website.
The 2013 Student Photographer of the Year will receive the following awards:
• A $1,000 award from the White House News Photographers Association
• A round trip ticket from sponsor United Airlines to attend the Eyes of HistoryTM Awards Gala.
• Two tickets from WHNPA to the black tie ‘Eyes of History’TM Awards Gala in Washington, D.C.
• A two page spread in the ‘Eyes of History’TM Awards book
• Portfolio highlighted in the traveling exhibit
• Portfolio featured on the ‘Eyes of History’TM contest website at www.whnpa.org/contest/eyes2013
The 2013 Award of Excellence Portfolio winners will receive the following award:
• Portfolio will be featured on the 2013 ‘Eyes of History’TM contest website at www.whnpa.org/contest/eyes2013
The contest submissions will be accepted through February 2, 2013.
No submissions will be accepted after 11:59 p.m. EST on February 2, 2013.
A public judging will be held on February 9, 2013, hosted at the National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Please feel free to join us and watch the process to see your portfolio critiqued.
2013 STUDENT CONTEST JUDGES
Jahi Chikwendiu wanted to be practical, but in the end his passion for photojournalism won out. After earning his undergraduate degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in math education from the University of Kentucky, Jahi was set to start a career as a high school math instructor. In fact, he taught for a year, enjoying the everyday challenges of being an educator. But when the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, the local newspaper where he freelanced during that first teacher’s summer off, called to offer him a full-time staff position, he couldn't say no. Three months later Jahi was named 1998 Photographer of the Year by the Kentucky News Photographer's Association (KNPA). In another two years, he would join the staff of The Washington Post, where he’s been a staff photographer since January of 2001. Since joining the Washington Post, Chikwendiu has worked on a variety of stories that include a coming-of-age story about 9/11 Marines, the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, AIDS and poverty in Kenya, genocide in Darfur, night-commuting children in Northern Uganda, cluster bomb victims in South Lebanon, Sudanese refugees in Egypt, DC Public Schools’ broken system, and Iraqi refugees who have fled the country since the 2003 invasion. Chikwendiu spent the first three months of 2009 in Africa covering the Barack Obama inauguration from the Kenyan home village of the US president’s father and other stories in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Kenya, and South Sudan. After starting the year of 2011 covering South Sudan's referendum (vote) to secede from the north of Sudan, Jahi has spent this year covering stories such as the suspicion of Muslims since 9/11/2001, a small town in NJ welcoming home the body of a young soldier killed in war, and a DC transitional safe-house for young people who are LGBT (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender) along with other local DC and national stories. Jahi has spent 2012 covering a variety of stories that include an autistic boy’s need for extra educational assistance, a father with a shady past stepping up to care for his five children, the new face of Iraq after the withdrawal of the U.S. military after a decade of invasion and occupation, and the aftermath of the massacre in Newtown, CT. Chikwendiu's work has been recognized by such organizations as White House News Photographers Association, National Press Photographers Association, Pictures of the Year international, World Press Photo, National Association of Black Journalists, Overseas Press Club, Harry Chapman Media Awards, Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards, Kentucky News Photographers Association, Atlanta Photojournalism Seminars, Northern- and Southern-Short Courses, among others.
After graduating from Syracuse University in 1989, Linda worked as a photographer for several newspapers in Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and Ohio. She worked as a picture editor and assignments editor during her three years at The Washington Times. In 1999, Linda joined Knight Ridder/Tribune (KRT), the second largest wire service in the United States. KRT became McClatchy-Tribune Information Services (MCT) in 2006. Since 2007, Linda has been MCT's Senior Photo Editor, where she handles all the photos for the McClatchy Washington Bureau's regional, national and foreign correspondents. Linda is a member of the White House News Photographers Association and National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). She has served on the Board of the NPPA's Board and was its Director or Associate Director for over 10 years. Linda is married with two children and lives in Bethesda, MD.
Allison Shelley is a freelance documentary photographer and multimedia creator. Former staff photographer for the Washington Times and previously director of photography for Education Week newspaper, Allison now focuses her work internationally, concentrating on maternal health issues affecting young women. Based in Haiti from early 2010, her photography has been featured in publications such as Time magazine, The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, Der Speigel, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Paris Match, and the Guardian. Allison is co-founder/co-director of the 250-member non-profit Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW). Her work has received awards and/or financial support from the National Press Photographers Association, the Society for News Design, the White House News Photographers Association (including the WHNPA Project Grant to support photo and film reportage on the issue of young motherhood in eastern India) and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (for her current project on maternal health and human rights in western Nepal).
You may wish to read about the 2012 contest winner and review the 2012 student contest winning portfolios