The entry period for the 2016 Eyes of History Multimedia Contest has closed. Please join us for judging 13-14 February 2016. This year’s judges have been announced. Please see bios below:
Evelio Contreras is a producer, shooter and editor for CNN in New York. He produces and works on multimedia projects for cnn.com with a focus on personal stories. At CNN, he’s spent time with families coping with PTSD, addressing mental illness and life after a traumatic event.
Evelio’s interest in stories about people coping with trauma stems from his experience covering the Virginia Tech shootings as a print reporter for The Roanoke Times, the local paper in Southwest Virginia, on April 16, 2007. That week Evelio transitioned from print reporting to video storytelling. He taught himself video on the job and later trained journalists in the newsroom on video storytelling.
His online video storytelling work in Roanoke, the Las Vegas Sun and The Washington Post has received recognition from various groups, including the National Press Photographer’s Association, Online News Association and Harvard’s Nieman Storyboard. His work at CNN has been recognized by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Editor and Publisher and NPPA.
He is currently shooting and producing work on new video development projects at CNN and cnn.com. When he’s out reporting, or walking around, Evelio likes to tell short photo stories for Instagram that are published on CNN International’s photo gallery at cnn.com/scenes and on his feed: instagram.com/eveliocontreras.
Since 2004, Evelio has presented and taught at more than a dozen universities and workshops across the country and abroad. In the past decade, he’s coached at the National Press Photographer’s Association workshops for multimedia and television and presented at conferences in Amsterdam and Denmark for photojournalist and storytelling groups. In 2011, he was recognized for his storytelling and community work by his hometown of Eagle Pass, Texas, and county, on the border of Texas and Mexico.
Evelio’s a border town kid at heart, and the son of migrant workers, who like his parents, sees his travels and journeys across the U.S. as continuing the same story that they began, which is to build a better life for folks that he meets and considers like family along the way.
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 and StoryMineMedia co-founder, Elena Rue, partnered with director Chad Stevens to edit and produce the film.
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. Orr is committed to sharing her experience and knowledge with others to help to grow the community of storytellers. She teaches workshops at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, The UNC School of Media and Journalism, and through various other institutions.
Rebecca Sell is a freelance multimedia producer and photojournalist currently teaching interactive design, video and photojournalism at the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University, including teaching courses in audio and video storytelling, picture editing, user experience design, information architecture, interactive projects and mobile design. Her work has been published by USA Today, The Washington Post, National Geographic Short Film Showcase and others, and she has been an extern fellow at NPR and a professional-in-residence at Blue Chalk Media. Before coming to OU, Becky was a multimedia editor and staff photographer at The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, VA, and has an undergraduate degree from Ohio University and graduate degree from Syracuse.