The entry period for the 2016 Eyes of History Still Contest has closed. Please join us for judging 13-14 February 2016. This year’s judges have been announced. Please see bios below:
Michael Robinson Chavez
Michael Robinson Chávez has been a photographer at The Los Angeles Times since 2007. Prior to that, he worked for The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and the Associated Press. He has covered assignments in over 50 countries including: the Congolese Civil War, the tsunamis in Indonesia and Chile, the Egyptian revolution, life in Brazil’s slums, gold mining in Peru, the 2006 Hezbollah/Israeli war, the conflict in Israel/Palestine and the US led invasion and occupation of Iraq.
Michael is a two time Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Photojournalism winner, in 2015 and 2012 and was twice named second place Photographer of the Year by Pictures of the Year International in 2014 and 2010. In 2015 Michael received a silver prize from the China International Press Photo Contest and a Judge’s Special Recognition in the Environmental Vision Award for his work on the California drought. Michael won the Scripps Howard National Award for Photojournalism and has also twice been named Photographer of the Year by The White House News Photographers’ Association.
His work has been exhibited widely, including the Visa Pour l’image festival in France, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC, Imagenes Havana in Cuba, the Head On Photo Festival in Sydney, the War Photo Ltd. Gallery in Dubrovnik and at the Museu Memorial de l’Exili in Spain.
He is publishing a book of his photographs from Peru: “Awaiting the Rain,” next year. In addition he teaches and lectures at workshops throughout the world including Mexico, Argentina, India, Thailand, Egypt, Peru, Australia, the United States and El Salvador.
Melissa Farlow has extensively worked for National Geographic magazine in the American West and photographed diverse cultures and landscapes while in South America, Quebec, Alaska, the Alps, and the Okefenokee Swamp in over 20 National Geographic projects.
Awarded a Pulitzer Prize with the staff of the Louisville Courier-Journal, Farlow received a National Headliner Award as well as Pictures of the Year portfolio honors while at the Pittsburgh Press. Named Distinguished Alumni by the IU School of Journalism, she was inducted into Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in 2013.
Farlow teamed up with Terri Farley for the book Wild at Heart, which focuses on mustangs and young people who are trying to save them. Farlow’s National Geographic books include Wild Lands of the West and Long Road South featuring South America’s Pan American highway. She documented women’s roles in three African nations for Women in the Material World. Her images are printed in over 70 books including Day in the Life series and Geographic’s The Photographs, Best 100 Wildlife Photographs and in Women Photographers at National Geographic.
In addition to projects for the Heinz Endowments and the Ford Foundation, her work is published in Smithsonian, GEO, LIFE, National Geographic Traveler and Sierra magazines. Farlow’s received a Masters degree in Journalism while teaching at the University of Missouri. She teaches workshops and is a frequent lecturer as well as a photography consultant with thephotosociety. She and her husband, Randy Olson, a longtime National Geographic contributing photographer, live in Pennsylvania and Oregon.
Four-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer and editor William Snyder is Professor and Chair of the Photojournalism Program at his alma mater, the Rochester Institute of Technology.
After graduating from RIT with Highest Honors in 1981, Snyder joined The Miami News and two years later moved to the photography staff of The Dallas Morning News. During his 15 years as a staff photographer Snyder won three Pulitzers Prizes.
In 1998 Snyder changed roles and became a picture editor/manager. He served as the Night Photo Editor, Assignments Editor, Metro/Suburban Photo Editor, and Assistant Director of Photography in the DMN’s aggressive Collin County bureau.
In 2005 he was named The Morning News’ Director of Photography and guided the photography staff to the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News for their coverage of Hurricane Katrina. He also produced “Eyes of The Storm”, a 256-page book featuring the DMN photo staff’s images from hurricanes Katrina and Rita that sold over 14,000 copies. In September of 2006, Snyder took a buy-out from The Morning News.
Snyder has won numerous awards from local, state, national and international competitions, lectured to numerous universities and journalism associations, has been published in dozens of publications and has worked with the rock group The Who for nearly 15 years.