The entry period for the 2016 Eyes of History Video Contest has closed. Please join us for judging 13-14 February 2016. This year’s judges have been announced. Please see bios below:
Kim got his start in photojournalism in 1983 while enrolled as a student at Bowling Green State University (OH). He became a student of James R. Gordon, then the editor of News Photographer magazine, and went to work for Gordon as Assistant to the Editor writing stories and taking photos for the publication. Kim received his first full-time job as a photojournalist and reporter for WWAY in Wilmington, NC just three days after graduation and was there only 11 months before heading back to his home market of Cleveland, OH. Kim was in Cleveland for 24 years, serving as a Director of Photography and News Operations Manager for nearly 10 years before relocating to Tampa, FL in 2009. Kim was a regional chairman for the National Press Photographers Association and earned numerous recognitions from the NPPA, Ohio News Photographers Association, The Cleveland Press Club, The Telly Awards, and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He has judged the national NPPA POY contest as well as the national Emmy Awards. In 2011, Kim completed his master’s degree in Business Administration from the Florida Institute of Technology. He currently works for WFLA-TV as a videographer/editor/producer. Kim has given more than 40 years of service to his communities as a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America and is also coaching youth lacrosse in South Tampa.
Chief Photographer Megan Mackel has been a part of the New Orleans photojournalism scene since 2010. She’s traveled on assignment to the London and the Sochi Olympic Games and in 2015 she went to Michigan to sit on the judging panel for NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism contest. She enjoys speaking at local schools about her craft and is always on the look out for new and interesting ideas in visual storytelling.
Tony Bielat is an experienced visual communicator and storyteller. Degreed in Radio and Television from the University of Illinois, Mr. Bielat was an award-winning television news photographer in Green Bay, Wisconsin. For 21 years, Mr. Bielat led the acclaimed Creative Services team at McDonald’s Corporation, which produces more than 500 original video titles annually. Mr. Bielat personally directed the development and production of large-scale business meetings and live events incorporating video, multimedia, and live performances. Mr. Bielat is currently a digital marketing professional serving clients in the travel and hospitality industry.
Tom is a founding partner of Urban Post Production, one of Canada’s largest Film and Television Post Production Studios. With over 25 years experience in the industry he has amassed hundreds of screen credits spanning multiple genres, from epic war dramas, medieval period pieces, science fiction, horror, westerns to action adventures, comedies and documentaries. His work is internationally recognized and has earned him several Emmy awards in addition to his many Directors Guild, Genie, Golden Reel, Gemini and Canadian Screen Awards. He is also a principle member of Vigilante Productions, a boutique production company that specializes in developing and investing in Independent Film and Television. Urban Post also runs the Royal Cinema, a fully restored art deco era 500 seat theatre that hosts first run, repertory, festival and private screenings.
On his days off you’ll find him there enjoying his favorite classics and eating far too much pop corn. A strong mandate to promote growth in the Production Industry through a platform of creative talent, partnerships, investment and education has always been at the core of Tom’s interests.
Mark Sogofsky is a Senior Photographer at News 12 Connecticut. Mark is a Connecticut native has worked at News 12 Connecticut for the last 19 years. During that time Mark has acquired a number of honors including multiple New York and Boston Emmy awards, and regional Edward R. Murrow awards for photography and editing. Mark was one of the first journalists on the scene at the Sandy Hook school shooting. He has also covered many national stories for News 12 Connecticut including the hanging chad controversy in Florida during the 2000 presidential election