WHNPA Announces Judges for 2021 ‘Eyes of History®’ Contests

Still Photography

Brooks Kraft

Brooks Kraft graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in photographer and film. Early in his career Kraft began as an apprentice to photographer Irving Penn before working at several newspapers in New England. He then joined Sygma picture agency where he focused on international news including photographer Nelson Mandela and the first democratic elections in South Africa. As a contributing photographer for TIME magazine during the Bush and Clinton presidential administrations, he covered the White House and Washington, along with six U.S. presidential campaigns. In 2013 he was named International Photographer of the Year at the IPA awards. He is currently with Apple, Inc., in California, working on photography and visual projects.

Jewel Samad started his career as a photojournalist in 1993. He joined the international news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) in 2000. After being based in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia, and covering events ranging from Tsunami to war in Afghanistan and Iraq and various major sporting events like Olympics, World Cup soccer, he was transferred to the United States to join AFP North America team. He spent a year in Los Angeles before coming to Washington, to join AFP team to cover the White House. After covering the Obama administration for about six years, he joined AFP New York team. In 2017 he was transferred back to Asia as the Southeast Asia Photo Chief based in Bangkok, Thailand. He is currently working as AFP’s South Asia Photo Chief, based in New Delhi, India.

Yunghi Kim

Yunghi Kim is a photojournalist who has covered conflicts and in-depth, issue-driven stories all over the world for more than three decades. Intimate storytelling using photography remains her life-long passion.
Yunghi is most proud of her documentation of the lives of former South Korean so-called “Comfort Women”. These women, now grandmothers, were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese army during its occupation of Korea during World War II. Her 1996 photo essay published all over the world and helped introduce the plight of the “Comfort Women” to the West and turned the tide against the Japanese in the war crime. She started her photojournalism career at The Patriot Ledger, a small newspaper in Quincy Massachusetts in 1984, and then went on to become a staff photographer for the Boston Globe in 1988. She has been a freelance photojournalist represented by the photo agency Contact Press Images since 1995. Her professional accolades include three World Press Photo Awards, Magazine Photographer of the Year by POYi 1997 (one of two women to receive it at the time), The Olivier Rebbot and The John Faber Awards from the Overseas Press Club, Visa D’Or for News from the Visa Pour L’image Festival, The White House Press Photographers, 2000 Recipient of Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University, School of Communication. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for her harrowing coverage of Somalia in 1992. She has also worked on extensive magazine commissioned assignments ever since. Yunghi gives back to photojournalism every year in The Yunghi Grant since 2015. Yunghi has awarded $72K of her own funds to freelance photojournalists. Her most recent project is an educational site for the future generations of photojournalists entitled “TrailblazersOfLight.com: Pioneering Women of Photojournalism” which highlights the lives and achievements of female photojournalists and editors before the advent of the internet.

Video Photography

Jerry Ricciotti is a director, cinematographer and photojournalist based in Salt Lake City. He has spent the last decade telling underreported stories from across the globe for HBO, CBS, Vice, NBC, and more. As a cinematographer and director, Jerry has reported from the frontlines of conflict zones around the world, sailed to Antarctica more than once, and traveled deep into rainforests and both poles to see the frontiers of science and climate research. Previously, Jerry was a senior Director of Photography for VICE on HBO, where he scaled empty high-rises in China’s Ghost Towns, slept alongside Yemeni fighters in their civil war, and traveled to North Korea with Dennis Rodman. His work has been recognized with an Emmy for Best International Series, Emmy nomination for Cinematography, multiple Webby Awards, GLAAD awards, and speaking appearances in academic and professional settings.

Jerry Ricciotti
Spencer Chumbley

Spencer Chumbley is a freelance cinematographer working exclusively in news and documentary production. He has extensive experience as a director of photography of long-form current affairs and documentary programs. Clients include ABC News, VICE on HBO, Al Jazeera, Fusion, The New York Times, Travel Channel, Investigation Discovery and others.

Tawanda Scott Sambou is an award-winning producer, Director of Photography and experienced leader for CNN’s Digital Video team. Her expertise is focused on content creation that starts conversations and evokes emotion.
Based in New York City, Tawanda is a video production master – from conception to execution, she pitches, shoots, writes and edits content that has reached millions of people around the world. With a breadth of experience, she has created a unique career path for herself working as a photojournalist during the early years of her career to now a lead digital video producer. Tawanda has traveled across the country and around the world to cover major news stories, featured content and documentaries. Some of the biggest news stories in recent history include Hurricane Katrina, the earthquake in Haiti and the Boston Bombing. Most recently, she was the lead producer and director of photography for CNN’s groundbreaking project, “The First Time I Realized I was Black.” She is the recipient of multiple awards including a Peabody, News and Documentary Emmy Awards, NABJ Salute to Excellence Award, NPPA Awards and an Eppy Award as Finalist for Best Investigative/Enterprise Video with more than 1 million unique monthly visitors. Tawanda grew up in Macon, Ga. and started her career at WMAZ as a photojournalist in her hometown station. In 1999, she moved across the country to Las Vegas, NV. to join the KVBC photojournalist team. In 2004, she joined CNN as a photojournalist. When she’s not on the storytelling grind, Tawanda enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. She also has a passion for giving back and is a member of the junior board for Oliver Scholars, a non-profit organization based in New York City which prepares high-achieving Black and Latino students from underserved communities, for success at top independent schools and prestigious colleges.

Tawanda Scott Sambou

Video Editing

Anne Checler

Anne Checler is an award-winning documentary editor with over 15 years of experience in long and short-form documentaries, television and web series which have covered a wide range of topics from French Resistance fighters during WWII to slave labor in Brazil and voters’ rights in the U.S. Her work has been featured on PBS (Independent Lens and American Experience,) NBC, France 2, TV Globo, the New York Times, The New Yorker, HuffPost/Highline, Quartz, ProPublica, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, DocNYC, and various other international film festivals. Her work can be seen at annechecler.com. In addition to her editing work, she has recently produced “The Stand”, a podcast about political activism (thestandstories.com).

Geoffrey O’Brien has cut everything from news and documentaries, to comedies and drama, to competitions and unscripted for over twenty years. He has been a major creative contributor and editor for some of cable television’s stand-out and highest-rated series, including Ride with Norman Reedus, James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction, The New York Times Presents, and America Revealed. He also worked on several award-winning feature documentaries including, Note By Note: The Making of Steinway L1037, It Started As Joke, and Brick By Brick, a documentary that chronicles the segregation in the Yonkers public school system. Most recently, Mr. O’Brien won an Emmy for Best News Editing for his work on the Fx/Hulu series, The Weekly. When he’s not in a dark room attempting to answer questions like “how many frames is considered a beat?” [read: 12], Geoff is at home with his wife and three young boys. Most likely, there’s a glass of Bulleit nearby.

Geoff O'Brien
Tim Mclaughlin

Tim McLaughlin is an Emmy-nominated editor, producer, and educator at the award-winning production studio, GoodFight Media. He has been recognized nationally by the Emmy Awards, Vimeo’s Staff Picks, World Press, the NAACP, the Webby Awards, Pictures of the Year International, and the National Press Photographers Association, amongst others. Tim spent 9 years as a lead editor and producer at the Emmy-award winning studio MediaStorm, where he produced and edited over 50 films and videos. Tim edited and produced MediaStorm’s first feature film, The Long Night, as well as its first prime-time television broadcast, The War Comes Home: Soledad O’Brien Reports, on CNN. Tim’s clients have included the National Geographic Channel, the WSJ. Magazine, Starfish Media Group, the United Nations Foundation, Save the Children, Starbucks, MAG America, the International Center of Photography, Ripple Effect Images and the Alexia Foundation. Tim is a passionate educator. At the Maine Media Workshop, he developed and taught a curriculum for the school’s first-ever documentary focused multimedia program. He has also taught dozens of workshops, helped develop and produce MediaStorm’s online training program, as well as its first educational e-book. Originally from Louisville KY., Tim earned his Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Florida’s School of Art and Art History, as well as a Bachelors in History from Centre College. He lives in Portland, ME with his wife Britt, daughter Matilda, and son Fox.

Digital Storytelling

Andrea Patiño Contreras is a bilingual Emmy-nominated visual journalist from Bogotá, Colombia. She is based in Boston, where she works as a video journalist for Univision Noticias Digital. She produces visual content individually and as part of large teams and is involved in all aspects of visual production: from the research stages to the most intricate details of editing and post-production. Most of her work revolves around questions of immigration and human mobility. Her work has been recognized by the Hillman Foundation, the Webby Awards, the Gracie Awards and Picture of the Year International among others. Along with her team, she won the 2019 Gabo Award––the most prestigious journalism award in Latin America––in the ‘image’ category for her film “America First: The Legacy of an Immigration Raid.” The film also received a National Murrow Award and was a Livingston Awards finalist. Most recently, her 360º video short film ‘The Curious Life of Bill Mont’ premiered at SXSW. She holds a BA in cultural anthropology from Duke University and an MA in Media and Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the co-founder of the visual production studio Rabbit Raccoon.

Andrea Patiño Contreras
Kenon Danese

Danese Kenon is a dynamic visual educator with nearly two decades of photojournalism experience. After receiving her bachelor’s in English from Virginia State University, she attended The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., as a Visual Fellow. She started her career as a photographer at The Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, NY, then earned a master’s in photography from the SI Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. A Pulliam Fellowship took Kenon to The Indianapolis Star, where she was a photographer, multimedia journalist and editor. She moved into management as Assistant Managing Editor/Visuals at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and later as the Deputy Director of Video/Multimedia at the Tampa Bay Times. Kenon is the Director of Photography and Video at the Philadelphia Inquirer. She teaches multimedia journalism in The Kalish and Multimedia Immersion video storytelling workshops and to NABJ student journalists. Follow her on twitter @danesekenon.

Sky Dylan-Robbins is a documentary producer, journalist, and the executive director of The Video Consortium. She’s currently finishing a personal feature documentary about love and death. Previously, Sky was a staff journalist at NBC News, where she produced short documentaries about the cultural and spiritual shifts in how we think, connect, and exist in today’s unpredictable world. Before that, she was the Senior Producer of Video at The New Yorker, where she created the magazine’s first short films, series, and video supplement for print features. Forbes Magainze called Sky a “30 under 30” in the media industry, and her work has been honored by POYI, the Society of Publication Designers, PDN Photo Annual, the Webby Awards, the James Beard Foundation, The New York Press Club, The Newswomen’s Club of New York, various film festivals, and multiple Vimeo Staff Picks.

Sky-Dylan Robbins

Student Still

Caroline Brehman is a photojournalist at Roll Call where she covers daily life on Capitol Hill and politics in Washington D.C. A Pennsylvania native, Brehman graduated from Elon University in 2018 with a BA in Communication Design and minors in Psychology and Digital Art . She has held internships at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, The Martha’s Vineyard Times, and the Times-News in North Carolina.

Tom Brenner is a photojournalist currently covering American Politics for Reuters. A New Jersey native, Brenner graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2016 with a degree in Photojournalism. When not documenting the President or politicians on Capitol Hill, he can be found playing ice hockey or catching up on news in the local paper.

Jabin Botsford has been a staff photographer at The Washington Post since March, 2015. He earned an associate’s degree in photography at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, followed by an internship at the Daily Times in Maryville, Tennessee. In 2011, Botsford transferred to Western Kentucky University to enter its photojournalism program. While attending Western Kentucky, he interned at The Washington Post, the New York Times (twice), the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch and the Los Angeles Times. His work is now focused mostly on news and politics around the country and world. He lives in Washington, D.C. He was also named the 2017 and 2019 White House News Photographer of the Year.

Student Video

Alice Li is an award-winning video journalist for The Washington Post. From covering breaking news to filming and producing mini-documentaries, Alice has had the privilege to cover some of the nation’s most pressing and compelling stories. Throughout her six-year career at The Post, Alice has reported extensively on systemic racism, climate change, the opioid epidemic, national politics, amongst other issues. She is passionate about exploring the distinctions between natural and man-made disasters, internal displacement and migration, and resiliency in the wake of trauma. Her work has been recognized by the Peabody Awards, Edward R. Murrow’s Awards, Emmy Awards, Webby Awards, and others.

Alice Li

Beth Brown got her start in news business right out of high school through an internship that turned into a full-time job at WVEC-TV in the Hampton Roads area. She was hired first as a tape operator then became an editor and then transitioned into a photojournalist within 3 years. In 2011 she made her move to DC where she worked for the Hearst DC Bureau covering Capitol Hill and the White House. Some memorable career moments include going to Cuba to cover the death of Fidel Castro to covering the historic flooding in Houston, Texas during hurricane season to covering the social justice protests after the death of George Floyd. Beth currently works for NBC4 in Washington DC as a general assignment photographer: Beth enjoys speaking to young people trying to break into the business. She has also served as treasurer for the non-profit group Women Photojournalists of Washington. She is grateful for the opportunity to document history every day.

Brian Hopkins began his television career in 1983, volunteering while in high school, with FCAC Ch. 10 in Northern Virginia and WNVC/WNVT Public Tv. Over several years, he completely immersed himself in public access television, including producing and production work. One show he produced, lasted for 30 years. Soon, he began interning with Media General Cable Ch. 8, in Fairfax, Va., quickly learning his way around a real (non-public access ) television studio. In 1987, WNVC/WNVT became Brian’s first full time television home, shooting news on Capitol Hill, as well as doing studio production work. From 1989-1991, Media General Cable Ch. 8, in Fairfax, Va., took Brian in fulltime, where he thrived doing studio production, while spending periodic weekends shooting local spot news. This is where he first was bitten by the spot news bug. In 1991, Newchannel 8, which took over the Ch. 8 frequency, hired Brian as a production assistant. There he slowly made the transition to electronic news gathering and, by the time he left in 1996, was a full time photojournalist. CONUS Communications hired Brian to shoot news, covering Congress from 1996-1998. And finally, in December of 1998, starting as a freelance videographer, Brian was hired as a fulltime shooter/editor, just 5 months later, for WJLA-ABC 7, where he has been, ever since. Brian has won 5 local Emmys, plus received a number of additional nominations. With his reporter, he has won a Murrow award, an AP award, and has secured numerous first, second, third and honorable mention awards with the White House News Photographer Association. First place winnings earned Brian 5 trips to the Oval Office. When he gets the chance, Brian enjoys teaching and answering questions from youth who are interested in a career in television. Several times he’s volunteered for a program called, ”Facetime with the Pros”, a day for interested youth to attend lectures, get hands-on experiences with real broadcast equipment, and have face-to-face time with broadcast professionals, such as he, from around the DC area. Brian has also received numerous thank you cards from WJLA interns, whom he had taken under his wing, during their stay. Brian says he has the “very best career”. Even when off the clock, he “sees life thru a camera lens”. Always picturing the best camera angle, where ever he goes. Even when Brian’s traveling on vacation, or as he begins the weekend, he looks forward to what the next work day will bring and to what adventures he will find.

Nate Luna’s camera has taken him across the country and around the world over the past twelve years, from local news in small-town California to international news at one of America’s largest networks. He currently covers transportation out of ABC’s Washington DC Bureau. When he isn’t shooting or editing, he enjoys breaking (and fixing) his old car, barbecuing, brewing beer, playing with Legos, and being outside.

2021 Eyes of History Judging Weekend

The 2021 Eyes of History Judging will be held online February 27-28 via Zoom. On Friday, Feb. 26 at 6:30, we will hold an event via Zoom featuring stills judge Yunghi Kim.
The 2021 WHNPA General Election will also be held during this event. For more information, visit our events page.