2023 WHNPA Digital Storytelling Award Winners Announced

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – Feb. 19, 2023) – The White House News Photographers Association® announced the winners of the Digital Storytelling categories in the annual ‘Eyes of History®’ competition.

Whitney Shefte of The Washington Post was named WHNPA 2023 Multimedia Visual Journalist of the Year.

The judges for the Digital Storytelling competition were Yara Bishara, NBC News, Jon Baugher, Eastward Films and Lauren Frohne, The Seattle Times.

Whitney was able to capture an important moment in history beautifully and emotionally. Bishara said she hadn’t seen such intimate storytelling of the conflict.

When told of her win, Whitney said: “I feel so honored to have been able to share the stories of ordinary Ukrainians who have faced such incomprehensible loss and heartbreak due to this senseless war. I hope this award, along with the collective work of my colleagues, helps to bring greater attention to their suffering so that the conflict can finally be put to a stop.”

“Congratulations to Whitney for such breadth and intimate video portraits from her time covering the war in Ukraine” said WHNPA digital storytelling contest chair Pierre Kattar.

The top winners of the still, video, digital and student contests will be honored at the annual ‘Eyes of History®’ gala later this year in Washington. The black-tie event celebrates all the winning visual journalists. The WHNPA is celebrating its 102nd anniversary in 2023.

The White House News Photographers Association is a 102-year-old non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the efforts of Washington’s professional visual journalists. The WHNPA aims to provide professional and educational outreach to its members and the community through scholarships, programming, an annual competition and a celebration of the industry at the annual ‘Eyes of History®’ gala.

For more information, please contact Whitney Shefte at [email protected] or executive director Heidi Elswick at [email protected] (301-606-8251). For further information about ‘The Eyes of History®’ and to view the winning images and videos, visit the WHNPA website at www.whnpa.org.

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