Our Mission

The White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA) is dedicated to promoting, protecting and advancing the interests and intellectual property rights of its members which still consists of still and video photographers assigned to cover the White House and other news events in Washington and beyond.

We strongly believe in the public’s natural and legal right to freedom in searching for the truth and the right to be accurately and completely informed about the world in which we live.

Our Vision

We believe that there is a direct linkage between the survival of a democratic society and an accurate and free press. Members of the WHNPA maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct in serving the public interest, which includes truth, accuracy and fairness. Our images strive to be objective and independent.

Member Education

The White House News Photographers Association holds quarterly membership meetings to benefit our members. Topics include grant winners showing their work, new product demonstrations by our sponsors and panel discussions to educate the wider community. We offer ongoing educational programs on copyright and intellectual property, and workshops to teach new ways of presenting work through multimedia. With our student contest and programming we aim to stimulate and encourage interest in photography, either as a future career or as a hobby.

The WHNPA Project Grant

This annual $5,000 grant has been established for a member to work on an in-depth project of his or her own choosing that might not be possible without financial assistance.

The WHNPA Seminar Grant

This semiannual grant of $250 allows a member to defray the cost of attending a continuing education seminar or to help cover expenses associated with presenting a seminar.

Annual Contests

Our members continually generate remarkable world-changing images while on assignment and the annual WHNPA ‘Eyes of History®’ contests, held since 1941, celebrate our members’ creativity and competitive spirit in the still, video and multimedia disciplines.

The Executive Board

The White House News Photographers Association is led by an Executive Board and guided by its members. The Board is comprised of four officers and six representatives from the still and video communities within the WHNPA. The WHNPA also employs an Executive Director.


President – Jessica Koscielniak, The Washington Post
Vice President – Andrew Harnik, The Associated Press
Treasurer – Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images
Secretary – Kevin Dietsch, Getty Images

Still Representatives

Jonathan Ernst
Carol Guzy, Independent
Indira Williams Babic, National Geographic

Video Representatives

Victoria Fleischer, CNN
Dan Huff, The Associated Press
David Postovit, Hearst

Ex officio

Whitney Shefte, The Washington Post

Executive Director

Heidi Elswick


The White House News Photographers Association has several committees with responsibilities ranging from grant distribution, contest organization, soliciting sponsorships and more. These committees are lead by WHNPA members and are composed of volunteers.

Still Photography Contest Committee

Chair – Al Drago, Independent

Video Contest Committee

Co-Chair – Pege Gilgannon
Co-Chair – Doug Wilkes, WTTG-TV

Digital Storytelling Contest Committee

Chair – Pierre Kattar, Independent

Student Contest Committee

Co-Chair, Stills – Anna Moneymaker, Getty Images
Co-Chair, Video – Bethany Swain, University of Maryland

Education Committee

Chair – Allison Shelley, Independent

Dinner Committee

Co-Chair – Tasos Katopodis, Independent
Co-Chair – Jessica Koscielniak, The Washington Post

Sponsorship Committee

Chair – To be announced

Events Committee

Chair – To be announced

Legal Representation


James Lorin Silverberg, Esq., The Intellectual Property Group, PLLC