The White House News Photographers Association 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.
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.
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.
The WHNPA Lecture Grant
This semiannual grant of $250 allows a member to travel to his or her alma mater to share work experiences and speak about photojournalism in the nation’s capitol.
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.
President – Whitney Shefte, The Washington Post
Vice President – Jim Bourg, Reuters
Treasurer – Jon Elswick, The Associated Press
Secretary – Jessica Kocielniak, McClatchy
Jonathan Earnst, Reuters
Carol Guzy, Freelance
Pablo Martinez Monsivias, The Associated Press
Janet Weinstein, ABC News
David Postovit, Hearst
Whitney Leaming, The Washington Post
Ron Sachs, Consolidated News Photos
Still Photography Contest Committee
Chair – Andrew Harnik, The Associated Press
Video Contest Committee
Co-Chair – Pege Gilgannon
Co-Chair – Doug Wilkes, WTTG-TV
New Media Contest Committee
Chair – Pierre Kattar, Freelance
Student Contest Committee
Co-Chair, Stills – Al Drago, The New York Times
Co-Chair, Video – Bethany Swain, Freelance
Chair – Pablo Martinez Monsivais, The Associated Press
Co-Chairs – John Harrington and Molly Riley
Chair – Dennis Brack, Black Star
James Lorin Silverberg, Esq., The Intellectual Property Group, PLLC