Carol Guzy Selected as The 2021 WHNPA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 12, 2021) – The White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA) announced that Carol Guzy is being presented with the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Guzy began her photojournalism career in 1980 at The Miami Herald. During her eight years at the Herald, she was awarded her first two Pulitzer Prizes. In 1988 she began a storied career in Washington, as a staff photographer at The Washington Post and traveled extensively, earning two additional Pulitzers – the first journalist to do so. Guzy and her work has been honored with numerous awards including eight times as WHNPA Photographer of the Year, three times as NPPA Photographer of the Year, the Robert Capa Gold Medal in 2018 and the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media in 2019. She is currently a freelancer and continues her work on long-form documentary human interest projects, news and feature stories.

Some of the notable assignments Guzy covered have been in Kosovo, the 2010 Haitian earthquake and the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy. Guzy is also a member of the WHNPA board, serves on the association’s 100 Years History Project committee, and has been active in the association’s programming and exhibit committees.

When told of the honor, Guzy said, “Heartfelt thanks to the WHNPA for this profound honor. It means the world to me for so many reasons. Looking forward to celebrating the association’s 100th anniversary milestone with everyone as we emerge from the shadows of the pandemic into the light!”

Whitney Shefte, WHNPA President, commented, “The board has had Carol’s name on our list for this award for quite some time. But naming her as our Lifetime Achievement Award winner during our 100th anniversary felt completely fitting. Carol’s career has been like none other, and we look forward to seeing all of the incredible work she will continue to do.”

Scott Mc Kiernan, CEO and founder of ZUMA Wire Service says “Carol Guzy, is one of a KIND! I’ve known her for decades and even after seeing scores of wonderful storytelling moments from her, Carol still crafts with her empathic, rich graphic visual excellence – a new gift around every corner. We are lucky to have her and look forward to her next reportage. Her driven spirit brings us what we can only see through her eyes. The Pulitzer was made because of journalists like Carol Guzy, no wonder she has won more than anyone.”

The White House News Photographers Association is a 100-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, contact WHNPA president Whitney Shefte at [email protected], or executive director Heidi Elswick at [email protected]. For further information about ‘The Eyes of History®’ and for more information about the association or to view images and videos from annual contests, please visit the WHNPA website at

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