2021 Eyes of History: Student Contest Results

Photography Categories

Top Honors
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Student Still Photographer of the Year - Jacob Moscovitch, University of Missouri
Award of Excellence - Shafkat Anowar, University of Hawaii

Video Categories

Top Honors
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Student Video Photographer of the Year - Nash Consing, UNC-Chapel Hill

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First Place - Cole Strong, Syracuse University
Second Place - Joe Freihofer, Michigan State

General News or Feature: Narration
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First Place - Sam Britten, Michigan State University
Second Place Place - Joe Freihofer, Michigan State University
Third Place - Ian Gilmour, Michigan State University

General News or Feature: Natural Sound
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First Place - Madeline Powell, Syracuse University

Long Form
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First Place - Sadie Brown, University of North Texas
Second Place - Hadley Green and Madison Hoffmann, UNC-Chapel Hill

Creativity During COVID-19
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First Place - Nash Consing, UNC-Chapel Hill
Second Place - Joe Freihofer, Michigan State University
Third Place - Molly Castle Work, University of Maryland

2021 Student Still Photography Judges

Caroline Brehman

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

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

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.

2021 Student Video Photography Judges

Alice Li

Alice Li

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.

Beth Brown

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

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

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.