Student Still Photographer of the Year - Ethan Swope, Santa Monica College
Student Video Photographer of the Year - Lucas Grant Pruitt, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Award of Excellence - Morgan Pravato, University of Maryland, College Park
First Place - Bryanna Helen Idzior, Michigan State University
Second Place - Erin Burnett, University of Maryland, College Park
Third Place - Regan Holgate, Michigan State University
General News or Feature: Narration
First Place - Joe Freihofer, Michigan State University
Second Place Place - Regan Holgate, Michigan State University
Third Place - Isabella Marie Martin, Michigan State University
Honorable Mention - Ian Gilmour, Michigan State University
General News or Feature: Natural Sound
First Place - Kimi Fleming, University of Maryland, College Park
Second Place - Valeria Isabel Gonzalez Montero, University of Maryland, College Park
Third Place - Dominick Acierno, University of Maryland, College Park
Long Form Feature
First Place - Lucas Grant Pruitt, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Second Place - Hope Davison, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Third Place - Raj Paul Ghusar, San Francisco State University
2022 Student Still Photography Judges
Jabin Botsford has been a staff photographer at The Washington Post since March 2015. He earned an associate 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. He was also named the 2017 and 2019 White House News Photographer of the Year.
Elizabeth Frantz is an independent photojournalist newly based in Arlington, VA., and most frequently found covering Capitol Hill or The White House. Originally from central New York state, she eventually found herself at Western Kentucky University’s photojournalism program, various internships, and working as a staff photographer at The Concord Monitor. More recently she extensively covered the 2020 New Hampshire Presidential Primary for The New York Times and traveled with then-candidate Joe Biden for the South Carolina and Super Tuesday primaries for Reuters.
Her work has been recognized by the Boston Press Photographers Association, National Press Photographers Association, and the Hearst Journalism Awards Program. She attended the Eddie Adams Workshop in 2014. Her clients include Reuters, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, NPR, Bloomberg, Buzzfeed, New Hampshire Magazine, and more.
Stefani Reynolds is a photographer and photo editor for Agence France-Presse in Washington DC. A New York native, she graduated from Pratt Institute in 2018. Following an internship with The Hill newspaper, she continued to cover national politics for outlets including The New York Times, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, and Getty Images.
2022 Student Video Photography Judges
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.
Lance Ing is an award-winning Photojournalist/Editor/Producer at WRC NBC 4 DC with more than 25 years of experience working General news, Special Projects and Investigative news and both Winter/Summer Olympics. He’s worked from coast to coast covering stories with the goal of making them both memorable and unique. “I’m committed to telling compelling stories which have an impact and can make a difference in someone’s life. I believe quality photojournalism, teamwork and good storytelling are crucial to establishing a connection with viewers.”
Lance is the Consumer/I-Team Photojournalist at WRC NBC 4 DC. He helped launched Sinclair Broadcasting’s Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson, prior to that, he worked for WTTG, USA TODAY LIVE, KATU, WZZM and KTVN. During his career he’s been fortunate to be honored with many local, regional, and national awards, including EMMYs, Murrow’s, AP Awards, NPPA Region 4 Photographer of the Year, WHNPA Photographer and Editor of the Year, and Michigan Photographer of the Year. “It’s an honor to be able to tell the kind of stories that can empower and touch the heart. I’m committed to telling compelling stories which have an impact and can make a difference in someone’s life.”
Joyce Sohyun Lee
Joyce Sohyun Lee is an award-winning video reporter with The Washington Post’s Visual Forensics team. She spearheaded the team’s techniques in finding new footage and analyzing it to produce compelling stories holding the powerful to account. These included a story on former president Trump’s crackdown at Lafayette Square, which won an Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia University Award, as well as pieces on protesters who were blinded or wrongfully arrested in the summer of 2020, the fatal shootings in Kenosha, Wis., and the January 6 Capitol insurrection. She joined The Post in September 2017 as a video editor on the foreign desk, where she covered the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Prior to her time at The Post, she worked as an associate video producer for Time magazine and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.