2023 Eyes of History: Student Contest Results

Photography Categories

Top Honors
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Student Still Photographer of the Year - Vincent Alban, Rochester Institute of Technology
Award of Excellence - Ethan Swope, Santa Monica College

Video Categories

Top Honors
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Student Video Photographer of the Year - Isabella Martin, Michigan State University

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First Place - Valeria Gonzalez, University of Maryland
Second Place - Collin Bell, Caitlin Eddolls and lsaiah Vazquez, Syracuse University
Honorable Mention - Daniel Isaac Zivian, Michigan State University

General News or Feature: Narration
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First Place - Isabella Martin, Michigan State University
Second Place - Nicole Aponte, Syracuse University
Third Place - Nicole Aponte, Syracuse University

General News or Feature: Natural Sound
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First Place - Calli Westra, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Second Place - Collin Bell, Syracuse University

Long Form Feature
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First Place - Manuel Serrano and Averi Coppa, Syracuse University
Honorable Mention - Logan Lowestein, Jamie Oberg, Madison Wells-James, University of Maryland

2023 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.

Bonnie Cash is a freelance photojournalist originally from New Orleans. Bonnie was a photo intern with The Hill on Capitol Hill. In May 2021, she graduated with a Masters of Arts in New Media Photojournalism from The George Washington University. Additionally, she interned at United Press International in 2021.

Anna Moneymaker is a Getty Images staff photographer in Washington, DC, whose work centers on many notable subjects that surround politics, the arts, and the humanities in the US.

2023 Student Video Photography Judges

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.”

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 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’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.