WHNPA Announces Judges for 2018 Eyes of History Contests

The White House News Photographers Association is proud to announce the judges for the 2018 Eyes of History Contests.
Still Photography

Barry Arthur is a native of Little Rock, Ark. He attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Barry began his career in journalism in 1981 as a stringer with the Little Rock Bureau of the Associated Press. He later became a part-time employee of the bureau.

In 1982 he joined the Arkansas Democrat (now the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette) as a staff photographer. Barry was promoted to Chief Photographer in 1989 and Photo Editor in 1992. In 2002 he was named Assistant Managing Editor Photo/ Electronic Media supervising the daily operations of the photography department, editorial online staff and library staff. Today he continues to manage the photography staff and works on major online initiatives.

Barry has been a member of the Associated Press Media Editors since 2014, the Associated Press Photo Managers since 2006 and the National Press Photographers Association since 1982. He is a currently on the Associated Press Photo Managers Board of Directors. He previously served on the APPM Board of Directors from 2009-11. Barry also served as co-chair of the Associated Press Media Editors First Amendment Committee. Barry is also a member of an informal group of journalists and attorneys who address sports and media credentialing issues on behalf of APME, APPM NPPA, NAA, ASNE, RCFP, SPJ, News Media Coalition and other media outlets.

Barry has had the pleasure of managing a remarkable talented photo staff covering; presidential elections; the Oklahoma City bombing; the 9/11 attacks in New York; multiple deployments to Iraq; numerous hurricanes including Katrina; and a variety of natural disasters in his home state.

Barry and his wife Patsy live in Little Rock, Ark.

Jessica Rinaldi is a staff photographer for The Boston Globe. In 2016 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography for The Life and Times of Strider Wolf and was also named a Pulitzer Finalist in the same category. Prior to joining The Boston Globe she spent ten years as a contract photographer for Reuters based in Boston, Dallas and New York City. She has a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University.

Rick Wilking is a 40 year veteran photojournalist and has covered news, sports and entertainment events in over 60 countries. He started his career in Denver, before becoming a staffer with Reuters covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa based in Zurich. He moved to Washington, D.C. as the first Reuters Senior Photographer in Washington, D.C. in the late 80’s. A multiple WHNPA award winner, he has covered six U.S. presidents. Now freelance, he has contracts with the New York Times, Getty, Reuters and others. He is a published author (2016 memoir The Last Hummingbird) and is a FAA licensed UAV (Drone) pilot. You can see his work at www.rickwilking.com.

Video Photography

Tom Bjelic is a founding partner at Urban Post Production, one of Canada’s largest Film and Television Post Production Studios. With over 25 years experience in the industry he has amassed hundreds of screen credits. His work is internationally recognized and has earned him Emmy awards in addition to his many Directors Guild, Genie, Golden Reel, Gemini and Canadian Screen Awards.

A partial load professor of Post Production at Canadore College he also develops and teaches curriculum as well as sitting on several program advisory committees. A founding partner of Vigilante Productions, a boutique production company that specializes in developing and investing in Canadian Independent Film. Co-managing partner at The Royal Cinema in Toronto, a 400 seat fully restored art deco era theatre specializing in theatrical, live music and event presentation as well as film post production. A strong mandate to promote growth in the Canadian Production Industry through a platform of creative talent, partnerships, investment and education has always been at the core of Tom’s interests.

Jesus Gonzalez was born and raised in California, and graduated from California State University, Sacramento in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication-Digital Video. He has been a freelance videographer/editor for over 10 years and has worked as a News Photographer/ Photojournalist for almost 3 years. He worked for KUVS-19 Univision in Sacramento for two years where he received two news Emmys for both Photography and Editing. Currently, Jesus is a Photojournalist / Editor at KOVR/KMAX CBS 13 also here in Sacramento.

Earlier this year, Jesus attended the NPPA News Video Workshop in Norman, Oklahoma. His hobbies include still photography, basketball and exercising. He currently lives in Sacramento.

Carmaine “CJ” Means is a Emmy award winning television news photojournalist at CBS News in Chicago. She received her B.A. from Columbia College in television production and directing. Her career began in Rockford, IL, at WTVO, ABC 17 in August of 2002. From that point, she moved on to work at WVTV, WB 18 in Milwaukee, WI, in May of 2003. In December of 2003, she accepted a position at the Tribune owned, CLTV/WGN 9 broadcasting back in her hometown of Chicago. In 2005, she started working at ABC 7 Chicago and until permanently moving across town to CBS News Chicago in 2014 when she accepted at full time staff photojournalist position.

Since then, Carmaine has won two individual Emmy’s for Coal City/Washington, IL tornado coverage in 2013, and a feature story, Bill and His Devices in 2016. Carmaine has been nominated and won several talk show/entertainment Emmy Awards for 190 N, Windy City Live and Chicagoing with Bill Campbell and At the Movies with ABC News in Chicago. She has also been nominated twice for individual Emmy’s as a news photojournalist with ABC News Chicago.

Some of her career highlights include being asked to be a judge for the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), “Photojournalist of the Year” in 2015. Carmaine along with her aerial photography company, Drone Girl Photography have been recently featured in Drone 360 Magazine, DNAInfo Chicago, WGN, Chicago Woman Magazine Movers + Shakers and Woman And Drones to discuss drones and cinema(includes broadcast, photo, film, inspection, real estate and tourism industries). I have also toured the country in 2017, as a aerial photography drone expert, guess speaking on panels discussing drones and journalism.

Video Editing

Carlos Cortes was born the only son of single mother Dominga Cortes. He grew up in Chicago, Illinois in the late 70s and has one older sister. His desire for story telling peaked his interest in cameras at a very young age. In third grade he carried a Kodak camera to school everyday. He later convinced the schools principle to allow him to take the yearbook photos for the entire school. He went on to manage his high school television department that was responsible for broadcasting all sporting events for the school. He attended Southern Illinois University. After receiving an undergraduate degree in Television Production, he accepted an offer from Cable News Network, and moved to Atlanta, to work at CNN headquarters. A year later, he moved to Los Angeles to become an independent contractor. Since then, his client list includes NBC, DISNEY, TRIBUNE, EXTRA, MTV, THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL, US ARMY, FOX, and the NFL Network. As a Director of Photography for KTLA in Los Angeles, he captured his first Emmy in 2012, and won two more in 2013. After 10 years in Los Angeles, Carlos accepted a job in his hometown, and is now News Photographer at CBS Television. He recently won his 4th Emmy in 2017. He is a proud father of 3 boys, and one Baby girl. His oldest son being 17, twins boys who are 13, and his daughter who is 6 months.

Audrey Haynes is a Photographer and Editor at WGN-TV in Chicago, where’s she’s worked for the last four years. After getting her journalism degree, Audrey worked a variety of jobs in print reporting, still photography and TV producing, but she found her passion when she picked up a video camera. Now an award-winning photojournalist and editor having worked at stations across the Midwest, she’s covered everything from presidents to political scandals to lighthearted features. But her greatest satisfaction comes from being able to give a voice to the often-marginalized citizens of some of Chicago’s most violent and poverty-stricken neighborhoods, telling their stories with creative shooting and thoughtful editing.

Jacqueline Quynh believes that these days anyone with a smartphone can get on the news, and thinks it’s one of the best things that has happened to journalism. The huge quantity of pictures and videos really helps to capture what’s going on in local neighborhoods. But Jacqueline wanted to be a journalist even before everyone had an iPhone in their pocket, and is probably one of the few people who’d still show up to work even if she won the lottery.

Jacqueline’s passion for journalism began at an early age. One of her favorite activities in Kindergarten was show and tell. She never cared about what she brought, just wanted to share a story. Later on she spent countless hours in front of the TV… not caring about comedies or dramas, but instead captivated by network and local news and the reporters who also told their stories. Now, her passion is learning about the people around her and working hard to share their stories in a compelling and authentic way.

Jacqueline’s reporting career began after graduating from college. She got her feet wet in a handful of smaller markets across the U.S., and now WWLTV.

Today, Jacqueline feels very fortunate to be now working in the career she loves, in one of the most exciting cities in the country. Her philosophy about news is simple: Her aim is to tell a story while focusing on the people who graciously let her into their lives.

In her free time, Jacqueline collects hobbies, takes online classes, and brushes up on French, as well as dabbling in a little bit of art. Being a foodie in New Orleans is a given.


Bianca Consunji is a video producer and journalist. She’s the Executive Producer of BuzzFeed News. Previously, she worked at Bustle as Director of Video, and Mashable as a producer. She is originally from Manila, Philippines and graduated from the Columbia Journalism School. Her work has taken her from the Democratic Republic of Congo to report on conflict minerals to shoots with Sesame Street Muppets.

Catherine Spangler is the supervising producer of video at The New Yorker magazine, and a former staff multimedia journalist at The New York Times. In 2013, she was the video producer for “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek.” The project was hailed as “a spectacular example of the potential of digital-age storytelling,” and won the Pulitzer Prize, a Peabody Award, and was nominated for an Emmy. At The New Yorker, Catherine manages production of original series and sets the tone for short-form documentary storytelling. She was a Roy H. Park fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill, and her work has been honored by Pictures of the Year International, World Press Photo, National Press Photographer’s Association, Online News Association, Society for News Design, American Society of News Editors, Scripps Howard Foundation, SXSW Interactive and the Webbys.

Margaret Cheatham Williams is a documentarian at The New York Times whose work is marked by deep connections with her subjects and the tackling of intimate issues. Williams’s reports on women’s issues including postpartum depression, fertility, and sexuality. She often works in the south where her perspectives were formed by an upbringing in North Carolina. In 2017, she created an animated series about evolving state of Motherhood. Her work has been recognized by the Hearst foundation, Pictures of the Year international, SXSW, and the National Photographers Association. Before joining the video department at The New York Times in 2012, Williams worked at The LA Times, Washington Post and MediaStorm. In 2018 she will be traveling to Pyeongchang, South Korea to cover the Winter Olympics.

Student Still

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 WHNPA Photographer of the Year.

Jim Lo Scalzo is a staff photojournalist with European Pressphoto Agency (EPA). Prior to joining EPA in 2010 he spent 16 years as a staff photojournalist with U.S. News & World Report. He has a master’s degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and is the author of the book “Evidence of My Existence.” He also spent four years as an adjunct teacher of photojournalism at George Washington University.

Tom Williams (@pennstatetom) has been covering Washington for Roll Call since 2000 and is also an award-winning photographer. Since he started at Roll Call, he has covered a number of major stories, including races for the White House and Senate seats, the Gulf Coast oil spill, and national party conventions. He has been interested and involved in photography since he was a teenager and he used his friends and family, especially his grandfather, as his subjects to photograph. Tom graduated from Penn State University with two B.A. degrees. His favorite photographer is Henri Cartier-Bresson and his favorite musician is Bob Dylan.

Student Video

Khalil Abdallah is a rare breed. A Palestinian American who fell in love with Photography from watching western journalists cover his region during the Palestinian Intifada and the First Gulf War. Khalil’s understanding of the Middle East and his fluency in the Arabic language proved invaluable to CNN during several major news events. Growing in a conflict zone made him treasure objective journalism.

At CNN, Khalil traveled the world covering wars, natural disasters, breaking news and features stories. His work included covering and traveling with US Presidents, Cabinet members, and world leaders. Khalil worked on several award-winning projects, and is frequently asked to cover stories that are of great importance to CNN.

On the conflict zone front, Khalil covered Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria. Shooting and editing is what Khalil does best, but he never shies from producing and translating compelling news stories.

Beth Brown is currently a photojournalist for NBC4 in Washington DC. I’ve been able to cover major events at the Capitol and White House while also being able to tell stories from communities such as those affected from Hurricane Harvey and aftermath of the Baltimore riots. As photojournalists we are the eyes and ears that bring the world into view so people can make more informed decisions in their lives and everyday it’s a privilege for me to be a witness this ever changing world.

Brian Hopkins has been in television in one way, shape or form, since his early youth. From playing a tv camera man in “Bye Bye Birdie” in middle school, volunteering in high school at a local tv station in Northern Virginia, to where he is today, a photographer/editor for WJLA/Newschannel 8, here in Washington, DC.

A multi award winning Photographer/editor, having won numerous local news Emmy’s, WHNPA awards, and an Edward R. Murrow award for his photography, Brians’s true passion is storytelling, challenging himself on a daily basis, and being a helpful mentor to up and coming news junkies. He’s been behind the camera for well over 30 years now and doesn’t plan on quitting any time soon.

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.

2018 Eyes of History Judging Weekend

The 2018 Eyes of History Judging will be held January 19-21 at National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, DC.
Judging is open to the public. For more information, please click here.