WHNPA Announces Judges for 2019 Eyes of History Contests

The White House News Photographers Association is proud to announce the judges for the 2019 Eyes of History Contests.

Still Photography

Jay Clendenin photo

Jay L. Clendenin joined the Los Angeles Times as a staff photographer in October 2007. Clendenin has focused his attention in Los Angeles on portraiture, but he has nearly 20 years of experience in photojournalism. A graduate of San Jose State University, with a degree in journalism, Clendenin started his first newspaper job at the Hartford (Conn.) Courant. After four years, he went on to pursue work as a freelancer in New York City and eventually in Washington, D.C. He spent nearly five years in the nation’s capital, documenting politics, taking portraits and chasing human-interest stories, all while maintaining a presence in the White House press pool, working primarily for the news magazines. A native of California who grew up in the San Fernando Valley, Clendenin greeted the opportunity to move to the warm beaches of the South Bay with open arms.

Robin Daughtridge is the former associate managing editor for photography and video at the Chicago Tribune. Before joining the Chicago Tribune in 1995, she was director of photography at the Chicago Sun-Times. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, she also worked at the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman, the Capital Journal in Salem, Ore., and the Waukegan (Ill.) News-Sun. Favorite non-newspaper job: “Character” (i.e. Bugs Bunny, Wile. E. Coyote, Petunia Pig) at Marriott’s Great America (now Six Flags). A Navy brat, she now resides in Santa Fe, N.M., with her husband, former Tribune photojournalist Phil Velasquez. She has only seen two roadrunners so far.

Robin Daughtridge photo
Lauren Steel photo

Lauren Steel is a Visuals Consultant for photographers, brands, media, agencies, foundations and non-profits to craft authentic visual narratives. Previously she worked at Getty Images for 15 years and co-founded a subsidiary of the company, The Verbatim Agency. Lauren was a part of the rebranding and start of Getty Images Reportage where she also started the Emerging Talent program. She still mentors photographers in her free time and is faculty on the Eddie Adams Workshop and Syracuse Fall Workshop. She has been involved in the photojournalism community for over 20 years working with some of the greatest award winning photographers in their field. These collaborations have produced exhibits, photo-books and campaigns worldwide. She has guest lectured at ICP, SVA, and Columbia. Her career started in the editorial world after college when she worked at LIFE magazine as the photo and art assistant. From there she started doing photo research and continued to work on their special book projects including the New York Times Best Seller “One Nation”. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

Video Photography

Matthew Apthorp is a multi-award-winning photographer and editor. He is currently based in Tampa, Fla. but travels the state as a member of the EW Scripps Company’s Florida Investigative team. Matt uses his talent behind the camera to bring statewide investigative reports to life on various platforms from broadcast to digital. His work has helped result in change at the local and state level and can be seen on ABC Action News in Tampa, WPTV NewsChannel 5 in West Palm Beach and FOX 4 in Fort Myers.

Matthew’s work as a photographer/editor has been honored with 7 Emmy awards,
6 Edward R. Murrow Awards, and nearly two dozen Associated Press awards. In 2010 the National Press Photographers Association named him Editor of the Year Runner up.

Matthew began his career 14 years ago working the overnight shift as a Master Control Operator at WENY near his hometown in upstate New York. His eye for the unique and unusual led him to pick up a camera and start shooting shortly after for WBNG in Binghamton, New York. He left the cold behind for WBBH in Fort Myers, Florida before moving to Tampa and eventually joining the EW Scripps Company in 2016. Over the years Matthew has covered everything from general news, investigative, sports, hurricanes and flooding. In 2015 he traveled to Panama to film a special on the 100th birthday of the Panama Canal.

He credits watching his father’s love for still photography growing up and his own love for filmmaking that led him into the industry. Despite the numerous accolades he’s received professionally, he is most proud of his wife, Kimberly and their three beautiful daughters Lily, Sidney and Calley, frequent test subjects of his own still photography.

Matthew Apthorp photo
Katie Barry photo

Katie Barry is New York-based photojournalist for WNBC, covering breaking news and general assignments.
For kicks, she’ll take on projects for Big Questions (PBS), shooting, editing, writing and producing. She has covered social and ethical issues in Colombia, Cuba and Louisiana. If you ask Katie, she’ll tell you she’s far superior in shooting than her twin sister Kristy– a photojournalist at WCBS. They both live together in Manhattan.

Catherine Steward is a photojournalist for WTVF NewsChannel 5 in Nashville. In her time at WTVF, she has received six EMMYs and a national Edward R. Murrow Award for use of sound. Catherine was named NPPA TV Quarterly Contest Photographer of the Year for the West General region in 2012, and for the Central Top region in 2015.
Originally from Palmer, Alaska, Catherine has previously worked for KTUU and KTVA in Anchorage. She has served as a judge for the NPPA Best of Photojournalism Television Editing contest and the White House News Photographers Association. Catherine has presented at several conferences including the NPPA Southeast Storytelling Conference and the Ignite Your Passion workshop.

Catherine Steward photo

Video Editing

Kristy Barry photo

Kristy Barry is a camerawoman for CBS New York, covering news. She also shoots freelance projects—such as a prison rodeo in Louisiana. Prior to that, she worked as a photographer for NY1 News and filmed/participated in/wrote about a range of offbeat sports for ESPN.com, Esquire, Popular Mechanics. Events included ostrich racing, hog wrestling, underwater rugby, Redneck Olympics, and the Lumberjack Championships.

Ruth Morton started in news at WCAV-TV in Charlottesville, VA. She worked there for 7 years, working for three years in production and four years as a photojournalist. She came to WBFF in Baltimore in 2015 as a photojournalist, where she works now. She has won multiple regional Emmys, AP awards, a regional Murrow, and an NPPA Best of Photojournalism and Judge’s Choice Award. She has a dog named Tuscan and a fiance named Jason. She enjoys watching Drag Race and going to vegetable and/or fruit stands!

Ruth Morton photo
Brad Wilson photo

Brad Wilson is the Chief Photojournalist at CBS 6 News in Richmond, Va. He has a decorated career, winning 10 Emmy awards for his work.

But, that’s not the only hardware that sits atop his mantle. Wilson has been an avid fantasy football player for 12 years, winning numerous fantasy championships.

In the past three years, Wilson competed in eight leagues winning four of them, finishing in the top three in six and making the playoffs in all.WTVR.com has called upon Wilson to bring its fans some unique insight into fantasy football.


Elaine McMillion Sheldon is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy and Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker. She is the director of two Netflix Original Documentaries – “Heroin(e)” and “Recovery Boys” – that explore America’s opioid crisis. “Heroin(e)” was nominated for a 2018 Academy Award and won the 2018 Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Documentary. In 2013, she released “Hollow,” an interactive documentary that examines the future of rural America through the eyes and voices of West Virginians. Hollow received a Peabody, Emmy nomination and 3rd Prize in the World Press Photo Multimedia Awards. Sheldon has appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Anthony Bourdain’s CNN Show Parts Unknown and Meet The Press with Chuck Todd. She was recently named a 2018 USA Fellow by United States Artists, one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine and one of “50 People Changing The South” by Southern Living Magazine. In 2016, Chicken & Egg Pictures awarded her with the inaugural “Breakthrough Filmmaker” award. She’s a founding member of All Y’all Southern Documentary Collective. She has been commissioned by Frontline PBS, The Center for Investigative Reporting, The New York Times Op-Docs, TEDWomen, Field of Vision, and The Bitter Southerner.

Elaine Sheldon photo
Duy Linh Tu photo

Duy Linh Tu is a journalist and documentary filmmaker, focusing on education, science, and social justice. His work has appeared in print, online, on television, and in theaters. He is also the author of “Narrative Storytelling for Multimedia Journalists” (Focal Press).
Professor Tu teaches reporting and video storytelling courses at the Journalism School. He is also a graduate of the program.

Ben Werschkul has been in the digital video game for almost 2 decades. He has covered everything from hurricanes to political primaries. Currently, he is the Washington producer for Yahoo Finance. Previously, he worked as a producer and team leader at CNN and The New York Times.

Ben Werschkul photo

Student Still

The judges for the 2019 Eyes of History Student Still Photography Contest will be announced shortly!

Student Video

The judges for the 2019 Eyes of History Student Video Photography Contest will be announced shortly!

2019 Eyes of History Judging Weekend

The 2019 Eyes of History Judging will be held February 8-10 at National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, DC.
Judging is open to the public. For more information, please click here.