FPJA Family Photojournalism Contest Judges

Gina Ferazzi

Gina has been a staff photographer with the Los Angeles Times since 1994. Her Wildfire photos were part of the staff Pulitzer Prize win for Breaking News in 2004. Other recent awards include: Best of Photojournalism 2007: Second Place - Natural Disaster Single, 61st Pictures of the Year 2004: Second Place - Spot News; Award of Excellence - News Photo Story; Award of Excellence – Pictorial, Best of Photojournalism 2004: Second Place - Domestic News; Honorable Mention - Domestic News Picture Story. Gina has covered the last three Winter Olympics in Japan, Salt Lake City and Italy. She also covered many national sporting events, presidential campaigns, local and national news events including Hurricane Katrina. Most recently, Gina has been on the Campaign Trail through Iowa and New Hampshire. Before that she was covering the American League baseball playoffs and the California Wildfires in 2007. In 1992, Gina was named Best of Gannett and California Photographer of the Year while working for the San Bernardino Sun in San Bernardino, CA. She began her career in photojournalism at the Kennebec Journal in Augusta, Maine after graduating from the University of Maine, Orono with a degree in Journalism.

Peter Power

Peter Power is a 20-year veteran photojournalist from Canada who works for The Globe and Mail, Canada's National Newspaper. Prior to taking his present position in 2007 he was on staff at Canada's largest daily newspaper, The Toronto Star. Power continues to document life in Toronto and area, as well as national and international breaking news, and in-depth feature stories. His assignments have ranged from the Zapatista uprising in Chiapas, Mexico (1994), to the destruction of Hurricane Andrew, Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan, the slums ("favelas") of Rio de Janeiro, the short period of Islamist rule in Mogadishu, Somalia and four Olympic Games. Most recently he was in Haiti to document the aftermath of the devastating earthquake there. His work has earned numerous Industry awards and accolades including three of Canada's National Newspaper Awards (NNA)--he's been nominated six times -- and a Governor General's Award for Public Service Journalism. He has also been named the National Press Photographer's Association's (NPPA) Region Two Photographer of the Year three times, and has twice earned the same honor from the Eastern Canadian News Photographers Association. To his credit, he has numerous Picture of the Year honors from various professional organizations including the Society for Newspaper Design. Peter has recently expanded his portfolio by adding video production, primarily of long-term documentary stories. For work completed in 2007 he won Multimedia Project of the Year honors from the News Photographers Association of Canada, and several other stories have won or placed in the NPPA BOP, and the POYi multimedia categories. In 2007 he was a Webby Award Finalist for a Documentary Series, and in 2008 he was a Webby Award Honouree for a Documentary - Single Episode. In April he was awarded Best Multimedia Story by a single person by the News Photographers Association of Canada. Power also sits as a member of the Advisory Committee for Loyalist College's Photojournalism Program--the school he graduated from in 1989. Prior to 1989, Power spent five years in the Canadian military under the Regular Officer Training Plan. This was a period of his life which he largely credits for his personal discipline, attention to detail, and problem solving skills--all of which he says he uses on a daily basis as a photojournalist.

David Stephenson

David Stephenson has been the Photojournalism Adviser for the University of Kentucky’s student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel, since 2009. David returned to his native Lexington and joined the staff of the Herald-Leader in 1997 before leaving to join the Kernel. He is a four-time recipient of the Kentucky News Photographers Association’s Photographer of the Year Award and has been named Sports Photographer of the Year three times. He won the National Press Photographers Association Region 4 Photographer of the Year in 2000 and 2002. Stephenson, a 1992 WKU graduate, recently completed a four-year project, “A New Dawn?”, following a young mother addicted to pain pills through a local Drug Court Program. In 2005, David created heraldleaderphoto.com, a place for staff photographers to publish multimedia and slideshows. The site recently won a Media Eclipse Award for 2007 Kentucky Derby Coverage online. He also created a site specifically for one of his favorite series of stories on oddly name towns in Kentucky, Project Dateline. David led the staff’s charge into multimedia and has produced videos and multimedia projects which have won awards in the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, POYi, NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism, and The Southern Short Course.

Ken Geiger

Pulitzer prize-winning photographer Ken Geiger has been a visual and technology leader in global media organizations, serving nearly 12 years with National Geographic Magazine as Deputy Director of Photography. Previously, he was Director of Photographer for the Dallas Morning News and most recently as Director of Photography for the Nature Conservancy. Ken's career as a photojournalist has ranged from China to Mexico, war in Burma and Bosnia, terrorism in the Punjab, the 1990 post-Sandinista election in Nicaragua, four Olympic games, and numerous American political conventions. His awards include Society of Newspaper Design and National Headliners, and he has been named National Press Photographer's Association and Pictures of the Year International Magazine's Picture Editor of the Year.

Susan Walsh

Susan Walsh has worked as a staff photographer for the Associated Press for the last 15 years covering everything from Presidents to Patriots — the ones from New England, or course! In 1999, Walsh was part of the Associated Press team to win the Pulitzer Prize. Most recently, Walsh served as president of the White House News Photographers Association (www.whnpa.org) from 2001 to 2006.

Gary Porter

Gary Porter has been a photojournalist with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel since 1984. He has worked on many award-winning stories, including the ground breaking "Made in China" series that helped explain the relationship between what Is happening economically and socially in China and the loss of jobs and business in Wisconsin. Porter also won an Oversees Press Club award in photojournalism and a United Nations World Hunger Year Award, as well as a National Press Photographers Association award for his photographs from "Empty Cradles: The Global Tragedy of Child Mortality," for which he photographed in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Porter has also been chosen as the Wisconsin News Photographer of the Year five times while he has been at the Journal Sentinel. Most recently, he was awarded Photographer of the Year with the WNPA making this the sixth time in his career. In 2011, he won the Pulitzer Prize for the story "One in a Billion", a young boy having his DNA sequenced. Other recent major stories include the last Hmong migration from Thailand to the United States, chronic wasting disease and foot-and-mouth disease in the U.K. Porter attended the University of Wisconsin System and studied photography at Ryerson University in Toronto.

Justin Merriman

Justin Merriman, a freelance photojournalist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has traveled the world to cover politics, wars, natural disasters, civil unrest as well as covering assignment throughout the United States. His work has appeared in leading national publications and he has received multiple top journalism awards. After covering the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks – including the crash of United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania – Merriman committed to chronicling the U.S. military and its war on terror. He has followed this story across the United States and into the conflict zones of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He also has covered life in Fidel Castro’s Cuba in 2002, India’s efforts to eradicate polio from its population, the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Cuba in 2012, the 2013 conclave and election of Pope Francis in Rome, the second anniversary of Egypt’s revolution and subsequent unrest, Russia’s invasion of Crimea and the international political crisis that unfolded in Ukraine in 2014, a look inside of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in 2015 and its uncertain future, and most recently, traveled the entire U.S. border with Mexico documenting issues on immigration. Merriman’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, Time, USA Today, Sports Illustrated and other publications across the globe. He has been recognized with numerous regional, national and international awards from organizations including Pictures of the Year International, Society of Professional Journalists, the National Press Photographers Association, the Society for News Design, the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, the Northern Short Course, the Southern Short Course, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the Military Reporters and Editors Association, and the Western Pennsylvania Press Club. He was awarded Photographer of the Year by the News Photographer Association of Greater Pittsburgh four times and most recently was honored with the Keystone Press Award’s 2016 Distinguished Visual Award from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. Born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Merriman graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Writing. In 2009, the university awarded him its prestigious Alumnus of Distinction award. Currently Merriman lives in Oakmont with his fiancé, Stephanie Strasburg, a photojournalist with the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Justin is a founding member of American Reportage.

Bill Frakes

Bill Frakes is a photographer and filmmaker has worked in more than 138 countries for a wide variety of editorial and advertising clients. His advertising clients include Nike, Coca-Cola, Champion, Isleworth, Stryker, IBM, Nikon, Kodak, and Reebok. Editorially, his work has appeared in virtually every major general interest publication in the world. Bill won the coveted Newspaper Photographer of the Year award in the prestigious Pictures of the Year competition. He was a member of the Miami Herald staff that won the Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of Hurricane Andrew. He has also been honored by the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for reporting on the disadvantaged and by the Overseas Press club for distinguished foreign reporting. He was awarded the Gold Medal by World Press Photo.

Preston Gannaway

Preston Gannaway (b. 1977) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning documentary photographer and artist. Her work often focuses on intimate stories about American families and marginalized communities while addressing themes such as gender identity, class and our relationship to the natural world. The story she did on the St. Pierre family, Remember Me, was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. She is a regular lecturer and has served as guest faculty in a variety of educational workshops. Her photographs are held in both public and private collections and have been exhibited widely. Her first book, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, about the changing character of a seaside neighborhood in Virginia, was released in 2014. Born and raised in North Carolina, she is now based in Oakland, California.

Renée C. Byer

Renée C. Byer is a Senior Photojournalist with The Sacramento Bee and the recipient of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for her project "A Mother's Journey," an intimate portrayal of a single mother's emotional and financial struggles as her son battled neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer. The story was also awarded the World Understanding Award and second place multimedia feature picture story at Pictures of the Year International 2007, the Sigma Delta Chi Award for feature photography, the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, second prize in the Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards and an honorable mention in the UNICEF Photo of the Year Award. Also a picture editor and designer, Byer is represented by Zuma Press photo agency. Byer's photos have been published in Newsweek Asia, Paris Match, Marie Claire, El Mundo, Days Japan, Rangefinder, Photo District News, Business Week and most recently in View magazine in Germany. She has taught workshops and had gallery shows in San Francisco, California, Palm Beach, Florida, Yokohama, Japan, Siem Reap, Cambodia and Madrid, Spain. Her pictures titled "Seeds of Doubt," won the Harry Chapin Award for Photojournalism 2005 and she is also the recipient of the Associated Press News Executives Council, Mark Twain Award 2004. She was a finalist for a Dart award for victims of violence before coming to the Sacramento Bee 2003. Her numerous awards include honors from NPPA, POYi, AP, SND, Best of the West and regional contests in photography, picture editing and design. View Renée C. Byer's feature on CBS Sunday Morning.

Denny Simmons

Denny Simmons, BJ '93 is a University of Missouri graduate, currently a photographer/visuals coach with the Evansville Courier & Press and The Gleaner (Henderson, Ky.). Past positions include picture editor at the News Sun (Waukegan, Ill.), picture editor at the St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press, and photographer at the Jacksonville (Ill.) Journal-Courier. Simmons was named NPPA's Best of Photojournalism Photographer of the Year (smaller markets) in 2008. He has also been Indiana POY thrice and currently serves as its president. Simmons has served the NPPA in multiple roles including national clip chair, Region 4 director and Region 7 magazine editor. He was awarded the title of College Photographer of the Year for work done in 1992. In a few weeks, Simmons will be serving on faculty for The Mountain Workshops for his fourth time. Simmons is married to Penny (yeah, Penny and Denny) and they have two kids in college and two dogs on their couch.

Carol Guzy

Carol Guzy is a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer with The Washington Post. Guzy originally studied to be a nurse, but changed course after taking a photojournalism class. She received her most recent Pulitzer in 2000 for photographs of Kosovo refugees, a second in 1995 for her portrayal of the U.S. intervention in Haiti, and her first in 1986 awarding her work during a mudslide in Colombia for The Miami Herald. Guzy graduated from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 1980 and acquired her first job with the Miami Herald after a successful internship. She spent eight years at the Herald, then joined The Washington Post in 1988. In 1990, Guzy was the first woman to receive the Newspaper Photographer of the Year Award, presented by the National Press Photographers Association.

Jeanie Adams-Smith

For the past eight years Jeanie Adams-Smith has been a professor in the photojournalism department at Western Kentucky University, one of the top college programs in the country. Jeanie is an award-winning photojournalist and has published three books of her photography. Jeanie’s multiple awards range from Kentucky Photographer of the Year in 2006 to first place in Pictures of the Year International for a multimedia piece of children of divorce in 2000.

In the past year-and-a-half Jeanie has traveled twice to Cuba, documenting the everyday lives of people in Old Havana. She has also been to Western Ireland documenting farming culture. The work has won her several regional and national awards. Currently she is working on a book project, The Doorways of Old Havana, which will feature her work from Cuba.

Jeanie has won international awards for her social documentary photographs, including work for Planned Parenthood, Vanderbilt’s Burn Unit for children, and projects on brain injury and survivors of rape and sexual assault. One of Jeanie’s largest projects documented children coping with divorce. Her book Survivors: Children of Divorce, was nominated by WKU for a Pulitzer Prize entry in non-fiction literature.

Before coming to Western, Jeanie was a photo editor at the Chicago Tribune. Most of her time was spent as the National/Foreign Picture Editor, which included researching and assigning photographs for the national and foreign bureaus and working on many of the Tribune’s special projects, including Killing Our Children, a year-long documentary on the children murdered in Chicago in 1993, that won the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Journalism.

Jeanie has been a photo editing coach for the Mountain Workshop, has spoke at national conferences, like Southwestern Photojournalism Conference and she has judged national and regional photo competitions, including White House News Photographers Association, Photographer of the Year International , Society of Newspaper and Design and Ohio, Michigan and Indiana State POY contests.

She is a mother of a beautiful 6-year-old daughter, Abigail and has been married to her best friend, David for 13 years.

Martha Rial

I first fell in love with the power and grace of photography as a teenager studying images in Life and Lookmagazines. My desire to tell compelling stories has taken me from the mountains of Haiti to African villages to the streets of my hometown of Pittsburgh, a city of colorful characters and distinct topography. My photographs have received international acclaim, including a Pulitzer Prize for work documenting the lives of Burundian and Rwandan survivors of the 1994 genocide.

I specialize in documentary, editorial and portrait photography. Working mostly on location, I enjoy exploring communities and photographing people where they live, work and play. One of my strengths is helping reluctant subjects to relax in order to create authentic portraits. As a skilled multimedia storyteller, I also create audio slideshows for editorial, nonprofit organizations and corporate clients.

Recently I contributed to The Marcellus Shale Documentary Project, a traveling exhibition of photographs chronicling the impact of the shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania. The project was funded by The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments. I was also selected as one of the photographers for the Downtown Now Photography Project, a special initiative of The Heinz Endowments. My work has been exhibited at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Mattress Factory, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Galleries and the Hewlett Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University. My work can be found in the permanent collections of the Carnegie Museum of Art, BNY Mellon and the Newseum in Washington D.C.

Previously I worked as a staff photographer for the St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times) and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. My work has earned the Scripps Howard Foundation Award for Photojournalism, a National Headliner Award and the Distinguished Visual Award from the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors. I was also named Pennsylvania News Photographer of the Year.

I have worked as an adjunct associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and taught at the Western Kentucky University's Mountain Workshop, the Sundance Photographic Workshops. I am also a master class instructor at the Chautauqua Institution.

I am a graduate of Ohio University's School of Visual Communication. In the spring of 2017, I received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Point Park University.

David Leeson

David Leeson has been a staff photographer for The Dallas Morning News since 1984. In 2004, he was a Pulitzer Prize Winner for his photographs depicting the violence and poignancy of the war with Iraq. In 1985, Leeson was also a Pulitzer finalist for his photo coverage of apartheid in South Africa. In 1986, he lived on the streets of Dallas with the homeless for two months. The photos, published in a 24-page special section by The Dallas Morning News, won a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Outstanding Coverage of the Problems of the Disadvantaged. In 1991, Leeson arrived in Kuwait City with the 1st Marine Division and was among the first journalists to photograph in the city following Iraq’s withdrawal during the Gulf War. The following year he returned to the gulf and gave readers an exclusive look inside war-torn Baghdad. In 1994, he covered civil war in Angola, earning a second Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. In the same year, a Leeson photograph of a family evacuating floodwaters in southeast Texas was named a finalist for the Pulitzer. For more than 14-months, 1996 thru 1997, he worked on an essay about death row in the United States. Following that assignment, Leeson completed stories in China, Bosnia, the 1999 earthquake in Turkey and civil war in Sudan.

David H. Wells

David H. Wells is an award-winning photographer, producing images for local, national and international clientele. Past assignments have been for Life Magazine, National Geographic Publications, the New York Times Magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday Magazine, to name a few. Teaching Experience: Workshop instructor / International Center for Photography, New York, NY, 1995-98, 2002-2018 Workshop instructor / Maine Photography Workshops, Rockport, ME, 1995-2018 Workshop instructor / Objectifs, Singapore Center for Film and Photography, 2004-2013, 2015-2017 Visiting Professor of Photography, Rochester Institute of Technology, Roch., NY. 2007 Faculty, Northern Short Course in Photojournalism. Providence, RI 2004 and 2007 Workshop instructor / Santa Fe Photography Workshops, Santa Fe, NM, 2003-2006 Workshop instructor / Pathshala school of photography, Dacca, Bangladesh, 1999-2005 Workshop instructor / Art Workshops in Guatemala, Antiqua, Guatemala, 2002-2007 Workshop instructor / Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City, 1999-2002 Adjunct Professor of Photography, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA., 1998-99 Visiting Professor of Photography, London campus of Syracuse University, London, 1997 Senior Lecturer at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 1997-1998 Visiting Professor of Photography, Newhouse School, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 1995 Guest lecturer: Lehigh University, New School for Social Research, Pitzer College, Rhode Island College, Rhode Island School of Design, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rhode Island, School for Visual Arts.