Jim Gehrz was a judge in the 2023 v01 Contest
Gehrz worked at the Worthington Daily Globe in southwestern Minnesota before becoming a staff photojournalist at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In 1999 he joined the photo staff at the St. Paul Pioneer Press before accepting a position with the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, where he is currently a staff photographer. In 1997, one of Jim’s photos was named Photograph of the Year by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Gehrz has been named state Photographer of the Year thirteen times and in 2004 received the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award for Photojournalism. In 2005, the NPPA named him Newspaper Photographer of the Year. Also in 2005, Gehrz was one of three finalists nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in feature photography. Jim has received four regional Emmy Awards for still photography and multimedia produced and presented on the Web. In 2007, the NPPA recognized one of his multimedia stories in the annual Best of Photojournalism competition as “Best Audio Slide Show.” Jim lives in St. Paul and has three children.