(Adapted from a WHNPA news release.)
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Feb. 13) – Merrill College students are major winners in the 2017 White House News Photographer’s Association “Eyes of History®” competition. Student contest judging was held Feb. 11 at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C.
In the Narrated (Reporter) Package category:
Angelo Bavaro ’17
CNS: The Business of Moving On
Second Place – Michelle Chavez ’16
CNS: Survivor Quilt
In the Natural Sound Package category:
First Place – Alexandra Simon ’17
ViewFinder: Two Guys Feed the Fair
Second Place – Ryan Eskalis ’16
ViewFinder: Last Chance
Award of Excellence – Susann Shin ’17
ViewFinder: Cruising on Camels
Award of Excellence – Hannah Burton ’17 and Mackenzie Happe ’17
ViewFinder: The Southern Barnyard Runners
Merrill College lecturer Bethany Swain serves as the Student Video Chair for the contest and said on Twitter that ten schools entered the video contest. (Updated) A number of Merrill College students from her JOUR262b class attended the judging event to help as volunteers.
The top winners of the still, video, multimedia and student contests will be honored at the annual ‘Eyes of History®’ gala on June 10, 2017, at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington. The black-tie event celebrates all the winning photojournalists and the President of the United States. Nearly 1,000 guests, including government dignitaries and industry celebrities, attend. The White House News Photographers Association is a 96-year-old non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the efforts of Washington’s professional photojournalists. The WHNPA aims to provide professional and educational outreach to its members and the community through scholarships, programming, an annual competition and a celebration of the industry at the annual “Eyes of History®” gala.
For more information, please contact Whitney Shefte at email@example.com or executive director Heidi Elswick at firstname.lastname@example.org (301-606-8251). For further information about ‘The Eyes of History®’ and to view the winning images and videos, visit the WHNPA website.