For a photojournalist, capturing the story in real time is the name of the game. Armed with a camera, a sense of adventure and a drive to report the happenings as they occur, photojournalists are quick to travel to far-off wilds, embed themselves into tight-knit communities and often rush to, rather than flee, the heart of danger—the very nature of the profession often involves arriving to scenes in tandem, or even before, first responders. Their work is essential in the distillation of the local and global stories that shapes lives, all to enlighten the public.
© James Gerhz, “Oil Boom in North Dakota”
Winner of Cliff Edom New America Award
Paying homage to camera-clad adventurers, the Palm Beach Photographic Centre will host the National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism 2014 exhibition and awards from August 8-30, beginning with two days of openings, award ceremonies and educational TED-style discussion panels.
Consisting of the NPPA’s award winners in visual journalism, including still, video, multimedia and editing, the exhibition will feature more than 70 images and video presentations. “All of the images are incredible,” says Fatima NeJame, president and CEO of the Palm Beach Photographic Centre, who, with Scott McKiernan, vice president of the NPPA, helped install and prepare the events taking place in West Palm Beach. “Thousands of images and stories are submitted to the NPPA each year to be judged and selected for these awards. It really has everything, from the images of the Boston Marathon by John Tlumacki to images shot in Haiti … stories people have been working on from all over the country and the world. Every single image is just incredible.”
|© Bradley Garrett/eyevine/zReportage.com via ZUMA Press
The NPPA awards are the only ones to include editorial and digital media categories, making for a truly dynamic show. And while the exhibition is an annual soiree for the NPPA, this is the first time the Photographic Centre is hosting an event with award ceremony, presentations with the award winners and an exhibition.
“The neat thing about this show is that the NPPA is bringing in all the top award winners for the award ceremony and panel presentations,” NeJame says. On August 9, five discussion panels are scheduled throughout the day, each organized by a different theme, with NPPA award winners presenting the stories that earned them the awards. What’s more, it is open to the public and free.
| NPPA 2014 Photojournalist of The Year Award
© John Tlumacki, Boston Globe
“For the public to be able to meet and speak with all of the photographers and editors who have won the top awards of the year, I think, is awesome. To come and watch their presentations, talk to them about their work—it is an amazing opportunity,” NeJame says.
The opening reception for the NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism 2014 exhibition and award will take place August 8 from 5-7 p.m. at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre. The Best in Photojournalism 2014 award ceremony will follow from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Lake Pavilion and Terrace in downtown West Palm Beach. Lite bites and beverages will be available.
On August 9, a full day of panel discussions, with the award-winning photojournalists discussing their winning work, will take place at the Photographic Centre beginning at 10 a.m. For the complete schedule, click here.
- All events are free and open to the public.
- The exhibition will be on display August 8-30.
- For more information, visit workshop.org.