Judging for Multimedia contest underway

Juding for the Wisconsin News Photographer Association’s new annual multimedia/video contest is underway. The results and winners will be announced during the WNPA convention held March 21, 2009 in Madison, Wis.

Ben Garvin, Tom Kennedy and Colin Mulvaney are the judges. Here are bios on each of our distinguished judges (appearing in this article in order by last name):


Ben Garvin
is a staff photographer and videographer for the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minnesota. His work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, People, US News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and others. He has been a featured speaker for the National Press Photographers Association and numerous universities. His recognitions include 2007 Minnesota Photographer of the Year and 1st place awards in the National Press Photographers Association, the Minnesota and New England Press Photographers Associations, the Associated Press and the Society for Newspaper Design. He earned a degree in visual journalism from the Rochester Institute of Technology and, before moving to Minnesota, worked for the Christian Science Monitor in Boston and the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire where he was named three-time New Hampshire Photographer of the Year. Mr. Garvin lives in South Minneapolis with his wife Jessica and two boys Arthur and Lewis. His work can be viewed online at www.bengarvin.com <http://www.bengarvin.com>

Tom Kennedy is a multimedia editor/consultant, writing and thinking about ways to improve visual journalism storytelling, using social networks and other platforms as distribution vehicles. In addition to consulting, writing, and doing speaking engagements about multimedia,  he is also consulting on newsroom organizational dynamics and culture to improve the flow of creativity throughout a news organization.

He is the former Managing Editor for Multimedia at Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, directing the photography and multimedia departments. For washingtonpost.com, he oversaw the creation of all still photography, video and audio on the web site. In 2008, video journalists at washingtonpost.com have earned one local Emmy award, three local Emmy nominations and four national Emmy nominations. Last year, washingtonpost.com received its fourth consecutive Edward R. Murrow award given to a non-broadcast Web site for quality journalism, from the Radio and Television News Directors Association, based on news and feature videos shot by washingtonpost.com staff video journalists. Also, documentary videos produced by the video journalists at washingtonpost.com received four national Emmy nominations and a Peabody Award. In 2006, washingtonpost.com received two Emmy awards for video news and documentary journalism; one local award for a series on homelessness issues in Washington D.C. and a national one for coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

He has also been Director of Photography at the National Geographic Society and was deputy graphics director of the Philadelphia Inquirer. While at the Geographic he directed the Photographic Division that produced all still photography for the Society, with the primary focus on National Geographic Magazine. Under his direction, National Geographic Magazine was nominated eight times as a finalist in the ASME National Magazine Awards for excellence in photography, winning five times. While at the Philadelphia Inquirer, he directed two projects that earned Pulitizer Prizes for feature photography.

Early in his career, he also worked at The Gainesville (FL) Sun and The Orlando (FL) Sentinel Star.

An article he wrote about new media; Reinventing Photojournalism, is available on The Digital Journalist website. Kennedy is also on the board of directors and a team leader at the Eddie Adams Photo Workshops, and has twice be a faculty member of the Missouri Workshop, sponsored by University of Missouri’s School of Journalism. In addition, he is on the Board of Visitors for School of Journalism at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and is also an advisor to visual journalism programs at the Brooks Institute, University of North Texas, and University of Florida.

Tom was graduated cum laude with a degree in journalism and minor in history from the University of Florida.

Colin Mulvaney spent 18 years as a staff photojournalist for The Spokesman-Review before making the transition to Internet storytelling by becoming a multimedia producer for his newspaper’s photo department. For the last five years, Mulvany has been producing video feature stories and audio slideshows for his popular vblog, Video Journal. Mulvany is also helping his newspaper’s photo and news department’s transition to a new multimedia focused workflow.

As a print photojournalist, Mulvany was able to create memorable stories that captivated his community. He traveled to Romania, following a group of Spokane volunteers, as they tried to repair a decrepit orphanage. During his time working on, Living and Dying with Crack, he looked into the effects of the crack epidemic on his community. With Key Moments, his images were made into a 10-part series that documented the life-changing events that shape the lives of young people.

Mulvany has been honored for his photography and multimedia in the Pictures of the Year International, Best of Photojournalism, Society of Newspaper Design, and the National Headliners Awards, NPPA Monthly Multimedia Contest to name a few. In his spare time, he teaches photojournalism at a local community college and is the National Press Photographers Association Monthly Multimedia Contest chairman.

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