Convention 2012: May 12 in Milwaukee

Erin Trieb of VII Photo Agency, Damian Strohmeyer of Sports Illustrated, Eric Seals of the Detroit Free Press, and First Amendment/photographers’ rights advocate Mickey Osterreicher – general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association – will headline WNPA’s 2012 Convention at Hotel Metro in Milwaukee on May 12, 2012. Read their bios below. Canon will be there demoing the latest and greatest equipment.

About this year’s convention

The 2012 WNPA Convention will be held, Saturday, May 12. A detailed schedule will be posted here in the weeks ahead. A social gathering for WNPA members is planned for Friday evening, May 11. WNPA’s POY contest judging will be on Friday, May 11 (Trieb, Strohmeyer, and Seals will judge). The student contest will be held Thursday, May 10. Both judging sessions will be hosted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 333 W. State St. All are encouraged to attend in person.

Hotel Metro is located at 411 East Mason Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202. WNPA has secured a block of rooms at Hotel Metro at a special rate of $139 (plus tax). To make a reservation, call toll free (877) 638-7620; state you are with the “WI News Photographers” group to receive the group rate. There are also several other nearby lodging options to choose from.

For the second year in a row, there is no cost to attend for paid WNPA professional and student members. Photographer non-members may attend for $25 (professionals) or $5 (students) and receive full WNPA membership good for the remainder of the year. WNPA welcomes members of the general public to attend, and we suggest a donation of $10 at the door to help defray program costs. REGISTER WITH THIS FORM

Give-aways and prizes
WNPA members, including those receiving membership at the door will be eligible for door prizes from our generous and supportive vendors including Able Planet, Adobe, Aquatech, BeachTek, Camera Bits, Delkin, Dot Line Corp., Eye-Fi, Gary Fong, Honl Photo, Lexar, LowePro, Lumiquest, Nero Trigger,,, Roberts CameraRogue Photographic Design, Roland, SanDisk, Singular Software, SoundSlides, Tiffen/Domke, Zacuto and many more. Our annual contest winners will also be receiving plaques and some valuable prizes from Canon and Nikon.

We want to thank our sponsors in addition to those prize and award donors listed above. These kind folks gave generously to help keep WNPA strong. This year’s convention is being made possible with the continued generous support of Canon, Nikon, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, the National Press Photographers Association, Gannett Wisconsin Media, Capital Newspapers, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and Career Options, Inc.

Mickey H. Osterreicher

Mickey H. Osterreicher is general counsel to the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), and of Counsel to the law firm of Hiscock & Barclay, LLP. He specializes in Media & First Amendment Law and is a member of the New York State Bar Association Media Law Committee, the American Bar Association Communications Law Forum and the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC) newsgathering committee.

He has been actively involved in such issues as: cameras in the courtroom, the federal shield law, media access, public photography and copyright infringement. He helped to draft the revised photography guidelines for Amtrak and police-press guidelines for the Toledo, OH; Miami Beach, FL; Suffolk County, NY; and Rochester, NY police departments. He also revised the Fair Trial/Free Press and Cameras in the Courtroom sections of the New York State Bar Association Journalists’ Handbook. Osterreicher writes regularly for JPG, the NPPA and the MLRC as well as other online publications and has been quoted in the news nationally on many of these issues.

He is also an award-winning photojournalist with almost 40 years of experience in print and television. His work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Time, Newsweek and USA Today, as well as on ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News and ESPN.

Osterreicher has been an adjunct lecturer in Photojournalism at SUNY at Buffalo and an adjunct law professor in media and the law at the University at Buffalo Law School. He was also a member on the advisory panel for Cameras in the Courtroom in Erie County and as an instructor for Press-Emergency Services Relations seminars in Erie County and Niagara County, New York. He has been a reserve deputy with the Erie County Sheriff’s Department since 1976.

Mr. Osterreicher graduated cum laude in 1973 from SUNY at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Photojournalism/Photography and received his Juris Doctor, cum laude from the University of Buffalo Law School in 1998. He is admitted to practice in New York State, U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Erin Trieb

Erin Trieb is a photojournalist with VII Photo Agency‘s VII Mentors Program. As a freelance editorial and documentary photojournalist, her work includes a wide variety of content from international social conflict to local feature stories.

Erin’s work has garnered international recognition, including awards from World Press Photo and Pictures Of The Year International. She is the 2011 first place winner of the fotovisura grant for her long-term documentary project called The Homecoming Project, focusing on the social effects post-war trauma has on US military returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. She has also received nominations for the Joop Swart Masterclass and PDN’s list of 30 Emerging Photographers.

Based in Austin, Texas, Erin has done work for a wide variety of clients including TIME Magazine, The New York Times,, Newsweek, Forbes, GEO Magazine, Der Spiegel, The Times in London, Texas Monthly Magazine, Stern, the Smithsonian Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal.

She earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in photography from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Damian Strohmeyer Presented by Canon USA’s Explorers of Light

Damian Strohmeyer is a Boston-based photographer who has been photographing people and sports for more than two decades.

After stints at The Topeka Capital Journal and The Denver Post newspapers, Damian has been affiliated with Sports Illustrated magazine for over 20 years, the past 14 as a staff photographer. He has covered the World Series, the men and women’s NCAA Final Four tournaments, the NBA Finals, the World Cup, the Stanley Cup, the Indy 500, several Olympics and 27 Super Bowls. His work has been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated over 60 times.

His client list includes The New York Times, Time Magazine, Fortune, Forbes, Business Week, Newsweek, and extensive work for New England based Yankee Magazine.

Damian has received many awards from the National Press Photographers Association, Pictures of the Year International, The National Headliners Awards, as well as The Pro Football Hall of Fame, which also exhibits some of his photographs.

A frequent speaker at educational events, Damian is also a faculty member with The Sports Photographer Workshop in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was recently added to Canon’s “Explorers of Light” program, joining more than 60 other photographers and filmmakers worldwide. He has published a book A March for Honor with SI senior writer Alexander Wolff, chronicling small-town Indiana high school basketball.

Damian grew up in Axtell, Kan., and graduated from Washburn University in Topeka. He is married to Joanne Rathe, a photographer at The Boston Globe. They live in Lexington, Mass., with their three children: Jessye, Zach and Leah.

Eric Seals

Made possible by Gannett Wisconsin Media and Career Options, Inc.

“If you learn to shoot with your heart, you’ll move peoples souls.” A good friend said that to Eric back in 1993. It is something he thinks about everyday as a photo and video journalist for the Detroit Free Press.

A graduate of the University of Missouri in 1993, Eric worked at The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., until 1999 when he was happy to join the paper he grew up reading and wanted to work at since getting into photography in 10th grade: the Detroit Free Press.

Eric has covered many news stories over the years, from presidential campaigns to two intifadas in Israel and Palestine, and five months covering the war in Iraq. He has also covered many sports events, from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing to Super Bowls, World Series and NBA Finals.

In May of 2008, while continuing to do still photojournalism, Seals began producing video features and projects for the Free Press. He enjoys bringing a cinematic feel and style to his pieces while always telling the “Truth with the Camera” and staying true to the one thing that matters the most: the story.

Eric has been recognized for his video storytelling with a national Webby Award, Pictures of the Year International and NPPA Best of Photojournalism wins, several Michigan Emmys, and numerous other state and national awards.

Eric has taught at several workshops around the country and enjoys mentoring and teaching others who are interested in this great profession.

He is married with two kids ages 12 and 7. He can always be reached at with any questions about photo and video storytelling.

9 Responses to “Convention 2012: May 12 in Milwaukee”

  1. Troy Freund says:

    Looks like it should be a great time! I’ve got some work that day, but hope to attend for at least some of the time!

  2. Pat says:

    I missed last year-this time in Milwaukee, I have no excuse not to attend. Thanks.

  3. Pat says:

    I’m looking for times for the WNPA conference on May 12th at the Metro Hotel?

  4. Hi Pat,

    We’ll be issuing an official schedule of the speakers soon, but you can expect the Saturday program to go from 9-6 with a short lunch break. Thursday and Friday contest judging will also go from approximately 9-5.

    Look forward to meeting you at the conference!

  5. Hello WNPA,
    I have been a photographer at the Journal Star in Peoria for the past 23 years. Ron Johnson is a coworker (God, don’t you just love his imitations?). Years ago, Illinois Press Photographers Association and WNPA joined forces for our conferences and it was always a wonderful experience. I always learned a lot. One thing I learned is that Mark Hertzberg’s father-in-law hates me. Geez.
    Well, my partner, Clare, and I are taking the train to Milwaukee for a mini-vacation, staying at Hotel Metro, to coincide with the conference. Clare will spend Saturday wandering and I will spend the day involved in this wonderful program you have organized. I look forward to re-connecting with those of you I met in past years.
    David Zalaznik

  6. Hey David,

    Thanks for making the trip across the border to join us for the day. Would you do us a favor and complete the registration form or RSVP on our Facebook event page? The links are in the above post.

    Look forward to meeting you on May 12.

  7. Dan Powers says:

    Great to have you here David!

  8. My father-in-law thinks David has it in for Secty. of Transportation Ray LaHood, who is a family friend. Ray is a delightful guy, but he looks like he is scowling in photos. My father-in-law thinks it is David’s fault, not the way Ray looks. This goes back to when Ray was the congressional assistant to U. S. Rep. Bob Michel in Peoria, and then when Ray was in Congress, succeeding Michel.

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