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AP Photo of the Month: September 2012

AP Photo of the Month: September 2012

**WISCONSIN SEPTEMBER PHOTO OF THE MONTH** Emily Martin waves goodbye to her grandmother, Molly Strachota, as she enters her classroom for her first day of first grade at Fair Park Elementary in West Bend, Wis., Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/West Bend Daily News, John Ehlke)


Investigation of double homicide at La Crosse camera shop continues

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Local and state law enforcement agencies are still investigating the deaths of May’s Photo owner Paul Petras, 56, and his son, A.J., 19, who were gunned-down inside the camera store at 425 Main Street, Saturday afternoon, September 15. Their bodies were discovered by Paul Petras’ wife, Sherri, shortly after 5 p.m. […]


AP Photo of the Month: August 2012

AP Photo of the Month: August 2012

** WISCONSIN AUGUST PHOTO OF THE MONTH ** Janesville, Wis. native and Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan stands on stage during a rally at his alma mater the Joseph A. Craig High School in Janesville, Wis., Monday, Aug. 27, 2012 before heading to the Republican convention in Florida. (AP Photo/The Janesville Gazette, Bill Olmsted)


Vern Arendt, 91

The Ozaukee Press reports that Vern Arendt, a photojournalist at the Port Washington, Wis., newspaper for 60 years, died Tuesday from complications related to Parkinson’s disease. He was 91. Arendt was a WNPA Fellowship Award recipient in 1989, and a Dumke Award recipient in 1992. The newspaper’s thorough obituary notes that one of Arendt’s two […]


Anatomy of a Lawsuit – Part II: The Answer

This is the second installation of a multi-part educational series about federal copyright lawsuits, using Kienitz v. Sconnie Nation, LLC et al as an example. We’ll take a look at the court documents and attempt to make sense of them. If there are any oral arguments, we’ll analyze them. If there’s a ruling, we’ll break […]


AP Photo of the Month: July 2012

AP Photo of the Month: July 2012

** WISCONSIN JULY PHOTO OF THE MONTH ** A Racine firefighter carries Pete Lui from the balcony of his burning home in Racine, Wis., on Tuesday afternoon, July 24, 2012. Lui was transported to the hospital and his condition is unknown. (AP Photo/Journal Times, Gregory Shaver)


Anatomy of a Lawsuit – Part I: Complaint and Summons

This is the first installation of a multi-part educational series about federal copyright lawsuits, using Kienitz v. Sconnie Nation, LLC et al, as an example. We’ll take a look at the court documents and attempt to make sense of them. If there are any oral arguments, we’ll analyze them. If there’s a ruling, we’ll break […]


AP Photo of the Month: June 2012

AP Photo of the Month: June 2012

WISCONSIN JUNE PHOTO OF THE MONTH – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker poses for a picture with a bottle of beer while manning the grill as he hosts a Brat Summit at the Executive Residence in the Village of Maple Bluff, Wis., Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Walker, just a week removed from his win in a […]


NPPA’s Business Blitz Roadshow to stop in Chicago

The National Press Photographers Association announced last week that its wildly successful Business Blitz Roadshow is coming to Chicago this fall on October 19-20. The program, in its second year, offers low-cost education and inspiration to visual journalists so they can establish sustainable businesses. Other stops in 2012 include Boston (July 13-14), Austin, TX (Sept. […]


Kienitz sues Sconnie Nation, Underground Printing

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, photographer Michael Kienitz has filed a federal copyright lawsuit against Sconnie Nation and Underground Printing over a T-shirt sold earlier this year in advance of the 2012 Mifflin Street Block Party. The shirt features an altered version of Kienitz’s portrait of Madison mayor Paul Soglin. The mayor has been […]


Stevens Point’s Wojcik takes buyout

Stevens Point's Wojcik takes buyout

by Mark Hertzberg, special to wnpaonline.com   First there were two full-time photographers at the Stevens Point Journal (circ. 11,000). Then there was one. Now there are none. Doug Wojcik, 59, was one of more than 600 Gannett employees offered buyouts this past spring after 40 years at the Journal (36 of those years as […]


AP Photo of the Month: May 2012

AP Photo of the Month: May 2012

** WISCONSIN MAY PHOTO OF THE MONTH **An honor guard carries the casket of Cpl. Benjamin H. Neal from the airplane to a hearse after arriving at Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport Saturday, May 5, 2012 in Janesville, Wis. The Pentagon says the decorated 21-year-old soldier was killed April 25 after enemy forces attacked his unit. […]


Wisconsin photographer’s guide to election day coverage

by Michael P. King, Secretary, Wisconsin News Photographers Association Next Tuesday, June 5, droves of Wisconsin voters will head to the polls to decide the political fates of Republican Gov. Scott Walker and his Democratic challenger Tom Barrett in the historic gubernatorial recall election. In almost ritualistic fashion, reporters and photojournalists across the state will […]


2012 Convention a boom, not a bust

2012 Convention a boom, not a bust

More than 90 photojournalists, students, and enthusiasts converged on Milwaukee’s Hotel Metro on Saturday, May 12 for the Wisconsin News Photographers Association’s 2012 Convention, an 80% increase in attendance from the previous year. Eric Seals of the Detroit Free Press, Erin Trieb of VII, Canon Explorer of Light Damian Strohmeyer of Sports Illustrated, and Mickey […]


Sherman Gessert awarded Dumke

Sherman Gessert awarded Dumke

In front of almost 100 members of the Wisconsin News Photographers Association at their 2012 Convention, retired Milwaukee Sentinel Director of Photography Sherman Gessert, accepted the 2012 Robert H. Dumke Award. “Seeing the crowd in the gallery standing and applauding an old guy like me was an experience I will never forget,” Gessert later said. “I’ve […]


2011 WNPA POY and Multimedia Results

2011 WNPA POY and Multimedia Results

John Hart of the Wisconsin State Journal is the 2011 WNPA Photographer of the Year. He also won Best of Show and was awarded First Place in the Portfolio category. Mike De Sisti of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was awarded First Place in the Best Multimedia Story category. The 2011 Pictures of the Year contest […]


2011 WNPA Student POY Results

2011 WNPA Student POY Results

Lukas Keapproth is the 2011 WNPA Student Photographer of the Year. He was also awarded 1st Place Portfolio and Best of Show. The 2011 Student Pictures of the Year contest was judged Thursday, May 10, 2012, at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel by Mark Hertzberg (ret.) of The (Racine) Journal Times, Ron Page of The (Appleton) Post-Crescent, […]


Contest judging details

We welcome and highly encourage in-person attendance at our open judging sessions. Please enter the Journal Sentinel building at the north entrance along West State Street. You will check in with security as a visitor. Lunch and refreshments are not provided. Student POY Judging Thursday, May 10, 2012 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Milwaukee […]


BREAKING: 2012 Convention is at capacity

Convention chairman Mark Hoffman of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that 98 people have pre-registered or Facebook RSVP’d for the WNPA’s 2012 Convention at Hotel Metro on Saturday, May 12. The seated capacity for our venue this year is 100. “There will not be registration at the door,” said Hoffman. “We know things come up […]


Convention 2012: Friday night party

Convention 2012: Friday night party

Renew friendships and make new ones Friday night, May 11, at the Hotel Metro’s rooftop bar, Zen on Seven. Join us for a cash bar starting at 8:30 p.m. We will have a few door prizes there as well, including a Lowe Pro bag and some other cool items. This is one of the highlights […]


2012 Convention schedule released

We have firmed up our schedule of events for WNPA’s 2012 Convention in Milwaukee at Hotel Metro on Saturday, May 12. (Please keep in mind that while we always attempt to stay on time, some presentations may go longer than planned, pushing later events slightly later.) 8:15 a.m.| Registration table open and trade show begins […]


AP Photo of the Month: April 2012

AP Photo of the Month: April 2012

** WISCONSIN APRIL PHOTO OF THE MONTH **The afternoon sun shines through smoke enveloping an office building on John Nolen Drive in Madison, Wis. on Tuesday, April 24, 2012.  It took firefighters from five departments more than four hours to put out the fire at Causeway Center office building.  The building was evacuated and no […]


Photographer may bring suit against Sconnie Nation

Madison-based photographer Michael Kienitz, quoted in this story by The Daily Cardinal, says he will file charges against Sconnie Nation, a popular State Street clothing retailer, over their unauthorized use of one of his photographs on a t-shirt. Kienitz’s photograph of Madison mayor Paul Soglin, which appears on the City of Madison website, was incorporated into […]


$4,500-worth of door prizes at 2012 Convention

UPDATE: Since original publication of this post, more prize donations have been received, bringing the total value of prizes to $6,875. Dan Powers of The Post-Crescent – member of WNPA’s convention committee, and chair of the manufacturer relations sub-committee – reported yesterday that more than $4,500 $6,875 in door prizes and other giveaways will be […]