PB PHOTO CENTRE Invites Public to NPPA's BOP Awards & Free TED-Style Presentations in WPB - Aug 8-9

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - July 21, 2014 - PRLog -- Palm Beach Photographic Centre Invites Public to

Attend National Press Photographers Association's

2014 Best of Photojournalism (BOP) Awards

& TED-Style Discussions in West Palm Beach - August 8-9

Numerous Award-Winning Photojournalists are Coming to

West Palm Beach for NPPA's Annual BOP Awards

(West Palm Beach, FL – July 21, 2014)  Fatima NeJame, president and chief executive officer of the world-renowned Palm Beach Photographic Centre (PBPC), today invited the public to participate in the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) 2014 Best of Journalism Awards and TED-style presentations and panel discussions in West Palm Beach on August 8-9.

"BOP premiere winners, visual journalists and NPPA members from all over the world are expected to attend the two-day event (August 8-9), along with NPPA’s board of directors,” said NeJame. “This may be the most prestigious photojournalism event that we have ever hosted here in West Palm Beach, and the 2014 Best of Photojournalism Exhibition will run in the Museum at the Photo Centre through the month of August.”

All of the NPPA Best of Journalism Awards events are free and open to the public, including:

Friday, August 8:

+ 5 to 7 p.m. - Opening Reception for the 2014 Best of Photojournalism Exhibition  (At the Palm Beach Photographic Centre)

+ 7:30 to 10 p.m. - BOP (Best of Photojournalism) Awards Ceremony with Presentations by NPPA Premiere Award Winners and a movie featuring all the winners and more than 1,000 images. (In the Waterfront Lake Pavilion)

Saturday, August 9:

From 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. - BOP Education & Sharing Day: Illuminate, Enlighten, Change, Bring It Home & Inspire, featuring panel discussions with 2014 BOP Award winners. (In the City of West Palm Beach Commission Chambers)

+ 10:00 to 11:00 – Panel 1: ILLUMINATE with Sean Proctor of the Midland Daily News (Photojournalist of the Year – Smaller Markets), Niko Koppel of The New York Times (Newspaper Picture Editor of the Year – Individual), Joshua Maranhas of KDVR/KWGN (Video Editor of the Year) and Tom Rapp of KCCI-TV in Des Moines (Small Market Station of the Year). The panel will be moderated by James K. Colton, ZUMA Editor-at-Large and creator/editor-in-chief of PhotoJournal (and formerly retired Photo Editor of Sports Illustrated and Director of Photography for Newsweek Magazine)

+ 11:15 to 12:15 – Panel 2: ENLIGHTEN with Chang W. Lee of The New York Times (Best Use of Multi Media, “The Jockey”), James Gehrz of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune  (Cliff Edom “New America Award”), Nicole Fruge of The San Francisco Chronicle (Newspaper Picture Editor of the Year – Team) and Aaron Kurtz of WAVY-TV in Portsmouth, VA (Station of the Year – Medium Market). Mr. Colton will also moderate this panel.

+ 12:30 to 1:45 – Panel 3: CHANGE with Andy Buck, Michael Driver, Enrico Meyer and Corky Scholl from KUSA-TV in Denver (Station of the Year – Large Market). Award-winning photojournalist and multimedia producer Bethany Swain will moderate this panel.

+ 3:15 to 4:15 – Panel 4: HOME (as in “Bringing the Story Home”) with Alan Diaz of the Miami Herald, who saved a baby’s life while on duty, and Michael Laughlin of the Sun-Sentinel, who was shot in Haiti but wound up adopting the kids of the family who saved him.

Moderated by Boyzell Hosey, Director of Photography/Multimedia for the Tampa Bay Times.

+ 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. – Panel 5: INSPIRE with John Tiumacki of The Boston Globe (Photojournalist of the Year – Larger Markets), Patrick Smith (Freelance Sports Photographer of the Year) and Scott Mc Kiernan of Zuma Press’ multi-media portal eReportage.com (Best Use of Photography – Magazines & Digital Publications). Mr. Colton will moderate this panel.

7:30 to 10 p.m. - State of the Photographic Industry Town Hall Meeting (On the second floor of the Palm Beach Photographic Centre)

Town Hall participants will include NPPA officers including President Mark Dolan, Secretary Michael King, Treasurer Jim Michalowski, Immediate Past President Michael Borland and Regional Chair Merry Murray. Also scheduled to take part are NPPA board members Bethany Swain, John Harrington, Brad Pfanger, Greg Smith, John R. Fulton Jr., Amy Kinsella Gruber, Katie Schoolov, Nick Gonzales (NPPA Student Representative) and others. NPPA Vice President Scott Mc Kiernan will moderate this town hall meeting.

About the National Press Photographers Association:

The National Press Photographers Association is the leading voice advocating for the work of visual journalists today. Founded in the days of sheet film box cameras and newsreels, the organization fights for the working news photographer, videographer and multimedia journalist in the Internet Age. NPPA is dedicated to the advancement of visual journalism – its creation, practice, training, editing and distribution – in all news media and works to promote its role as a vital public service.

About NPPA's Best of Journalism Awards:

Renowned as “the contests designed for photojournalists by photojournalists,” and incorporating the many facets of the visual journalism industry, NPPA's Best of Photojournalism competition attracts the most talented professionals in still, video, multimedia, and editing, year after year.

About the Palm Beach Photographic Centre:

The Palm Beach Photographic Centre is a 501(c)3 nonprofits arts organization dedicated to the enhancement of community through the photographic arts. It is located at the downtown City Center municipal complex at 415 Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, please call 561.253.2600 or visit www.workshop.org or www.fotofusion.org.

Available for Interview:

Fatima NeJame

Palm Beach Photographic Centre



Scott Mc Kiernan

VP, NPPA & BOP 2014 Festival Chair



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