Judges for 2007 Year End Contest

Here they are, come see them live and in person Feb 22-23rd.

David Stephenson, Lexington Herald-Leader

040804stephensonmug143 David Stephenson, 37, joined the Herald-Leader in 1997 and twice has won the Kentucky News Photographers Association’s Photographer of the Year Award and Sports Photographer of the Year two times. He was named National Press Photographers Association Region 4 Photographer of the Year in 2000 and 2002. He is a graduate of WKU. Stephenson recently completed a four-year project, “A New Dawn?”, following a young mother addicted to pain pills through a local Drug Court Program.

In 2005, David created heraldleaderphoto.com, a place for staff photographers to publish multimedia and slideshows which recently won a Media Eclipse Award for 2007 Kentucky Derby Coverage online. He also created a site specifically for one of his favorite series of stories on oddly name towns in Kentucky, Project Dateline. David led the staff’s charge into multimedia and has produced award-winning videos and multimedia projects.






Nancy Stone, The Chicago Tribune

NancyStone Nancy Stone has been a staff photographer with the Chicago Tribune since April 1990. Her work has earned her numerous state and national awards for photographs taken locally as well as abroad.

In recent years Stone has worked on projects in Africa, Iran, China and Europe as well as at home in Chicago. Most recently she worked on a long-term project about a Chicago adult living with autism who participated in the Special Olympics in Shanghai.

Prior to the Chicago Tribune Stone worked for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, the Barrington Press and the Santa Fe Reporter. Stone started her career in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1978 at a small weekly paper.






Michael Chow, The Arizona Republic

Michael Chow/The Arizona Republic Michael Chow has been a photographer with the Arizona Republic and now defunct Phoenix Gazette for 19 years. He is a two-time NPPA region 10 photographer of the year award winner and has been named Arizona photographer of the year seven times (14 times a finalist) by the Arizona Press Club.

The 41 year-old graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in photojournalism and briefly worked at the Tacoma News Tribune before heading to the desert. He has covered a wide range of assignments from the Summer Olympics in Greece, to the conflict in Kosovo. He has worked on the “Day in the Life” series including “America at Home,” “America 24/7″ and “Arizona 24/7.”

He’s married to Republic photographer Cheryl Evans. When he’s not chasing his three kids around, he enjoys running marathons.