2008 Contest Judges

Ryan Wood

Ryan Wood is an award-winning photo editor for The Midland Daily News, a 16,000 circulation newspaper in Midland, Michigan. Ryan began his career at Central Michigan University where he graduated with his degree in photojournalism in 1999. His passion for storytelling grew from there as he worked for a variety of newspapers throughout the state before landing as a staff photographer in Midland. His photography and picture editing has been honored in state and national competitions including Pictures of the Year International and the National Press Photographers Association Best of Photojournalism. Ryan is currently the back-to-back Photo Editor of the Year for the Michigan Press Photographers Association.

Steve Liss


Steve Liss photographed April 13, 2006

CR: Tomas de'Medici Throughout my career I have been deeply concerned with issues affecting the poor and undeserved in the United States. At Time magazine I carved a role for myself as the photographer assigned to stories of social significance involving ordinary people. Forty-three of my photographs have appeared on the cover of Time and I’ve covered six presidential campaigns, but the close-up, candid, in-depth look at one individual or one issue became my niche at the magazine and gave me more satisfaction than any other kind of work.  In 2004 I was the recipient of a Soros Justice Media Fellowship for my work on juvenile justice and in 2005 I received an Alicia Patterson Fellowship for my work on domestic poverty. My recent book, No Place for Children: Voices from Juvenile Detention (University of Texas Press, 2005), won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 2006 and this year I was the recipient of the World Understanding Award from Pictures of the Year International. In addition to shooting I teach graduate photojournalism at Northwestern University.

Melissa Lyttle

ScreenShot218 Melisa Lyttle is a photojournalist at the St. Petersburg Times. She has had worked recognized by POYi, the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, the Souther Short Course, BOP, and the Alexa Foundation. She is also a three time staff member with the Eddie Adams workshop, and founder of APhotoADay, and email list and website with over 900 members.