2012 INPA POY/CPOY Contest Judges

Sally Ryan, Chicago, Freelance/Teacher

sdrSally Ryan is a freelance photojournalist based in Chicago. Born and raised in
Texas, Sally received her Bachelor of Journalism degree in 1998 from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She worked for several newspapers before launching her freelance career in 2006.

Sally is a frequent contributor to national and international publications, and also works with a variety of private and non-profit clients throughout the United States. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Spin, Saveur, ProPublica, Time Out Chicago, Time, Inc., MSNBC.com, The London Times, The Dallas Morning News, Saturday Evening Post, The Minneapolis StarTribune, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Onion A.V. Club, as well as overseas publications.

Sally teaches both graduate and undergraduate photojournalism classes at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Sally is represented by Zuma Press.

Pam Spaulding, Louisville Courier-Journal, retired

Pam Spaulding Photographed by Bill Luster. March 9, 2009Pam Spaulding was a photojournalist for the Louisville, Ky., Courier-Journal for 40 years. In 1984-85 she was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, the seventh photographer to be selected since 1938.

Most of her career has been photographing the everyday lives of the people
living in Kentucky. She has also photographed refugees in Kenya who were the
wives and mothers of Sudanese men who were resettled in Louisville as part of
the “Lost Boys.” She photographed Haitian orphanage scams with direct ties to
Kentucky. She lived with and photographed an Amish family for five days. And
she has photographed three botany expeditions to Western China.

She has spent 37 years photographing the same upper-middle class family since
the birth of their first child. It is intended to be a visual history of the culture and
times of those years.

The reason she became a photographer was to be a nature photographer and
she has taken every opportunity to pursue stories about the flora and fauna of

She has two daughters and two grandchildren and she dreams of becoming a


Russell Yip, San Francisco Chronicle Feature photo editor

yip.0001.jpgRussell Yip has been a photojournalist for almost 30 years working at newspapers in Las Vegas, Reno, Fresno and San Francisco.

As a general assignment photographer, he has won awards for sports photography, picture stories, and fashion photography.

More recently, Yip has been part of a picture editing team that has won editing awards in both the POYi and BOP competitions.

In 2012 the Society of News Design awarded his fashion photography a silver award.  He is currently the features picture editor and photographer at the San Francisco Chronicle where he has worked for 20 years.