2013 INPA POY/CPOY Contest Judges

RJ Sangosti

Rj SangostiRJ Sangosti is a staff photographer at The Denver Post.

In 2013, RJ was named National Press Photographers Association’s Best Of Photojournalism Photojournalist of the Year (Larger Markets). His BOP portfolio included photographs from the Aurora theater shooting, a story that won The Denver Post the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news.

RJ is graduate of Colorado State University. After college, he worked for three years as a staff photographer at a community newspaper in Loveland, Colo. before joining The Denver Post in 2005.

RJ was born and raised in Gunnison, Colo. and now lives with his wife, Sarah, and two children, Nick and Belle in Lakewood.


Carlos Javier Ortiz

Carlos Javier OrtizCarlos Javier Ortiz is a Puerto Rico-born, Chicago-based documentary photographer.

Carlos’ documentary work focuses primarily on youth violence, poverty, displacement, racism and marginalized communities in the United States, Mexico and Guatemala. He is a member of Facing Change, a group of documentary photographers covering under-reported aspects of urgent issues in America.

His first long-term personal documentary project, “Too Young to Die,” began in Chicago in 2006 after attending the funerals for two young girls who were shot and killed eight days apart in Chicago’s Englewood community. He is now preparing a book on the project titled “We All We Got,” a chronicle of youth violence in the United States.

Carlos has taught graduate photography at Northwestern University and has been a guest lecturer at numerous other colleges and universities.

Carlos lives in Chicago with his wife and Jack Russell Terrier.


Barbara J. Perenic

Barbara J. PerenicBarbara J. Perenic is a staff photographer at the Columbus Dispatch.

She is a 2001 graduate of Ohio University and a native of Beavercreek, Ohio. She started her photojournalism career freelancing for Cox Media Group before moving to Wyoming for an internship at the Gillette News-Record and a staff position at the Laramie Boomerang. Barbara returned to Ohio to take a staff position at the Springsfield News-Sun in 2007. In September 2013, she joined the staff of the Columbus Dispatch.

Her work has appeared in Sports Illustrated’s Year in Photos, LIFE, The Sporting News, Editor & Publisher and Colleges 101. Most recently, Barbara was named Runner-up Photographer of the Year (Small Markets) by the Ohio News Photographers Association.

Barbara is ONPA’s vice president for stills and represents photographers on the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Media Advisory Board.

With spare time and energy, Barbara trains for triathlons and completed a half-iron-distance race in September.