The Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar’s board of directors is pleased to announce that sponsorship from Nikon Professional Services will allow students to attend this year’s event at a steep discount.
The sponsorship, the first of its kind, will reduce a student’s registration fee to $50, a $180 savings from last year. This applies to college and high school students attending the 2016 Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, the longest continuously-running photojournalism conference in the United States. The Seminar is in its 44th year.
“Nikon Professional Services (NPS) is happy to support young professionals who wish to attend the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar,” said NPS Sr. Manager Mark Suban. “Nikon supports professional photographers at all levels, including those starting down the path of photojournalism looking to be inspired by world-renowned visual journalists. Everyone has a beginning, and the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar is one of the many great educational groups dedicated to professional development.”
The $50 registration fee covers photo workshops, video workshops, and featured speakers. The 2016 Seminar will be held Nov. 11-12 at the Atlanta Hilton Northeast. Attendees can register at photojournalism.org/register.
Among this year’s faculty is Jessica Rinaldi, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner in feature photography, and other world-class visual leaders who are volunteering their time to better prepare the next generation of photojournalists.
“We have an amazing lineup this year and the new level of sponsorship from NPS will make sure that the cost of attending our conference will not overly burden our student attendees,” said APS President Kevin D. Liles. “NPS is a longtime sponsor of the Seminar, and we are more than grateful for their ongoing support.”
The Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, a volunteer-run, non-profit organization, was founded in 1973 by a group of photojournalists representing newspapers, magazines and wire services. Its aim is to promote the highest standards of photojournalism through an annual educational conference and a photography contest judged by those working in the photojournalism field.
Professional Photo Resources pix in Atlanta (http://pprpix.com) becomes a gold level sponsor for the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar by donating printing services for the Seminar’s print auction. Sales from the prints help defray costs for the Seminar, which will be holding its 43rd event on Nov. 13-14 at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast. The prints to be sold in the auction were donated by some of the world’s top photojournalists.
Serving working professionals since 1983, PPR is the largest photographic rental house in the southeast. PPR offers a complete selection of lighting, grip, and studio equipment as well as camera gear in all formats and all major brands.
There is less than one month remaining for college students to enter to win the Dave “Mullet” Martin Grant, offered by the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar. The grant, in its second year, gives one student who wishes to pursue or continue a personal photojournalism project.
The inaugural grant was awarded to Ohio University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate Sara Lewkowicz for her work on her project, “Shane and Maggie.” Lewkowicz is also a faculty member the 2015 Seminar, held Nov. 13-14 at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast.
Lewkowicz, a native New Yorker living in Brooklyn, has been published in Time Magazine, Stern, L’Espresso, Das Magazin, Internatzionale, the Baltimore Sun and numerous other magazines and newspapers. She has won several grants and awards, including first place in Contemporary Issue in World Press Photo, the L’Iris D’Or at the Sony WPO Awards, the 2013 Alexia Student Grant and the 2013 Ville de Perpignan Remi Ochlik Award, and she was named the 2013 College Photographer of the Year by POYi. She has a particular interest in documenting gender and sexuality issues.
Applicants must be currently enrolled in college. A detailed description of the project, including how the money will be spent, is required. Applicants should include a link to their portfolio, as well as to any work already begun on the project. (If the project has not been started, only a portfolio of work is required.) The project can be shot in stills, video, or a combination. Half of the grant will be awarded up front and half will be awarded when the project is submitted. The project must be submitted by Sept. 1, 2016. It will be showcased during the 2016 Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar and displayed on the group’s website. Seminar faculty and staff will determine the winner.
Martin, a larger-than-life longtime Associated Press photographer, passed away suddenly Jan. 1, 2014, while on assignment at the 2013 Chik-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta. His final photo was a vivid game-ender that summed up his philosophy and drive to get “the picture.” The $1,000 grant in his honor is designed to be awarded to a college student.
Donations to the grant fund can be made online at the EventBrite page photojournalism.eventbrite.com, or by mail to Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar Inc., PMB 420, 5579-B Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338, Attn: KEVIN LILES Ref: DAVE MARTIN STUDENT GRANT
"As we’ve said before, Dave was as much teacher as photojournalist," said Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar President Kevin Liles. "This grant helps us share his legacy with others who didn’t get the chance to see him work in person – his desire to help others, teach and share what he had to offer, even to his competitors."