Six talented photojournalists have learned that they will be receiving $3,000 each to work on photography projects as winners of the 2012 NPPA Short Grants Competition. The winners are Jared Soares, Amanda Lucier, Paul Kitagaki Jr., Torsten Kjellstrand, Christopher Capozziello, and Jenn Ackerman.
Don’t let the term “summer intern” mislead you — if it brings to mind a novice in need of basic schooling. The three young photographers who are working at The Times this summer have already accumulated a lot of professional experience. And it shows in their work.
Work by Jenn Ackerman, Jessica Ebelhar, Justin Maxon.
The continuous withdrawal of mental health funding has turned jails and prisons across the U.S. into the default mental health facilities. The system designed for security is now trapped with treating mental illness and the mentally ill are often trapped inside the system with nowhere else to go.
TRAPPED: The continuous withdrawal of mental health funding has turned jails and prisons across the U.S. into the default mental health facilities. The system designed for security is now trapped with treating mental illness and the mentally ill are often trapped inside the system with nowhere else to go. This project goes inside the Correctional Psychiatric Treatment Unit at the Kentucky State Reformatory to see how a state is meeting the needs of this growing population.
Scott Strazzante of the Chicago Tribune and Jenn Ackerman, a graduate student at Ohio University, won top honors as 2008 Southern Photographer of the Year and 2008 Southern Student Photographer of the Year, respectively, this weekend. Strazzante also won Best of Show with his diptychs entitled “Echoes from the Past” pairing his coverage of a disappearing family farm shot earlier this decade and new homeowners on the same land shot in 2007. The winners were officially announced today by yours truly on the closing day of the Southern Short Course in News Photography in Charlotte, N.C.
What started out as an assignment for school has produced a piece that has changed my life and hopefully will do the same for the people that view it. That was my hope when producing it at least. Ten weeks ago, we (my grad class at OU) were given the assignment to create a magazine including the brand, the mission statement and of course the content.
For this project, I decided to focus on the mental health crisis, specifically in prisons. This brought me to the CPTU inside the Kentucky State Reformatory.