Michele McNally Is 2015 World Press Photo Contest Jury Chair

World Press Photo is honored to welcome Michele McNally as chair of the 2015 Photo Contest jury. McNally, director of photography and assistant managing editor of The New York Times, will be joined by a group of 16 other professionals to judge the leading annual photojournalism contest. The website for entering the contest will open on 1 December 2014.

Michele McNally became director of photography for The New York Times in June 2004, and assistant managing editor in July 2005. She has been a jury member on three previous occasions and chaired the jury of the 2007 Photo Contest. You can read her full biography here: http://www.worldpressphoto.org/people/michele-mcnally

When asked about her expectations of the task ahead, McNally said:
“I feel I will see extraordinary pictures from the events of last year. I expect it will be a tough year to be a judge and make selections from the very worthy images that have been produced. So much has transpired. I think there will be many discussions about the most important historical events and there is no easy answer to that question.’

McNally also reflected on what has changed since she last was on the jury in 2007:
“These past years have sadly seen an unusual amount of wars, destruction, fleeing refugees, deadly immigration, assassinations, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, uprisings, drought, famine, diseases, even an Ebola epidemic. It seems to me that the news has been way more unrelenting in recent times, then during that period. We have more and more photographers shooting on multiple fronts and news situations.
The other thing that has changed over these years is how dangerous and treacherous it is to cover these conflicts, for photojournalists and journalists. These last years have been tough on both. We have seen colleagues and friends killed, kidnapped, maimed, and even beheaded publicly. It is a constant challenge to weigh the news value against the danger. Security is the first concern.”

How to enter the contest?
The 2015 World Press Photo Contest will be open for participants to enter their work on 1 December 2014. The deadline for submissions is 14 January 2015, 23.59 CET. Entries may only be submitted online via the World Press Photo entry website. A user name and password are required to enter and can be requested from December 2014 onwards. The deadline for requesting a user name and password is 8 January 2015, 23.59 CET. For more information, please visit: http://www.worldpressphoto.org/contest

The judging
An international jury of leading professionals in the field of photojournalism worldwide will judge the entries at the World Press Photo office in Amsterdam from 1 February until 11 February 2015. The full list of judges will be announced later this year. The winners will be announced on Thursday, 12 February 2015.

World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon.

Posted October 20 2014

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