Still Photojournalism Division Judges

Kimberly P. Mitchell

Kimberly P. Mitchell received a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism with an emphasis in photography and a minor in sociology while attending the University of Missouri-Columbia. Kimberly went on to intern at the San Jose Mercury News and the Detroit Free Press, later joining the Free Press staff in 2005. At the Free Press, Kimberly developed a strong commitment to creating socio-economic change through dynamic, storytelling photography and video.

Dee Dwyer

Dee Dwyer is a diversified Photographer from Southeast, Washington, D.C who produces awe-inspiring images. She has been anointed by her community as "The Visual Voice for the People”. Her goal is to show all aspects of human life with the primary focus being humanity. Dee Dwyer’s raw and compelling candids unveil the souls of people. The images expose many subject’s truth, adversities, beauty, and culture. Receiving her BFA in Filmmaking and Digital Production helped to develop her keen eye and technical skills. Her work has been shown in exhibitions such as PhotoSCHWEIZ, Photoville, Catchlight amongst many others and featured in publications such as Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BET, The Guardian, Bloomberg Businessweek and more. Dee Dwyer currently resides in Washington, DC with her two children.

Scott Strazzante

Scott Strazzante joined the photography staff at the San Francisco Chronicle in 2014 after spending the first 27 years of his career at Chicago newspapers, including 13 at the Chicago Tribune. Strazzante is a former POY/NPPA National Newspaper Photographer of the Year, an 11-time Illinois Photographer of the Year and was part of a Chicago Tribune team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for investigative journalism. Strazzante's personal project, Common Ground, has been featured in National Geographic, Mother Jones, New York Times' Lens Blog and on CBS Sunday Morning. The 27-year-long effort, which ended in 2021, has won BOP's Best Feature Video, POYi's Community Awareness Award, was released in video form by MediaStorm and became Strazzante's first book with PSG. His second book, Shooting from the Hip, a collection of black and white Hipstamatic street photography images, was published in 2017.

The' Pham

The' Pham left South Vietnam in 1975. Halfway through his engineering degree, he broke his parents’ hearts by switching to journalism and went on to graduate at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism. After 10 years on the street as a visual journalist at various newspapers, he became a photo editor at the Wilmington (NC) Star-News. When he arrived at the Star-News, the morale in the department was low. Their love for visual telling had faded away. He worked hard to rebuild their confidence, instilled a higher standard and work ethics. Within 1-1/2 years, the staff won North Carolina Staff Photography and Clips Photographer of the Year. The' then went on to become Deputy Director of Photography at the Charlotte Observer, the Kansas City Star and the Houston Chronicle. He became Director of Photography at the Virginian-Pilot and then returned as a visual editor to the Charlotte Observer. His father once told him "If you give a man a fish, he'll feed his family for a day, but, if you teach him how to fish, he'll feed his family for the rest of his life." That story has played a big part in The's life. He applies its philosophy in his daily life and advocates it in the workplace. He leads by example, hard work, valuing others' ideas and will not let fear of failure block his path.