2021 Picture Editing Division Judge
Monica Almeida is an independent photojournalist and educator based in Los Angeles with over 30 years of experience working for major metropolitan newspapers in New York and Los Angeles, and is currently teaching photojournalism at California State University, Long Beach. She served as a staff photographer for The New York Times for 24 years, and was the sole Los Angeles Bureau Photographer photographing a wide variety of major news, feature, political and entertainment stories throughout the western U.S. She has covered presidential campaigns since 1992 and 20 Academy Awards ceremonies. Born in East Los Angeles, Almeida began her career as a photo intern and freelance photographer at the Los Angeles Times, where she was on a team of journalists that produced a Pulitzer Prize-winning series on Southern California’s Latino community. She moved to New York City in 1986 to work as a staff photographer at the New York Daily News and joined the staff of The New York Times in 1992 where she was on a second Pulitzer Prize-winning team for the series, “How Race is Lived in America” in 2001. In addition to teaching, she continues to work as a freelance photographer for national publications, non-profit and civic organizations.