Since 1921, the White House News Photographers Association has helped facilitate press coverage of political events that traditionally had been restricted. It aims to ensure access and to bring local and international news to a wide audience. In 1941, the WHNPA started an annual contest to showcase the best work in photojournalism.
Here's a selection of still photography winners from its 2010 WHNPA "Eyes of History" contest.
PortfolioPortfolio should show the breadth and versatility of an entrant's work, and should demonstrate skill in a variety of categories including politics. Judges to select the best "body of work." Portfolio must contain a minimum of 22 pictures and a maximum of 35 pictures.
Third Place, David Gilkey, NPR:
Second Place, Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images:
First Place, Katie Falkenberg, The Washington Times:
Political PortfolioA portfolio of political pictures comprised solely from the four political categories: Presidential, Insiders Washington, On Capitol Hill and Picture Story/Politics. Portfolio must include one Picture Story/Politics and at least one other political category. The maximum total number of pictures in this portfolio is 20.
Third Place: Jason Reed (Reuters)
Second Place: Melina Mara, The Washington Post
Third Pace: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images
On Capitol HillA feature or general news picture taken on Capitol Hill that depicts Congressional activity from, but not limited to, press conferences, hearings, rallies and behind-the-scenes situations. Photo should capture a unique or compelling moment, or the essence of the situation, even if taken during a photo-op.
Brendan Smialowski, Freelance for Getty Images
HEARING FRAMES | Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is seen on a television screen speaking during a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill April 22, 2009 in Washington. Clinton appeared before the committee for her first appearance before the House as Secretary of State to discuss the nation's foreign polity.
Larry Downing, Reuters
LOST FRIEND | Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., mourns his friend Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., in flag draped casket in hearse, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Aug. 29, 2009. Kennedy was buried at Arlington National Cemetery following the stop on Capitol Hill.
Award Of Excellence
Melina Mara, The Washington Post
JOE WILSON SHOUTS "YOU LIE!" | Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., shouts out "you lie" while President Barack Obama addresses a Joint Session of Congress concerning healthcare reform on Sept. 9, 2009, in Washington.
Award Of Excellence
Bill Clark, Roll Call
NANCYS | Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, left, comforts former first lady Nancy Reagan after her emotional speech during the unveiling of a statue of former President Ronald Reagan in the U.S. Capitol on June 3, 2009, in Washington.
Award Of Excellence
Doug Mills, The New York Times
TED KENNEDY | Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., walks in his dogs in his private office on Capitol Hill as he prepares to meet with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison about the cancer bill they introduced on Capitol Hill, Thursday, March, 26, 2009, in Washington.
Award Of Excellence: Melina Mara, The Washington Post
WHO IS THE RIGHT SPEAKER? | Before a Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany speaks to a Joint Meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill Nov. 3, 2009, in Washington, Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, right, argues with Vice President Joe Biden, not shown, as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is uncomfortably stuck in the middle.
Picture Story/PoliticsA series of pictures that depicts a story line or single theme devoted to U.S. politics or a U.S. politician. 12 photos maximum.
Second Place: Melissa Golden, Freelance for PARADE Magazine
MADAM SECRETARY | Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is the face of American diplomacy and has been both lauded and criticized for her brusque style. When not abroad, she is based at the State Department in Washington where she holds court and completes a long daily list of to-dos ranging from discussing diplomatic and security efforts in Pakistan to swearing in new U.S. ambassadors to closed meetings at the White House.
Other winners/honours in this category:
- Award of Excellence 2: Olivier Douliery, ABACA/Time | "FIRST CLASS"
- Award of Excellence 1: Jim Watson, AFP | "WE LOVE YOU BACK"
- 3rd Place: Jahi Chikwendiu, The Washington Post | "PRIDE OF THE FATHERLAND"
- 1st Place: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images | "THE BATTLE FOR HEALTHCARE IN WASHINGTON"
PresidentialA picture that primarily features the current President of the United States.
First Place: Melina Mara, The Washington Post
Obama Prays for the Dead
President Barack Obama listens to the song Amazing Grace before speaking at III Corps & Fort Hood Memorial Ceremony at Fort Hood, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009 in Killeen, Texas. The thousands of people in attendance mourned the loss of the 13 killed in the shootings at Fort Hood. Some of the families of the dead as well as some of the injured attended the ceremony.
Second Place: Gerald Herbert, Associated Press
MEETING OF MINDS
President Barack Obama touches foreheads with a student at the Dr. Martin Luther King Charter School in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, on Oct. 15, 2009.
Award Of Excellence: Jim Watson, AFP
President Barack Obama pauses to take a question as he walks to Marine One at the White House in Washington, on June 2, 2009, as he prepares to depart for Saudi Arabia.
Award Of Excellence: Charles Dharapak, Associated Press
Standing in a steady rain, President Barack Obama greets family members of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks after speaking at the Pentagon Memorial marking the eighth anniversary of the attacks, on Sept. 11, 2009, in Arlington, Va.
Portrait/PersonalityA compelling portrait that captures an aspect of the subject's character.
First Place: Charles Dharapak, Associated Press
GADHAFI | Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is escorted by security personnel as he is driven away after a leaders' group photo session at the G8 Summit in L'Aquila, Italy, Friday, July 10, 2009.
Second Place: Katie Falkenberg, The Washington Times
MOVING DAY | Her dollhouse's ghostly image will be all that's left in Kaylee Carter's room after her parents and Grandma pack their home's belongings to move from Lindytown, W.Va., on Oct. 6, 2009. Massey Energy recently bought out the town to make way for its mountaintop removal site.
Third Place: Jim Watson, AFP
ARMY OF ONE | Cadets listen as President Barack Obama addresses the nation on Afghanistan at the United States Military Academy at West Point in West Point, N.Y., Dec. 1, 2009.
Award of Excellence: Jason Reed, Reuters
PENSIVE BEN | Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke prepares to speak at a luncheon meeting of the Economic Club of Washington, on Dec. 7, 2009, in Washington.
Award of Excellence: David Gilkey, NPR
UNTITLED | A Marine holds an M-16 round in his teeth prior to entering Patrol Base Hassan Abad in Helmand province., Afghanistan, Oct. 19, 2009. The surge of troops in Afghanistan was an attempt to pursue a new policy in southern Afghanistan - clearing an area of Taliban fighters and then maintaining control of those areas.
Award of Excellence: Andrea Bruce, The Washington Post
UNTITLED | Medina Khamkoyeva gets ready for her wedding party in the Republic of Ingushetia. Ingushetia is one of Russia's poorest and most restive regions. The ongoing military conflict in neighboring Chechnya has occasionally spilled into Ingushetia, and the republic has been destabilized by corruption and a number of high-profile crimes.
Award of Excellence: David Burnett, Contact Press Images for TIME
SEN. TED KENNEDY | Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., is seen at the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
Award of Excellence: Michael Williamson, The Washington Post
TENT MAN | J.D. Glass is a homeless vet living in a tent in the woods of Prince William County, Va., in Prince William, on June 6, 2009. He has alcohol-related health problems that prevent him from working and all of the nearby shelters are full. He asked that a 'nice' photo be taken of him so that the local paper could use it for his obituary. After this Blog post was published, Glass sought help and is currently in recovery.
Political News Photo of the YearJudges will select one single image as Political News Photo of the Year from the top winners in each individual political category (Presidential, On Capitol Hill, Insiders Washington, and individual pictures in Picture Story/Politics and Political Portfolio).
Alex Wong, Getty Images
UNTITLED | Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies before the Joint Economic Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Nov. 19, 2009.