The White House News Photographers Association announced this week that Getty Images photographer Win McNamee has won the award for “Political Photo of the Year” in the 2014 Eyes of History contest.
McNamee’s image of President Barack Obama was taken in the Brady White House Press Briefing Room during remarks the President made regarding the Trayvon Martin case on July 19th, 2013. In commenting on the photo, WHNPA President Ron Sachs explained that Win McNamee’s work exhibited the highest standard of excellence in visual storytelling and photojournalism.
“I am very honored to have one of my photographs selected as the ‘Political Photo of the Year’ and would like to thank the entire team at Getty Images for their amazing support and teamwork,” said McNamee. “I am humbled to have [it] chosen from those produced by so many talented and deserving photographers.”
In addition to Win’s award, Getty Images dominated in several categories, taking home an impressive 18 awards in total, with six first place, three second place and three third place wins, as well as five Awards of Excellence. Congratulations to Chip Somodevilla, Patrick Smith, Mark Wilson, Alex Wong, Brendan Hoffman and Drew Angerer for their outstanding achievements.
“Every day, I am humbled to work alongside our photojournalists, the best in the business, who often overcome tremendous obstacles – at home and abroad – to report on the stories that connect us as human beings,” said Jonathan Klein, Getty Images Co-founder and CEO. “I’m thrilled that the White House News Photographers Association is recognizing Win, Chip, Patrick, Mark, Alex, Brendan and Drew for their amazing and important work.”
All of the winning photographs can be seen in the WHNPA 2014 Eyes of History online gallery. The winning photojournalists will be honored at the annual WHNPA Gala this May.
Editor’s note: Win McNamee has worked for newspapers, magazines and wire services throughout his more than 30 years in photojournalism. In 1990 he joined Reuters News Pictures in Washington and covered the White House, the first Gulf War, multiple Super Bowls, and breaking news events. Win joined Getty Images in 2004 as Chief Photographer and since that time has covered Hurricane Katrina, the Haitian earthquake, the Gulf Oil Spill and two presidential campaigns. Win has won numerous awards during his career from the WHNPA and the Pictures of the Year competition.
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