When most people hear that a Category 5 hurricane is bearing down to make landfall they'll want to head in the opposite direction. When you're a photojournalist like Chris Usher, you head into the eye of the storm. On August 28th, 2005 Usher set out on this journey from Washington D.C. on assignment for TIME Magazine outfitted with an assortment of cameras, a digital audio recorder, and his trusted "War Wagon", a 1985 Toyota Land Cruiser. What he thought would be a 3 or 4 day assignment, turned into a three week experience that would leave a long lasting impression on him.
Our partnership with the National Geographic Society has opened our eyes to a number of amazing projects that they have spearheaded and National Geographic's Photo Camp ranks highly among those. Photo Camp is a series of photography workshops for youth from underserved communities that operates in the United States and abroad. Photo Camp is sponsored by the National Geographic Education Foundation (through funding from the Ferguson-Judge Fund), Special Projects, and Mission Programs, in partnership with VisionWorkshops, of Annapolis, MD.
For 88 years the White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA) has been hosting "The Eyes of History" awards gala: a black-tie dinner for nearly 1000 members, guests, industry executives, and Washington personalities. The event honors outstanding photojournalists who are at the frontlines of major news events in Washington and all across the world. "The Eyes of History" contest brings the best images of the President, political leaders, and major domestic and international news stories of the year to be judged by the finest photographers and directors of photography in the business.