Winners announced for the 2015 Dith Pran Instagram PhotoShootOut Competition

Winners of the Dith Pran Instagram Photo Shootout Awards. Photography by Greg Yamamoto
Contest directors Susan Choi, and James Yee, far left, read the winners of the Dith Pran Instagram Photo Shootout Awards. Winners from far right are James Tensuan (honorable mention), Tam Duong (third place), Kent Nishimura (second place), and Brandon Chew (first place). Photography by Greg Yamamoto

AAJA announces the winners of the 2015 Dith Pran Instagram PhotoShootOut Competition at the AAJA National Convention in San Francisco August 15. The theme of this year competition is “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”

 

First place winner

1st place – Brandon Chew, San Jose State University, “Ferry Nice Selfie”. He wins registration for next year’s AAJA Convention and a perpetual trophy cup.

 

Second place winner

2nd place – Kent Nishimura, University of Hawaii, “Playing with Fire”. He wins FitBit watch.

 

Third place winner

3rd place – Tam Duong, California State University East Bay, “Companions”. He wins backpack and seat from the White House News Photographers Association and a photography book.

 

honorable mention winner

Honorable Mention – James Tensuan, San Jose State University, “A Suite Silhouette”. He wins backpack and seat from the White House News Photographers Association and a photography book.

 

Judges:
Stan Honda, New York freelance
Paul Kitagaki, Jr., Sacramento Bee
Kii Sato, Associated Press
Alex Wong, Getty Images
Greg Yamamoto, Hawaii freelance

For any questions, please aajaphoto@gmail.com

History: The AAJA PhotoShootOut was started in 2000 during the annual AAJA National Convention. The competition was changed in 2008 to honor New York Times photographer Dith Pran, who risked his life in Cambodia during the genocide by the Khmer Rouge to help journalists tell the story of atrocities in his home country. His story inspired the film, “The Killing Fields.” Pran passed away in 2008.

2015 AAJA San Francisco Convention Photographer’s Schedule

AAJA National Convention is in San Francisco from Wednesday, August 12 to Sunday, August 16. Here’s information of events catered to the Asian American photographer like yourself.

If you are a college photo student or a recent grad, AAJA professional photographers would like to pay your convention registration. Contact below for more information.

You can also donate to help other photographers attend the convention. Contact below for more information.

Jump to Dinning Registration

Photography schedule:

Tuesday, August 11:
Dith Pran PhotoShootOut Instagram competition begins – Start shooting! (www.aajaphoto.org/shootout15)

Wednesday, August 12:
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Opening reception – Grand Ballroom
10 p.m. – Photo Suite – Room 456 – Susan Choi

Thursday, August 13:
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Portrait booth – Pacific Concourse Foyer (www.aaja.org/2015-portrait-stu…)
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Photo Exhibit – Expo Hall
12-2 p.m. – Student Critiques, Kii Sato, Associated Press – Pacific M
2-3 p.m. – “Covering Protests: Finding Stories and Staying Safe” – Kii Sato, Associated Press – Pacific M
3-4 p.m. – “Preserving the Past Through Photojournalism” – Paul Kitagaki, Jr., Sacramento Bee, Stan Honda, New York freelance – Pacific M
4-5 p.m. – “Web Docs Deconstructed” – Dai Sugano, San Jose Mercury News – Pacific M
8-10 p.m. – AAJA Ramen Photo Dinner honoring San Jose Mercury News Dai Sugano – Kirimachi Ramen restaurant – Embarcadero #3 – $25 (kirimachi.com) (www.aajaphoto.org/dinner15)
10 p.m. – Photo Suite – Room 456 – Susan Choi

Friday, August 14:
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Portrait booth – Pacific Concourse foyer – (www.aaja.org/2015-portrait-stu…)
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Photo Exhibit – Expo Hall
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – “Nick Ut: Revisiting the Vietnam. War, 40 Years Later”, Nick Ut, Associated Press – Pacific N (www.aajaphoto.org/nick15)
12-2 p.m. – Student Critiques, Kii Sato, Associated Press – Pacific M
2-3 p.m. – “Grounded for Good? The State of Drone Journalism” – Pacific M
3-4 p.m. – “Everything You Know About Multimedia Is Wrong”, Richard Koci Hernandez, U.C. Berkeley – Pacific M
4-5 p.m. – Dith Pran Instagram PhotoShootOut Prep Time
5-6 p.m. – Dith Pran Instagram PhotoShootOut Live Judging – Pacific M       (www.aaja.org/dith-pran2015)
6-8 p.m. – Silent Auction – Grand Ballroom (www.aaja.org/2015-silentauctio…) (www.aaja.org/2015-photo-auctio…)
8-10 p.m. – AAJA Photo dinner honoring Nick Ut  – Stone Korean Kitchen restaurant – Embarcadero #4 – $35 (www.stonekoreankitchen.com) (www.aajaphoto.org/dinner15)
10 p.m. – Photo Suite – Site at Hyatt TBA – Susan Choi

Saturday, August 15:
9 a.m. – Ferry to Angel Island – $25 (www.aajaphoto.org/AngelIsland)
11 a.m. – Photo Tour of Immigration Station on Angel Island – Corky Lee, New York freelance (www.aajaphoto.org/AngelIsland)
3:15 p.m. – Return from Angel Island (www.aajaphoto.org/AngelIsland)
7-9 p.m. Gala – PhotoShootOut Awards Presentation (www.aajaphoto.org/shootout15)
9-11 p.m. – Karaoke
10 p.m. – Photo Suite – Site at Hyatt TBA – Susan Choi

Sunday, August 16:
10 a.m. – 12 noon – AAJA Photo dim sum brunch – Yank Sing restaurant, 101 Spear Street and Mission street – $30 (www.yanksing.com) (www.aajaphoto.org/dinner15)

Dinning Registration

Restaurant information:

Photo meal invitations to the AAJA National Convention in San Francisco from Thursday, August 13 to Sunday, August 16. All restaurants are within one block of the Hyatt Hotel. Everyone is welcome. Please RSVP in advance.


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8 p.m., Thursday (Aug 13) Kirimachi Ramen Restaurant Reservations:
We will be honoring prize winning photojournalist Dai Sugano, from the San Jose Mercury News.
Address: Embarcadero #3
www.kirimachi.com


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8 p.m., Friday (Aug 14) AAJA Photo Korean Dinner Reservations:
We will be honoring Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer Nick Ut from Associated Press.
Address: Embarcadero #4
www.stonekoreankitchen.com


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10 a.m., Sunday (Aug 16) AAJA Photo Dim Sum Brunch Reservations:
Address: 101 Spear Street (off Mission Street)
www.yanksing.com


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More information:
AAJAphoto@gmail.com
www.AAJAphoto.org
Facebook: AAJA Photo
Instagram hashtag: #AAJAphoto
www.AAJA.org

Pulitzer winning Nick Ut to speak at AAJA National Convention Friday, August 14, 2015

Nick Ut with his Pulitzer Prize winning photograph 'Napalm Girl' from the Vietnam War. Photo courtesy of Ringo Chiu
Nick Ut with his Pulitzer Prize winning photograph ‘Napalm Girl’ from the Vietnam War. Photo courtesy of Ringo Chiu

Pulitzer Prize winning Associated Press photographer Nick Ut will be speaking 11:30 a.m., Friday, August 14, 2015 in the Pacific N room at the AAJA National Convention in San Francisco. Ut’s talk is entitled: “Nick Ut, Revisiting The Vietnam War, 40 Years Later.”

Nick will be honored at a dinner party hosted by AAJA photographers on Thursday night (Aug 13).

Nick will also speak for a few minutes during the Silent Auction on Friday (Aug 14). He will help start off the auction for his ‘Napalm Girl’ photo.

A story about Nick on the AP website: bit.ly/1GHwjvC

More on Nick’s career:

April 30, 2015 was the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. Pulitzer Prize photographer Nick Ut was back in Vietnam to document the anniversary. Huỳnh Công Út, known professionally as Nick Ut, won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for his photograph of a naked 9-year-old girl, Phan Thị Kim Phúc, running toward the camera from a South Vietnamese napalm attack on North Vietnamese invaders at the Trảng Bàng village during the Vietnam War in 1972.

Nick is currently a staff photographer for the AP in the Los Angeles bureau and will retire next year. He gives speeches around the world today talking about world peace. He feels his photograph helped stop the war in Vietnam. President Nixon said the photograph was not authentic. Nick will talk about the anniversary of the end of the war and how Vietnamese still view the war. Should be an interesting talk with photographs of Vietnam today and during the war.

2015 Dith Pran Instagram Photo Shootout Competition

Cambodian photojournalist Dith Pran talks to a reporter after a press conference at the Foreign Correspondent Club of Thailand in Bangkok, Aug. 25, 1989, after getting back from Cambodia. (AP Photo)
Cambodian photojournalist Dith Pran talks to a reporter after a press conference at the Foreign Correspondent Club of Thailand in Bangkok, Aug. 25, 1989, after getting back from Cambodia. (AP Photo)

 

AAJA is proud to announce the 2015 Dith Pran Instagram Photo Shootout Competition to take place at the AAJA National Convention in San Francisco August 12-15, 2015. The theme this year is “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”

Top prize is convention registration for next year’s convention.

Instagram PhotoShootOut Rules:

  • Submit photo entries using the Instagram hashtag #AAJAPhoto. Upload photo submission using any Instagram App.
  • Deadline: Photo submissions must be uploaded on Instagram by 5 p.m. PST on Friday, August 14.
  • Contestants can start shooting anytime beginning Tuesday, August 11.
  • A professional grade camera is not required. Images submitted from mobile devices (cellphone or tablet) are strongly encouraged.
  • Each entrant can submit up to three images. Judging will be based on a single image and not a series of images.
  • Entries should be based on the theme “I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” song by singer Tony Bennett. Photos will be judged on theme interpretation, artistic style, composition & technicality. This year’s theme is a suggestion and photographs unrelated to the theme are acceptable.
  • Entrants also need to email aajaphoto@gmail.com with their entrant’s name, Instagram account name, cell phone number, email address and caption information of 100 words or less. Failure to email this information may disqualify an entry.
  • You must be a current registered AAJA National Convention attendee.
  • Only minor burning, dodging and slight color adjustment, sharpening and cropping are acceptable. NO INSTAGRAM FILTERS ALLOWED! Any significantly digitally modified or altered photograph will be disqualified. No special artistic app filers allowed. Exception only is the black and white filter.
  • There is no cost to enter the competition.

All photographs entered will be considered for use during the AAJA Gala Banquet slide show. Winners will be posted on www.AAJAPhoto.org The First Place winner will have their name engraved on the Annual Dith Pran PhotoShootOut perpetual award. First, Second, and Third Place winners will be announced on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at the AAJA Gala Scholarship & Awards Banquet. There will be hundreds of dollars in prizes. First place prize includes the convention fee for next year’s convention, a $250 value.

For any questions, please contact AAJA photographers Susan Choi (917-334-4969) or James Yee (317-640-1873) or email questions to aajaphoto@gmail.com

History: The AAJA PhotoShootOut was started in 2000 during the annual AAJA National Convention. The competition was changed in 2008 to honor New York Times photographer Dith Pran, who risked his life in Cambodia during the genocide by the Khmer Rouge to help journalists tell the story of atrocities in his home country. His story inspired the film, “The Killing Fields.” Pran passed away in 2008.

Thank you for helping AAJA photographers attend the 2015 convention

We have reached our present goal for paying registration for 13 photo students and three professional photographers to attend the convention.

Thank you to those individuals and companies that help make this all possible.

Stan Honda, Paul Sakuma, Paul Cheung Alex Wong, Dai Sugano, Kii Sato, James Yee, Susan Choi, Corky Lee, Baron Sekiya, Howard Hsu, Kathleen Carroll, Michael Quan, Jeff Chiu, Ringo Chiu, Paul Kitagaki, Jr., Daniel Sato, Kenneth Kwok, Grace How, John Mabanglo, Donna Tam, FoxNews, Sacramento Chapter, San Francisco Chapter, AAJA National, Michelle Anindya, Justin Seiter, and Kathy Chow. (In no particular order)

Stan Honda
AAJAphoto@gmail.com
www.AAJAphoto.org

Donation: www.aaja.org/donate-today/

AAJA is a non-profit 501(c)3 for any tax deduction purposes.

More information on the photography portion of the convention: www.aajaphoto.org

Angel Island Photo Tour, Saturday, August 15, 2015

Looking for something interesting to do on Saturday, August 15, before the Gala Banquet in the evening? Want to find out about our ancestors who traveled from Asia to America to the “Ellis Island of the West?”

Join freelance photographers Corky Lee and James Yee in a special AAJA tour of Angel Island Immigration Station. You don’t need to be a photographer. Everyone is welcome. Limited reservations required for guided and self-guided tours.

The State Park Service docent led tour is $7 and starts at 11 a.m. at the Immigration Station.

Self-guided tours of the immigration station is $5.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, August 12. After August 12, you will be on wait list.

RSVP sign up: Corky Lee

Fees will be collected by the State Park Service at the Immigration Station. Make check payable to: “California State Parks. If paying by cash, please bring exact change. No credit cards.

Take a 25 minute ferry ride from San Francisco to Angel Island past the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. The ferry will first make a brief stop at Fisherman’s Wharf.

The immigration station is about a 20 to 30 minute walk up and down a hill from the dock. Bring your walking shoes; a coat since it might be chilly on the ferry; camera to photograph the barracks as it was in the early 1900s.

There is a snack bar at the pier on Angel Island. There are no other food and drink services on the island. Also a snack bar on the ferry.

The ferry leaves at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, August 15 from the Ferry Terminal, across the street from the Hyatt Regency. About a five minute walk from the Hyatt to the Ferry Building (That’s the tower building across street from Hyatt with big clock tower). Purchase a round trip ticket on your own inside the main lobby of the Ferry Building. Cost is $18 round trip. Suggest purchasing ticket inside Ferry Building at least 15 minutes before ferry departs. Credit card/cash accepted.

The return ferry from Angel Island is at 3:15pm and arrives at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf Pier 41 at 3:40 p.m. The return ferry stops at Fisherman’s Wharf and does not stop back at the Ferry Terminal across Hyatt Hotel. Fisherman’s Wharf is 1.75 miles from the Hyatt. You will need to find transportation back to the hotel on your own. You can take the F trolley car back to the hotel. Also about a 30 minute walk. Or pedicab or taxi.

Angel Island history: From 1910 to 1940 the United States Immigration Station processed nearly a million immigrants. Most of immigrants were Chinese and Japanese who arrived at Angel Island and were detained for weeks. Some were detained up to 90 days and a very few for almost two years while their applications were considered. The immigration station is a now a National Historic Landmark. Many of the original barracks and other buildings are still standing. There is a wonderful museum with many artifacts.

More information:
James Yee
Corky Lee
AAJAphoto@gmail.com
Facebook: aajaphoto.org/fb

Journalist Jessica Lum dies after struggle with cancer

AAJA member An Rong Xu posts a rememberance on her blog. Click on the image to visit her site.
AAJA member An Rong Xu posts a rememberance on his blog. Click on the image above to visit his website.

Dear AAJAphoto,

Jessica Lum, a journalist who combined multimedia skills with enthusiasm for telling stories to report news and share her personal struggle with cancer on Facebook, died Sunday of cancer, her family said. She was 25. She was also an AAJA member.

You can read her obit story from the Sacramento Bee: www.sacbee.com/2013/01/17/5120…

Another obit from Mission Local: missionlocal.org/tag/jessica-l…

You can read a blog from AAJA member AnRong Xu: three-half.com/collective/anro…

Her UC Berkeley masters multimedia project, “Slab City Stories,” won the 2012 Online News Association award for best feature by a student: slabcitystories.com/

She came out to talk about her cancer in 2009: www.modbee.com/2009/05/18/7075…

Her web site: www.jessicalum.com/

Services:
February 2, 9:30 a.m.
Chinese Grace Bible Church
6656 Park Riviera
Sacramento, CA

You can send a condolence card to her parents:
Bob and Anna Lum
1609 34th Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95822-3019

Remembrances:
Donations in memory of Jessica may be made to find a cure for pheochromocytoma. Checks should be made payable to University of California Regents and indicate “malignant pheochromocytoma research” in the memo line.

Mail donations to:
Dr. Paul A. Fitzgerald
UC San Francisco
350 Parnassus Avenue, Suite 710
San Francisco, CA 94117

Paul Sakuma
psakuma@aol.com

Photographer Corky Lee’s photo gear stolen during scholarship auction

Unfortunately, Corky Lee had his camera and camera bag stolen during the Scholarship Auction in Las Vegas. Corky has been the man in charge of the Silent Auction for years. He has done more photography of Asian American issues than any other photographer. If anyone is interested in helping out Corky with about $4,300 with of gear stolen:

Corky Lee
92-31 57th Ave. #4M
Elmhurst, NY 11373
corkylee_photo@yahoo.com

Unity Convention a success, thousands of dollars raised for scholarships

Dear Unity/AAJA VTF,

Another successful Unity Convention. But not without a few hiccups.

Thank you to all of you who donated prints for the AAJA Silent Auction. The Auction went well. AAJA sold most of the framed autographed photos. The Auctions made thousands of dollars for future AAJA journalist.

We had some great speakers for three days. Thank you to speakers: Dai Sugano, Andrew DeVigal, Ben de la Cruz, Richad Koci Hernandez, Conner Jay, Abe Mendoza, Val Hoeppner, Kelvin Ma, Stan Honda, Thomas Cheng, Mark Damon, Kenny Irby, Michael Yamashita, Alex Wong, Greg Yamamoto, Darrell Miho, John deDioas, Nataline Guillen, and Nick Ut.

Several volunteers helped make it successful. Corky Lee, Susan Choi, James Yee, Carlos Gonzalez, Leila Navidi and Karen Zhou.

Special thanks to sponsors Nikon, Canon, ThinkTankPhoto.com and Sandisk.

We met a lot of student photojournalists who showed their work. Also had a few fun private photo parties at a Korean BBQ, Indian Buffet and pizzaria.

Unfortunately, Corky Lee had his camera and camera bag stolen during the Auction. Corky is the man in charge of the Silent Auction for years. He has done more photography of Asian American issues than any other photographer. If anyone is interested in helping out Corky with about $4,300 with of gear stolen:
Corky Lee
92-31 57th Ave. #4M
Elmhurst, NY 11373
corkylee_photo@yahoo.com

Next year’s convention is in New York City from on August 21-24. If you have any ideas for speakers, please let me know.

Paul Sakuma
AAJA Photo
www.aajaphoto.org
Facebook: AAJA Photo
psakuma@aol.com