2017 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 2017 Dith Pran Photo Shootout Competition to take place at the AAJA National Convention in Philadelphia, July 26-29, 2017. Philadelphia is known as the “City of Brotherly Love”, so we are looking for the photograph that best depicts this slogan. This contest is open to ALL attendees at the AAJA 2017 convention in Philadelphia.

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

Instagram PhotoShootOut Rules:

  • Submit photo entries using the Instagram hashtag #AAJAPhoto. Upload your photo submission(s) with caption information using any Instagram App.
  • Deadline: Photo submission(s) must be uploaded on Instagram by 5 p.m. EST on Friday, July 28, 2017.
  • Contestants can start shooting anytime beginning 12:01am EST Wednesday, July 26 and must be uploaded by the contest deadline stated above.
  • A professional grade camera is not required. Images submitted from mobile devices (cellphone or tablet) are acceptable.
  • Each entrant can submit up to three (3) images. Judging will be based on a single image and not a series of images.
  • Entries should be based on the theme. Photos will be judged on theme interpretation, artistic style, composition & technical execution. 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 filters allowed. Exception only is the black and white filter.
  • There is no cost to enter the competition.
  • Winners will be posted on www.AAJAPhoto.org The First Place winner will have their name engraved on the Annual Dith Pran Photo Shootout perpetual award. First, second, and third place winners will be announced on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the AAJA Gala Scholarship & Awards Banquet. First place prize is the convention fee for next year’s convention, a $250 value. Other prizes will be announced a later date.
  • For any questions, please contact AAJA photographer James Yee (317-640-1873) or Alex Wong (202-438-7050) or email questions to aajaphoto@gmail.com

History: The AAJA Photo Shootout 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

2016 Dith Pran Instagram Photo Shootout is on!

The Dith Pran Instagram Photo Shootout has officially started. The competition is open to all AAJA 2016 attendees. The unofficial theme of Las Vegas is “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” so we are looking for the photograph that best depicts what happens in Las Vegas.

You may enter up to three (3) photos. Photos must be uploaded to instagram by 5 p.m. PST, Friday, August 12, 2016 and must include the hashtag ‪#‎aajaphoto‬. No filters of any kind may be used, except the black and white filter. Standard dodging, burning, color correcting is allowed. Standard photo ethic rules apply.

For a complete list of rules and guidelines, please follow this link:

Thank you for participating and good luck!

‘Official’ Unoffical Schedule for AAJA Photographers at Las Vegas convention

Hello all…

This is the official unofficial schedule for AAJA Photo. If you are attending the 2016 convention in Las Vegas and did NOT receive this in an email, please send me your email address. miho@darrellmiho.com

Unofficial programming has been added to provide more photo related topics. Unofficial programs are scheduled and will take place. They are only marked “unofficial” because they are not part of the “official” AAJA convention. They are official, yet, unofficial…
unofficial sessions will be held in a suite at Caesar’s Palace Room # TBA Wednesday.
We have left Wednesday and Thursday night open so that you can go do your own thing like gamble, see a show, walk around the strip or go take your Dith Pran photo entry! or whatever else your heart desires.

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

I’m going to nail down the locations for the lunch and dinner…stay tuned…

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
14:00 – 16:00 Registration, Promenade
18:00 – 20:00 Opening Reception, Pompeian Ballroom

Thursday, August 11, 2016
09:00 – 10:30 Virtual Reality, Livorno
10:30 – 11:30 (unofficial) Using Social Media: Publishing and Marketing, room TBA
11:45 – 12:45 (unofficial) Photo Student Lunch, location TBA
13:00 – 14:00 Plenary Session: Diversity in Political Journalism, Pompeiian I & II
14:15 – 16:15 (unofficial) Personal Projects. we invite YOU to talk about YOUR personal projects. (10 minutes/person)
16:30 – 18:00 Documentary vs Cause Driven Filmmaking, Trevi

Friday, August 12, 2016
10:00 – 11:30 Chasing Political Candidates, Genoa
13:00 – 14:00 (unofficial) Moving Pictures: Shooting Video for still photographers
12:00 – 17:00 Town Hall Meeting, location TBA
18:00 – 20:00 Silent Auction, Pompeian I-IV
20:30 – 22:30 (unofficial) Photo Dinner, meet at 20:30 after Silent Auction, location TBA

Saturday, August 13, 2016
10:30 – 12:00 Nick Ut: 50 years with AP, Trevi
12:00 – 13:00 Plenary Session: Oscars So White, Pompeian I & II
12:00 – 13:45 (unofficial) Lunch with Nick, location TBA
14:00 – 15:30 New World of Visual Storytelling
15:30 – 16:30 Lightning Talks, Pompeian I & II
16:00 – 18:00 (unofficial) portfolio reviews, room TBA
18:30 – 19:00 Networking (pre Gala)
19:00 – 21:00 Gala Scholarship and Awards Dinner
21:30 – 24:00 AAJA Karaoke Night, Florentine I – III

Sunday, August 14, 2016
11:00 – 13:00 (unofficial) Brunch at Hash House A Go Go, inside the Linq Hotel (across the street from Caesar’s). meet in the Caesar’s lobby after check-out.

Who’s going to the 2016 AAJA Convention in Las Vegas?

2016 AAJA National Convention
Las Vegas, August 10-13, 2016 at Caesar’s Palace

Giving a shout-out to all AAJA photographers. Leave a comment to indicate if you’re attending at drop and email to Darrell Miho at miho@darrellmiho.com

We have some additional events and programming that are not on the official schedule as of yet. We are working out logistics, but we hope to have an updated tentative schedule out by Monday night.

Perhaps the new schedule will get a few more of you to come out. come on, it’s Vegas!!!

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.

Tuesday, June 30 is the new deadline for early registration. www.aaja.org

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

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/sh…)

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-po…)
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/di…)
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-po…)
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/ni…)
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-pr…)
6-8 p.m. – Silent Auction – Grand Ballroom (www.aaja.org/2015-si…) (www.aaja.org/2015-ph…)
8-10 p.m. – AAJA Photo dinner honoring Nick Ut  – Stone Korean Kitchen restaurant – Embarcadero #4 – $35 (www.stonekoreankitch…) (www.aajaphoto.org/di…)
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/An…)
11 a.m. – Photo Tour of Immigration Station on Angel Island – Corky Lee, New York freelance (www.aajaphoto.org/An…)
3:15 p.m. – Return from Angel Island (www.aajaphoto.org/An…)
7-9 p.m. Gala – PhotoShootOut Awards Presentation (www.aajaphoto.org/sh…)
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/di…)

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.


sf-ramen

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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sf-korean

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.stonekoreankitch…


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sf-dim sum

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

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

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.

Thank you for helping AAJA photographers attend the 2015 convention

Friday, July 24 is the last day to donate to help Asian American professional photographers attend the AAJA national convention. We have already raised about $500.

If you (Asian American professional photographer/photo editor with more than 50 per cent of your income related to photography) are interested in coming to the convention and can’t afford and think you’d come with funding help, please let us know.

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-…

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

Journalist Jessica Lum dies after struggle with cancer

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.

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. (Archived version)

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/…

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

You can read a blog from AAJA member AnRong Xu: web.archive.org/web/…

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/…

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…

Unity Convention a success, thousands of dollars raised for scholarships

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.

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…

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