National Press Photographers Association

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The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) was founded in 1946. The organization is based in Durham, North Carolina and is mostly made up of still photographers, television videographers, editors, and students in the journalism field. The NPPA places emphasis on photojournalism, or journalism that presents a story through the use of photographs or moving pictures. The NPPA holds annual competitions as well as several quarterly contests, seminars, and workshops designed to stimulate personal growth in its members. It utilizes a mentor program which offers its members the opportunity to establish a relationship with a veteran NPPA member and learn from them. The organization also offers a critique service, a job bank, an online discussion board, and various member benefits.

Their members include still and television photographers, editors, students and representatives of businesses that serve the photojournalism industry. As of 2003, NPPA had over 8,000 paid professional members, about 1,500 paid student members, and nearly 500 life members—bringing the total membership to just over 10,000.[citation needed]

Members of NPPA abide by a strict code of ethics.[1]


NPPA was incorporated on October 3, 1947. The original certificate of incorporation outlined six key objectives.[citation needed]

  1. To advance press photography in all its branches
  2. To promote the general welfare and conditions in the press photography field
  3. To create, promote, and maintain cordial relations and cooperation, a higher spirit of fraternalism, the interchange of thought and opinion freely, and a high standard of conduct among its members
  4. To distribute and disseminate accurate information in regard to matters pertaining to the photographic press of the nation
  5. To settle equitably and justify the differences between its members
  6. To preserve, stabilize, unify, and coordinate all elements of the photographic press of the nation

Notable past members[edit]

  • Marion Carpenter, first female National Press Photographer to cover Washington, D.C., the White House and travel with a U.S. President.


  1. ^ "NPPA Code of Ethics". National Press Photographers Association. Retrieved 4 Jul 2015. 

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