After a five-year hiatus, the Visual Task Force (VTF) of the National Association of Black Journalists “revamped” The Moneta Sleet, Jr. photo competition by partnering with the Teripix mobile photo app. That partnership allowed off-convention site participation and remote judging, which was a first for the 25-year-old competition.
This year’s competition chair, Boyzell Hosey, director of photo and video at the Poynter-owned Tampa Bay Times, told Poynter that “the goal of the competition is to honor and preserve the history of Moneta Sleet, Jr., while upholding and promoting the values of visual journalism as it relates to our day and time.”
The contest was restored with a relevant and compelling thematic topic: “BlackLivesMatter” (in conjunction with the one year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death and several others that spurred the #BlackLivesMatter movement.) It was open nationally to NABJ members attending the Minneapolis, Minnesota convention and across the country. Read more