ROSS TAYLOR www.rosstaylor.com
Taylor’s professional’s recognitions include National Press Photographers Association Photographer of the Year (Large Markets), Northern Photographer of the Year, New England Photographer of the Year, Virginia Photographer of the Year and North Carolina Photographer of the Year (twice). His coverage of an Afghanistan trauma hospital garnered numerous international and national awards, and his work has also appeared on the cover of the Best of Photojournalism Magazine (twice). A film he worked on while in graduate school was an Academy Award semifinalist in the student documentary category.
Taylor was recently hired as an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. Previously, he was a visiting Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was the inaugural fellow in the Multimedia, Photography and Design Department at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University. Taylor’s master’s project was a series of films in the local burn unit.
He is the lead creator of The Image, Deconstructed.
KATIE WOOD www.katiewoodphotography.com
Katie Wood is a video journalist who is soon to be based in San Francisco. After a five and a half year run at The Denver Post where she did everything from produce photo galleries to shoot and edit video, she took one of the paper’s 30 layoffs in April and signed on to be a video producer at SFGate, the San Francisco Chronicle’s online sister site. She is a firm believer in the power and importance of visual journalism and often finds herself in epic battles with people who don’t agree.
KYLE GRILLOT www.kylegrillot.com
Kyle Grillot is a photojournalist based in Los Angeles. He specializes in documentary photography related to social issues, subcultures, and portraiture. He worked for newspapers throughout the Midwest states before succumbing to the pull of the West. When he is not working he can be found gardening,
LATHAN GOUMAS www.lathangoumas.com
Lathan Goumas is a photojournalist based in central Virginia and on staff at the News & Advance in Lynchburg. He recently returned to his home state after spending the last several years working at newspapers in Illinois and Michigan. His work has been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association, the Associated Press, the Illinois Press Photographers Association and The Virginia News Photographers Association. When he isn’t photographing he enjoys camping, hiking, surfing and scuba diving.
ANDY COLWELL www.andycolwell.com
Andy Colwell is a photojournalist based in Denver, formerly of Pennsylvania where he graduated with photojournalism and art photography degrees from Penn State. Since moving to Colorado, he’s become the regional chair for the National Press Photographers Association’s northwest region. When not working, he’s kayaking, running, biking, hiking or on a long walk. Most recently he worked as a staff photographer at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. for four and a half years. While at Penn State, his work on Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal was part of the Harrisburg Patriot-News 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning reportage as well as the Hearst Journalism Awards Championship. In Erie, his pictures and video received recognition in contests including the NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism 2015 Small-Market Picture Story, the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors Association and the Keystone Press Awards’ Edith Hughes Emerging Journalist Award. Colwell is an Eagle Scout, an Eddie Adams Workshop alumnus and Black Team volunteer, and has worked on the Online News Association Conference video team repeatedly.
AMANDA PIELA www.amandapiela.com
Amanda Piela is a photojournalist and visual storyteller based in Denver. She was born and raised in Western Massachusetts. She loves photographing and meeting new people whenever she gets the chance. When she is not photographing or daydreaming about light she is outside exploring the Rockies and playing ultimate frisbee. Amanda recently graduated from Syracuse University with a dual degree in photojournalism and anthropology and is now living and exploring in Denver, Colorado.