Bob Lynn Grant Established

Bob Lynn Grant Established at NPPF

The National Press Photographers Foundation is pleased to announce the Bob Lynn Grant, established by Bob and Millie Lynn.The $4,000 grant will be awarded annually for 10 years to working professionals or photojournalism students to support documentary photojournalism projects.

“I have created this grant to encourage photojournalists to do stories that expose the sad underbelly in American society–locally or nationally. Stories told through photographs and words hopefully make a difference,” Lynn said.

The former editor cited examples of iconic photographs, including Eddie Adams street execution in Vietnam, Charles Moore’s dog attack during a civil rights protest in Birmingham, Ala., and Donna Ferrato’s domestic violence in America.

“The National Press Photographers Foundation is extremely pleased to receive the support from Bob and Millie Lynn. This grant creates opportunities for working professionals or photojournalism students to produce significant work each year,” said NPPF President C. Thomas Hardin.

“A photojournalism industry icon, Bob Lynn, has given so much to our profession over the years and now has found a way to continue supporting photojournalism education by establishing this grant within NPPF.”

Bob Lynn is a former assistant managing editor/graphics at The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA), where he served as a photojournalism leader for 17 years. During that time the Pilot was recognized for excellence in the Pictures of the Year competition, including three first place wins for Best Use of Pictures for large metropolitan newspapers.

Lynn came to Norfolk from the Charleston (WV) Gazette, where he was graphics editor for three years. Prior to that, he was a reporter and photographer at the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Los Angeles Times. Lynn started his 38-year career as a sports reporter at the Wilmington

(NC) Morning Star.

He wrote Vision, Courage & Heart, a visual journalism leadership and management book which soon will be offered as an E-book. Lynn holds a BA in journalism from Marshall University and master’s from Ohio University. In 1971, he was Ohio News Photographer of the Year and earned national recognition for his reporting on nuclear power plants.

His many accolades include the National Press Photographers Association’s Joseph Costa Award in 1997 and 2004, Clifton C. Edom Award in 2008, and American photojournalism’s highest honor, the Joseph Sprague Memorial Award, in 2009. That same year, he was inducted into the Cincinnati Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists Hall of Fame.

His words of wisdom to aspiring photojournalists, “My only advice is to shoot with honesty from your gut and heart,” says Lynn

The first Bob Lynn Grant will be awarded in early 2020. “Applicants can enter via NPPF’s online portfolio system.

Image preparation requirements and a link to NPPF’s portfolio system may be found at The deadline for applications is February 3, 2020.

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