JUDGES

March 14, 2020

Leslie E. Kossoff has been a freelance news photographer in the Washington, DC area since 1992.  She covered assignments for Associated Press for over 20 years for 3 of its bureaus, including Washington, DC, DC Metro and Baltimore.  Over the years she has also covered a multitude of assignments for Agence France Press, The Boston Globe, Polaris Images, as well as numerous other large and small publications worldwide.  She has covered a wide range of subjects including the White House, Capitol Hill, national and international politics and countless feature stories.


Throughout her career, Kossoff has also done a large volume of corporate work for various public, private and non-profit organizations, including several universities, hospitals, and associations.  She particularly enjoyed working as the in-town official photographer for 3 different Prime Ministers of Ireland, spanning over 15 years.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Photojournalism from Boston University.


LESLIE E. KOSSOFF

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SEVEN-TIME MILITARY PHOTOJOURNALIST OF THE YEAR, JEREMY T. LOCK


For the past 21 years, photojournalist and now retired military photographer Jeremy Lock directed his lens towards the elements of the world that many of us will never have the opportunity or even the desire to see first hand.  His images are beautiful, heartbreaking, provocative and devastating – sometimes all in the same frame.


"My photographic journey is rooted in my ability to capture the essence and reality of humanity at its finest and at its worst," says Lock. "I've captured everything from the hunt for Osama bin Laden, to the playful nature of our young military who are defending our freedom, and the plight of humans in search of food after the Haiti earthquake disaster."


Lock is not only an accomplished military veteran receiving the Bronze Star Medal for distinguished service in Iraq, his experience as a seasoned photojournalist have led to his work being published in magazines, newspapers and books including National Geographic, Time, New York Times, The Washington Post among others. His work has also earned multiple awards from prestigious organizations including World Press Photo, National Press Photographers Association and Oasis.


“Not only do I get to live my life, but I've been able to live the lives of those I photograph, even if it was just for a moment,” notes Lock. “I constantly want to share my experiences to remind myself and others that what I am doing is very important and the world needs to see it. I like to think the experiences haven't changed me, but I know they have, and I'm thankful for that change. There is more to the world than what is outside your front door.”



JEREMY LOCK

Larry Levin worked as a photo agent, photo editor and photographer.  During his tenure as photo editor at Nation's Business magazine he was responsible for the visual content of the periodical.  He is currently working as a freelance corporate photographer in Washington, D.C., and additionally for the last 12 years taught visual communication as an adjunct professor at American University, Northern Virginia Community College and Trinity Washington University.  He has been a past president of the American Society of Picture Professionals and former executive director of the White House News Photographers Association and was recently appointed as board member of the National Press Photographers Foundation.  His other passion is working with Best Buddies and refereeing basketball for Special Olympics. This will be his sixth year with the Shoot Off faculty.


LARRY LEVIN