John Kaplan was a judge in the 2015 Q1 Photography Contest
WPJA Judge since 2004 -
John Kaplan is one of America's most accomplished photographers, having been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography, POY National Newspaper Photographer of the Year, the Overseas Press Club Award, two Robert F. Kennedy Awards, and the Nikon Documentary Sabbatical Grant.
John has been featured on the PBS’ program, Now with Bill Moyers, on CNN, and on NPR’s All Things Considered.
John’s first feature length film, Not As I Pictured: A Pulitzer Prize-winning Photographer’s Journey Through Lymphoma, and its companion short film, Pulitzer Pride: A Story of Redemption, Rock ‘N’ Roll, and the Pulitzer Prize, have won more than 20 awards, including two prestigious Cine Golden Eagle honors. Not As I Pictured is presently airing nationwide on PBS stations.
His project on survivors of torture in West Africa was awarded the Overseas Press Club Award for Feature Photography and the Harry Chapin Media Award. The United Nations used John's work to help facilitate contact with the victims.
His work is exhibited at museums and galleries worldwide including solo exhibitions in the United States, Peru, Bolivia and Korea as well as shows in China, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, Korea, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
A full professor at the University of Florida where he has been named International Educator of the Year as well as his college’s Teacher of the Year, John has been named a Fulbright Scholar and has twice been selected as a Pulitzer Prizes juror. He is the author of two books, Photo Portfolio Success and Mom and Me.
John Kaplan is an American Reportage Advisor.