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NPR Wins White House Awards

NPR has won several awards in the annual White House News Photographers Association "Eyes of History" contest. This organization, one of the oldest and most prestigious visual journalism showcases in the country, recognizes excellence in multimedia, still and motion photography.

NPR's visual department works across the organization to bring the best of NPR storytelling to life on the Web. Our content takes the form of photo galleries, audio slide shows, video stories and interactive graphics.

A complete list of NPR's 2009 "Eyes of History" awards follows:

NEW MEDIA
Best Use Of Photography And Audio (without narration)

First Place
"America's Battalion" In Afghanistan
Produced and photographed by David Gilkey
Audio editing by Laura Krantz, Jim Wildman
Senior Supervising Producer: Keith Jenkins

Second Place
For Army Medevacs, Hearts And Minds Are No Cliche
Produced and photographed by David Gilkey
Audio editing: Laura Krantz, Chris Berry
Senior Supervising Producer: Keith Jenkins

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Best Use Of Photography And Audio (with narration)
First Place
No Man's Land
Produced and photographed by David Gilkey
Reported and narrated by Eric Westervelt
Senior Supervising Producer: Keith Jenkins

Second Place
Horse Race Evokes Genghis Khan (second video on page)
Produced by Coburn Dukehart
Photography by Ariana Lindquist
Reported by Louisa Lim
Senior Supervising Producer: Keith Jenkins

Award of Excellence
Unsettled in Tene (bottom of the page)
Produced and photographed by David Gilkey
Reported and narrated by Eric Westervelt
Senior Supervising Producer: Keith Jenkins

Best Multimedia Package — In-Depth
Award of Excellence
Traveling Down the Amazon Road
Photographer: John Poole
Reporter: Lourdes Garcia-Navarro
Multimedia Producers: Keith Jenkins, Katie Hayes
Designer: Nelson Hsu, Alyson Hurt
Editor: Chuck Holmes
Radio Editor: Didrik Schanche

Best Multimedia Innovation
Second Place
Kurlwich on Science
Examples from this series:
Ants that Count:
Robert Krulwich, Jason Orfanon, Vikki Valentine, Allison Richards
The Crow Paradox:
Robert Krulwich, Jason Orfanon, Alison Richards, Vikki Valentine

STILL PHOTOGRAPHY
International News

First Place
David Gilkey

A Marine yells for help while under heavy fire from a machine gun in the Helmand River Valley in Hel

A Marine yells for help while under heavy fire from a machine gun in the Helmand River Valley in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on July 2, 2009. Marines have met significant resistance from Taliban fighters using rocket-propelled grenades, small arms and machine guns. hide caption

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Award of Excellence
David Gilkey
An Afghan man is detained and questioned on July 2, 2009, after shooting at the Marines in Helmand province, Afghanistan. To their frustration, he had thrown his gun into a nearby river, so they were forced to release him. Marines are often unable to distinguish insurgents from civilians.

Picture Story/Feature
Third Place
David Gilkey
"America's Battalion" in Afghanistan
In July 2009, President Obama ordered thousands of Marines to the Taliban stronghold of the Helmand River Valley in Afghanistan. The Marines of the 2/8, know as "America's Battalion," received violent opposition and proved instrumental in the offensive. This event Marked President Obama's first military action, and was seen as a sign of his commitment to the war effort.

Portfolio
Third Place
David Gilkey

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Portrait/Personality
Award of Excellence
David Gilkey
A Marine holds an M-16 round in his teeth before entering Patrol Base Hassan Abad in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 19, 2009. The surge of troops in Afghanistan was an attempt to pursue a new policy in southern Afghanistan — clearing an area of Taliban fighters and then maintaining control of those areas.

Pictorial
Awards of Excellence
By David Gilkey:
Troop carriers are seen through a dust storm in southern Afghanistan on Nov. 10, 2009.

A poster of a woman and the crowded street of wedding halls in Kabul, Afghanistan, on July 24, 2009. The wedding hall industry is booming in Afghanistan and has become a lucrative business.

Insiders Washington
Award of Excellence
David Gilkey
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) meets with local elders in the Helmand River Valley on Oct. 19, 2009, during a visit to assess the current security situation in southern Afghanistan. Kerry's visit was instrumental in Obama's decision to send more troops to the area.

TELEVISION EDITING
Audio Editing

Honorable Mention
Project Song: Chris Walla & J. Robbins Create MercuryJohn
Poole

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