Michael Whitley is assistant managing editor for the Los Angeles Times. He is a judge on the visuals team.
What has surprised you about being a judge?
“How mentally taxing it is being a judge. Giving each entry your full consideration. It’s one thing to watch people do that, it’s another to do it yourself.”
What has surprised you about the work you’ve seen so far?
“There were a couple of news photos that were really emotional and spoke to the power of photography to tell a story. It’s one thing to read that something had happened, but when you saw what had happened … they felt very violent and very intimate and made your heart ache.
What’s one surprising thing about you?
“I’ve been coming to the competition since 1998 but this is the first time I’ve ever been a judge.”
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