Paul Vathis Memorial Photography Portfolio Award (Keystone Media Awards)

Paul Vathis Memorial Photography Portfolio Award (Keystone Media Awards)




Harrisburg, PA


Teresa Shaak




Distinguished Visual Award from the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation

Formerly known as the Distinguished Visual Awards, this award honors the late Pulitzer-Prize winning AP photographer from Pennsylvania. The award recognizes one photographer, across all circulation divisions, whose portfolio entry of published spot news, feature and sports photography shows the strong journalistic instinct, all-purpose skills and dedication that were the hallmarks of Paul Vathis’ 56-year career with the AP.

Entries are to consist of five photographs with at least one spot news photo, one feature photo and one sports photo. Work that has been entered in any other category, including those not listed in entry categories, is acceptable. The contest is open to individual photographers only – no team entries.

Congratulations to Christopher Dolan (The Times-Tribune, Scranton), winner of the 2020 Paul Vathis Memorial Photography Portfolio Award!

This contest is a category within the Keystone Media Awards.

Winner of this special award receives a personalized plaque and a cash award.

*Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the May 30 Keystone Media Awards Celebration has been canceled.  The PNA Foundation is reviewing alternative ways of recognizing and celebrating the outstanding efforts of professional PA journalists.  More information will be available in the coming months.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through these changes that are affecting all aspects of our lives.

Questions?  Email the PNA Foundation or phone (717) 703-3003.