Hutchison/Wheeler Advanced Storytelling Workshop Award – $2,000 Award for the Advanced Storytelling Workshop


Apply for a $2,000 award to cover registration and other costs of attending the workshop. 

The $2,000 Hutchison/Wheeler Storytelling Award for the Advanced Storytelling Workshop is offered to aspiring photojournalists who need financial assistance to attend NPPA’s Advanced Storytelling Workshop. Sonny Hutchison and Chris Wheeler believe the workshop’s mentoring and professional interactions can profoundly impact a photojournalist’s life. The NPPA’s workshop provides eye-opening experiences giving photojournalists fresh perspective and instilling confidence and skills in visualizing their stories. A great workshop can change you. And your vision can change the world. The award is for people who might not otherwise be able to attend the NPPA Advanced Storytelling Workshop. 

CHRIS WHEELER began his career at WTOL-TV in Toledo, Ohio. His life changed when NPPA legend Darrell Barton called to offer a job at KTVY (now KFOR) in Oklahoma City. He next went to work at KARE-11 News in Minneapolis, where he was named the 1987 NPPA Television News Photographer of the Year. After working for several years at KUSA-TV in Denver, he transitioned into producing documentary films, the most notable being the series “How the West Was Lost,” which aired nationally on the Discovery Channel.

SONNY HUTCHISON’s entire career is rooted in photojournalism, with an extensive background in local TV news, including stints at Louisville’s WHAS-TV and KUSA-TV in Denver. He was a producer/director on the thirteen-hour documentary series “How the West Was Lost” for the Discovery Channel. Sonny was a Cinematography Fellow at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles and is a proud graduate of the 1975 NPPA Television Newsvideo Workshop.

Chris Wheeler and Sonny Hutchison co-founded two highly successful production companies – Great Divide Pictures and High Noon Entertainment. Together, Chris and Sonny have produced and directed dozens of films for the National Park Service, including projects for Zion National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Shenandoah National Park.

Rules for Application

This award is intended for individuals who would not otherwise be able to attend the NPPA Advanced StoryTelling Workshop. It is open to working professional video photojournalists with at least two years of full-time experience or to accomplished students with a professional portfolio that includes at least three stories they have shot and edited. 


Hutchison/Wheeler Storytelling $2000 Award for the Advanced Storytelling Workshop

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