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Melanie Burford explores long-term projects that blend documentary photography with investigative journalism. A photographer and multimedia journalist based in New York, her career began in New Zealand, working at The Evening Post before moving to America in 1999 where she attended Ohio University. She became a staff photographer at The Dallas Morning News in 2003 before moving to New York in 2009 where she became a founding member of the photo collective, Prime.
An Adjunct Assistant Professor at The Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, Melanie has been a Team Leader at Eddie Adams Workshop, Instructor of Video Storytelling at the NPPA Northern Short Course, a Keynote Speaker and Coach at the multimedia Fall Workshop at Syracuse University and a Video Storytelling Instructor at RIT.
She was part of the team of Dallas Morning News photographers who received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography for coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Melanie’s work has been recognized at the Lone Star Emmy Advanced Media Awards, the 74th annual National Headliner Awards, the Harry Chapin Media Awards, the Best of Photojournalism and Pictures of the Year International. A part-time adjunct professor at The Journalism School at Columbia University, her passion for teaching has gained her keynote speaking roles, including the Kodak Seminar Series touring Australia and New Zealand in 2008.
2012 16th Annual Webby Awards Official Honoree in News & Politics: Individual Episode for ‘Monster Under the Water’.
2009 The EMMY Award, Lonestar EMMY Advanced Media Awards for ‘Moments in Time’, a compilation of documentary videos produced for The Dallas Morning News.
2009 NPPA Best of Photojournalism, Third Place Natural Disaster Video for ‘Voices from Ike.’
2008 Grand Award and First Place Photo Essay, The 74th National Headliners Awards for ‘The Fight for Sugar Hill’.
2008 Photography Award of Excellence, Harry Chapin Media Awards for ‘The Fight For Sugar Hill.’
2008 The Clarion Awards, First Place Photo Essay for ‘The Fight for Sugar Hill.’
2008 Pictures of the Year International, First Place Portrait Series Feature for ‘Dressed for Success.’
2008 NPPA Best of Photojournalism Award of Excellence Feature Photo Gallery for ‘Dressed for Success.’
2007 Pictures of the Year International, Third Place Feature Picture Story for ‘Blind Faith: Part II.’
2006 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for team coverage by The Dallas Morning News of devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina.
2006 Pictures of the Year International, First Place Issue Reporting Picture Story for ‘The Fight for Sugar Hill.’
2006 Pictures of the Year International, First Place Feature Picture Story for ‘Blind Faith.’
2002 NPPA Best of Photojournalism, Cliff Edom New America Award for ‘A Mother’s Will.’
1997 Qantas New Zealand National Media Awards, Senior Runner-Up Photographer.
1992 44th Missouri Photo Workshop, Spirit of the Workshop.
1991 Qantas New Zealand National Media Awards, Junior Photographer of the Year and the Max Smith Memorial Trophy.
1990 The Photographic Society of New Zealand, Ronald Woolf National Youth Award.
2014 Oso Bay Biennial, University of Texas, with Prime Collective (group).
2011 “Prime Show” Random Row Books, Charlottesville, VA (group, curated by Whitney Johnson, Director of Photography, The New Yorker)
1998 Fotofest ’98, “Images of Israel” (solo).
2009-2014 The Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, Adjunct Assistant Professor.
2014 NPPA Best of Photojournalism Multimedia Competition, Final Judge.
2014 University of Texas, Oso Bay Biennial, Prime Collective workshop.
2011-2013 Eddie Adams Barnstorm, Team Leader and Multimedia Producer.
2012 The Fall Workshop, Syracuse University, Coach.
2012 NPPA 31st Annual Northern Short Course, Instructor Video Storytelling Workshops.
2011 Summer Photography Workshop RIT, Video Storytelling Instructor.
2011 The University of Puget Sound, The Brown and Haley Lectureship.
2008 Kodak Seminar Series, Australia and New Zealand, Keynote Speaker.
2008 University of North Texas, International Conference on Critical Literacy, Keynote Speaker.
2006 High School Educators National Convention, Championship Journalism, Workshops Keynote Speaker.
1995-1999 National School of Journalism, New Zealand, Photography Lecturer.