New Kensington Camera Club

Please join us to celebrate the life and times of one of America's greatest photographers, New Kensington's own PULITZER PRIZE WINNER,

1969 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Spot News Photography

©Eugene Pierce


EAD2017 Info

June 16-17, 2017

A viewing of "An Unlikely Weapon, the Eddie Adams Story" will take place June 16th, 7:00pm at the New Kensington Arts Center


The New Kensington Arts Center is located at 950 5th Avenue, New Kensington, PA. Please use the municipal parking lot on Barnes Street and enter through the 950 Barnes Street Entrance.










A dinner will be held at the Quality Inn Quality Inn, 300 Tarentum Bridge Rd, New Kensington, PA at 6:00pm on June 17th with special guest speaker, Pulitzer Prize Winner, Martha Rial. Tickets for the EAD2017 Dinner must be purchased in advance from New Kensington Camera Club or  from the New Kensington Arts Center. You can also make your reservations by emailing or by calling Don Henderson at 412-417-6667.


Tickets for the Eddie Adams Day 2017 Dinner at the Quality Inn are $35.00.









Martha Rial first fell in love with the power and grace of photography as a teenager studying images in Life and Look magazines. Her desire to tell compelling stories has taken me from the mountains of Haiti to African villages to the streets of my hometown of Pittsburgh.


Rial’s photographs have received international acclaim, including a Pulitzer Prize for work documenting the lives of Burundian and Rwandan survivors of the 1994 genocide.


She specializes in documentary and portrait photography and enjoys exploring communities and photographing people where they live, work and play.


Rial recently contributed to The Marcellus Shale Documentary Project, a traveling exhibition of photographs chronicling the impact of the shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania. She was also one of the photographers for the Downtown Now Photography Project, a special initiative of The Heinz Endowments.


Her work can be founded in the permanent collections at the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Newseum in Washington D.C.


Rial worked as a staff photographer for the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times) and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


Her work has earned the Scripps Howard Foundation Award for Photojournalism, a National Headliner Award and the Distinguished Visual Award from the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors. She was also named Pennsylvania News Photographer of the Year.


She has taught as an adjunct associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University and is a master class instructor at the Chautauqua Institution.


Martha attended the famed Eddie Adams Workshop, Barnstorm III, in 1990. Since 1988, 2,800 photographers have attended the Workshop, ten of them have gone on to become Pulitzer Prize winners themselves. In 1998, Martha was asked back to the Workshop to speak, this time with her own Pulitzer Prize.


We are honored to have Martha Rial as our sixth guest speaker for the 2017 Eddie Adams Day Dinner.



Special Guest Speaker


With his signature hat, ponytail and unassuming disposition, one might not realize that photographer Eddie Adams covered 13 wars, beginning with a stint as a Marine Corps combat photographer during the Korean War in the early 1950s and ending in Kuwait in 1991.


He did three tours of Vietnam with the Associated Press and won the Pulitzer Prize for spot photography for his shot of a Viet Cong lieutenant being executed at close range on a Saigon street by a South Vietnamese general. In his more than five decades as a working photographer, Adams received more than 500 awards honoring his work, including World Press, New York Press, National Headliners and Sigma Delta Chi Awards. He said he likes getting them; that they’re nice. But he didn’t display them. He didn’t display that famous photo from Vietnam, either.

If he’d had his way, that photo would never be released for publication again.

Eddie Adams photographed some of the most celebrated people in the world: Ronald Reagan, Fidel Castro, whom he liked, and Pope John Paul II; Jerry Lewis, Clint Eastwood and Bette Davis; Big Bird and Mickey Mouse. All of them, and many more, have looked into Adams’  lens. He remains one of the most published photographers in the U.S., with his work gracing the pages of newspapers and magazines like TIME, VOGUE, VANITY FAIR and PARADE. His career spanned journalism, corporate, editorial, fashion, entertainment and advertising photography. He photographed leaders in all fields, from politics to the superstars of film, television, sports and high fashion. His portfolio includes one-on-one sessions with seven U.S. Presidents and sixty-five Heads of State.


“Eddie’s genius is his talent for capturing tension in every photo, whether it be the still of a murder or the animation in the eyes of a movie star,” says PARADE Chairman Walter Anderson. “He is eclectic, incomparable and cantankerous. He is unyielding in the pursuit of excellence.”


It’s not the war photos or the celebrity photos or the awards that define what’s most important about Adams’ work. It’s the photos that have moved and inspired people to do good; the photos that have led to important change in government policy and people’s lives. He was proud of his 1979 shot “Boat of No Smiles,” depicting 50 Vietnamese on a 30-foot fishing boat fleeing their homeland. It was such a dire time for them, not even the children on board could find pleasure in a boat ride. It was Adams’ photo of these “boat people” that ultimately led Congress and President Jimmy Carter to open the door to the United States to more than 200,000 Vietnamese refugees.


In 1995, Adams created a photo essay for PARADE of some of “the most amazing, most beautiful children in America.” One image — that of a 3-year-old with leukemia, who was photographed with her security blanket — moved one woman so much that she started an organization. Project Linus, founded by Karen Loucks, is a non-profit that provides security blankets to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need through the gifts of blankets and afghans created by volunteers. Today, there are more than 300 chapters of Project Linus in the United States and abroad.


Adams began his photography career as a high school student in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, shooting weddings and other events for $20. He eventually got a job with the New Kensington Daily Dispatch. From there, he went to the Enquirer & News in Battle Creek, Mich., and the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin. In 1962, he joined the Associated Press. After a decade, Adams left the AP for TIME magazine and freelance work. He rejoined the AP in 1976, where he was the first and only photographer to hold the title of special correspondent. In 1980, Adams became a PARADE magazine photographer and, from 1982-2004, was a special correspondent to PARADE, which has featured more than 350 of Adams’ photos on its cover over the years.


Eddie Adams passed away on September 19, 2004 from ALS (Lou Gehrig Disease).

His legacy continues in the annual photojournalism workshop, Barnstorm: The Eddie Adams Workshop, which he created in 1988,

and is still running strong


Who Was Eddie Adams?



Inspired By Eddie Adams

Rules for the "Inspired by Eddie Adams 2017" Photo Show

The goal of the show is to showcase photography inspired by Eddie Adams.  What we are looking for are portraits and human interest photos. We are interested in the human element in your photos, these can be street photos, environmental, and photos that showcase the human condition.


Examples of  Eddie’s portrait work can be viewed at the Monroe Gallery of Photography.


Open to all photographers, but you must be a paid member of the New Kensington Camera Club. Submit a maximum of four (4) JPG photos at 72 DPI resolution to:


Entry fee is paid only if your photo or photos are included in the show.


*The deadline to submit entries has been extended to May 8th, 2017.


Up to 40 photos may be selected.


Entrants selected for exhibition will be notified via email by May 12th, 2017.

Final drop off  date is June 10th at the New Kensington Arts Center between 12:00 and 4:00 pm.


Show opening will be June 16th at 7:00 pm.


The show will be on display from June 16th to July 1st at the New Kensington Arts Center, 950 5th Avenue, New Kensington, PA.


Photo size is 11" x 14" centered in a white 16" x 20" area mounted on foam core or gator board.


All entries must be the original work of the person entering the exhibition. All photos must have a title and caption. Photographs should not be heavily manipulated. No nudes or nude figure studies will be accepted.

$10 per entry for New Kensington Camera Club members. This is a NKCC members only show. If you are a non-member, please include a $15  membership fee with your entry fee(s). Cash awards will be based on the number of entries. Show will be judged by Alyssa Adams and Martha Rial.


Photographers will retain all copyrights for their images with the following exception: New Kensington Camera Club reserves the right to reproduce or exhibit entries, with proper attribution, for non-profit activities to promote the event, or to promote the New Kensington Camera Club.


The winners will be announced Saturday, June 17th, 2017, at the Eddie Adams Day Dinner.


The exhibit will be on display at the New Kensington Arts Center, 950 5th Avenue, New Kensington from June 16th to July 1st. A final viewing and closing reception will take place on Saturday, July 1st.


Show proceeds will benefit New Kensington Camera Club programs and the New Kensington Arts Center.




Photo Submissions

Submit Photos to

Please, submit no more than four (4) photos per photographer.


If your photo is chosen, the entry fee is $10 per photo. If you are not a member of the New Kensington Camera Club, please include $15 for one year membership to the Club. You have the option of paying by check or via PayPal. If paying by check, please make checks payable to the New Kensington Camera Club, and mailed to 254 Freeport Road, New Kensington, PA. Please make note on the check that it is for the "Inspired by Eddie Adams" photo show.


If paying via PayPal send payment to Please note that there is a $2.00 processing fee when paying by PayPal.

Number of Photos

All payments must be received by June 1st, 2017.

Please Note: No entries will be judged unless total fee amount is paid before June 1st, 2017.



Presentation Requirements for Chosen Photos:



Prizes for the "Inspired by Eddie Adams" 2017 Photo Show

1st Place:




2nd Place:




3rd Place:

Limited Edition Eddie Adams Day Commemorative Coin

Title: 1st Place "Inspired by Eddie Adams"

Cash Prize


Limited Edition Eddie Adams Day Commemorative Coin

Title: 2nd Place "Inspired by Eddie Adams"

Cash Prize


Limited Edition Eddie Adams Day Commemorative Coin

Title: 3rd Place "Inspired by Eddie Adams"

Cash Prize

In addition, we will also award an Honorable Mention. Photos will be judged by a panel of selected professionals from the photography industry.


Commemorative Coin

The Limited Edition (100), Eddie Adams Day Commemorative Coins. The Coins feature a design created by graphic designer and New Kensington Camera Club President, Don Henderson of Henderson Graphic Design & Illustration of New Kensington, PA, featuring Eugene Pierce's epic photo of Eddie Adams.


The Eddie Adams Day Commemorative Coins were minted by Dennis De St Jeor of Quartermaster Sales & Service of Jacksonville, FL, and will be on sale for $50.00 apiece.


The Eddie Adams Day Commemorative Coins can be purchased at the "Inspired by Eddie Adams" photo exhibit at the New Kensington Arts Center during show hours, or during the Eddie Adams Day Dinner at the Hillcrest Country Club. Please Note: There are a very limited quantity of these coins available.



Eddie Adams Day or EAD2017 is a 2 day event with the opening of the

Inspired by Eddie Adams show at the New Kensington Arts Center, 950 5th Avenue, New Kensington, PA 15068. For more information, please email

The 2017 Eddie Adams Day Dinner will be held at the Quality Inn, 300 Tarentum Bridge Rd, New Kensington, PA 15068,  at 6:00pm on Saturday, June 17th. In order to attend, you must purchase tickets for $35.00 each in advance from the New Kensington Camera Club or the New Kensington Arts Center. A very limited number of tickets will be available at the door. To make a reservation or to pay by PayPal, please contact


Please Note: There is a $2.00 processing fee if using PayPal.


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Eddie Adams Day, EAD2017 is an annual event held by the New Kensington Camera Club with the cooperation of the New Kensington Arts Center and the City of New Kensington, PA.

© 2017 New Kensington Camera Club.