National Forum of Photo Journalists (NFPJ) is the umbrella organization of Nepali photo journalists. Established in 1996, NFPJ is the first and largest organization of photo journalists in Nepal with 220 members. The forum is dedicated towards welfare and rights of photo journalists’ as well as to establish the profession in Nepali journalism sector and honor the photo journalists. Since 22 years, it has worked on many issues of photo journalists for their safety, rights, insurance incase of accident. Photo journalists have to suffer the most among all the journalists in the time of conflict, disaster or other difficult situations. As they have to be at the very point of the incident, they are always in risk during their work. They are the ones, whose equipment gets destroyed first in the field. Hence, the major focus of NFPJ is on the safety of photo journalists including physical and professional safety.
Baring a few media houses, most of the others do not hire professional photo journalists as they do not give importance to the language of photo. Photo journalists are looked upon as mere technicians and many people, including the media people, do not regard them as journalists. Therefore, NFPJ works on establishing the professional dignity and honor of photo journalism as well. In this background, it is important that people understand about photo journalism and know in what circumstances the photo journalists have to work. Only when we make the people understand we can have the honor of people towards this profession. It is also necessary to make people aware of the fact that there are many highly acclaimed people, who have dedicated their entire life to the profession and that they have contributed a lot through their profession to journalism and media in Nepal. Experiencing 22 years of work on the welfare and rights of photo journalists in Nepal, NFPJ has planned to honor the photojournalists for their contribution to the field. This would be the tribute from the organizations to the professionals at the time of celebrating 22 years of its establishment. It would also be a time to say “thank you” to many seniors, who worked very hard, without any recognition, in the past to establish the profession in Nepali media sector. It would be an opportunity to honor their works and inspire contemporary photojournalists for continuity in the profession with more professional and personal skills. Nepal Forum of Photo Journalists has planned to hold a “National Photo Journalism Award” ceremony to honor the photojournalists of Nepal on its 22nd year of establishment. This will be first of its kind award ceremony, where we would not award any specific photographs but we honor the photojournalists for their works over the period of time. We honor the person for his/her contribution to a specific sector through the profession of photojournalism. We celebrate the life of a photojournalist through his/her lensea.
NFPJ has been making the award ceremony an annual event and keep on honoring photojournalists every year for their contribution. We are celebrating our 3rd Annual Award Ceremony of Photojournalist on Baishakh 13, 2076 ( April 26, 2019) .