Renée C. Byer is a Senior Photojournalist with The Sacramento Bee, USA and the recipient of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for her project “A Mother’s Journey,” an intimate portrayal of a single mother’s emotional and financial struggles as her son battled neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer.
The story was also awarded the World Understanding Award and second place multimedia feature picture story at Pictures of the Year International 2007, the Sigma Delta Chi Award for feature photography, and the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, second prize in the Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards and an honorable mention in the UNICEF Photo of the Year Award. Also a picture editor and designer Byer is represented by ZUMA press photo agency.
Byer’s photos have been published in Newsweek Asia, Paris Match, Marie Claire, El Mundo, Days Japan, Rangefinder, Photo District News, Business Week, People, View magazine in Germany and most recently in the book “America at Home,” among others. She has lectured at numerous professional gatherings including the Northern Short Course, Pictures of the Year International, the National Press Photographer’s Flying Short Course and multi media immersion programs and the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar. She has taught workshops at the Angkor Photography Festival in Siem Reap, Cambodia, The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Chinatown in Tokyo, the Collaboration Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and served as faculty at the Mountain Workshops for three years at Western Kentucky University.
Her work has been exhibited in Madrid, Spain , the Photographic Center in Palm Beach, FL, the Exposure Gallery in San Francisco, in Yokohama, Japan and as a projection show in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Byer’s work will be at the Sage Moon Gallery during the LOOK3, Festival of the photograph in Charlottesville, VA in June.
In 2005 Byer’s photographs “Seeds of Doubt,” which documented issues regarding biotechnology, received the World Hunger’s Harry Chapin Media Award for Photojournalism. During that project Byer traveled to Africa, Europe, Mexico, Canada and the Midwest. The series was also awarded First place “Nature and Environment Picture Story” in the Best of Photojournalism contest sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association.
Byer was awarded the McClatchy President’s Award in 2005 for her photographs “Women at War” a series that examined the struggle of women in the U.S. military, from training to post traumatic stress syndrome in the Iraq War era. A photograph from the series is touring with “The American Soldier,” exhibit by curator Cyma Rubin. Photos for “Tour of Duty” showcased on ZUMApress’s website in March 2008.
In 2004 she won the Associated Press’s “Mark Twain Award” for excellence in news photography.
Previously she worked at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer where her photography was a finalist for a Dart Award for excellence in reporting on victims of violence while chronicling a father and son after the mom committed suicide from Post-partum depression.
Her numerous awards include honors from NPPA, POYi, AP, SND, Best of the West and regional contests in photography, picture editing and design.
Awards and Recognitions for “A Mother’s Journey”
2007 “World Understanding Award,” Pictures of the Year International
2007 “Sigma Delta Chi Award,” Society of Professional Journalists
2007 Casey Medal For Meritorious Journalism
2007 Days Japan International Photojournalism Award, Second Prize
2007 Honorable Mention UNICEF Photo of the Year Award
2007 Award of Excellence, Feature Photography, Pictures of the Year International
2007 Society of News Design, Award of Excellence, Photography, Multiple Photos
2007 Pictures of the Year International, Second Place, Multimedia
2007 Best of the West Contest, Second Place, Feature Photography,
2007 American Society of Newspaper Editors, Finalist, Feature Photo Story
2007 National Headliner Awards, Third Place
2007 National Press Photographer’s Association, Second Place, Picture Editing
2007 San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographer’s Association, First Place, Feature Picture Story
2007 San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographer’s Association, Second Place, Multimedia
Multimedia Links for “A Mother’s Journey”
World Understanding Award
The Sacramento Bee
Multimedia Links for “Seeds of Doubt”
The Sacramento Bee
Multimedia Links for “Tour of Duty”
Tour of Duty