Jake May, 31, is an editorial photographer who lives in Flint, Mich. He was honored as a 2017 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Feature Photography, and received the 2016 SPJ Sigma Delta Chi Award in Feature Photography as he documented the city's ongoing water crisis. May was named Small Market Photographer of the Year in the National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism in 2018. He has ranked in the top five photojournalists in the competition since 2015. The NPPA also awarded him a Special Citation for his work on the Flint water crisis. May was named the Michigan Photographer of the Year by the Michigan Press Photographers Association (MPPA) for 2016 and Michigan Sports Photographer of the Year in 2017. He has claimed the 2015 and 2016 Barry Edmonds Michigan Understanding Award.
May, who attended Central Michigan University, is currently the chief photojournalist at The Flint Journal, proudly working alongside the #Flinterns, who are some of the brightest, young photojournalistic minds and eyes nationwide.
He continues to serve as the MPPA president since February 2013. He attended the Eddie Adams Workshop XXVII and was a photo coach at The Mountain Workshops in 2016 and 2017. May has also judged statewide photojournalism competitions in Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky.
May is available for assignments, both editorial and commercial.
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All photos copyright Jake May, The Flint Journal (Flint, Mich.), MLive.com, The Register-Mail (Galesburg, Ill.), Review Atlas (Monmouth, Ill.), McDonough County Voice (Macomb, Ill.), The Herald (Jasper, Ind.), Midland Daily News (Midland, Mich.), Jackson Citizen Patriot (Jackson, Mich.), Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), and Central Michigan Life (Mount Pleasant, Mich.).