About/Contact

Jake May, 30, is an editorial photographer who lives in Flint, Mich. His work on the city's ongoing water crisis was honored as a 2017 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Feature Photography, as well as a 2016 SPJ Sigma Delta Chi Award in Feature Photography. His portfolio was also recognized twice by the National Press Photographers Association's Best of Photojournalism: Third place (2017) and Honorable Mention (2015) in Photojournalist of the Year, smaller markets. 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 for 2016 and 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: some of the brightest, young photojournalistic minds and eyes nationwide.

He currently serves as the Michigan Press Photographers Association president (since Feb. 2013), and the Midwest Regional Chair (since Sept. 2014). He attended The Eddie Adams Workshop XXVII, and coached at The Mountain Workshops in Oct. 2016. May has also judged statewide photojournalism competitions in Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky.

May is available for assignments, both editorial and commercial.


Phone: 810.348.4231

Email: jakemayphoto@gmail.com, jmay2@mlive.com

Instagram: jakemayphoto 

Facebook: Jake May

Twitter: @jakemayphoto  

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.).