Hal Prize Announces Photography Judges

The Hal Prize organizers are excited to welcome back Coburn Dukehart as a 2021 photography judge, but this year, her father, Tad Dukehart, will join her to create a father-daughter judging team.

Coburn has spent almost 20 years pursuing the craft of photojournalism and multimedia storytelling. She’s the digital and multimedia director for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism in Madison and a former senior photo editor at National Geographic. She’s also been the picture and multimedia editor at National Public Radio, a photo editor and multimedia producer at, a photo editor at, and an intern in the White House photo office. 

Coburn holds a master’s degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri; has earned multimedia honors from the Webbys, WHNPA, NPPA, POYi and the Edward R. Murrow awards; and has been nominated for a national Emmy.

Tad is often seen around the county and at community events, camera in tow. He’s been active in Ephraim, including involvement in several village committees, with the Ephraim Volunteer Fire Department and as a tour guide for the Ephraim Historical Foundation. Tad was named Fyr Bal chieftain in 2018.

Other 2021 judges include Lan Samantha Chang for the fiction category, Faith Adiele for nonfiction and Mark Wunderlich for poetry. Submissions are now being accepted for the 2021 Hal Prize. The deadline to submit is Sept. 15, and the issue will come out in November. To find out more and submit, visit