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Kevin Painchaud


Kevin Painchaud is a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist for the online daily news organization Lookout Santa Cruz. 

He was previously a photographer for the Santa Cruz Sentinel newspaper, and various other publications over the past 25 years.  His photographs have been seen in news sites nationwide, including ABC news, CBS news, Washington Post, NPR, CNN, MSNBC and more. His videos were recently shown on ABC's World News Tonight.

Kevin Painchaud is an award-winning director, producer, cinematographer and editor.  Kevin has been involved in video production for over 25 years and has produced several feature films, directed numerous TV shows and shot and edited countless corporate, consumer, training and promotional videos.  He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his music-oriented TV show called Muzic on the Edge and he directed PSA's for Aerosmith.  Kevin has been involved in productions around the world, including the United States, Europe, Canada, and Mexico.

Paid The Cost Podcast
Kevin Painchaud shooting the CZU Fire


2024 Pulitzer Prize Winner
Breaking News for coverage of the storms of 2023


• 2023 ND Awards  Photo: "Destruction of the storm"  Honorable Mention - General News 

• 2023 International Photography Awards
  Photo: "Destruction of the storm"

• 2023 Santa Cruz Art Council "Spotlight Award"


• 2023 Lens Culture Emerging Talent Award 

 Photo: "Getting the Shot"


• 2023 Emergent Photojournalism Award

 Photo: "Getting the Shot"


• 2023 Emergent Photojournalism Award

Photo: "Homeless Mother and Child"



• 2022 International Photography Awards
  Photo: "Frederick Ndabaramiye"
  1st Place / Editorial / Press/Personality 


• 2022 Moscow International Foto Awards
  Photo: "Getting the Shot"
  Gold in Editorial/General News

• 2022 ND Awards International Photography Contest

Photo: "Homeless Mother and Child"
Honorable Mention in Editorial: Documentary category

• 2022 Chromatic Awards

Photo: "Homeless Mother and Child"
Honorable Mention in Professional: Photojournalism

• 2021 International Photography Awards
  Photo: "Getting the Shot"
  1st Place / Editorial / Press/Photo Essay / Feature Story

• 2021 Life Framer
  Photo: "Getting the Shot"
  Finalist (LINK)


• 1998 Northern California Emmy Awards Nomination
Muzic On The Edge (Produ
cer/ Director)

• 1997 Telly Award "Check the Neck"      


• World of Comedy (Grand Jury Award) "Freedom Park"


• 1996 Joey Award  "Kinetic Overdrive"         


• 1996 Communicator Award    


• Marco Island Film Fest (Indie Spirit Award)
"Freedom Park"

• Naples Film Fest. "Freedom Park"        


• Sitges Fest. (Best Film) "Freedom Park"    


• Big Bear (Audience Choice) "Freedom Park"    

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