2017-18 Hearst Photojournalism I Winners Named


San Francisco – Winners have been announced in the Photojournalism One – Features and News Competition of the 2017-2018 Hearst Journalism Awards Program.

The winners were selected from 130 entries submitted from 72 schools nationwide. The first-place winner qualifies for the National Photojournalism Championship which will be held in San Francisco next June. The other top winners in this competition, along with the top finalists in the next photo competition and two overall highest scorers, will submit additional photos for the semi-final round of judging next April. Four finalists will be chosen from that round to compete in the Championship, along with writing, broadcast and multimedia finalists.

First Place has been awarded to Patrick Connolly from Ohio University. Patrick wins a $3,000 scholarship and qualifies for the Championship.

The finalists who qualify for the semi-final round are:
Second Place, $2,000 award, Shaban R. Athuman, Western Kentucky University
Third Place, $1,500 award, Nick Wagner, Western Kentucky University *
Fourth Place, $1,000 award, Alex Driehaus, Ohio University
Fifth Place, $1,000 award, Antonella Crescimbeni, Pennsylvania State University *
Sixth Place, certificate, James Wooldridge, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Seventh Place, certificate, Drea Cornejo, University of Florida
* Nick Wagner and Antonella Crescimbeni were spring and summer 2017 graduates respectively, and per our guidelines, cannot participate in the semi-final round. James Wooldridge and Drea Cornejo move up into the semi-final round.
The top five winning schools receive matching grants.

The eighth through tenth place finalists are:
Eighth Place, certificate, Emily Blobaum, Iowa State University
Ninth Place, certificate, Ryan Michalesko, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Tenth Place, certificate, Josephine Norris, Central Michigan University

Ohio University receives first place in the Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition with the highest accumulated student points from the first of two photo competitions.

It is followed by: Western Kentucky University; Pennsylvania State University; Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; University of Florida; University of Missouri; University of Nebraska-Lincoln; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Iowa State University; Arizona State University. The final Intercollegiate winners are announced in April. The top three intercollegiate winners earn $10,000, $4,000 and $2,000 respectively.

The photojournalism judges are: Erin Lubin, freelance photographer, San Francisco; Lisa Krantz, Staff Photographer, San Antonio Express-News; Dai Sugano, Staff Photographer/Senior Multimedia Editor, The Mercury News.

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program, now in its 58th year, added photojournalism to the competitions in 1970. The program also includes five writing, one radio, two television, and four multimedia competitions offering up to $700,000 in scholarships, matching grants and stipends. 105 member universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication with accredited undergraduate journalism programs are eligible to participate in the Hearst competitions.