2014 – 2015 Photojournalism Winners
From the 171 entries received in the two photojournalism competitions this year, 12 top entrants qualified for the semi-final round of judging. For this round, the semi-finalists submitted portfolios which included portraits, features, sports shots, news pieces and a picture story. After much deliberation, the program judges selected six finalists to attend the Hearst National Photojournalism Championship held in San Francisco. Monday, June 1st, shortly after arriving in SF, the photo finalists met the judges for orientation, portfolio review and to receive their assignments. This year’s assignment was to do a photo story showing San Francisco’s demographic transformation due to high real estate and rent prices and a single image representing the 100-year anniversary of the Panama Pacific Exposition. The photojournalists had a day and a half to shoot and edit their photos before their Wednesday deadline of 5:30 p.m. Thursday morning, the judges reviewed the submissions and selected their top choices. The winners were announced at that evening’s awards ceremony.
The first-through-third place winners were awarded scholarships of $5,000, $4,000, and $3, 000 respectively and are featured below. The three finalists who earned $1,500 scholarship awards are: Callaghan O’Hare, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Timothy Tai, University of Missouri, and Zachary Wittman,Central Michigan University. Two additional awards of $1,000 each were given to Timothy Tai, for Best Single Photo and Andrew Renneisen, Syracuse University, for Best Portfolio selected from the semi-final entries.