2018 Championship Photojournalism Winners
This year, 220 entries were received in the two photojournalism competitions. The first-place winners of the News & Feature and Picture Story/Series competitions qualified to participate in the Championship. In addition, 10 top entrants from those competitions qualified for a semi-final round of judging. For this round, the semi-finalists submitted portfolios which included portraits, features, sports shots, news pieces, singles and a picture story. After much deliberation, the program judges selected six finalists to attend the Hearst National Photojournalism Championship held in San Francisco, June 3-7. 2018.
Sunday, June 3rd, shortly after arriving in San Francisco, the photo finalists met the judges for orientation, portfolio review and to receive their assignments. This year’s
assignment was a photo story exploring “the year of the woman.” They were also assigned a single on the theme of “what matters to me.” The photojournalists had a day and a half to shoot and edit their photos before their Tuesday deadline of 5:30 p.m. Wednesday 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 $10,000, $7,500, and $5,000 respectively. The three finalists earned $1,500 scholarship awards. In addition, two $1,000 awards were presented for Best Picture Story and Best Single Photo, selected from the semi-final entries. The winners and finalists are featured below.