2019 Photojournalism Championship
This year, 214 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 the four additional
finalists who would join the first-place winners to attend the Hearst National Photojournalism Championship held in San Francisco, June 2-6. 2019.
Sunday, June 2nd, 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 on the following theme: “The 99%: Housing, Healthcare, Community.”
The photojournalists were also assigned a single representing “Pride and Passion.” They had a day and a half to shoot and edit their photos before their deadline.
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.