2023-24 Photojournalism

2024 Photojournalism Championship

This year, 201 entries were received in the two photojournalism competitions. The first-place winners of the News & Features 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. Based on these portfolios, 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 1-7, 2024.

Saturday, June 1, shortly after arriving in San Francisco, the photo finalists met the judges for orientation, a portfolio critique and to review their assignment. This year’s prompt for a picture story of up to 15 images was: “Currently, in the U.S. we have six generations co-existing, working, voting, and celebrating key moments of their generation in a way that is unique and authentic to each of them. Tell us a story that shows the struggles or impact that defines your generation.”

The judges received the final portfolios Wednesday evening. The winners were announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday.

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 Portfolio and Best Single Photo, selected from the semi-final entries.

The winners and finalists are featured below.


Anna Connors
First Place
University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill
$10,000 scholarship


Benjamin Fanjoy
San Francisco State University
$1,500 scholarship

Additional Awards

Emily Nyberg
Best Single Photo from
$1,000 scholarship
University of Iowa
Owen Ziliak
Best Portfolio from Semi Finals
$1,000 scholarship
University of Missouri