Twenty college photographers have been named finalists in the Picture Story/Series Competition of the 2004-2005 Hearst Journalism Awards Program. This was the third and final photojournalism competition of this academic year, entered by 44 students nationwide.
The top four winners, along with the top four finalists in the previous two competitions, will submit additional photos for the semi-final round of judging this June. Of those, six photojournalists will be chosen to compete in the program’s national photojournalism championships in San Francisco, along with winners in the writing and broadcast news competitions.
The annual photojournalism competitions are held in member colleges and universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication with accredited undergraduatejournalism programs.
The top four contestants qualifying for the semi-finals are:
First Place, $2,000 award, MIKE GREENER, University of Montana
Second Place, $1,500 award, SAMKIT SHAH, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Third Place, $1,000 award, BRIAN LEHMANN, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Fourth Place, $750 award, TRICIA SPAULDING, University of Kentucky
Other award winners are:
Fifth Place, $600 award, CHRISTIAN HITE HANSEN, Western Kentucky University
Sixth Place, $500 award, MERIDITH KOHUT, University of Texas, Austin
Seventh Place, $500 award, JUSTIN COOK, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Eighth Place, $500 award, OMAR VEGA, San Francisco State University
Ninth Place, $500 award, BRANDON THIBODEAUX, University of North Texas
Tenth Place, $500 award, EMILY G. HARRIS, University of Florida
Other students who placed among the top 20 in the photojournalism competition and will receive award certificates are:
JENICE LEYLA MILLER, Western Kentucky University, eleventh place-tie
ALEX A. COLLINS, California State University, Northridge, eleventh place-tie
ALYSSA SCHUKAR, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, thirteenth place
POUYA DIANAT, University of Maryland, fourteenth place
ERIK CASTRO, University of Texas, Austin, fifteenth place
JONATHAN GRUENKE, Central Michigan University, sixteenth place
WHITNEY WATERS, University of Kentucky, seventeenth place
CARL ERIC KOSOLA, Pennsylvania State University, eighteenth place-tie
GEORDIE WOOD, Syracuse University, eighteenth place-tie
JOEL PHILIPPSEN, Ball State University, twentieth place
The Hearst Journalism Awards Program, which is now in its 46th year, added photojournalism to the competitions in 1970. Scholarship awards, ranging from $1,500 to $5,000, are presented to the finalists following the National Championships. In addition to the photojournalismcompetitions, the program also includes six writing and four broadcast news competitions. Annually, more than $400,000 in student scholarships and matching grants to the students’ schools are distributed.
The photojournalism judges are: Kirk D. McKoy, Senior Photo Editor, Los Angeles Times, California; Pim Van Hemmen, Assistant Managing Editor/Photography, The Star-Ledger, Newark, New Jersey; and Leslie A. White, Assistant Director of Photography, Web/News, The Dallas Morning News, Texas.
Western Kentucky University placed first in the Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competitionwith the highest accumulated school points from the three photo competitions. They are followed by: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; University of Texas, Austin; University of Nebraska-Lincoln; University of Florida; University of Colorado; San Francisco State University; University ofKentucky; Ball State University; University of Missouri.
Jan C. Watten, Program Director
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