Hearst Photojournalism Competition I Winners Named



San Francisco – Winners have been announced in the November photojournalism competition of the 2013-2014 Hearst Journalism Awards Program.  Entries in the first of two photo competitions were in the categories of news and features.

The winners were selected from a record 108 entries submitted from 59 schools nationwide.  The top winners, along with the top finalists in the next competition and two overall highest scorers, will submit additional photos for the semi-final round of judging next April.  Six finalists will be chosen from that round to compete in the program’s National Photojournalism Championship, along with writing, broadcast and multimedia finalists.  The Championship will be held this June in Washington, DC.

105 member universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication with accredited undergraduate journalism programs are eligible to participate in the Hearst competitions.

The top five finalists who qualify for the semi-final round are:

First Place, $2,600 award, Jabin Botsford, Western Kentucky University

Second Place, $2,000 award, Zachary Wittman, Central Michigan University

Third Place, $1,500 award, Sammy Jo Hester, Western Kentucky University

Fourth Place, $1,000 award, Carolyn Van Houten, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Fifth Place, $1,000 award, Jenna Watson, Kent State University

The top five winning schools receive matching grants.

The sixth through tenth place finalists are:

Sixth Place, certificate, Justin Wan, Michigan State University

Seventh Place, certificate, Maddie Meyer, Ohio University

Eighth Place, certificate, Ian C. Bates, Ohio University

Ninth Place, certificate, Samuel Gause, University of Missouri

Tenth Place, certificate, Al Drago, Elon University

The Journalism Awards Program, now in its 54th year, added photojournalism to the competitions in 1970.  The program also includes five writing, one radio, two television, and four multimedia competitions offering up to $500,000 in scholarships, matching grants and stipends.

The photojournalism judges are:  Steve Gonzales, Director of Photography, Houston Chronicle, TX, Sue Morrow, Assistant Multimedia Director, Sacramento Bee, CA; and Jakub Mosur, Freelance Photographer, San Francisco, CA.

Western Kentucky University is in first place in the Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition with the highest accumulated student points from this competition.  It is followed by: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (tie); Ohio University (tie); University of Missouri; Central Michigan University; Kent State University; Indiana University; Michigan State University; Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; Elon University.  The final Intercollegiate winners are announced in April.  The top three intercollegiate winners earn $10,000, $4,000 and $2,000 respectively.

To view the winning work, visit the monthly winners section of the website.

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