Hearst Photojournalism Competition I Winners Named



San Francisco – Winners have been announced in the November photojournalism competition of the 2014-2015 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 106 entries submitted from 59 schools nationwide.  The top winners, along with the top finalists in the next photo 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 San Francisco.

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

First Place, $2,600 award, Andrew Renneisen, Syracuse University

Second Place, $2,000 award, Kaylee Everly, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Third Place, $1,500 award, Timothy Tai, University of Missouri

Fourth Place, $1,000 award, Katie McLean, Western Kentucky University

Fifth Place, $1,000 award, Dillon Deaton, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The top five winning schools receive matching grants.

The sixth through tenth place finalists are:

Sixth Place, certificate, Michael Noble, Jr., Western Kentucky University

Seventh Place, certificate, Sam Maller, Syracuse University

Eighth Place, certificate, Mark Felix, Indiana University

Ninth Place, certificate, Isaac Hale, Ohio University

Tenth Place, certificate, Zachary Wittman, Central Michigan University

The Journalism Awards Program, now in its 55th 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. 108 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 photojournalism judges are:  Sue Morrow, Assistant Multimedia Director, Sacramento Bee, CA; Jakub Mosur, Freelance Photographer, San Francisco, CA; Kenneth Irby, Senior Faculty, Director of Community Relations & Diversity Programs, The Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg, FL.

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

Contact: Jan Watten