Hearst Photojournalism III Winners Named




San Francisco – Ten college photographers have been named finalists in the Picture Story/Series Competition of the Hearst Journalism Awards Program.  The March competition was the third and final photojournalism competition of the academic year.

The winners were selected from among 47 entries submitted from 30 schools nationwide.  The top four winners, along with the top four finalists in the other two photo competitions and two overall highest scorers, will submit additional photographs for the semi-final round of judging this June.  Six finalists will be chosen from that round to compete in the program’s National Photojournalism Championship, along with writing and broadcast finalists.

There are 110 member universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication with accredited undergraduate journalism programs that are eligible to participate in the Hearst competitions.

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

First Place, $2,000 award, CARL  KIILSGAARD,  Western Kentucky University

Second Place, $1,500 award, BRIAN  L.  FRANK,  San Francisco State University

Third Place, $1,000 award, NICOLE  TUNG,  New York University

Fourth Place, $750 award, LAUREN  COWART,  University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


The fifth through tenth place winners are:

Fifth Place, $600 award, MATT  EICH,  Ohio University

Sixth Place, $500 award, ANJALI  PINTO,  University of Missouri

Seventh Place, $500 award, TYLER  BISSMEYER,  Western Kentucky University

Eighth Place, $500 award, RYAN  JONES  University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Ninth Place, $500 award, JOSH  PECKLER,  Ball State University

Tenth Place, $500 award, JOSH  BIRNBAUM,  University of Illinois


These finalists’ journalism schools receive matching grants.

The Journalism Awards Program, now in its 49th year, added photojournalism to the competition in 1970. The program also includes six writing contests, four broadcast news competitions, and one multimedia competition offering more than $550,000 in scholarships, matching grants and stipends.

The photojournalism judges are:  Janet Reeves, Senior Editor/Photography and Multimedia, The Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colorado; Ken Geiger, Senior Editor, National Geographic Magazine, Washington,D.C.; Michael C. Norseng, Photo editor, Esquire Magazine, New York, NY.

Western Kentucky University won first place in the Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition with the highest accumulated student points in the three photo competitions.  It is followed by: University of Florida;University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; San Francisco State University; University of Missouri; Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; University of Kentucky; University of Minnesota; Ohio University; ArizonaState University.  The top three winning schools receive $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500 respectively as the winners of the Hearst Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition.

To see examples of the winning work, please check the monthly winners section of the website which is updated shortly after each competition.


Jan C. Watten, Program Director


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