Photojournalism Competition I Winners Announced



San Francisco – Five college photographers have been named winners in the November photo journalism competition of the Hearst Journalism Awards Program.  Entries in the first of three photo competitions were in the categories of portrait/personality, feature and “personal vision.”

The winners were selected from among 88 entries submitted from 53 schools nationwide.  The top four winners, along with the top four finalists in the next two photo competitions and two overall highest scorers, will submit additional photos for the semi-final round of judging next May.  Six finalists will be chosen from that round to compete in the program’s National Photo journalism Championship, along with writing, broadcast and multimedia finalists.

110 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 four semi-finalists are:

1st Place, $2,600 award, MATT  WALSH, U. of Florida 2nd Place, $2,000 award, ARKASHA  STEVENSON, UNC at  Chapel Hill 3rd Place, $1,500 award, BRITNEY  McINTOSH, U. of Kentucky 4th Place, $1,000 award, JESSEY  DEARING, UNC at  Chapel Hill 

The fifth through tenth place finalists are:

5th Place, $1,000 award, THOMAS  PLEVIK, U. of Florida 6th Place, certificate, REBECCA  BARNETT, Western Kentucky U.7th Place, certificate, HANNAH  POTES, Kent State U. 8th Place, certificate, DAN  KRAUSS, Ohio University 9th Place, certificate, ANDREW  DICKINSON, U. of Nebraska, Lincoln 10th Place, certificate, TAMIR  KALIFA, U. of Texas, Austin  

The Journalism Awards Program, now in its 51st year, added photo journalism to the competition in 1970.  The program also includes six writing contests, three broadcast news competitions, and two multimedia competitions offering up to $500,000 in scholarships, matching grants and stipends.  The top five winning schools receive matching grants.

The photo journalism judges are:  Ken Geiger, Deputy Director of Photography, National Geographic Magazine, Washington, D.C.; Geri Migielicz, Executive Editor, Story4, Ben Lomond, CA; Michael C. Norseng, Photo Director, Esquire Magazine, New York, NY.

University of Florida is in first place after this first competition in the Intercollegiate Photo journalism Competition with the highest accumulated student points.  It is followed by: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Western Kentucky University; Ohio University; University of Kentucky; University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Kent State University; University of Missouri; Central Michigan University (tie); San Jose State University (tie); University of Texas, Austin (tie).  The final Intercollegiate winners are announced in April.

To view the top four finalists’ winning work, view the monthly winners section of the web site.
Jan Watten


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