2023-24 Hearst Photo News & Features Winners Announced

San Francisco – Winners have been announced in the Photojournalism News and Features Competition of the 2023-2024 Hearst Journalism Awards Program.
The winners were selected from 113 entries from 66 schools submitted in the first photo competition of the year.

First Place has been awarded to Owen Ziliak, a senior from University of Missouri.
Owen wins a $3,000 scholarship and qualifies for the National Photojournalism Championship in June 2024.

The top four finalists, along with finalists in the Photo II Competition, will submit additional photos for the semi-final round of judging.  Four finalists will be chosen from that round to compete in the Championship.

The finalists who qualify for the semi-final round are:
Second Place, $2,000 award, Dylan Thiessen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Third Place, $1,500 award, Daniel J. Jacobi, Iowa State University
Fourth Place, $1,000 award, Audrey Richardson, Michigan State University
Fifth Place, $1,000 award, Anna Connors, 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, Ayrton Breckenridge, University of Iowa
Seventh Place, certificate, Grace Smith, University of Iowa
Eighth Place, certificate, Kate Cassady, University of Missouri
Ninth Place, certificate, Benjamin Fanjoy, San Francisco State University
Tenth Place, certificate, Chad Cushing, University of Kansas

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is first place in the Intercollegiate Photojournalism
Competition with the highest accumulated student points in the first photo competition. They are followed by: University of Missouri; University of Iowa; Michigan State University; Iowa State University; University of Kentucky;
San Francisco State University; University of Montana (tie); University of Oregon (tie); University of Kansas.

The final Intercollegiate winners will be announced after the Photo II competition results are tabulated. The top three intercollegiate winners earn $10,000, $4,000 and $2,000 respectively, which will be presented during the National Championship in June.

The photojournalism judges are: Marcia Allert, Managing Photo Producer, Apple; Nicole Frugé, Director of Visuals, The San Francisco Chronicle; Danny Gawlowski, Assistant Managing Editor, The Seattle Times.

The 64th annual Hearst Journalism Awards Program includes five writing, two photo, one audio, two television, and four multimedia competitions offering up to $700,000 in scholarships, matching grants and stipends.  
Currently, there are 105 universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication with accredited undergraduate journalism programs are eligible to participate in the Hearst competitions.