2005 – 2006 Photojournalism Winners

On Monday, June 5th, the three photo judges convened in the Hearst Foundation office to review the semi-final portfolios. Out of 173 entries in the three photo competitions throughout the year, twelve semi-finalists qualified for this round of judging. After a few hours of deliberation and discussion, the judges selected six finalists to attend the championship. These finalists were then immediately notified and flown to San Francisco the next day, where they competed in “the shoot-off.”

Canon and Nikon participated in the competition once again by offering state of the art equipment for the shooters to use if they chose. Tuesday night, merely hours after arriving in San Francisco, the finalists met the judges in the Hearst hospitality suite to become acquainted, review their winning portfolios, and receive their assignments. This year’s assignments were: a photo story about Chinatown, four to ten images of San Francisco “behind the scenes,” one feature photo, and a night time photo of the city. The finalists had two days to shoot and edit their images before their Friday morning deadline. The winners were announced at the Saturday night awards ceremony.

The first through third place winners were awarded scholarships of $5,000, $4,000, and $3,000 respectively and are featured below. The three finalists who earned $1,500 scholarship awards are: Raymond M. Jones from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Brian Lehmann from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Matthew Nager from University of Colorado. Two additional awards of $1,000 were given to Benjamin Sklar for Best Single Photo and Brian Lehmann for Best Picture Story, selected from their semi-final portfolios.