2011 – 2012 Photojournalism Winners
From the 185 entries received in the two photojournalism competitions this year, 12 top entrants qualified for the semi-final round of judging. For this round, the semi-finalists submitted digital portfolios which included portraits, features, sports shots, news pieces and a picture story. After much deliberation, the program judges selected six finalists to attend the Hearst National Photojournalism Championship in San Francisco.
Monday, June 4th, shortly after arriving in the city, the photo finalists met the judges for orientation, portfolio review and to receive their assignments. This year’s assignment was to do a photo story about a character from one of the city’s many cultures and/or subcultures. The photo finalists were also assigned a single “personal vision” image. They had two days to shoot and edit their photos before their Wednesday deadline of 5 p.m. Thursday morning, the judges reviewed the submissions, selected their top choices and announced the winners at that evening’s 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: Andy Colwell from Pennsylvania State University, Elijah Nouvelage from San Francisco State University, and Christian Randolph from Western Kentucky University. Two additional awards of $1,000 were given to Armando L. Sanchez for Best Single Photograph andBrynn Anderson for Best Picture Story, selected from their monthly and semi-final portfolios.