Category Competitions

White House News Photographer Association Student Contest


Tis the season to seek out fame and, possibly, fortune … the White House News Photographer Association’s Student Contest is accepting entries until February 1.

There is a $25 fee to enter, but that can be applied towards a student membership … which is also $25. So, you can join and enter for the same $25 bucks. Not a bad deal.

Alexia Foundation Entries Now Being Accepted

The Alexia Foundation has opened their call for grant applications for both professional and student entries. The professional prize is worth $20,000, the student prize is a semester’s undergraduate tuition at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University – that’s worth about $21,000.

Professional deadline is January 31, student deadline is February 14. There’s no fee for students to enter, $50 for pros.

Disclaimer: I am a twice-peeled Syracuse alum and worked for the foundation while I was a graduate student. The foundation was created by the parents of Alexia Tsairis, one of 35 SU students who were killed in December 1988 when a terrorist exploded a bomb on board Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. I was a first-semester student then and Alexia was a promising photojournalism student returning from a semester studying in London.

CPOY Call for Entries

The call for entries for the College Photographer of the Year has been posted. Deadline is on Sunday, October 2, but don’t wait until the last minute.

Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

Congratulations to Jessica Rinaldi of the Boston Globe who won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography today.

Her story, about a young boy who survived being beaten nearly to death, is exactly the type of work that should be celebrated – it is heartbreaking and hopeful, it speaks to the need to slow down and spend time on a story, to find the little moments that help us understand.

This is a story to study and celebrate.

Congratulations also to Mauricio Lima, Sergey Ponomarev, Tyler Hicks and Daniel Etter of The New York Times who won for Breaking News Photography for their images of refugees in Europe.

Envision Kindness Contest Open

LogoThe Envision Kindness Student Photography and Film Contest is now accepting entries.

This is a pretty cool idea and not just because it involves one of my good friends. The idea is to celebrate work that celebrates kindness an compassion. A good news competition, if you will.

Envisioning a New Kind of Contest

There are days I come across things and think, why didn’t I think of that? Here’s one – the Envision Kindness Student Photography & Film Contest.

There are a lot of dark pictures out there, here’s a chance to celebrate the happier ones.

Alexia Foundation Call for Entries

The Alexia Foundation grant application window is now open. Professional grants proposals are due by 2 p.m. on January 31, 2016, and student proposals are due by 2 p.m. on March 3, 2016 (which is a lot later than they used to be).

he awards have changed over the years …

The Professional Grant winner will receive $20,000 to help produce his or her proposed project. The Student Winner will receive funding for a semester at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, a $1,000 cash grant to help produce the proposed body of work, and $500 will be awarded to that student’s academic department. A student award will also be given to the Second Place Winner. The judges will determine the number of Award of Excellence Winners there will be.

Start your keyboards … this is an awesome grant and an awesome foundation. (And, yes, I’ve done work for them.)

EDIT: I had the professional entry deadline off by a digit, it’s January 31, not 21. Corrected above.

Student Photojournalism Competitions

Tis the season to be judged …

The National Press Photographer Association’s Northern Short Course contest has a quick deadline – January 15.

The White House News Photographers Association’s Eyes of History contest is now open, February 1 deadline.

Photoshelter’s Guide to Photo Contests

Updated for the 2016 competition season, worth plowing through as it gives you some insight into the benefits and risks of more than 30 contests worldwide.

Giving Back From What Was Taken

This … this is why I love photojournalists: Yunghi Kim announced in a private Facebook group last week that she was creating ten, one-time grants of $1,000 each to support independent photojournalists. Where did the funds come from? From money she recouped from copyright infringements.

You probably can’t enter (unless you were already part of the online group), but that’s a tremendous gift – and it shows both the power and value of registering your work.

Disclaimer: I’ve know Yunghi since the early 1990s and thought she was pretty awesome before this.