Category Competitions

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.

Deadlines Today – NPPA Elections, ViewFind Grants

Up first, elections for the National Press Photographers Association’s board of directors and regional chairs ends tonight at 11:59 – log in to your NPPA account, read the bios and vote.

Also with a deadline today are the ViewFind grants for stories about race – there are four grants, each worth $5,000 available.

ViewFind Grants

I’ve posted this before, but a reminder that ViewFind is offering a $5,000 grant to support stories about race AND the’ve added a separate $5,000 grant just for students.

Application deadline is November 30 now – get to work.

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Matt Black Wins 2015 W. Eugene Smith Grant

It’s not so much the announcing of the award (a $30,000 grant for humanistic photography) as it is how Matt Black talks about the importance of the work:

Black says he has struggled with the question of how much his work can affect change. “In the end, I have to accept the role I have—to make these photographs—and have faith that it will have impact and change perceptions. It has to begin with understanding the situation. It’s an incredibly powerful thing that photography can do.”

That’s why we do this work.

Congratulations, Mr. Black – everyone should spend some time with his work.

Photojournalism Ethics Study

Released yesterday by the University of Stirling, the World Press Photo Foundation and the University of Oxford’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, a substantial report on ethics in photojournalism drawn from a world-wide sample.

I’m still digging through this as there is a lot of data, but I’d start with section 3.4 – that’s the ethics debate and there are some concerns – and some comforts. At the top of page 40, in table 25, is this data:

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Let me add that up – nearly two-thirds of respondents said they stage images. That had me really stressed, I’m not going to lie.

The question, though, is, in a world-wide study, what are the cultural effects and assumptions? It’s not answered directly in the staging question, but rolling down a few more paged we get to a breakdown of adherence to ethical guidelines broken out by regions:

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There’s some comfort for North American journalists there, but there’s still a gap in knowledge between those two tables.


My colleague, Prof. Barry Hollander, is an expert on polling and surveys who loves to rant about SLOPs – self-selecting opinion polls. This, he says, doesn’t fall into that category as the pool or respondents were somewhat controlled as they were drawn from entrants in the 2015 World Press Photo competition.

More to come on this …

The Value of Internships

Prof. Bradley Wilson took some time to interview Al Drago who was just honored by the White House News Photographers Association’s Eyes of History student contest – some good things in here to remember as we head back to classes …

Never accept complacency … don’t forget the basics … you can never network enough.

Just Because It’s On Instagram …

Storyful’s Eliza Mackintosh has the story behind an Instagram account that shows an immigrant escaping from Dakar, Senegal, to Spain. It’s a story that was picked up by some major web sites and built a massive following … but it’s all a lie, a fictional project designed for an exhibition.

“It was a way of denouncing Western frivolity, in which we have to take selfies at all times and it seems that an event has not been experienced if you have not shared it,” (Joana) Sendra wrote.

There’s a deep lesson in this, one everyone keeps forgetting:

The main takeaway for journalists is clear — it’s critical to treat all social content with a heavy dose of skepticism. When we are all searching and scanning for that one person who presents a narrative perfectly, particularly around current topics like migration into Europe, there is a readiness to believe that a story is true.

Pulitzer Prize Awarded to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Staff and Daniel Berehulak for the NY Times

Congratulations to the staff of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for their Breaking News Pulitzer Prize and to Daniel Berehulak, working for The New York Times, for Feature Photography.

The Post-Dispatch’s work is on the Pulitzer site. There’s a gallery of Berehuglak’s work, as well.

Stellar work from both.