Category Competitions

Eyes of History Student Competition

Entries are open for the White House News Photographers Association’s Eyes of History competition – a great chance to get your work in front of DC folks.

NPPF Scholarships

The National Press Photographers Foundation has opened applications for their annual scholarship programs. Deadline is on December 2, but why wait that long?

NPPA Student Quarterly Clip Contest

For all the students out there, the National Press Photographers Association Student Quarterly Clip Contest deadline is coming up on October 15. This is for images made in July, August and September.

College Photographer of the Year Call for Entries

If you’re a college student, it’s time to get your portfolio together – the entry deadline for the 73rd College Photographer of the Year competition is September 23.

There is no entry fee for this – why wouldn’t you enter?

Reading the World Press Photo FInalists

Michael Shaw has an interesting take on the six World Press Photo finalists over at Reading the Pictures.

There is not one photo that begins a dialogue, that poses a question, that does anything other than hit us upside the head.

The question of what’s the purpose of an image is a long, deep one. Is it just to document?

My belief is that a great new photograph is designed to inform, to educate and to resonate.

White House News Photographers Association Student Contest

The Eyes of History contest is taking entries through January 12, 2018 – and there’s a student category, for both stills and video. This is a great opportunity to get your work seen by editors in pros around the country.

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.