The Hearst Journalism Awards Program, was founded in 1960, to provide support, encouragement, and assistance to journalism education at the college and university level. The program awards scholarships to students for outstanding performance in college-level journalism, with matching grants to the students' schools. The 54th annual program offering up to $500,000 in awards, consists of five monthly writing competitions, two photojournalism competitions, three broadcast news competitions (one in radio and two in television), and four multimedia competitions - with championship finals in all divisions.
Participation in the program is open to undergraduate journalism majors currently enrolled in ACEJMC - accredited domestic universities. An exception to the journalism major rule is made for students entering the photojournalism competitions. Entrants must be actively involved in campus media and must have published articles, photographs or produced newscasts or multimedia pieces that can be submitted in our writing, photojournalism, broadcast news and/or multimedia competitions.
The William Randolph Hearst Foundation was established by its namesake, publisher William Randolph Hearst, in 1948 under California non-profit laws, exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. Since then, The Hearst Foundations have contributed more than $925 million in the areas of education, health care, social services, and the arts in every state.
Photojournalism Award Guidelines
- Each university may submit two entrants' work per photo competition.
- Photo entrants do not have to be journalism majors to enter the photo competitions as long as they are attending a university with an ACEJMC-accredited journalism program.
- All photo entries must be appropriate to the competition in which they are submitted and must have been made by the entrant.
- One photograph from each entry must have been published in print or online or both during the time period designated to each competition.
- Entries may be submitted from newspapers, magazines, online media or Web sites.
- If the entry is from a professional publication, a statement from the editor of that publication must be submitted to verify that the photo was the work of the entrant.
- Photos approved for a yearbook not yet published are also acceptable if accompanied by a letter from the department administrator verifying the photo's use in the publication.
This competition is journalism. The content may not be digitally altered significantly beyond standard optimization as in cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.
It is not permissible to alter the basic reality of a photograph (with the exception of the "personal vision" category).
No removal or insertion of objects from the photo.
No cloning pixels to create a new image or add to an image.
No radical color changes.
Competitions and Deadlines
PHOTOJOURNALISM I: News and Features Photography
An entry consists of a minimum of four images (at least two news and two features) and a maximum of eight images.
News: breaking news, general news or news photos relating to sporting events.
Features: features, portraits, sports, documentary photography.
All photographs must have been taken during the following time frame and one image must have been disseminated in print or online or both from September 1, 2013 through November 10, 2014.
DEADLINE: Entries must be received by Tuesday, November 11, 2014
PHOTOJOURNALISM II: Picture Story/Series
Each entry must include one picture story/series with up to fifteen images on any subject.
All photographs must have been taken during the following time frame and one image must have been disseminated in print or online or both from September 1, 2013 through February 15, 2015.
DEADLINE: Entries must be received by Tuesday, February 17, 2015
PHOTOJOURNALISM SEMI-FINAL COMPETITION
The semi-final competition is open to the top 12 semi-finalists from the two photo competitions: the five top-scoring entrants from each competition, plus two entrants with the highest scores.
DEADLINE: Entries must be received by Wednesday, April 29, 2015
NATIONAL PHOTOJOURNALISM CHAMPIONSHIP
This event is open to the six finalists who are selected from the 12 semi-finalists.