From a record 216 entries received in the three photojournalism competitions this year, 14 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 New York City.
Tuesday, June 8th, shortly after arriving in New York, the photo finalists met the judges for orientation, portfolio review and to receive their assignments. This year's assignments were: a photo story about the Manhattan coastline, an image of the new High Line Park, and a single of New York City at night. The finalists had a day and a half to shoot and edit their photos before their Thursday afternoon deadline. The winners were announced Friday night at the 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: Drew Angerer from Ohio University, Cody Duty from Western Kentucky University, and Ryan Henriksen from Ohio University. Two additional awards of $1,000 were given to Scott McIntyre for Best Single Photograph and Ryan Henriksen for Best Portfolio, selected from their semi-final portfolios.