Entry Guidelines
Photojournalism 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.


Competition entries are submitted through a 2-part process:

PART 1: The chair or administering faculty member of the accredited journalism department emails the entrant's information to Jan Watten (jwatten@hearstfdn.org):

Email subject line: Entrant Name, School Name, Photo Competition II Entry
In the body of the email, please list the following:
Entrant Name
Entrant School
Entrant Email
Entrant Phone
Entrant Home Address
Entrant Class Standing
Professor's Name and Email

Please also email any supporting materials such as letters from the editor or a copy of the tear sheet of the published image (one image from the series must have been published) to Jan Watten.

PART 2: Upload images to PhotoShelter

The entrant will receive an email from Photoshelter allowing them to enter the competition.

(If you have an account with PhotoShelter already: Skip to Step 3, below).

Step 2: If you do NOT have an account with PhotoShelter, then you can sign up for an account using the special promo code " HEARSTSTUDENT ". This will give you a standard PhotoShelter account that is free for the first year.

Step 3: Create an image gallery within your account that contains all of the images that you are submitting. Please make sure of the following:

  • Please label your portfolio with school name and entrant name: San Francisco State_Ansel_Adams.
  • Please label each image before you upload it in the following manner: Entrant name_image #. Example: Robert_Smith_01.jpg, Robert_Smith_02.jpg. You will not be able to label the images after you've submitted them to PhotoShelter.
  • Please include your captions in the IPTC meta data field of your images before you upload them. You will not be able to add the captions after you've submitted them to PhotoShelter.
  • Please make sure your images are large JPEGs that are suitable for printing

Step 4: From inside the gallery, click the "select all" link above the images which will then select all of the images in your gallery.

Step 5: Click on the "Actions" Menu button, select "Copy to MU", and select "Hearst Foundation" from the pull down menu.

Step 6: Make sure to click the Designate yourself as Photographer check box.

Step 7: Click Submit. Your images will be instantly transferred to the Heart Foundation. You will not be able to review your portfolio once it has been submitted.


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

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

This event is open to the six finalists who are selected from the 12 semi-finalists.


Photojournalism entries are judged based on the following criteria:

  • Photographic quality
  • Visual story telling
  • Versatility
  • Consistency
  • Human interest
  • News value
  • Originality
  • Editing
  • Writing
  • Reporting

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