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Photojournalist Lynsey Addario has been named a MacArthur Fellow for 2009. The award comes with a $500,000 grant over five years to pursue her work unfettered by financial concerns and is often referred to as a “Genius Award.” If you wander through her portfolio, you’ll see her sense of light is very strong, bringing a beauty to some truly horrific scenes.


New series on the Washington Post called “Scene In” that looks at personal style. First segment is shot at Dupont Circle as a series of person-on-the-street interviews, which could have gone horribly awry – but didn’t. Very clean, great details, gorgeous light and composition and a nice pacing, assisted by some nat sound music.

And I love the way they’re handling the comments at the end of the video. I want that for Grady Journal.

(Seen first on the New York TimesLens blog.)

Women in Photojournalism Call for Entries
Juried Exhibit and Gallery Reception Information

There are no categories, only your interpretation of the theme, “Celebrating Our Past Looking, Towards the Future”. Your photographs can represent your definition of the theme through people, place, action or event milestone. Submissions must be by women photojournalists. Single entries only.

Photos must have been taken between July 1, 2008 and April 25, 2009.

Deadline for entry is Midnight, May 1, 2009.

Up to 50 winning images will be selected by judges, including up to 2 best of show. Winners will be contacted and asked to submit an exhibit quality 14×18 matted print for the opening reception June 11, 2009. Copyright holders retain rights to the photograph. NPPA will have the right to print winners in the magazine or on the official website for conference or promotional materials.

You can submit by clicking here or going to the Convergence09 page and clicking on the link to enter the Women in Photojournalism Contest. Once you click the contest link and login it will automatically take to you to the entry form. Enter info in each field, then hit the browse button and select image from your computer. When done hit “Submit.” You must do this for each photograph you want to enter. Files need to be 200-300 dpi, jpeg files and Include the following information under the Photoshop FILE INFO or IPTC fields for each image: 1) Caption Field: image title followed by complete caption (DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME HERE). 2) Caption Writer: your initials. 3) Headline: image title. 4) Byline: photographer’s name. 5) Credit: your affiliation or school. 6) Source: copyright holder.

Payment must be made with a credit card at the time of print submission.

Women in Photojournalism Conference – June 10, 2009
Juried Exibit June 11, 2009
Flamingo Hotel – Las Vegas
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Getty Images has posted info on their latest Grants for Good competition. The cash awards are “two annual grants of $15,000 to cover photographers’ costs as they create compelling new imagery for the nonprofit of their choice.”

For the second time in three years, a UGA-trained photojournalist has won the Nikon Shootout at the Southern Short Course in News Photography. Josh Weiss, a 2008 graduate, won the live-shooting competition this past weekend in Charlotte. (Kelly Wegel won it in 2007.)

Weiss is currently on staff at the Gwinnett Daily Post
It’s time to start pulling your portfolio together and getting your writing chops worked out. This is an excellent competition – I know, because I worked with the Alexia Foundation for several years. 
Go do it.

Study photojournalism in London Alexia Scholarship pays all tuition for fall semester at Syracuse University London Centre in England

Application deadline is Feb. 1, 2009.

An all-tuition scholarship to study photojournalism for a semester in London, plus a $1000 cash grant is available for the first place winner of the Alexia Foundation Scholarship and Grant Competition.

Four more awards provide partial scholarships and $500 cash grants. Scholarships are for studying photojournalism at the Syracuse University London Center in the Fall of 2009. The cash grants are given whether or not the scholarships are used, and are to be used to help produce the project that is proposed as part of the application.

All students are eligible, graduate and undergrad, as long as you don’t have more than three internships or the equivalent of a year’s professional experience.

Competition rules and information are available at
The application process is online at the website and is simple. Submit a story proposal (no more than 750 words), your portfolio (no more than 20 pictures) and a resume.

The competition rules are the same for graduates and undergrads, but the scholarship program is different for undergrads than for winners who are matriculated grad students or are now graduating seniors. Be sure to select link to the proper information at the website under the “Awards” heading in the student rules.

The London Experience is the highlight of a photographer’s education at Syracuse University. Limited to 15 juniors, seniors, and graduate students, the London photography program offers a focused study of photography with one course covering picture essays and documentary photography. A second course, Visual Issues in the Media, includes lectures by British newspaper and wire service photographers and by American photographers on assignment in London; field trips to places such as the Royal Photographic Society, the photography departments of Reuters News Services and the Associated Press; and visit to sites such as the Photographers’ Gallery.

In addition to the two required photography courses, a wide range of liberal arts courses, including comparative politics, British history, and English literature are available to complete the course load for undergraduates. Complete academic and financial information about the SU program abroad in London is at

For more information, please contact David Sutherland at

Our own Daniel Shirey took second place in the National Press Photographers Association’s Region Six Monthly Clip Contest for his photo of Knowshon Moreno leaping earlier this year

Nice pic. 

Google and YouTube have announced a video journalism contest, co-sponsored by the Pulitzer Center and Sony. First prize is a Sony VAIO laptop and $10,000 to do another story.

There are some flaws in the plan, but this may be the start of Google (who owns YouTube) pushing into the concept of  “citizen journalism.” 
(Thanks to colleague Kaye Sweetser for the link.)

Get your entries together …

College Photographer of the Year is now accepting student entries for the 63rd annual competition.

As the contest is now completely electronic and there is no longer a printed call for entry for us to send you for distribution to your students, you should have found or will shortly find a postcard in your mailboxes encouraging you to direct students to where they can find the entry form and complete instructions on how to prepare and upload images
files as well as read about the awards, the rules and the category definitions.

Entry is free again this year thanks to Nikon Inc. and the deadline is Sept. 26, 2008.

The contest will be judged on the campus of the University of Missouri-Columbia, Nov. 10-15. Judging is open and you and your students are invited to attend.

It says you can join a National Geographic photographer in Australia …

Fine print is a little, well, odd … seems you need to fly yourself there and they’ll fly you back. Not sure on that, though.