Photography is a key aspect in all areas of journalism and media studies. Visual imagery adds a dynamic element to print and digital media, and can make video productions and marketing campaigns more impactful. It can even provide an engaging complementary experience to audio-productions.
One of the areas where photography can be most powerful is in the field of photojournalism. The Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies offers classes in photojournalism that not only teach students the basics of photography, but develop their abilities to cover stories using visual imagery. In addition, the school hosts a photojournalism contest, that allows students to showcase the skills they have developed.
Contest Theme: “Solutions Start Here”
The Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies launched a photojournalism contest in the spring 2017 semester for undergraduate and graduate journalism students. The contest highlighted student work as part of journalism school’s mission to put classroom education into professional practice. Sponsored by Canon, the theme of the contest was “Solutions Start Here,” and student work focused on portraying problems that exists in the Southern Nevada community and solutions that are being developed. Students were awarded cameras from Canon. The contest judges were: Rehan Choudhry, CEO of A Beautiful Perspective, a media and events company; Erik Kabik, lead photographer for MediaPunch in Las Vegas; Steve Marcus, Las Vegas Sun photographer and the Greenspun Media Group; Aaron Mayes, curator for Visual Materials at UNLV Libraries Special Collection; and Chitose Suzuki, assistant photo editor for the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Winners for the 2017 Competition
Single Image Category
- First Place - Ariana DeCastro “Still Feeling the Bern"
- Second Place - Sallyann Ficarrotta “Passing Him By"
- Third Place - Morgan Evans "UNLV Football Linebacker Gabe McCoy”
Multiple-Image Story Category
- First Place - Sallyann Ficarrotta “Passing Him By"
- Second Place - Ashley Ranan “Water Is"
- Third Place - Nicole Soto “Las Vegas Lights Up More Than Just the Strip"