I first discovered this competition a month or so back and I was completely unprepared; so I thought. I just started studying Journalism at The University of Florida this semester after a long battle of discovering what I wanted to study. It’s been a few years since graduating high school and I almost gave up. That was until this semester when everything has seemed to begin to fall into place. For one of my classes I must enter photos into a national competition called The Hearst Journalism Awards Program. I felt distraught until I met Bill Frakes (Google him if you don’t recognize his name) this past Tuesday November 2, 2015.

Mr. Frakes helped me critique some of my work and gave me some very insightful feedback. Some of this feedback was harsh but some was also rewardingly positive. I selected my Top Eight best photos that cover a range of criteria for the competition and submitted them to my professor at UF. The way the competition works is simple.

Step 1: Two Students are selected to represent each Accredited University. i/e University of Florida
Step 2: About 212 students’ work is judged and narrowed down to six finalists.
Step 3: These finalists go to San Francisco where they compete with challenges to place 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
Step 4: The winners receive prize money and the honor of being selected by such a noble and reputable program.

Now that I know about the competition I can better prepare myself for next year’s submission date. This upcoming year is going to be exciting for me. I’m going to match my current best photos and I’m going to surpass them as well. All I can say is watch out Hearst 2016, I’m coming for you!


Info about the Competition is below.



The Hearst Journalism Awards Program:

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 56th 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.

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 one billion dollars in the areas of education, health care, social services, and the arts throughout the country.