St. Louis Public Radio

Photojournalism Prize

The St. Louis Public Radio Photojournalism Prize provides professional recognition, publicity, encouragement, training and resources to St. Louis-area high school students who demonstrate a talent for documenting their world through photography.

The contest is now closed and entries are being reviewed
So, what separates photojournalism from simply taking pictures?

Photojournalism can tell a story or make a statement through visuals. It has the power to transport viewers into a moment in time and communicate a message. For instance, try capturing emotions, take some action shots or even document newsworthy events. Photojournalism allows someone at home to not only know what is happening elsewhere but see it, too. Photojournalism requires patience, creativity and most importantly, curiosity.

Window to my world...

Tell a story with your image and caption to portray a view of your world as you or others experience it. We encourage you to draw upon broader themes you encounter rather than to take a literal interpretation of the prompt — you do not need to include an actual window in the photo!


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Prize Sponsors:

Best in Show Prize

  1. Local camera shop gift certificate
  2. Local art store gift certificate for portfolio supplies
  3. Master class with St. Louis Public Radio photojournalists
  4. Publication on stlpublicradio.org
  5. Publication and mention on station Instagram
  6. Temporary display on Public Media Commons screen
  7. Display in exhibit at St. Louis Public Radio, UMSL at Grand Center

Best in Category Prize

  1. Master class with St. Louis Public Radio photojournalists
  2. Publication on stlpublicradio.org
  3. Publication and mention on station Instagram
  4. Temporary display on Public Media Commons screen
  5. Display in exhibit at St. Louis Public Radio, UMSL at Grand Center

Timeline:

  • Now
    Submit your photographs!
  • Monday, October 14
    Deadline for submissions
  • Friday, October 18
    Announcement of the winners
  • Friday, November 8
    Awards presentation at St. Louis Public Radio

Who may enter:

Area high school students, age 14-18, are eligible to enter. Photos must have been shot by the entrant. The contestant certifies that he/she/they is the sole creator and copyright owner of submitted photographs.

No more than 3 photo entries per person. You must complete the form separately for each photo.

The contest is now closed and entries are being reviewed

Rules:


Entry:

Photos should have a title, caption, and personal reflection. These are important to the judging process. Entries are open to high-school-aged students.

Photo Editing:

Color images should replicate what the human eye experiences. Because this contest focuses on photojournalism, artistic manipulations are not allowed.

Examples of prohibited techniques include the exaggerated use of color saturation, contrast, burning and dodging methods. You may not remove or add objects or subjects to a photo in part or whole. You may not use software capture filters, such as Instagram filters. Do not add masks, borders, backgrounds, text or other effects.

Minor edits are allowed including cropping, exposure correction, white balance, color toning, sharpening and minor contrast editing. Changing a color photo to gray scale is allowed.

Any edits made to the photo must be described on the entry form.

Copyrights and Permissions:

By submitting photos to the St. Louis Public Radio Photojournalism Contest, the entrant grants to The Curators of the University of Missouri and St. Louis Public Radio license -- with respect to photographs of which the entrant is the sole creator and copyright owner and/or comments, titles, captions, or reflections made by the entrant -- to use, reuse and publish the same, in whole or in part, in any and all media, now or hereafter, for the purpose of the Photojournalism Prize contest and promotions specific to the contest; and if appropriate, to use my name and pertinent education and/or biographical facts in relation to the contest entry.

The entrant agrees to defend, indemnify, save harmless, and fully and forever release The Curators of the University of Missouri, their Officers, Agents, Employees, and Volunteers, from any and all liability, claims and demands arising out of or in connection with the use of photographs and/or comments, titles, captions, or reflections including without limitation any and all claims for copyright infringement, libel, or invasion of privacy.

The entrant certifies that any and all Models and subjects were treated with respect and dignity and that no people, wildlife or the environment were harmed the creation of my photograph(s). The entrant also certifies that any and all models and subjects who are identifiable in the photographs gave me consent to use their likeness.