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Two VisCom students selected as finalists for semi-final Hearst National Photojournalism Championship

Claire Berlin | Jan 11, 2018

Two VisCom students selected as finalists for semi-final Hearst National Photojournalism Championship

By Claire Berlin

ATHENS, Ohio (Jan. 11, 2018)—Ohio University School of Visual Communication recent graduates Patrick Connolly and Alex Driehaus were selected as finalists for the semi-final round of the 2017-2018 Hearst National Photojournalism Championship. The top six winners in the Photojournalism News and Features competition were selected from 130 entries submitted from 72 schools nationwide.

“Patrick and Alex have been exceptional VisCom photojournalism students,” said School of Visual Communication Professor Marcy Nighswander. “It’s always great when others recognize their talents, too. Both of their entries consisted of eight single photographs. The faculty chose their entries over others submitted because of the content, quality and diversity of their photographs.”

Patrick Connolly and Alex Driehaus submitted a selection of eight photographs covering categories such as feature, news, portrait and sports. Connolly received first place and a $3,000 award and Driehaus, who was a finalist in the competition last year, placed fourth and received a $1,000 award. Both are finalists who qualify for the semi-final round.

The top winners, along with the top finalists in the next photo competition and two overall highest scorers, will submit additional photos for the semi-final round of judging in April. Six finalists will be chosen from that round to compete in the program's National Photojournalism Championship, along with writing, broadcast and multimedia finalists. The Championship will be held this June in San Francisco.

“Patrick and Alex are not only talented photographers, but they give back to the school and college,” said Nighswander. “They were both officers of the student chapter of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPAOU). Alex was a school Ambassador and worked for years at The Post. I look forward to seeing their successes, and I know they will continue to represent VisCom and the Scripps College of Communication well.”

This competition for college students is one of the most recognized in the country and the School of Visual Communication has had finalists or students who placed first or second, eight times in the past seven years.

Ohio University received first place in the Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition with the highest accumulated student points from the first of two photo competitions. The final Intercollegiate winners are announced in April. The top three intercollegiate winners earn $10,000, $4,000 and $2,000 respectively.

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program, now in its 58th year, added photojournalism to the competitions in 1970. The program also includes five writing, one radio, two television, and four multimedia competitions offering up to $700,000 in scholarships, matching grants and stipends. 105 member universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication with accredited undergraduate journalism programs are eligible to participate in the Hearst competitions.

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