Applications for 2014 are not yet open.
All required forms may be accessed under the “Scholarship” main menu item.
- Be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S. or Canada or have been accepted at a four-year institution to complete suspended studies.
- Provide evidence of an aptitude for photojournalism as well as academic ability and financial need.
- Provide grade point average as an indication that applicant can successfully complete college studies.
- Explain financial need.
- Use the scholarship at the beginning of the next semester. Otherwise, it will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate candidate.
A letter of recommendation from a faculty member who knows your work is required. Instructions for faculty are found here.
- You will create an account on this website.
- Fill out the 2014 Application Form. When you press “Submit” for this form, you will automatically be taken to a page where you will download a zip file, that when unzipped has a system of folders to organize your portfolio.
- Prepare your portfolio, with the folder structure in step 2, re-zip the file and upload it by the competition deadline.
Steps one and two may be completed well ahead of the deadline and until step two is completed, your faculty cannot submit your required recommendation. So if you intend to prepare a portfolio, do steps one and two when the application process is open. You can edit the information required in steps one and two after it has been submitted.
Organizing your Portfolio Materials
Entries may be single photographs, multiple picture stories or multimedia stories including video stories. You must have a minimum of six entries with a maximum of 12 entries. The total number of entries may be any combination of single photographs, multiple picture stories, multimedia stories or video stories.
Multiple picture stories have a minimum of two pictures and a maximum of 10 pictures. A multiple picture story, though it has more than one picture, counts as a single entry of the minimum required six entries.
All multimedia entries, including videos, are supplied as links to where they live on the Internet. The URL links must take the judges directly to the video or other form of multimedia, not to a personal home page where judges must select other menu items or links to get to the story. Popular places for videos are YouTube or Vimeo for stand alone videos outside of a news website such a student media site. Any Internet URL is fine as long as it takes judges directly to the story.
Note that the judges unanimously feel that portfolios that do not include at least one multimedia entry will not be competitive. Multimedia is defined as video and/or photos combined with edited audio, in any format, slide shows and interactive pieces. A multimedia story with only a music track doesn’t count. You must have originally gathered sound that helps tell the story.
What do I Need Before Entering?
You will need your faculty advisor’s contact information: name, phone and e-‐mail. Contact your faculty advisor and request a recommendation. That recommendation also is submitted on this website and cannot be done until you complete step two above. When you do complete step two, an automatic email will be sent to your faculty recommender with a link to submit your recommendation. Followup with the faculty member to ensure that email was received.
There are three short essays you may wish to prepare ahead of completing step two so that you can copy and paste the text into the boxes provided. These items are:
- List your academic and journalistic accomplishments.
- Explain your need for a scholarship. Be specific.
- Briefly state your goals in visual journalism.
You will need to know your overall GPA and the point system it is based on. For example, your entry might be “3.5 on a 4-‐point system.“ You will also need your GPA of courses within your major.
You will need a screen snap of your multimedia entries, which will be used to create a thumbnail for your entry. Both Windows and Macs allow this. Click on your desktop and use the “Help” menu to search for “screen snap” or “screen grab.” For Macs:
- To take a picture of part of your screen:
- Press [command]+[shift]+ (depending on your keyboard, the Command key may have a cloverleaf or apple on it instead of the word ‘command’.)
- Click at a corner of the area you want to capture, drag the pointer across the area, and release the mouse button.
- Use image editing software to convert the PNG format screen grab to a JPG format at 250 px in the longest dimension. You will upload these thumbnails in step two.
- Organize your multiple picture stories into the folder structure provided. Organize your stills into the folder provided. Download the folder structure here if you haven’t already. Read the README file after you unzip the file.
- Open direct links to your multimedia entries in browser windows so that the URL may be copied and pasted into the entry form. This will prevent typos.
Each picture should be less than 2 MB in size, and at least 700 pixels on the long side (1350-‐2000 pixels at 72 DPI preferred). All pictures must be in the jpg format at quality 8 or 80 depending on the scale of 10 or 100 respectively.
Preparing Video Stories or other Multimedia Stories
All video stories must be available for viewing on the internet and have a public link to them. In the entry form there will be places to enter a URL and to describe your role in the story since many multimedia stories are produced by a team. If the storie is not already on a news site, Youtube or Vimeo are popular places to link to a story.
How to Enter
Note. The call for entries is in January of each year. There will be a notice on this website when applications are open.
I am a high school student who will be attending college next fall. Can I enter?
No. The competition is for continuing college students. You will be eligible to enter in the spring term of your first college year. If successful, your scholarship would apply to the sophomore year.
I will graduate in May. Can I still enter?
No. Not unless you are a continuing graduate student. We do have one scholarship that is specifically for a continuing graduate student and two others that may be awarded to a graduate student. For undergraduate students, you must have a minimum of one term or semester to complete after this spring. Likewise, graduate students must also have at least one term or semester left before graduating.
Do I need a letter of recommendation to enter?
Yes. The recommendation is submitted on this website after you have completed step two of the Process above.
Recommendations must be submitted by the contest deadline.
Do I have to be a student member of NPPA to enter?
No. But we recommend membership for its obvious education benefits to you and your developing career as a photojournalist.
Do I need to enter captions for my pictures?
I am a still photographer. I don’t know how to do multimedia. Should I enter anyway?
Unless you have at least one multimedia entry, your portfolio will not be competitive. Multimedia is defined as some method of synchronizing sound with your pictures. This could be a video with moving pictures or still pictures with a synchronized sound track.
How do synchronize a sound track with my pictures?
In making a video with a video camera, sound is automatically synchronized with the pictures. All video editing programs allow the importation of still pictures as clips as well as an independent sound track. The features of the video editing program are used to synchronize sound to picture. Another popular program to synchronize still pictures. Most video editing software in use today usually has an easy option to upload to YouTube or Vimeo. Obviously you must create your free account with one of these services first. Once uploaded, you will have a unique URL to copy and paste into the application form.
I think I might want to become a student member of the National Press Photographers Association. How do I do that? https://nppa.org/for-students
I have more questions. Who do I contact?
Dr. James W. Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org