CLICK HERE for slide show of all entries

Entries in the on-site photo competition held during
the College Media Advisers convention in Kansas City, Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2008.
—Bradley Wilson, coordinator


1st place
Chantal Anderson, University of Washington (Kristin Millis, adviser)

2nd place
Jordan Wilson, Baylor University (Robin O'Shaughnessy, adviser)

3rd place
Chris Asadian, Washtenaw Community Services (Keith Gave, adviser)
Honorable Mention
Georgia Rhodes, Michigan State University (Robert Hendricks, adviser)

Honorable Mention
Nathyn Gibson, Purdue University Calumet (Jerry Davich, adviser)

Honorable Mention
Laura Pedersen, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (Suzanne Trudel, adviser)
Honorable Mention
Mike Villa, Biola University (Michael Longinow, adviser)
Honorable Mention
Nick Schnelle, St. Louis Community College - Meramec (Shannon Philpott, adviser)

CLICK HERE for slide show of all entries

To qualify, a student must (1) be registered for the convention, (2) provide his/her own digital photo equipment, (3) attend a school which is a member of ACP or where the adviser is a member of CMA, (4) demonstrate that he/she is a photojournalist (via photo credits in his/her student publication), and (5) be present when participants are selected on Oct. 30

Participants will meet prior to the day’s shooting with a member of the newspaper photo staff for a coaching session and for instructions. Following the shoot, participants can submit their best work. On Saturday, professional photographers will conduct a critique session, select the best photos and determine whether any will be published.

So you’re qualified and interested, now what
Sign in. Registrants are limited to one per school and there is a maximum number of photojournalists that we can allow to participate. If too many people sign up, we will draw names at the 5:10 p.m. meeting on Thursday. You MUST be present at that meeting.

If you’re chosen and present, you’ll be given an assignment at the 5:10 p.m. meeting on Thursday. You’ll have until 11:30 a.m. Saturday to shoot and edit your photos digitally.


Think of a portrait, and you automatically put yourself in a box. “A portrait is a painting, photograph, or other artistic representation of a person. Portraits are often simple ‘head shots’ and are not usually overly elaborate or creative. The intent is to show the basic appearance of the person, and occasionally some artistic insight into his or her personality.”

Your task is to get outside that box.

Photography (specifically the Daguerreotype in the 19th century) was popularized, at least in part, due to the demand for inexpensive portraiture.

Self portraits have become a popular method of personal expression.

In literature, “portrait” refers to a written description or analysis of a person or thing. A written portrait often gives deep insight, and offers an analysis that goes far beyond the superficial.

Go beyond the superficial.

Don’t just think of this as having to be of a person. Maybe your portrait is of an object that says “Kansas City” more than any person could. Maybe not.

When the judges look at the pictures individually and collectively, they should get a feel for Kansas City. Offer an analysis of the city that goes far beyond the superficial. Find a person, place or thing that just screams “Kansas City.”

There are no restrictions on where you can take your photos other than it must be inside the city limits of either Kansas City, Mo. or Kansas City, Kan. (Of course all laws still apply, so don’t go breakin’ laws. General ethical principles apply as well.)


You may submit no more than TWO digital images. Plan to drop off your images BEFORE the meeting at 1:30 p.m. Saturday with edited (cropped, color corrected, RGB, JPEG = 12) and captioned files. Do NOT resize or resample your images.

Name your files using the following file naming structure:
#_first initial_last name.jpg
for example

In the File Info, include the following information in the following format.
full name, school (adviser’s name); your e-mail address; caption


Of course part of this assignment is to give you a chance to experience Kansas City. But the real learning will take place at the critique session on Saturday.