AAJA announces the winners of the 2015 Dith Pran Instagram PhotoShootOut Competition at the AAJA National Convention in San Francisco August 15. The theme of this year competition is “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”
1st place – Brandon Chew, San Jose State University, “Ferry Nice Selfie”. He wins registration for next year’s AAJA Convention and a perpetual trophy cup.
2nd place – Kent Nishimura, University of Hawaii, “Playing with Fire”. He wins FitBit watch.
3rd place – Tam Duong, California State University East Bay, “Companions”. He wins backpack and seat from the White House News Photographers Association and a photography book.
Honorable Mention – James Tensuan, San Jose State University, “A Suite Silhouette”. He wins backpack and seat from the White House News Photographers Association and a photography book.
Stan Honda, New York freelance
Paul Kitagaki, Jr., Sacramento Bee
Kii Sato, Associated Press
Alex Wong, Getty Images
Greg Yamamoto, Hawaii freelance
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History: The AAJA PhotoShootOut was started in 2000 during the annual AAJA National Convention. The competition was changed in 2008 to honor New York Times photographer Dith Pran, who risked his life in Cambodia during the genocide by the Khmer Rouge to help journalists tell the story of atrocities in his home country. His story inspired the film, “The Killing Fields.” Pran passed away in 2008.