Winners announced for the 2015 Dith Pran Instagram PhotoShootOut Competition

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.”

Winners of the Dith Pran Instagram Photo Shootout Awards. Photography by Greg Yamamoto
Contest directors Susan Choi, and James Yee, far left, read the winners of the Dith Pran Instagram Photo Shootout Awards. Winners from far right are James Tensuan (honorable mention), Tam Duong (third place), Kent Nishimura (second place), and Brandon Chew (first place). Photography by Greg Yamamoto

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.”

 

First place winner

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.

 

Second place winner

2nd place – Kent Nishimura, University of Hawaii, “Playing with Fire”. He wins FitBit watch.

 

Third place winner

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 winner

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.

 

Judges:
Stan Honda, New York freelance
Paul Kitagaki, Jr., Sacramento Bee
Kii Sato, Associated Press
Alex Wong, Getty Images
Greg Yamamoto, Hawaii freelance

For any questions, please aajaphoto@gmail.com

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.

Winners of the annual Dith Pran Photography and Multimedia ShootOut Competition


Photography Winners

List of winners in the Annual Dith Pran Photography and Multimedia ShootOut Competition. The theme of this year’s live photography competition was “The Freedom Trail”. All conventioneers were eligible to shoot between Wednesday through Friday during the convention. Over $2,000 in prizes were awarded.

The competition is in honor of New York Times photographer Dith Pran, who survived the Cambodian “Killing Fields”. The perpetual trophy and cash award will given out during the Gala Banquet on Saturday night.

Photography Winners:
First place: Kelvin Ma, freelancer, “Free Hug” wins a ThinkTankPhoto bag and $200 in cash from AAJA National Office and perpetual trophy and SanDisk. (value: $650)
Second place:, An Rong Xu, School of Visual Arts, “Sailor Portrait”, wins a ThinkTankPhoto camera bag and SanDisk card. (value: $450)
Third place: Diana Diroy, San Jose State University, “Cemetery”, wins Olympus audio recorder and Sandisk card. (value: $450)
Fourth place: Karen Zhou, freelance, “Military Dog Tags”, wins ThinkTankPhoto camera bag and SanDisk card. (value $200)
Fifth place: Sihang Chang, students, “Bookstore”, wins ThinkTankPhoto camera bag and Sandisk card. (value $200)
Sixth place: Hannah Lao, students, “Frog Pond”, wins Sandisk card. (value $50)

Multimedia Winners:
First place: Derek Sijder, San Jose State University, “Boston Globe Pressman”, wins Thinktankphoto camera carrying cases and SanDisk card. (value $400)
Second place: Derek Liu, UCLA, “Midnight Bakery”, wins a ThinkTankPhoto camera bag, wins Sandisk card. (value: $300)
Third place: Greg Yamamoto, Honolulu Advertiser, “Bar Owner”, ThinkTankphoto camera bag and SanDisk card (value $250)


First place: Derek Sijder

Second place: Derek Liu, UCLA

Fourth Place: Jessica Lum: jessicalum.com/shoot…

Photo judges:
Matt Lee, Boston Globe
Dai Sugano, San Jose Mercury News
Chris Prevolos, Stamford Advocate
Bernardette Tuazon, Associated Press
Marilynn Yee, New York Times

More info:
Contest coordinator Matt Lee, Boston Globe
Paul Sakuma, Associated Press
psakuma@aol.com
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Twitter: @aajaphoto

10th annual Dith Pran photography & multimedia shootout competiton

Attendees can win prizes and cash worth over $1,500 by entering the 10th Annual Dith Pran Photography and Multimedia ShootOut Competition.

Any AAJA conventioneer can enter their pictures and/or multimedia piece with the theme “The Freedom Trail” during a live contest that best illustrates the theme shot anywhere in the Boston area that can be shot from Wednesday, August 12 through Friday, August 14.

PRIZES:
$200 in cash from AAJA National Office for the 10th Annual Dith Pran Photography and Multimedia ShootOut Award and perpetual trophy.
$350 Olympus audio LS-10 Linear PCM Field Recorder 2GB with SD Slot
$1,000 in ThinkTankPhoto.com camera bags
$125 in Sandisk cards
and more…

MEETING:
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12
1 TO 4 PM
WATERFRONT II
ShootOut meeting to discuss rules. Those interested in competing for the 10th Annual Dith Pran Photography and Multimedia ShootOut should come to the meeting. Coordinators will help with assignments and helping out entrants with images to be turned in by Friday’s deadline. (Note: you do not need to attend meeting to enter. This is just an informational meeting.)

DEADLINE:
3 PM Friday, August 14
WATERFRONT II
DEADLINE FOR PICTURES AND MULTIMEDIA

PHOTO RULES:
Turn in maximum of five (5) photos any size. Place caption information in “File Info” in Photoshop. Your name must be in the “File Info”. Save .jpg with your entrant’s last name only. Be sure to include your name, email address and cell phone number/room number on how we can get a hold of you during the convention. Turn in entries in photo room on any media (ie. CD, CF, SD, etc.). Volunteers will help anyone with their images before deadline in the photo room Waterfront II.

MULTIMEDIA RULES:
Turn in only one multimedia piece. This category highlights the use of photographic storytelling, audio, video, and animation in the presentation of web-based stories of any length. Judges will pay special attention to the use of available technology to complement and enhance the art of visual storytelling. Content, usability, and interactivity will also be evaluated to judged. Be sure to include your name, email address and cell phone number/room number on how we can get a hold of you during the convention. Turn in entries in photo room on any media (ie. CD, CF, SD, etc.)

AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT:
The perpetual trophy with the 10th Annual Dith Pran Memorial Award will be presented at the Gala Banquet on Saturday night.

EQUIPMENT:
Bring your own digital camera. Laptops will be not be available. Audio recorders and CF and SD cards loaners available.

More info,
Susan Choi, Boston freelance photographer, choi_susan@hotmail.c…
Matt Lee, Boston Globe photographer, mjlee@globe.com
Vino Wong, Atlanta Constitution Journal photographer, vwong@ajc.com