Contests and Awards

Contests and Awards

Students are exposed to some of the best examples of current practice through the international and national contests and award programs based at the school. As an added bonus, students can network with judges and participants who are recognized as the best in their field.

‘Mastering the Method’ Contest

Mastering the Method ContestUndergraduate students are given the chance to win a Dean’s Award for outstanding work. Each of the top two individual winners of each of the categories will win recognition from the dean of the Missouri School of Journalism and a $100 gift card. Eligible entries are those that have been published by a Missouri School of Journalism news media outlet, or published as part of a summer internship or published as a class assignment. [More]


City and Regional Magazine Association

Missouri School of Journalism faculty judge and coordinate this national association’s annual award contest and present the awards. Student assistants may become involved in this process and have the opportunity to attend the national conference and meet the editors of top city magazines as well as attend the practical professional improvement seminars for working editors. CRMA member magazines donate subscriptions to the school for use by students and faculty, and the faculty use winning entries in writing, design, and editorial categories in their teaching.The contest is open to the approximately 75-member magazines as well as non-members, and thus is entered by more than 150 magazines every year.

College News Design Contest

The College News Design Contest honors college newspaper and magazine designers. The Missouri chapter of the Student Society of News Design runs the contest and is host for the judging. The contest is supported by the Society of News Design.

College Photographer of the Year

The College Photographer of the Year (CPoY) competition offers all student photographers opportunities to compare their work with that of their peers from colleges and universities around the world. The contest, founded by Cliff and Vi Edom in 1945, continues to be judged by distinguished working professionals and student winners are rewarded with equipment, film and educational opportunities provided by contest sponsors. The University of Missouri administers the contest with the help of Kappa Alpha Mu, an honorary photojournalism society whose members shoulder the bulk of work involved in cataloging the entries and staging the contest. Student photographers from 50 colleges and universities submit more than 7,000 images for judging. [More]

Darrell Sifford Memorial Prize in Journalism

The Darrell Sifford Memorial Prize is funded by contributions from readers of Darrell’s columns. The prize is administered by the Missouri School of Journalism, Darrell’s alma mater. It will recognize newspaper writing that illuminates the daily life of ordinary people and their everyday concerns. [More]

Missouri Photo Workshop

The Missouri Photo Workshop (MPW) is the world’s oldest documentary photojournalism workshop and has been credited with solidifying career aspirations and reformatting careers of the young and mid-career professionals alike who participate. MPW has a volunteer faculty of working photographers and picture editors from metropolitan daily newspapers, (e.g., The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, The San Francisco Chronicle), news and general interest magazines (e.g., Time, National Geographic, Sunset) and freelance photographers who serve yearly. The faculty imbues the students with the Missouri Photo Workshop approach of “to tell truth with a camera,” to respect the subjects they photograph, and to offer truthful, tough criticism.

Pictures of the Year International

Pictures of the Year International (POYi) is the oldest and one of the world’s largest and most highly respected photojournalism competitions. POYi, however, is much more than a competition. It serves as an educational medium through its seminars, exhibits, books, online presence and work with university students. And, its rich visual archive contains the world’s great photographs of the past six decades. POYi began as a photographic contest in the spring of 1944 in Columbia, Mo., when the Missouri School of Journalism sponsored its “First Annual Fifty-Print Exhibition” contest. The 35,000+ images recognized more than 63 years as the best in photojournalism are being assembled in an electronic database, the POYi Archive. [More]