Tim Tai Places Second in Hearst Photojournalism Competition, Wins $2,000

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The Competition Drew 127 Entries from 68 Schools Nationwide

San Francisco (Dec. 22, 2015) — Tim Tai, a Missouri School of Journalism photojournalism senior, placed second in the News and Features Photojournalism Competition of the 2015-16 Hearst Journalism Awards Program. This was the first of two photo competitions held each year.

Timothy Tai

Timothy Tai

Tai submitted a portfolio of eight photos to the competition. The pictures were taken for the Columbia Missourian, the Tulsa World where he interned this summer, ZUMA Press and ESPN.com. Tai wins a $2,000 award, and the School receives a matching grant.

Tai has earned numerous awards for his photography. He is the first recipient of the 2016 First Amendment Defender Award, sponsored by the Radio Television Digital News Foundation. Tai was one of the six finalists in the 2014-15 Hearst National Photojournalism Championship and won the award for Best Single Photograph.

The winners were selected from 127 entries submitted from 68 schools nationwide. The top winners, along with the top finalists in the next photo competition and two overall highest scorers, will submit additional photos for the semi-final round of judging next April. Six finalists will be chosen from that round to compete in the program’s National Photojournalism Championship, along with writing, broadcast and multimedia finalists. The Championship will be held this June in San Francisco.

The photojournalism judges are: Sue Morrow, assistant multimedia director, Sacramento Bee, California; Kenneth Irby, Independent Visual Consultant, St. Petersburg, Florida; and Lisa Krantz, staff photographer, San Antonio Express-News in Texas.

The Journalism Awards Program also includes five writing, one radio, two television, and four multimedia competitions offering up to $500,000 in scholarships, matching grants and stipends. A total of 110-member universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication with accredited undergraduate journalism programs are eligible to participate in the Hearst competitions.

Photos by Timothy Tai

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From left, friends Hailey Lapin, Sara Kennedy and Holly Durall cheer for the Kansas City Royals while watching Game 6 of the World Series televised at the Kansas City Live! Block in the Power & Light District in Kansas City, Mo., on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. The Royals shut out the San Francisco Giants 10-0 to force Game 7, which they lost.

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Students react after learning of the resignation of University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, at the University of Missouri’s Carnahan Quad in Columbia, Missouri. Wolfe stepped down after intense pressure from student activists critical of how he handled racist incidents on campus.

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Donnie Perkins, right, wipes his forehead while watching members of Columbia Fire Department investigate a fire at the home he shared with his mother in the Rustic Meadows trailer park in Columbia, Missouri, on Monday, April 27, 2015. No one was injured in the fire, which seriously damaged the mobile home.

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Tim Beach relaxes along “Crybaby Hill” while watching cyclists compete on the third day of Saint Francis Tulsa Tough on Sunday, June 14, 2015, in the Riverview Historic District of Tulsa, Oklahoma. “Crybaby Hill” has become an annual tradition in which hundreds of revelers, many in costume, gather along a stretch of the course to party and cheer on the cyclists.

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Louis Head, center, Michael Brown’s stepfather, reacts moments after learning of a grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, outside the Ferguson Police Department. Wilson shot and killed the unarmed Brown, 18, on Aug. 9.

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Tulsa Roughnecks midfielder Brady Ballew celebrates after scoring a goal during a game against Arizona United on Sunday, August 2, 2015, at ONEOK Field in Tulsa. The Roughnecks won 6-3.

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Seattle Storm guard Renee Montgomery, left, collides with Tulsa Shock guard Riquna Williams during a game on Sunday, June 28, 2015, at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Shock won 93-89.

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Rock Bridge Bruins kicker Sophie Cunningham, right, watches her team’s first-round district playoff game at Ft. Zumwalt West High School on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in O’Fallon, Missouri. Cunningham, who the week before had become the Bruins’ first female football player to score a point, joined the team mid-season after the previous kicker, Matt Troyer, left, tore his anterior cruciate ligament.

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