Twenty college photographers have been named finalists in the second photojournalism competition of the 2006-2007 Hearst Journalism Awards Program. This was the News and Sports category in which 50 students nationwide participated.

The top winners, along with the top four finalists in the other two competitions, will submit additional photos for a semi-final round of judging this June. Of those, six photojournalists will be chosen to compete in the program's National Photojournalism Championships in San Francisco, along with winners in the writing and broadcast news competitions.

The annual photojournalism competitions are held in member colleges and universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication with accredited undergraduate journalism programs.

The top five finalists are:
First Place, $2,000 award, BEN FREDMAN, University of Missouri
Second Place, $1,500 award, ALYSSA SCHUKAR, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Third Place, $1,000 award, TIM KUPSICK, University of Montana
Fourth Place, $750 award, JONATHAN D. WOODS, Western Kentucky University
Fifth Place, $600 award, BRIAN FRANK, San Francisco State University

The second place winner, Alyssa Schukar was a Spring 2006 graduate, and consequently is not eligible to participate in the Championship round, as pursuant to the program guidelines. As a result, the first and third through fifth place winners will submit additional entries for the semi-final round.

Other award winners are:
Sixth Place, $500 award, JARRETT P. BAKER, University of Florida
Seventh Place, $500 award, KEITH SMILEY, University of Kentucky
Eighth Place, $500 award, MICHAEL PAULSEN, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Ninth Place, $500 award, JOHN TULLY, University of Missouri
Tenth Place, $500 award, MAX BITTLE, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Other students who placed among the top 20 in the photojournalism competition and will receive award certificates are:

TIM HUSSIN, University of Florida, eleventh place
DAVID FOSTER, Kent State University, twelfth place
GIANCARLO PITOCCO, Pennsylvania State University, thirteenth place-tie
JILL WOODBECK, Central Michigan University, thirteenth place-tie
JEREMIAH E. ARMENTA, Arizona State University, fifteenth place
WILL VRAGOVIC, Ball State University, sixteenth place
RAY M. JONES, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, seventeenth place-tie
KEVIN CLIFFORD, University of Nevada, seventeenth place-tie
ED OU, University of Southern California, nineteenth place
EVAN SISLEY, Western Kentucky University, twentieth place

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program, which is now in its 47th year, added photojournalism to the competitions in 1970. Scholarship awards, ranging from $1,500 to $5,000, are presented to the finalists following the National Championships. In addition to the photojournalism competitions, the program also includes six writing and four broadcast news competitions. Annually, up to $500,000 in student scholarships and matching grants to the students' schools are distributed.

The photojournalism judges are: Leslie A. White, Director of Photography, The Dallas Morning News, Texas; Pim Van Hemmen, Assistant Managing Editor/Photography, The Star-Ledger, Newark, New Jersey; and Janet Reeves, Director of Photography, The Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colorado.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln placed first in the Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition with the highest accumulated school points from two out of the three photo competitions. They are followed by: University of Missouri; University of Florida; Western Kentucky University; San Francisco State University; Arizona State University; University of North Texas; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Ball State University; and University of Kentucky. The final winners will be named in April following the last photo competition.