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UK School of Journalism and Media places 10th in nation in Hearst Intercollegiate Photojournalism Contest

Photo of Shania Twain performing

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 24, 2024) — The University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Media in the College of Communication and Information earned 10th place in the 2023-24 Hearst Intercollegiate Photojournalism Contest. Photojournalism is one of several categories in the Hearst Journalism Awards Program, a national student contest that indicates excellence in accredited journalism programs across the nation. Two UK journalism students entered each photojournalism subcategory, News and Features and Picture Story/Series.

Abbey Cutrer, a rising journalism senior and incoming Kentucky Kernel editor-in-chief, earned the 12th place spot for News and Features subcategory for her photos featuring subjects such as Shania Twain’s concert at GEODIS Park in Nashville, Tennessee. Bryce Towle, a rising journalism senior, won 16th place in the Picture Story/Series subcategory for his photo story “A wonderful night for Denise” which tells the story of a local high school student’s experience on homecoming court.

Points are assigned for each individual student win in each category. To determine the overall intercollegiate winners, points from these individual wins are added together to determine a total score for each school represented. With points from both Cutrer and Towle’s wins, the University of Kentucky placed 10th overall in the intercollegiate photojournalism contest.

The two student winners had attended the annual Picture Kentucky Workshop last October where they were coached and mentored through an immersive, four-day photojournalism challenge. This workshop is where they captured some of the photos they used in their submissions.

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