SPJ’s Florida International University chapter held a photojournalism contest in April with the theme “Capturing Generation Y.”
The chapter asked college and high school students around the country to submit one photo that captured the essence of their generation in any real moment. Photos had to be accompanied by a caption, and each was judged for content, quality, originality and grammar.
Judges included Jason Parsley, president of SPJ South Florida Chapter; Roman Lyskowski, photo editor at The Miami Herald; Chris Cutro, photographer at the Miami Herald; Chris Delboni, news director at the South Florida News Service; and Barbara Corbellini Duarte, president of SPJ-FIU.
They chose a national and South Florida winner out of 22 entries.
Sana Ullah, a digital media studies student at FIU, won for her “Color Me Rad” photo featuring young runners in a 5K getting bombed with neon-colored powder.
Adam Randall, a journalism student at Western Michigan University, won nationally for his “Kalamazoo Zombie Festival” photo, which highlighted a crowd of young people painted as zombies behind yellow caution tape.
Both winners will be featured in the SPJ South Florida, SPJ Region Three and South Florida News Service websites, and Ullah will spend a day shadowing a Miami Herald photographer. (See the winning photos here.)
On April 25, SPJ FIU members as well as FIU faculty and friends joined at the award ceremony at Yuca Restaurant on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, Fla.
Sergy Odiduro, an SPJ South Florida Pro chapter board member and reporter for the Forum Publishing Group, attended and offered career advice.
“This is a very enthusiastic group. What you’re doing, keep on doing, and all the doors will open out of nowhere,” she said.