2019 Dith Pran Instagram

Photo Shootout Competition

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AAJA is proud to announce the 2019 Dith Pran Photo Shootout Competition to take place from July 31 - Aug 2 during the AAJA National Convention in Atlanta. Summers are hot (and humid) in Atlanta and it is sometimes referred to as “Hotlanta," so we are looking for the photograph that best depicts the city’s hot nickname.

This contest is open to ALL attendees at the AAJA 2019 convention in Atlanta. The winner will receive a convention registration for next year’s convention.

Instagram Photo Shootout Rules:

  • Submit photo entries using the Instagram hashtag #AAJAPhoto. Upload your photo submission(s) with caption information using any Instagram App.

  • Deadline: Photo submission(s) must be uploaded on Instagram by 5:45 p.m. EST on Friday, August 2, 2019.

  • Contestants can start shooting anytime beginning 12:01am EST Wednesday, July 31 and must be uploaded by the contest deadline stated above.

  • A professional grade camera is not required. Images submitted from mobile devices (cellphone or tablet) are acceptable.

  • Each entrant can submit up to three (3) images. Judging will be based on a single image and not a series of images.

  • Entries should be based on the theme. Photos will be judged on theme interpretation, artistic style, composition & technical execution. This year’s theme is a suggestion and photographs unrelated to the theme are acceptable.

  • Entrants also need to email aajaphoto@gmail.com with their entrant’s name, Instagram account name, cell phone number, email address and caption information of 100 words or less. The email may be sent after the posting deadline, but no later than 30 minutes after the deadline. However, the image must be posted to Instagram before the deadline. Failure to email this information may disqualify an entry.

  • You must be a current registered AAJA 2019 National Convention attendee to participate.

  • Only minor burning, dodging and slight color adjustment, sharpening and cropping are acceptable. NO FILTERS ALLOWED! Any significantly digitally modified or altered photograph will be disqualified. No special artistic app filters allowed. The only exception is the black and white filter.

  • There is no cost to enter the competition.

Winners will be posted on www.AAJAPhoto.org. The First Place winner will have their name engraved on the Annual Dith Pran Photo Shootout perpetual award, as well as receive complimentary registration at the 2020 AAJA National Convention (a $275+ value). First, second, and third place winners will be announced on Saturday, August 3 at the AAJA Gala Scholarship & Awards Banquet.

For any questions, please contact AAJA photographer James Yee (317-640-1873) or Alex Wong (202-438-7050) or email questions to aajaphoto@gmail.com

The AAJA Photo Shootout was started in 2000 during the annual AAJA National Convention. The competition name was changed in 2008 to honor New York Times photographer Dith Pran, who risked his life in Cambodia during the genocide by the Khmer Rouge to help journalists tell the story of atrocities in his home country. His story inspired the film, “The Killing Fields.” Pran passed away in 2008.