2019 Winners

Below is a list of the winners from the 2019 Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar photo contest. Thank you to everyone who entered and participated in the contest, and congratulations to the winners!

Click on category titles to view images from those categories.

Best in Show

  • First Place Feature Picture Story - Rodrigo Abd / Associated Press

Best Portfolio

  • First Place – Rodrigo Abd / Associated Press

Rich Mahan Best Student Portfolio

  • First Place – Michael Blackshire / Western Kentucky University

Spot News

  • First Place – Tom Fox / The Dallas Morning News
  • Second Place – Dieu Nalio Chery / Associated Press
  • Third Place – Al Diaz / Miami Herald
  • Honorable Mention – John Spink / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Honorable Mention – Alkis Konstantinidis / Reuters
  • Honorable Mention – Dar Yasin / Associated Press

General News

  • First Place – Vincent Yu / Associated Press
  • Second Place – Rodrigo Abd / Associated Press
  • Third Place – Brendan Smialowski / AFP
  • Honorable Mention – Tom Fox / The Dallas Morning News
  • Honorable Mention – Carlos Barria / Reuters
  • Honorable Mention – Patrick Meinhardt

Feature

  • First Place – Michael Blackshire / Western Kentucky University
  • Second Place – Mosa'ab Elshamy / Associated Press
  • Third Place – Michael Simons / Tulsa World
  • Honorable Mention – Michael Simons / Tulsa World
  • Honorable Mention – Jose Cabezas / Reuters
  • Honorable Mention – Jordi Cohen

Sports Action

  • First Place – Mathieu Belanger
  • Second Place – Lucy Nicholson / Reuters
  • Third Place – Stefan Wermuth / Self Employed
  • Honorable Mention – Matthias Hangst / Getty Images
  • Honorable Mention – Sascha Fromm / Thueringer Allgemeine

Comments from the judges:

"There is only one decisive moment in capturing the peak action of sport. The moment just before or just after that moment is simply too early or too late. Study sports action images hard before entering this category. We had many entries but judged this one fast. Know the difference between Sports Action and Sports Feature before entering this category."

Sports Feature

  • First Place – Matthias Hangst / Getty Images
  • Second Place – Mathieu Belanger
  • Third Place – Martin Rose / gettyimages
  • Honorable Mention – Matthias Hangst / Getty Images
  • Honorable Mention – Chris Machian / Omaha World-Herald

Portrait/Personality

  • First Place – Michael Simons / Tulsa World
  • Second Place – Alkis Konstantinidis / Reuters
  • Third Place – Oded Balilty / Associated Press
  • Honorable Mention – Brendan Smialowski / AFP

News Picture Story

  • First Place – Alkis Konstantinidis / Reuters
  • Second Place – Brian Snyder / Reuters
  • Third Place – Tom Fox / The Dallas Morning News
  • Honorable Mention – Jerome Delay / Associated Press
  • Honorable Mention – David Goldman / Associated Press

Chris Hondros Memorial International News

  • First Place – Dieu Nalio Chery / Associated Press
  • Second Place – Dar Yasin / Associated Press
  • Third Place – Javier Fergo / Stringer AP

Comments from the judges:

"These entries can’t be pedestrian. It’s real photojournalism. and has to be all in – completely engaged, bullets flying, personal safety behind making the images, in the line of fire – and yet still seeing, working, shooting and capturing the moments within the moments. The Haiti essay reflected perfectly what the Hondros Memorial Award is about: it is for completely engaged photographers shooting conflict in danger, immersed in the action and emotion of terrifying moments."

Feature Picture Story/Essay

  • First Place – Rodrigo Abd / Associated Press
  • Second Place – Alejandro Martinez Velez / Freelance for Rossiya Segodnya
  • Third Place – David Goldman and David Philip / Associated Press
  • Honorable Mention – Rodrigo Abd / Associated Press
  • Honorable Mention – David Goldman / Associated Press
  • Honorable Mention – Oded Balilty / Associated Press

Comments from the judges:

"This dominated the year by very strong work from overseas, the winners being stories and pictures which rose above the rest. The judges would like to underline to the photo community that for enterprising photographers, there are great stories, important stories, richly photogenic stories which live all around us. If you call yourself a photojournalist, and understand the power of pictures to tell human stories, we would hope that entries next year will include stories shot within a block, within a mile, within a neighborhood of our photographers."

Sports Picture Story

  • First Place – Sascha Fromm / Thueringer Allgemeine
  • Second Place – Jordi Cohen
  • Third Place – Matt Mcclain / The Washington Post
  • Honorable Mention – Matthias Hangst / Getty Images

Short Term Documentary Project

  • No awards given

Long Term Documentary Project

Comments from the judges:

"This category is exclusively for telling the truth about a situation, subject, or event. There is no room for puff public relations pieces shot by pros who work in production as opposed to journalism. We disqualified a number of entries this year for this reason. The two stories we voted on for first and second places were both strong, but we held back on third this year."