The AAJA Photo Awards recognize the best visual journalism by AAJA members. Both awards will be judged by a group of veteran photographers and editors with a variety of expertise and specializations for multiple rounds. We will recognize one winner and two runner-ups in each category (Single/Stories). Entries need to meet eligibility criteria. AAJA's photo awards follow the National Press Photographers Association's code of ethics.
This award honors excellence in still photojournalism storytelling of one single photograph. News, sports and feature submissions are eligible. It will be judged by a group of veteran photographers and editors with a variety of expertise and specializations for multiple rounds. The award will recognize one winner and two runner-ups. Entries need to meet eligibility criteria and follow the National Press Photographers Association's code of ethics.
More About AAJA Awards:
The Asian American Journalists Association has honored excellence in journalism since 1987. Through our awards, AAJA aims to highlight and amplify journalists and nonfiction storytellers whose work exemplifies our mission for greater AAPI representation and meaningful inclusion in the media industry and in media coverage. AAJA seeks to highlight insightful stories of underrepresented communities and the journalists who work to bring their stories to light.
AAJA recognizes excellence in journalism by working journalists across a number of categories and platforms. Submissions of work that displays outstanding storytelling, in-depth reporting that moves the industry and cultural understandings forward, and pieces that demonstrate impact* are highly encouraged. Special consideration is given to top-notch journalism about the AAPI community, in the U.S. or abroad.
Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
Judges reserve the right to award more than one winner in any category, or not to award any winner in any category.
*Impact can be demonstrated in a number of ways, including audience engagement or reach, policy change, attention from lawmakers or people in positions of power, the publication itself if the topic or story has never been told publicly before.
Accepting submissions: January 11 to March 1, 2022
Free with active membership (Standard, Plus, Prime, or Guild)
Note on submission fees — Visura encourages users to take full advantage of their membership after submitting for this award.
Visura believes in a better model and we seek to create an alternative to the status quo of pay-per-contest.
A Visura account is a year long membership providing resources and opportunities to bridge the gap between photographers and editors/art buyers, including:
1) access to stream your archive to leading editors and art buyers; 2) a Profile which streams to the community at large; 3) a website builder -
use Visura to power your personal website, and connect your website archive to our network; and 4) a diverse program of Grants & Open Calls.
All submissions are made via a Story created from the Visura dashboard. Stories may be public or private.
Image size: 3000px on the longest dimension. (sRGB, 200 dpi, jpg format).
In the Statement (saved as the Story text), please provide the following personal information and impact statement for the judges to review:
First and Last Name of Photographer
Home Address (Address, City, State, Zip Code)
Email Address Attached To AAJA Membership (for verification of membership)
Preferred Email Address for Contact (if different)
Biography (100 words or less, third person)
Impact Statement: In 500 words or less: What is the impact of your work? Impact can be demonstrated in a number of ways, including audience engagement or reach, policy change, attention from lawmakers or people in positions of power, the publication itself if the topic or story has never been told publicly before. Stories may be 'published' or 'private' within the Visura system.
In each caption, please provide the following information: Material Submission Info: