The Asian American Journalists Association
Open Call: Student | Single or Photo Story - Works Produced in 2021
Open Call

Student | Single or Photo Story - Works Produced in 2021

Entry Rules
This award honors excellence in still photojournalism storytelling of news, sports, portraiture and features that present as an individual photo or a visual story with multiple photos. It is open to all AAJA student members in good standing at the time of submission.

Submission Deadline: March 18, 2022, 11:59 p.m.

Timeline: Photo(s) must have been either created or initially published between January 1st and December 31st of 2021.
Photo Awards Eligibility:

  • Entrants may enter up to 5 entries, either single photos and/or photo stories. Each Single Photo is counted as 1 entry. Each Photo Story should contain 5 – 12 images and is considered as 1 entry. Individual photo(s) from a Photo Story may not be used in another Photo Story. Photos must have been either created or initially published between January 1st and December 31st of 2021. All photographs must comply with the National Press Photographers Association Code of Ethics.
  • Photo(s) must not be altered by adding, rearranging, reversing, distorting or removing element(s) from within the frame. Removal of dust or scratches is acceptable.
  • Reasonable adjustments in Photoshop are acceptable. These include cropping, dodging and burning, conversion into grayscale, and normal toning and color adjustments that restore the authentic nature of the photograph. Filters and excessive changes in density, contrast, color and saturation levels that alter the original scene are not acceptable. 
  • Photographs made with non-professional digital cameras, like the iPhone or point-and-shoot cameras, are allowed but still must adhere to the same non-alter guidelines stated above (they cannot be digitally altered or manipulated images, i.e., taken with filters or other creative apps)
  • Photo(s) may not include any frames or visible watermarks.
  • Photo(s) that do not meet these requirements will be disqualified.
  • Photographers may be asked to provide the original un-retouched file and related files. Failure to provide these may result in removal from the judging process. 
  • The Judges’ decisions are final.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards. 
  • Photos do not have to have been previously published.
  • Only students may apply for the Student Journalism category.
  • Entries can only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

Entrants may contact if you have any questions.
Deadline: March 19, 2022

Status: Closed


March 19, 2022 (11:59 PM, EST)


Submissions are closed.

Brief & Application Procedure

Entrants need to have a Visura account in order to enter the contest. Click here to create your free account.
All submissions are made from this page while logged in to your Visura account. Submitted stories may be public or private.

Video: How to submit to AAJA

Image size: Maximum 6,000px x 6,000px. Minimum 2,000px x 1,400px.

Accepted file type: .jpg .png .gif

Captions: Photo(s) must include proper and accurate caption information and include the 5-Ws (who, what, where, when and why) written in English and entered in the Description/Caption field of IPTC Info/File Info in Photo Mechanic/Photoshop without identifying the entrant, their publication and agency.

Information regarding the Single Photo and it’s significance/importance (Impact Statement) should be included in the Submission Statement when entered on Visura.

In the Submission Statement (Story Text) of each entry, please provide the following information:
  • Title of Work
  • Publication Outlet (if published)
  • Publication Date (if published)
  • Creation Date (if unpublished)
  • Photo Description
  • Impact Statement
We ask photographers not to edit their entries after the submission deadline until the judging process is completed.

Additional Entry requirement
Each entrant will be assigned with an entry code in the pop-up window after submission(s). Please make note of it.

Please email the following information to to confirm your entries:
  • Entry Code
  • First and Last Name
  • Title of Entry
  • Publication
  • Publication Date
  • Creation Date (if unpublished)
  • Your Email Address Attached To AAJA Membership (for verification of membership)
  • Preferred Email Address for Contact (if different)
  • Phone Number
  • Home Address (Address, City, State, Zip Code)
If you have multiple entries, you can include this information in one email.

We apologize for this extra step, but this is necessary in order to keep the judging process fair and equitable to everyone.

Entrants may contact if you have any questions.


By submitting Photo(s) to AAJA Awards, you hereby acknowledge that you are the copyright holder or you have permission from the copyright holder to submit said Photo(s) for consideration for the AAJA Awards.

AAJA reserves the right to use any Photo(s) for marketing and promotional purposes of the AAJA Awards only without compensation.

All copyrights remain with the copyright holder.
The copyright holders represent and warrant that submission of the entries does not breach any law, and further that no third party can hold any claims or any objections regarding the rights granted to AAJA. The copyright holders will hold AAJA harmless of any claims from third parties related hereto.

The Entry Rules and any dispute, proceedings or claim of whatever nature arising out of or in any way relating to the Entry Rules and Guidelines (including any non-contractual disputes or claims), shall be governed by US law.