The Asian American Journalists Association
Open Call: Single Photo | Works Produced in 2022
Open Call

Single Photo | Works Produced in 2022

Entry Rules

This award honors excellence in still photojournalism storytelling of a single photograph of news, sports, portraiture and features. It is open to all AAJA members in good standing at the time of submission.

Submission Deadline: February 28, 2023, 11:59 p.m. ET

Timeline: Photo must have been either created or initially published between January 1st and December 31st of 2022.
Photo Awards Eligibility:

  • Entrants may enter up to 5 photos. Each Photo is considered as 1 entry. Individual Photo(s) from a Photo Story can be entered in this category. All photographs must comply with the National Press Photographers Association Code of Ethics.
  • Photo 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 may not include any frames or visible watermarks.
  • Photo 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.
  • 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.

Special Thanks
Judging of AAJA's Excellence in Photojournalism categories proudly sponsored and powered by Visura, a platform empowering the visual community. 
Deadline: February 28, 2023

Status: Closed


February 28, 2023 (11:59 PM, EST)


Submissions are closed.

Brief & Application Procedure

All submissions are made via a Story created from the Visura open call interface.

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 an entry.

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

Accepted file type: .jpg .png .gif

Captions: Photo 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 its 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.