Announcing the BU Photo Weekly Contest

The BU Photojournalism program will be holding a series of weekly student photo clip contests. The categories include: best photo story/sequence, best single news photo and best single feature photo. Students can submit up to one five-picture photo story and up to five combined single news and feature photos.

This points-based weekly contest will conclude with a final portfolio submission at the end of the semester, which can help contestants earn points towards their final score.

The student who accumulates the most points at the end of the semester wins a prize that will be announced soon. Trust us… it will be good!


The weekly deadline for submissions is Monday by 12pm. No late submissions will be accepted.

Photos are to be submitted to the dropbox located on the BU Photo file-share to the corresponding folders.


File names must be formatted in the following manner:

(LastnameFirstname)(Deadline Date)(Category)(Sequence#)

Example File Names:

–       Five Picture Photo Story (S)

  • ReuterDominick0924S1
  • ReuterDominick0924S2
  • ReuterDominick0924S3
  • ReuterDominick0924S4
  • ReuterDominick0924S5

–       Single News Photo (N)

  • ReuterDominick0924N1

–       Single Feature Photo (F)

  • ReuterDominick0924F1

Contestants can enter ONE, five picture photo story. Contestants can also submit up to five photos for single news and single feature story categories combined. Sports pictures should be divided between news and feature categories, as appropriate. No entry can exceed ten pictures total.


Each photo must be submitted as a jpg at a minimum of 3000x2000px.

An UNEDITED version of each image submitted must be made available on request.


Photos must contain an embedded caption containing a caption and copyright notice. Photos submitted without a caption will not be accepted.

Captions MUST include the following:

–       Date the photo was taken

–       Location of the photo

–       Name of the photographer, college and year of graduation

Example: September 20, 2010 – Boston, MA – Boston University photojournalism student Matt Wright edits photos in the photojournalism lab of the College of Communication, located at 640 Commonwealth Avenue. (Photo by Dominick Reuter, COM 2011)


Any student that has completed a photojournalism class may submit.

Entrants receive one point per picture submitted to the contest.

Ten points will be awarded to the winner of each category every week.

Five points will be awarded to the runner-up of each category every week.

BU Photojournalism faculty members will judge the entries on a rotating basis.

Weekly winners and images will be posted by the following Monday at noon.


renatab posted on October 15, 2010 at 11:36 am

On which website is the bu photo file share? I can’t find it. Thanks.

mwright2 posted on October 19, 2010 at 9:12 am

The file share has been moved to the dock on the photojournalism computers

Tabitha posted on November 7, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Is there a way to get to the file share when you don’t have access to the photojournalism computers?

photo posted on November 8, 2010 at 9:45 am

Students who lack access to Photojournalism labs may compile their entry into one .zip folder titled with your name and the date.

Then use a free file-sharing service like and deliver the link to photo[at]bu[dot]edu, and the lab manager will handle it from there.

Please send a separate email to the lab manager to confirm receipt of the file, and indicate which semester and which professor you studied with the photo program.

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