Costa Courtroom Award

The deadline for submitting images to the Joseph Costa Award for Courtroom Photography is January 15, 2004 (postmarked). The Costa Award seeks to "honor the photographer whose courtroom coverage is judged to best demonstrate the use of still photography in what is a highly sensitive and increasingly controversial reporting situation."

All entries should be sent to:
Ken Heinen 
Joseph Costa Award for Courtroom Photography
Journalism Department
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306.
Deadline: Postmarked by January 15, 2004.

No entry form is required. Entries must have been published in a newspaper or magazine in 2003. Entries should consist of a clipping of the published work and optionally a print or prints no larger than 8" x 10". If clippings only are submitted, the winner will be asked to furnish a print for display at Ball State University. Each entry must also include a letter signed by the photographer or a representative of the publication that describes the circumstances of the photograph(s), the publication name, the date of publication, photographer's name, address and phone number. Multiple-image entries are permitted.

Joseph Costa, former lecturer in Photojournalism at Ball State University and a founder of NPPA, was in the forefront of the effort to have cameras in the courtroom. Prior to teaching, he was active as a newspaper photographer or supervisor for the New York Morning News, the New York Daily News and the New York Daily Mirror.