Andy Bao, a junior at UCLA, has won the NPPA Student Clip Contest Photographer of the Year.
“I started photojournalism at my local community college without the resources that more established universities might have, and stumbled upon NPPA and instantly began following the clip contests,” Bao, left, said. He completed an internship at the Seattle Times in the fall and works for his school newspaper, The Daily Bruin.
“I really looked up to the photographers participating but never imagined myself in this position, so I’m thankful for everyone that has taken the time to support me along the way,” he added.
Nic Antaya, left, is awarded runner-up in the 2019 contest. Antaya, who studied at Michigan State University, is currently completing his degree while studying abroad in Aarhus, Denmark at the Danish School of Media and Journalism.
“Winning this award is an honor,” Antaya said. “As a first-generation college student from a low-income background, I am proud to see how much I have grown as a photojournalist, and more importantly as a person.”
All winning entries can be viewed here.
The 2020 contest is now in progress. The first quarter submission period will open on April 1, 2020.
Questions can be directed to SQCC Chair Ryan Michalesko at [email protected]