2013 Joseph Costa Award For Courtroom Photography Deadline

Joseph Costa, NPPA founder
Joseph Costa, NPPA founder

MUNCIE, IN (January 10, 2013) – The deadline for submitting images to the Joseph Costa Award for Courtroom Photography is January 24, 2013. Entries must be postmarked by that date.  

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.

No entry form is required. Entries must have been published in a newspaper or magazine during the 2012 calendar year. Entries should consist of a clipping of the published work and a high-resolution digital file and (optionally) a print or prints no larger than 8" x 10". 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, the photographer's name, address and eMail, and telephone number. Multiple-image entries are permitted.

Joseph Costa, a former lecturer in photojournalism at Ball State University and the founder of NPPA, was in the forefront of the effort to have cameras in the courtroom after the struggle intensified in the 1930s. Prior to his service as a teacher, Costa was active as a newspaper photographer or photography supervisor for the New York Morning News, the New York Daily News, and the New York Daily Mirror.

Since many states have responded to the efforts of Costa and others by allowing courtroom photography, Ball State University uses this award to acknowledge both the long and outstanding efforts of Joseph Costa and the exceptional work being carried out by today’s courtroom photographers.

Mark Hertzberg won the award a record four times, most recently in 2007. Now retired from The Journal Times in Racine, WI, he was the most frequent winner in the contest's 25 year history.


All entries should be sent to:

Ken Heinen

Joseph Costa Award for Courtroom Photography

Department of Journalism AJ 300

Ball State University

Muncie, IN 47306

Telephone: 765-285-8217

Fax: 765-285-7997

[email protected]

Deadline: Postmarked by January 24, 2013.