2015 Tim Russert Photography Contest:

Sense of place: John Carroll Campus

Share your visual interpretation of John Carroll University, with it’s local, national and global programs, it’s diverse student and faculty community.  show us your take on the JCU spirit.

for the 2015 Tim russert Photography Contest, we are looking for original photographs that depict John Carroll University as a place to live and study.  This year’s theme of Sense of Place encompasses the feelings and experiences connected specifically to our University Heights campus.  Visually conveying a sense of place is as much an emotional process as geographic concept.  How are you experiencing the Jesuit-based university’s traditions in rituals, celebrations, academic activities and athletic events?  How do you view the mix of classic Gothic and Contemporary campus architecture, with it’s green space, statues and memorials?

Contest details

JCU students, faculty, and staff are invited to submit original photos that show a sense of place about the John Carroll University campus.

  • For JCU Students: first, second, and third prizes include Sony or Fuji digital cameras, supplied by Van’s Photo in Mentor. Three honorable mentions also will be awarded.
  • For JCU Faculty and Staff: No prizes will be given in this category, but photos will be displayed with the student photos.

Contest photos will be displayed in the O’Malley Center Atrium the last two weeks of the semester. Then, the collection will be exhibited in the Tully Atrium of the Library during the last two weeks of May and the month of June.

Winning photos will be permanently displayed in the Russert Department and on our website. Contestants will be notified by email by April 17th if their work has won. A ceremony and display will open April 21st in the O’Malley Center Atrium at 5 p.m. Winners are expected to attend; all entrants are invited.

For further information contact Mary E. Beadle, Chair of the Tim Russert Department, at mbeadle@jcu.edu.

Entries must be received by Thursday, April 9, at 5 p.m.

Our contest inspiration

Tim Russert loved John Carroll. He loved the community spirit where everyone looked out for each other. This year’s photography contest theme is again inspired by Tim Russert’s ideas about the importance of community.

Growing up in Buffalo, Russert recalls the importance of neighborhood in his memoir, Big Russ and Me: ”People looked out for one another as a matter of course” (p. 22). Neighbors would bring over soup or a meal to help if a Mom or Dad was sick. Neighbors kept an eye on your house; kids played outside with each other; if you misbehaved or did something dumb or stupid, one of the other parents didn’t hesitate to step in. He called it “a powerful but invisible neighborhood watch system.” (p. 23)

As a student in the John Carroll community, Russert wrote, he felt comfortable right away. “I loved the experience of living away from home and making new friends.” (p. 222). What he remembers most were the extracurricular activities and spending time planning events for campus. He also recalled during the tough days after the Kent State shootings, Fr. Schell, the president, led an outdoor mass on the Quad that helped unify the campus at a difficult time.

For this year’s Tim Russert Photography Contest, we are looking for original photographs that depict a sense of John Carroll University as a place to live and study.

What is a sense of place?  It is an expression of the feelings and experiences people have that are connected to a specific locale.  Represented in this expression can be its natural features and physical environment, such as buildings, architecture, green space, statues and other memorials.  But it also includes festivals, sporting events and rituals that happen in the community.  It can also be the everyday social interaction and relationships.


All submissions must include a paper print with the image sized to fit in an 8×10 inch frame; not smaller or larger, and one high-resolution jpeg of the same printed image (300 dpi when printed at 8×10, or 6MB). Photos taken from a smartphone may be submitted as long as the resolution is 300 dpi when printed at 8 x 10.

Both formats (print and electronic) must be submitted. Images must be submitted as prints to be judged and exhibited.  Digital files must be submitted online.  A digital file without a print will not be judged. Remember, a form must also accompany each submission. Local photo labs can print and make the jpeg file for you.

Photos taken on a smartphone should be recorded on the highest file size available to meet above measures. To obtain a print of a smartphone photo:

  1. Email image to an email address where the file can be downloaded onto a computer.
  2. Download image onto computer or storage drive such as a memory stick or burn a CD.
  3. Email or deliver stored file to a photo lab and order print, or print image on a quality printer.

Entry Form and Submission

  • One entry form must be submitted per photograph
  • Submit up to 3 different photographs
  • Include, a one sentence caption for each photo, plus an explanation of approximately 150 words to explain how the photo captures the theme.
  • Complete all questions on your form
  • Attach an entry form to the back of each photograph
  • Include a jpeg file submission online
  • Place submission(s) in a protective envelope and deliver it to the Photo Contest Box in The Russert Department Office Room OC 47 by 5 p.m. April 8.

Click here to submit entries online or pick up form in the Russert Department Office, O’Malley Center Room 45.

INCOMPLETE forms or entries result in ineligibility for contest.


The contest is open to all JCU students currently registered. A special category is open to all JCU faculty and staff.

All photographs must be original and taken by the contest entrant. It is the responsibility of the entrant to obtain the appropriate permissions from all concerned parties.



Mr. Bob Noll, Professor, Russert Department
Published playwright and author; former TV Writer/Producer at NBC-WKYC-TV, Cleveland

Dr. Alan Stephenson, Professor, Russert Department
Former Executive Vice-President, Complexicable; Assistant Manager, WVIZ-TV

Ms. Peggy Turbett, Adjunct Professor, Russert Department
Award-winning professional photographer


The Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts assumes all entries are original and the property of the entrant. A submission of entry acknowledges acceptance of these rules. Materials may not be returned.