How Do You See Community Life?

JCU students, faculty, and staff are invited to submit original photos that show the vibrant campus connections of John Carroll University. Use your smartphone or camera to capture how you see community life at JCU.

  • 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.

Photos will be displayed in the O’Malley Center Atrium the last two weeks of the semester. Then, photos will be displayed 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. Winners will be notified by email by April 21 if their work has won. A ceremony and display will open April 24 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 Tuesday, April 9, at 5 p.m.

Explanation of Theme: How Do You See Community Life?

Tim Russert loved his family and he loved John Carroll. He loved the community spirit where everyone looked out for each other. This year’s photography contest theme is 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 the experience of community. Is it sharing jokes over dinner at Schott Dining Hall or yawning over pre-class bagels at Einstein’s? Is it making pep banners to cheer the athletic teams or students collaborating on an all-night cram? Is it capturing classmates in the act of a One-Time Service Project or dorm mates digging in to a care package from home?

In study, in sport, in meals, in service, in worship: Show us the vibrant campus connections of John Carroll University.

Format

All submissions must be a 5×7 full frame (no borders) photo print; not smaller or larger, and one medium or high-resolution jpeg of the same printed image (300 dpi when printed at 5×7, or 6MB). No web resolution, please. Photos taken from a smartphone may be submitted as long as the resolution is 300 dpi when printed at 5×7.

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, for each photo, a caption and an approximately 150-word explanation of 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 Communication Department Office Room OC 47 by 3 p.m. April 2.

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

INCOMPLETE forms or entries result in ineligibility for contest.

Eligibility

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.

 

Judges

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

Disclaimer

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.