Theme: Fathers and Lessons of Life

     Although it would seem easy to choose a political theme for this contest in the year of a Presidential election, the theme will reflect the person of Tim Russert rather than his career. In his first book, Big Russ & Me, he says:

“I hope this book will encourage readers to think about things they learned from their father. … Whatever we achieve and whoever we are, we stand on their shoulders… Hardly a day goes by when I don’t remember to rely on something Big Russ taught me.”

In an interview in Parade Magazine in 2011, Luke Russert said about his Father: “He was not only my best friend, but my compass. While he was alive, he guided me with his actions and advice. Since he’s been gone, those “lessons of life,” as he once called them, have continued to give me counsel and comfort.”

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Photos should either:
1. reflect the unique relationship of fathers with their children or
2. reflect a life lesson taught to you by your father.

Examples for the first style of photo include but are not limited to these descriptions: Fathers showing encouragement or teaching their kids anything – school work or sports, fathers caring for or holding or comforting their children, fathers attending events in which their children participate or perform, fathers celebrating their children’s birthdays, fathers spending quiet time with their kids, making models or playing board games – sharing time, father holding newborn, iconic ideas such as father walking and talking holding child’s hand, teaching to walk showing kids dependence on father… etc.

Examples for the second style of photo include but are not limited to these descriptions: These images are more psychological and not literal. Your father is not in the image but the photo demonstrates an “idea” of what was taught to you by your father, images which call up: being prepared for the road ahead, facing the future, standing tall as a young adult, being prepared by having a solid foundation, expectation of excellence, respect for others, optimism, being a hero in your own life, helping others – charity and kindness, love and self respect, tenacity – never give up on your dreams, leadership, the importance of balanced judgments, maintaining integrity… etc.

Each photo should include a caption and a 150 word explanation of how the photo captures the theme.  Winning photos will be permanently displayed in the Russert Department and on our website.

Entry Form and Submission:
1. ONE form must be submitted per photograph
2. SUBMIT up to 3 photographs
3. Complete all questions on your form
4. ATTACH a form to the back of each photograph
5. INCLUDE a jpeg file
6. PLACE submission in a protective envelope and deliver them to the Photo Contest Box in Communication Department Office Room OC 47 by 3:00 pm, March 30

INCOMPLETE forms or entries result in ineligibility for contest

Format: All submissions must be an 8 x 10 photo print and one medium resolution jpeg of the same printed image. No WEB resolution please. Both formats must be submitted. Images must be submitted as prints to be judged and exhibited. Digital files must be on a disc or thumb drive and included in the submission envelope. A digital file without a print will not be judged. Remember, a form must also accompany each submission.

Prizes:   First Place – Sony Alpha 35 and basic lens
Second Place - Fuji Finepix S3300 26x optical zoom
Third Place – Fuji T200 10x camera
Honorable Mention- [3] Holga cameras [fun filled cameras made in China].
They are all digital cameras provided by Van’s Camera.
Van’s will also provide a lesson for the 3 award winners so they know how to get the best out of their new cameras.


Eligibility: The contest is open to all JCU students currently registered. First, second and third prizes will be presented. All photographs must be original and taken by a JCU student.
It is the responsibility of the entrant to obtain the appropriate permissions from all concerned parties.

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

Ms. Lisa Burroughs, Adjunct Professor, Russert Department; Former Creative Photography Director, Newsweek Magazine
Mr. Bob Noll, Professor, Russert Department
Published playwright and author; former TV Writer/ Producer NBC-WKYC-TV
Dr. Alan Stephenson, Professor, Russert Department
Former Executive Vice-President, Complexicable; Assistant Manager, WVIZ-TV


John Carroll University and The Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts assumes all entries are original and the property of the entrant, with all rights granted therein. A submission of entry acknowledges acceptance of these rules. Materials may not be returned.

Winners will be notified by email by April 20th if their work has won. A ceremony and display will open April 23, in the O’Malley Center Atrium at 5:00 pm. Winners are expected to attend; all entrants are invited.

For further information contact:  Dr. Mary E. Beadle, Chair of the Tim Russert Department at

Click here to submit entries online or pick up form in the CO Department Office, OC 45 after March 1. 2012.