Photojournalism Prize Contest Showcases Teen Talent | St. Louis Public Radio

Photojournalism Prize Contest Showcases Teen Talent

Dec 5, 2019

The St. Louis Public Radio digital team crafted its first Photojournalism Prize photography contest last month. The competition provided professional publicity, encouragement and training to St. Louis-area high school students interested in journalistic photography.

This year’s theme was “Window to my World,” and participants were required to tell a story with a caption, image and personal reflection. The six prize categories were: Best Portrait, Best Landscape, Best Still Life, Best Action Shot, Best Caption and Best in Show. All winners received a master class with station photojournalists and publication on

(L-R) Sara Haag, Mya Davis and David Kovaluk joined Thursday's talk show to talk about their participation in St. Louis Public Radio's Photojournalism Prize contest.
Credit Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Sarah Fenske talked about the results and impact of St. Louis Public Radio’s first photo competition for teens. Joining the discussion was St. Louis Public Radio’s visual communications specialist David Kovaluk, who helped craft the contest.

Also joining the conversation was McCluer North student Mya Davis — who won the Best In Show and Best Portrait awards — and Sara Haag, art and photography teacher at Roosevelt High School. 

All of the winning photos are on public display at St. Louis Public Radio, UMSL at Grand Center, 3651 Olive St., during normal business hours through Dec. 31. 

Click here for a look at some of the featured photos. 

Listen to the full discussion:

St. Louis on the Air” brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is hosted by Sarah Fenske and produced by Alex Heuer, Emily Woodbury, Evie Hemphill, Lara Hamdan and Tonina Saputo. The engineer is Aaron Doerr, and production assistance is provided by Charlie McDonald.

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