Credibility is the foundation of our industry and a photojournalist's greatest asset. When public trust is lost, credibility is lost, and the profession suffers.
College Photographer of the Year has been the gold standard for college photojournalism for 71 years. The first two lines of our ethics statement reads, "College Photographer of the Year is a journalistic competition. Digital alteration or any similarly deceptive modification of entry materials is strictly prohibited."
After recent accusations and Souvid Datta’s admission of digital manipulation and misappropriation of other photographers' work, CPOY has rescinded his 68th CPOY Award of Excellence in the Documentary category. Over the three years that he entered, Datta received three additional awards, which are currently under investigation.
Now more than ever, the integrity of our profession demands adherence to journalistic ethics. CPOY calls on you, as student photographers, to put ethics at the core of your being and your work.
With this in mind, please carefully read the ethics section of the Rules as you prepare your entries for the 72nd CPOY this coming fall. You will find details and the Call for Entry on this site in late August.
Rita Reed and Jackie Bell