20 Huskers to compete in the 2023 Perry Photojournalism Challenge

Friday, February 17, 2023 - 3:15pm

With three monetary awards on the line, 20 students in the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications will compete in the Philip Perry Photojournalism Challenge from Feb. 25-26 and on March 4.

1st place will receive $7,000, 2nd place will receive $2,000 and 3rd place will receive $1,000 applied directly to their student accounts. The Perry Challenge is supported by UNL alum and long-time friend of the college Philip Perry.

Beginning at noon Feb. 25, participants will have 24 hours to shoot and edit a photo essay inspired by the theme “Framing Gen Z.” At 10 a.m. on March 4, a team of five professional photographers will begin reviewing essays and select five finalists by 2 p.m.

The finalists will have three hours to prepare for their final presentations at 5 p.m. in the Perry Photojournalism Studio at the Agency. The Agency is an experiential learning space located on the third floor of the Lincoln Children’s Museum.

This year's judges are: 

Judges will consider the following criteria: subject matter, impact, creativity, composition, technical quality and storytelling.

Following is a list of this year’s student participants with their year in school, academic major(s) and hometown.


  • Columbus: Jenesi Reppert, freshman, journalism

  • Lexington: Dulce Espinosa, freshman, broadcasting

  • Lincoln: Joel Bierbower, sophomore, journalism; Noah Carmicheal, senior, advertising and public relations; Bella Galindo, junior, advertising and public relations, and graphic design; Meredith Gamet, senior, journalism and French; Isabella Kane, senior, advertising and public relations, and sports media and communication; Teghan Metcalf, junior, advertising and public relations, and journalism; Jordan Moore, junior, journalism; Hayden Rooney, sophomore, broadcasting

  • Omaha: Lydia Hernandez, sophomore, advertising and public relations, and sports media and communication; Alex Doan, freshman, journalism and global studies

  • Papillion: Amber Rodriguez, junior, journalism

  • Schuyler: Roselyn Gonzalez, junior, journalism

  • Springfield: Hannah Zebert, junior, advertising and public relations

  • West Point: Josh Lieber, junior, advertising and public relations


  • Parker, Colorado: Lauren Penington, senior, journalism and political science

  • Columbia, Missouri: Marissa Kraus, senior, journalism

  • Vermillion, South Dakota: Aeriel Frey, junior, broadcasting

  • McKinney, Texas: Ethan Weldon, junior, advertising and public relations

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