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Annmarie Vazquez takes a photo off of her apartment's balcony in Lincoln, Nebraska. It was a beautiful morning outside in late February of 2021. Photo by Tucker Focht/NNS

The Perry Photo Challenge is a competition designed to put students’ photojournalism skills to the test. Participants like Tristan Powell, a 2019 finalist, are given a small window of time to capture and edit their photo essay before handing it over to a panel of judges. The UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications is preparing for its Philip Perry Photojournalism Challenge.

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“10:05 a.m., 9 March – Page 216 and 217 of Zschokke’s Novellen, book 13-14, written by Heinrich Zschokke.” An image from Tristan Powell’s 2019 Perry Photo Challenge photo essay. It shows a close-up of an open book from the perspective of someone reading it. Photo by Tristan Powell

This year’s competition includes several substantial changes to the competition including virtual judging and extended time for participants to complete their entries. The competition is set to start on Friday, March 12, and the winner of the competition will receive a $10,000 scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Tucker Focht is a senior Broadcast Production major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He also has a minor in History and Psychology.