Michel du Cille Memorial Scholarship

Michel duCilleThe Michel du Cille Memorial Scholarship commemorates the life of Michel du Cille, a Jamaican-born American photojournalist and winner of three Pulitzer Prizes during his career at The Miami Herald and The Washington Post. Du Cille passed away on December 11, 2014, while covering the Ebola crisis in Liberia on assignment for The Washington Post.

Honoring du Cille’s humble beginnings and commitment to storytelling, this scholarship will be awarded to someone who could not otherwise afford to attend the Northern Short Course (NSC). The award of $750 (US) towards travel and lodging, plus a three-day complimentary registration to the NSC, will be given to one photographer, student or professional.

In the spirit of du Cille’s work, giving his subjects a voice and portraying them with dignity, the award will go to the photographer whose images tell a story with compassion and respect to their subjects. The scholarship award must be used in the same calendar year it is awarded; otherwise, it will be forfeited and given to an alternate.

In 300 words or less:
– Describe your academic/journalistic accomplishments
– Briefly state your goals in visual journalism
– Explain your financial need for a scholarship

You may submit up to 10 entries total. An entry is defined as a single picture, a multiple picture story (stories can contain up to 12 images) or a multimedia story. Multimedia entries will be judged from the live URL submitted at the time of entry. If the URL is not given, the link is not functioning properly, or judges are required to login at the time of judging, the entry will be disqualified.

Entry Preparation: Entries should be submitted via Dropbox (you do not need to have a Dropbox account to upload files with the provided link). See image below for proper file structure.

Please include the follwing inside a folder labeled lastname_firstname_.
1) A 300 word, or less statement as text, Word or PDF document, labeled lastname_firstname_bio. Also include your email address, website URL and phone number, this will not be counted toward the 300 word maximum.
2) A text document with links to any multimedia entries labeled lastname_firstname_links
3) Single images named lastname_firstname_images – images should be named lastname_firstname_001.jpg, use consecutive numbers.
4) For stories, use a 4 digit code, lastname_firstname_0001.jpg and place in individual folders titled story_01, story_02 etc.…

Image Formatting
All images must be saved as Good quality JPEG files with a maximum dimension of 2,750 pixels on long side (11″ at 250 dpi). Image files should be 3 MB or less.


The deadline for submissions is Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, 11:59 PM EST. The winner will be notified no later than Jan. 31, 2018. All entries MUST adhere to the NPPA code of ethics.

Permission to use entries:

  • By submitting to the du Cille Scholarship, you agree to give permission to the du Cille Scholarship for the use of your entry images and links to your multimedia in promotion of the Scholarship and winner.
  • By submitting images you certify you are the only copyright holder or have been fully authorized by the copyright holder with regard to the material you are submitting or will submit to the Michel du Cille Scholarship contest.

For more information or questions regarding the scholarship, contact Michelle McLoughlin.

(The Michel du Cille Scholarship Fund logo was designed by Abby Legge and features a Doctor Bird, the official bird of Jamaica. You can see more of her work here)