Student – Students enrolled at a high school, college or university in Minnesota or within 50 miles of Minnesota.
Professional – Journalists who did work for a Minnesota news/editorial entity in the past year. Also for journalists who did work in Minnesota for a national or international news/editorial entity in the past year.
Retired — Anyone 62 and older who no longer does paid journalistic work on a regular basis.
Code of Ethics
As a member of Visual MN, I agree to the following code of ethics while working professionally:
Altering the content of documentary works (photographs, multimedia and video) through technology is prohibited. This policy does not apply to improving the technical quality of a visual product; it’s acceptable to dodge and/or burn areas and to correct technical defects in a photo (such as minor dust spots) as long as the work’s content is not changed.
Documentary works are never “set up” or “staged” (does not apply to studio work or stylized portrait pieces). The visual journalist never intentionally changes or the influences the environment or events.
The visual journalist seeks to authentically tell the story as it unfolds; not to enter a situation with stereotypes or preconceived notions about what the story will be.
Subjects and fellow journalists will be treated with respect and dignity at all times and in all situations.
As a member of Visual MN, you receive:
Up to three single photo category entries (up to nine images) in the annual contest.
Discounted admission for the Visual MN Annual Conference.
A chance to connect to and learn from fellow visual storytellers.