Photojournalism majors receive $3,000 Fran Ortiz grants

Monday, May 17, 2021

The Department of Journalism has awarded $3,000 Fran Ortiz Photojournalism project grants to photojournalism senior Harika Maddala and photojournalism junior Amaya Edwards. Edwards’ project focuses on Black birth justice, while Maddala’s project focuses on the aftermath of police-involved violence. (The photo by Maddala, left, shows Talika Fletcher consoling a fellow protester during a vigil and march held in honor of Roger Allen and Daunte Wright in San Francisco April 15. Allen, Fletcher’s brother, was shot and killed by Daly City police on April 7.)

The grant is named for San Francisco Examiner photojournalist Fran Ortiz, a friend and mentor to generations of Bay Area photojournalists and SF State’s first photojournalism teacher. A film about Ortiz is available at the John Gorman Archives.

The Fran Ortiz Photojournalism Grant was created in 2018 by Reuters photojournalist and editor Gary Cameron in partnership with the SF State photojournalism sequence. Cameron was one of Fran Ortiz’s students and the University’s first photojournalism graduate.

“I’m particularly proud that the two winning entries of Fran’s Grant for this year are so timely and needed in the current state of affairs in the United States,” Cameron said. “As we moved forward with Fran’s Grant, we too are learning each year regarding the projects submitted, but equally important, the needs of the student to fulfill that project. Congratulations to both Amaya and Harkia; take your projects to the best possible conclusion, grow within yourselves, and be part of a great photographer’s legacy.”