Northern Short Course

Judging for the 2015 contest took place at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism February 6-7, 2015. Gallery of the winners is now available.

Save the date for the Contest awards reception, Saturday, March 14, 2015, at the Hyatt Fairfax, Fairfax, VA at the conclusion of the NSC conference.

The NSC Photographer of the Year will receive a Nikon camera, courtesy of NIKON, a plaque and a  ThinkTank Airport Roller Derby.  Plaques will also be awarded to second and third place POY winners.

The NSC Student Photographer of the Year will win a plaque, Think Tank Retrospective 50 and a full registration waiver for the 2015 Northern Short Course.

 A Best of Show winner will be selected from the first place winners in each category and receive a plaque and a Think Tank Retrospecitve 50.

 NSC plaques will be awarded for first place in each category. In addition first place still category winners will receive a ThinkTank My 2nd Brain. First place multimedia category winners receive a ThinkTank CityWalker 30. Certificates will be awarded for 2nd, and 3rd place in each category.

A plaque is awarded by Nikon to the newspaper or organization with the most points compiled from first, second and third place awards in individual and team categories.

All prizes will be awarded during the 2015 Northern Short Course Contest Awards Reception March 14th at the conclusion of the NSC.

Entry is limited to NPPA members in regions 1,2, and 3.

Deadline for entries is January16, 2015 at 4pm

Single Entries
$45 for up to 20 singles, picture stories and individual or team multimedia entries.

Portfolio Entry
$75.00 price includes up to 20 singles, picture stories, or team multimedia entries at no additional cost in addition to portfolio submission.

Student Portfolio Entry
$45.00 price includes up to 20 singles, picture stories, or team multimedia entries at no additional cost in addition to portfolio submission.

For further information or to answer any questions, contact contest co-chairmen,
Steve Falk or Andy Mendelson at northerncontest@gmail.com.

Eligibility



The 2015 still photography and multimedia competition is open to Professional and Student NPPA members of Regions 1, 2, and 3 ONLY. All entries must have been taken or first published between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

General Guidelines



  • Photographers may enter in the single picture competition, the portfolio
 competition, the multimedia competition or all of the above.

  • A single photograph may be entered only once among the single-picture categories.
  • A single photograph may appear as part of a picture story, but in no more than one story.
  • A clearly-labelled story summary must be included in the caption field of the first photo in a picture story.

  • A picture story/ multimedia entry may be entered both in an individual category and as a part of a portfolio.
  • A single photo, a picture story, and a multimedia entry each count as one entry.
  • ALL entries that are un-viewable by the contest staff or judges will be disqualified.
  • Multimedia URL's will not be accepted behind a paywall.
  • Photographs entered in the wrong category will NOT be reclassified and will be disqualified.
  • Photographs taken outside of North America are excluded from Spot News Single, General News Single, News Picture Story and Feature Picture Story.
  • If you want to enter the same picture in a Single or Picture Story or Individual Multimedia category and in your Portfolio, just check the "Include this image in my Portfolio" box on the entry form.


File Preparation

  • Save each image as an RGB file. Do not use CMYK.
  • Resolution: 200 to 300 dpi, minimum
  • Image Size: 2500 pixels or larger, on the longest side — width or height
  • The sizing above is the minimum file sizes larger sizes are acceptable.
  • Quality (under “compression”): .JPG high.
  • Entries must be submitted using the online form.
  • Entries must be from a single still camera frame and may not be electronically manipulated or altered (other than the normal balancing and toning of a digital camera image). No sandwiched negatives are permitted. Only burning, dodging and spotting are allowed.
  • Entries do not need to have been published.
  • The decisions of the contest judges and committee are final.


File Information Fields Required to Enter the Contest


  • Caption - This caption will be shown together with your photograph during public viewing of the archive and winners. Please check grammar and spelling before submitting. Informative captions are stongly encouraged. Do not include your name or publication credit in your caption.
  • Credit – Photographer’s name
  • Source - Employer or client


Single Picture Categories
To enter a Single Picture entry, click the Create New Still Entry link on the Entry view page, select a picture category from the popup, choose an image and enter a caption, and click Submit. After you enter each image, you will be returned to your Entry page to view the list of your entries.

Spot News
A picture of an unscheduled event for which no advanced planning was possible. No photographs taken outside of North America allowed

General News
A picture of a scheduled event for which advanced planning was possible. No photographs taken outside of North America allowed

Feature Picture
Usually a "Found" situation with strong human interest or a fresh view of the commonplace.

Sports Action
A peak action picture that captures the competitive spirit, domestic or international

Sports Feature
Sports related feature picture other than game action, domestic or international.

Portrait / Personality
A picture of a person that reveals the essence of the subject's character, domestic or international.

Pictorial
A picture that exploits graphic, aesthetic qualities of the subject with an emphasis on composition.

International Photo
A single picture captured in a country other than in North America.

Natural Disaster and the Environment
A single image that captures and communicates the devastation wrought by a natural disaster or demonstrates the beauty and majesty of the natural world. This category recognizes coverage of the human or physical impact of this year's earthquakes, floods, oil spills, hurricanes, and other destructive natural events; or captures the aesthetic and graphic qualities of nature and wildlife with an emphasis on dramatic composition. This aesthetic appreciation does not mean that the image can only capture pristine environments.

Multiple Picture Story Categories
A maximum of 12 images per story is allowed. Each complete picture story is considered one single entry. Entrants are encouraged to edit tightly. Images in picture stories will not be judged individually. To enter a photo from your picture story on its own, you must provide a separate entry. A story summary must be included in the caption field of the first photo in your story.

To enter a Picture Story, click the Create New Still Entry link on the Entry view page, choose a picture story category from the popup, choose an image and enter a caption, and click Submit. After you enter each image, you will have the chance to add additional images to the story. Upload the images one at a time, in the order you want them presented, until the story is complete.

News Picture Story
Any general or spot news subject portrayed in a multiple picture fashion. This category is for stories produced in North America only. Pictures should be edited to convey a single theme.

Feature Picture Story
Any feature-oriented subject portrayed in a multiple picture fashion. Pictures should be edited to convey a single theme. This category is for stories produced in North America only.

Sports Picture Story
Any domestic or imternational sports-oriented subject portrayed in a multiple picture fashion. Pictures should be edited to convey a single theme.

International Picture Story
A multiple picture package captured in a country other than North America. This category is for all international multiple picture entries: features, news, etc.

Multimedia Entries
Entries must be entered as an active URL to your company’s website or a hosting site such as Vimeo. File uploads are not accepted. URL’s MUST remain active through March 21, 2014.

Daily Multimedia Individual
A single piece of work produced by a single journalist containing stills and/or video. Audio, text, graphics, etc. are allowed by not required. Entries in this category should have been shot in roughly a single shift. Maximum length three minutes.

Long-form Multimedia Individual
Work produced by a single journalist containing stills and/or video. Audio, text, graphics, etc. are allowed but not required. Entries in this category must be produced by a single journalist but may contain multiple stories or a longer form single piece.

Team Multimedia
Work produced by a staff or team containing stills/and or video. Audio, text, graphics etc. are allowed but not required. Entries in this category can be produced by multiple journalists and contain multiple stories or a longer form piece. Not all team members are required to be NPPA members.

Professional Portfolio Entries
A portfolio may contain up to 20 entries totaling no more than 80 images. Individual multimedia categories may be included as part of the portfolio. Picture stories and multimedia entries count as a single entry. A portfolio MUST include entries from at least two of the picture story or individual multimedia categories. It must also include entries from at least four Singles categories, one of which MUST be a news picture. Singles within the portfolio should not be repeated in a picture story in the portfolio. Portfolios will NOT be broken down into individual categories for single picture judging.

Portfolios will be judged on their impact as a unit demonstrating diverse ability and photographic excellence.

To include your single images, picture stories or multimedia entries in yourportfolio check the "Include entry in portfolio" box on the image entry form.

Student Portfolio Entries
A portfolio may contain up to 20 entries totaling no more than 80 images. Individual multimedia categories may be included as part of the portfolio. Picture stories and multimedia entries count as a single entry. A portfolio MUST include entries from at least two of the picture story or individual multimedia categories. It must also include entries from at least four Singles categories, one of which MUST be a news picture. Singles within the portfolio should not be repeated in a picture story in the portfolio. Portfolios will NOT be broken down into individual categories for single picture judging.

Portfolios will be judged on their impact as a unit demonstrating diverse ability and photographic excellence.

To include your single images, picture stories or multimedia entries in yourportfolio check the "Include entry in portfolio" box on the image entry form.

Deadline January 16, 2015 4:00pm EST

For further information or to answer any questions, contact contest co-chairmen, Steve Falk or Andy Mendelson at northerncontest@gmail.com

Judging will take place Friday, February 6 and Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, New York, NY. 

 

 

James Estrin is a Senior Staff Photographer for the New York Times. He is also a founder of Lens, the Times's photography blog and  has been it's co-editor since it went online in May 2009. 

Mr. Estrin has worked for the Times since 1987 and was part of a Pulitzer Prize winning team in 2001.  In addition to photographing, editing and writing, he produces audio and video for nytimes.com. 

Mr. Estrin is an adjunct professor at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.   He attended Hampshire College and the graduate program at the International Center of Photography.

Marisa Schwartz is an Associate Photo Editor at TIME, overseeing visual coverage of National news and Politics for time.com. Previously, she spent years working in print, radio, and television journalism in Ghana and co-founded Loud Silence Media, a human-interest documentary production house based in Accra.

Brad Nau is a nationally acclaimed and award winning storyteller from Philadelphia. Nau currently serves as Senior Executive Producer of Special Projects at Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia.

A television photojournalist for more than three decades, Nau continues to produce awarding winning feature work for his network. Nau shoots, writes produces and edits all of his own work concentrating on those human interest feature stories that provide "a slice of life" and go beyond the usual highlights and statistics and local news stories.

A 2012 winner of the National Edward R. Murrow Award for Sports Reporting, Nau has also won 4 Regional Murrows for his feature and documentary work as well as 40 Mid Atlantic Emmys along with a Headliner Award for Investigative Journalism.

Before moving to Comcast Sportsnet in 2002, Nau served as the Director of Photography at Fox News in Philadelphia for 18 years. He began his television career in 1980 at WGAL in Lancaster, PA.

Nau also serves as an adjunct professor of communications at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.