ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Judging continues today in the television categories of NPPA's 2008 Best Of Photojournalism contest at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, and winners have been announced in several TV categories along with comments from the judges.
However, the top honors - the winners of the Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year, the Video Editor of the Year, and the three Stations of the Year - will not be announced until 12 noon EST on Friday.
This year there were 884 total entries in the Television categories for NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism.
Comments by all of the judges, about each of the categories that have been judged so far, are online here.
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In the Television News Photography contest, in the Spot News category, first place is Jake Carpenter of KCCI-TV in Des Moines for "Thought They Had It." Second place is Jonathan Malat of KARE-TV for "Brewed Before It Boiled," and third place is Everett McEwan of KWGN-TV for "What Usually Hpapens In Ditches."
In the General News category, first place is Andy Shilts from KMSP-TV in Minneapolis for "30 Hours 30 Thousand." Second place is Jason Hanson from KSTP-TV for "Squint, Strain & Stare." Honorable Mentions were awarded to Emmanuel Tambakakis of CNN for "Humbled Humor"; Jonathan Haas of Bay News9 for "Air Them Up"; Scott Jensen of KTUU-TV for "Iditarod On The Yukon"; and Anthony Oliveira of WFAA-TV for "Dead Man's Curve."
In the Deadline News photography category, first place is Michael Johnston of Cox Broadcasting in Washington, DC, for "Easter Rescue." Second place is Jeff Christian of KMSP-TV for "No Thanks, I'm Good," and third place is Leighton Grant of WLOS-TV in Ashville, NC, for "Wiccan Ways." An Honorable Mention was awarded to Scott Jensen of KTUU-TV in Anchorage, AK, for "Totem Teardown."
"Because the majority of photojournalists working in the country work under these types of deadlines every day, we had a wide range of stories in this category," Griffis said. "The winner gathered and executed an exceptionally well-crafted natural story that had a logical beginning, middle, and end. The judges also felt the second place captured a great moment and then built a great story around that moment."
In the News Feature category, first place is Jeff Christian of KMSP-TV in Minneapolis for "The Walworth." Second place is Peter Rosen of KUTV-TV in Salt Lake for "Plastic Cameras," and third place is Jonathan Malat of KARE-TV in Minneapolis for "Entry Level." Honorable Mentions were awarded to Corky Scholl of KUSA-TV in Denver for "The Holy Herd" and to Todd Rogenthien of KVUE-TV in Austin, TX, for "Seaholm's Swan Song."
"This is easily the category with the most interest among NPPA members, because of the 90 entries in this category," judge Jeff Roberts said. "Unlike what I saw in the Spot News category, this is what photojournalists excel at in this contest. Everyone who is shooting a feature should watch these fives stories, which all hit home to me."
"We had the most fun with this category," judge Bob Gould said, "because as typical, this category boasted the best quality entries. Because the quality was so high, we had an extremely tough time coming to a consensus. We had a spirited debate but we all felt comfortable with the results."
In the Sports category, first place is William Middeke of WHO-TV in Des Moines, IA. First place was the only award granted in this category. "The winning entry gave us awesome action and reaction shots with sound bites from the fans in the stands while also detailing the highlights of the game, judge Tim Griffis said. "The shot variety made this piece. In this story the hard work by the photographer paid off."
"This story had everything that a viewer could ask for: highlights fromthe game, reactions from the fans, and a Cinderella ending where the hometown team wins," judge Nellie Stinson said
In the Sports Feature category, first place is Jonathan Malat of KARE-TV in Minneapolis for "In The Game." Second place is Noah Skinner of KDVR-TV in Denver for "Earthman." No third place was awarded. Honorable Mentions were granted to Corky Scholl of KUSA-TV in Denver for "Angels In The Outfield" and Anne Herbst of KUSA-TV in Denver for "The Law According To Mike."
In the Solo Video Journalist category, the winner is Michelle Michael of AFN for "Falling Dollar."
"A refreshing look at what the 'one man band' can turn out," judge Jeff Roberts said. "Number one had it all: nice picture with a great pace, on what could have been another boring economy story."
Rob Lehocky of WALA-TV in Mobile, AL, was a finalist in this category. His story "James Orso" was about a boxer and his son.
In the Team Entry category, first place is Scott Jensen and Jason Moore of KTUU-TV for "The Cliffs At Mt. Marathon." Second place is Robert Cook and Chris Woods of News12 in Connecticut for "Longest Day Of Golf," and third place is Frank Bruce and Jim Mennino of News 12 in Connecticut for "Relay For Life." An Honorable Mention was awarded to Gary Knox, Jonathan Malat, and Andy Sugden of KARE-TV for "Trivial Pursuit."
In the 48 Hour Feature category, first place is Jonathan Malat of KARE-TV for "Dave The Mailman." Second place is Darren Durlach of WBFF-TV for "Sweaty, Buttery Teamwork," and third place is Eric Kehe of KUSA-TV for "Moving Lucy." Honorable mentions were awarded to Jesse Landolt of KCCI-TV and Kurt Austin of KGW-TV.
In the In-Depth/Series category, first place is Steve Rhodes of WTHR-TV in Indianapolis for "Distant Memories." Second place is Brett Akagi of KARE-TV in Minneapolis for "Nick's Choice," and third place is Scott Jensen of KTUU-TV in Anchorage for "A Far Off Wild Place." Honorable Mentions were awarded to Jonathan Malat of KARE-TV in for "J's Farm," and to Matt Knisely of KMSP-TV in Minneapolis for "Courage Under Fire."
In the Documentary category, first place is John C.P. Goheen for "El Viaje Norte." Second place is Michael DelGiudice of Equator HD for "Semana Santa (Holy Week), and third place is John Drilling of KARE-TV in Minneapolis for "Standing Tall: A Soldier's Story."
"'El Norte' was an incredible story about a Latino family hiking across the U.S. border. It was dirty, rough, and often too dark to see, but it was a great piece of journalism," judge Griffis said. "All three top place finishers show commitment, storytelling, and great execution."
The Judges' Choice Award for Television Photography was given to Scott Jensen of KTUU-TV in Anchorage, AK, for "A Far Off Wild Place."
"'Wild Place' is an awesome, mesmerizing story about brown bears in the Mcneill River," judge Bob Gould said. "The judges enjoyed it from the first time we saw it earlier in the week and talked about it often." Judge Nellie Stinson said, "This was beautifully shot, the sound was crisp, and it just left you with the 'Wow!' factor. This was truly a magnificent piece of art."
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In the Television News Editing contest, in the Editors EFX category, first place is Steve Rhodes of WTHR-TV in Indianapolis for "Tipping Point." Second place is David Bradford of WJW-TV in Cleveland for "Bottles Of Bacteria," an third place is Jason Hanson of KSTP-TV in Minneapolis for "Inflatable." Two Honorable Mentions were awarded to Jeramy Rosenberg of KMGH-TV in Denver for Colorado Humane, Part 2," and "64 Seconds."
"Wow - 34 entries, and again the winners really stood out. We watched several of them more than once, making sure the effects truly added to the story," judge Lori Allred said. "'Tipping Point' had a great energy, was fun to watch, and the effects actually made it a better piece. 'Bottles Of Bacteria' and 'Inflatable' did much of the same, both great pieces, but 'Tipping Point' kicked it up a notch."
In the Editor's Under Deadline Spot News category, first place is Stephanie Ottjepka of WTVT-TV in Tampa for "School Bus Accident." An honorable mention was awarded to Byron Reed of KUSA-TV in Denver for "It's A Crazy Day."
"'School Bus' demonstrated good solid skills, attention was paid to pacing, natural sound, solid non-shaking camera, screen direction, and eye movement," judge John Hyjek said. "A great job. No other contestant came close."
In the Editor's Under Deadline General News category, first place is Shawn Montano of KCNC-TV in Denver for "It's Just A Drill." Second place is Joshua Maranhas of KCNC-TV in Denver for "Ten Million Dollar Plan," and an Honorable Mention was awarded to Maranhas for "Add It Up, I Never Missed A Day."
"In this category, the winners really stood out," judge Allred said. "And it simply went back the basics. A great use and blend of natural sound, pacing that matched the story, and knowing when to cover or not cover a bit. In the stories that didn’t place, we saw flapping lips, bobbing reporter head shots, lack of natural sound under ... and not covering bites, either because the editor ran out of time or they didn’t find enough B-roll. Some of the pieces were clean, but they just didn’t stand out."
In the Editor's General News Simple EFX (Editors) category, first place is Shawn Montano of KCNC-TV in Denver for "Sentence Please." Second place is Jeramy Rosenberg of KMGH-TV in Denver for "Merry Christmas," and third place is Joshua Maranhas of KCNC-TV in Denver for "None Of Us Want To Be Here."
The winner, about a spelling bee. puts a smile on the face of all who view it," judge Hyjek said. "So tightly woven the judges frequently replay it as measure of story telling excellence. 'Merry Christmas' tugs at the heartstrings. The yearly assignment of serving Christmas dinner to the homeless at a shelter is elevated to an artful cacophony of quick discernable natural sound and fast eye directed quick cuts. 'None Of Us Wants To Be Here' had good pace, steady camera, and excellent quick cutting but lost the viewer on a few occasions by a lack of eye movement between shots."
In the Editor's General News Simple EFX (Photographers) category, first place is Andy Shilts of KMSP-TV in Minneapolis for "Standing Against The Wind." Second place is Anthony Oliveira of KLAS-TV in Las Vegas for "A Down Market, and in third place Oliveira again for "Dead Man's Curve." An Honorable Mention was awarded to Darren Durlach of WBFF-TV in Baltimore for "Sea Trials."
"There were 25 entries, yet the top 4 really stood out," judge Allred said. "'Standing Against The Wind' won because the effects were simple and not over done. The pacing was incredible. The editor took his time with it, let it breath, and allowed the view to take in the event. Great natural sound ... you could feel the wind and cold by watching the piece. He took you there. When you can stir an emotion, as this piece did, and make that connection with the viewer, your piece will stand out."
In the Editor's Feature (Editor) category, first place is Greg T. Johnson of WFAA-TV in Dallas for "Driving Mr. Herrin." Second place is Andy Buck of KUSA-TV in Denver for "Gimme Some Slack," and third place is Peter Rosen of KUTV-TV in Salt Lake for "Jumping Rose." An Honorable Mention was awarded to Jonathon Cordell of First Coast News in Jacksonville, FL, for "The Bracelet Lady."
"Here’s what NPPA and the Oscars have in common," judge Allred said. "Most years the winner is the piece (or movie) that best ‘moves’ you. That’s the case here. It’s all about the pacing, and not getting in the way of the story. 'Driving Mr. Herrin' gave you time to explore your feelings - whether you laughed, cried, or just felt uncomfortable. It had the timing of a great comedian. 'Gimme Some Slack' and 'Jumping Rope' were so fun to watch. Great shot selection, and made you both nervous and tired just watching. Nice job!"
In the Photo Essay (Editors) category, first place is Jonathon Cordell of First Coast News for "Behind The Firelines." Second place is Jason Hanson of KSTP-TV in Minneapolis for "Bridge Collapse, and third place is Greg T. Johnson of WFAA-TV in Dallas for "A Booming Year." An Honorable Mention was awarded to Joshua Maranhas of KDVR-TV in Denver for "Little Snippets Of Life."
In the Photo Essay (Photographers) category, first place is Kristen Bergeron of KTVT-TV in Dallas for "I Just Love The Way It Feels." Second place is Matt Knisely of KMSP-TV in Minneapolis for "Home Opener & Herb," and third place is Doug Burgess of WFAA-TV in Dallas for "A Place In The Sun."
In the Editor's Sports Editing category, first place is William Middeke of WHO-TV in Des Moines for "We Believe." "'We Believe' had such high emotion and created caring from the viewer due to its’ tight editing that it was deserving of a first place award, and no other awards were given," judge John Hyjek said.
In the Sports Feature Editing category, first place is Anne Herbst of KUSA-TV in Denver for "The Law According To Mike." Second palce is Corky Scholl of KUSA-TV for "Angels In The Outfield," and third place is Todd Rogenthein of KVUE-TV in Austin, TX, for "Canine Chaos."
In the Editor's Magazine category, first place is Darren Kotler, Gary Prince, and Tom Reilly from CNBC for "Ultimate Fighting: From Bloodsport To Big Time." An Honorable Mention was awarded to Patrick Ahearn, Lisa Orlando, Gary Princz, Tom Reilly, Bob Solomon, and Michael Sheehan from CNBC for "Against The Tide: The Battle For New Orleans."
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AWARD FOR REPORTING
This year's winner of the NPPA Photojournalism Award for Reporting is Peter Rosen of KUTV in Salt Lake City. The runner-up is Tom Merriman of WJW-TV in Cleveland.
"This was a very refreshing category for the judges," judge Tim Griffis said. "We saw a lot really good entries. There is so much good reporting going on around the country. Nearly half of the 22 reporters who entered made it past the first screening round into the big room for the whole panel to see, and that's very encouraging. In the end it was Peter Rosen who came out the winner. His stories showed us more diversity, great writing, and excellence story producing.
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WEB VIDEO PHOTOGRAPHY
Winners in the Web Video Photography contest can be seen here.
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In the NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism Television contest for students, Jason Lamb of the University of Missouri's KOMU-TV in Columbia, MO, is the winner in the Weekly Assignment category for "Disaster On Ice."
Judges for the student categories were Eddie Castro, Doug Whitehead, and Bob Pearce, all of KCNC-TV in Denver, CO.
The judges said they liked "Disaster On Ice" because "the journalist did a good job telling this spot news story. Capturing the action and reactions as they unfold in dangerous or challenging situations is the essence of being a news photographer. Rarely do college students get this opportunity. This story was well shot. The tripod was used when possible to get solid images. Yet the journalist got off the tripod to capture the natural moments and sounds as they happened."
In the In-Depth category for students there was a tie for first place. Kat Keene Houge with "Learning From Andy" and Jason Lamb with "The Back To School Staple" captured the judges' attention because they were "different styles an both done well for the student level. There were some great quality images, sounds, and moments," judges said.
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The daily noon "Lessons From A Contest" continues through this week with Poynter's Al Tompkins hosting a live, inside look at the NPPA Best Of Photojournalism Television contest judging. The daily conversations with the judges are at 12 noon EST online at www.newsu.org/NPPAbroadcast08. The Webinars will be archived on the Web site, so you can still see them at your convenience if you can't catch the "live" broadcast.
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JUDGES & SPONSORS
Judges for the television and photography categories of NPPA's 2008 Best Of Photojournalism this year are veteran freelancer Tim Griffis, who has worked for network and corporate clients as well as being on the NPPA Flying Short Course faculty; Bob Gould, formerly of WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, MI, who now teaches broadcasting at Michigan State University; and Emmy Award-winner Jeff Roberts of KMBC-TV in Kansas City, who is also a still photojournalist who shoots for newspapers and magazines.
Additional judges include Emmy Award-winner and Murrow Award-winner Preston Rudie of WTSP-TV in Tampa Bay; WHP-TV chief photographer Nellie Stinson from Harrisburg, PA; Emmy Award-winner Ram Guzman, who is KTVT-TV's chief editor in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, as well as serving as NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism TV Editing chair; writer, producer and director Lori Kay Allred of Denver, CO, who creates content for HGTV and Fine Living Network, who previously worked as chief editor for KPHO-TV5 in Phoenix and at KMGH-TV7 in Denver; and John Hyjek of NBC News in Atlanta, a three-time winner of NPPA's Video Editor of the Year award and a three-time Emmy Award winner.
The contest is coordinated for the fourth year by Merry Murray of KSNW-TV in Wichita, KS, who has been an NPPA volunteer for more than 15 years and served on NPPA's board of directors as Region 7's associate director.
For more information on NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism contest please contact Thomas Kenniff at [email protected].
The Best Of Photojournalism is sponsored by Canon, The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, and the National Press Photographers Association.