STATE UNIVERSITY, AR – The National Press Photographers Association’s Student Quarterly Clip Contest went online last year, drawing double the participation the contest did when it was conducted in a physical print format. College student Eric Kayne is the first winner of the contest in its digital form.
Kayne, 33, a graduate student at the Ohio University School of Visual Communications in Athens, OH, ended the contest (which follows the school calendar, from September to August) as faraway the point leader and winner. He will be interning at The Seattle Times this summer.
Kayne has been taking pictures since the sixth grade and he has studied photography as a fine art at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the Academy of Art in San Francisco. He earned his BA in art in Austin before turning to photojournalism at Ohio University's graduate school.
“Kayne’s work shows an original point of view, sensitivity, and depth,” said Jack Zibluk, a photojournalism instructor at Arkansas State University and NPPA’s director of Region 7. Zibluk is coordinator of the contest for its first online year.
The contest went on the Web under a partnership with Collegefrontpage.com, a visual journalism Web site developed by Washington State University students Brian Immel and Joe Barrentine. Now a photographer for the Statesman-Review in Spokane, Barrentine took over as the contest chair this spring.
Zibluk said going to an online format was the number one request of students and educators since he took over the contest in 2003. He credited former NPPA student board representative Denise O. Mangen, another OU graduate student, and NPPA president Tony Overman for spearheading the efforts to make the online contest a reality.
Any NPPA student member is eligible to enter the contest. They may enter photographs in News, Sports, Feature, and Picture Story categories. Since the contest went online the number of participants leaped from an average of about 40 participants per quarter to more than 100, Zibluk said.
Once students were allowed to easily upload entries to the contest, a broader range of students from all over the country participated. “Any NPPA student member, no matter which school he or she attends, whether or not the university has a photojournalism degree program, may enter,” Zibluk said. “And they did. Before the contest went online, students from about 20 schools a year participated. Now there are nearly double the number of schools whose students enter.
“Since contest entries can be viewed at any time without the students’ names listed, the Web site makes a fine teaching tool,” Zibluk added. “It’s a constantly growing, changing image bank that educators can use for comparison and critique. It's one more educational resource that NPPA offers for students.”
Here are the final points standings for the top 15 students:
- Eric Kayne (Ohio University, Athens, OH), 288 points
- Max Bittle (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL), 178 points
- Daryl Peveto (Brooks Institute of Photography, Ventura, CA), 156 points
- Joe Barrentine (Washington State University, Pullman, WA), 138 points
- Pouya Dianat (Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD), 138 points
- Danny Ghitis (University of Florida, Gainesville, FL), 126 points
- Chris Coduto (University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ), 86 points
- Benjamin Spatz (Georgetown University, Washington, DC), 84 points
- Parker Eshelman (University of Missouri, Columbia, MO), 74 points
- Raymond McCrea Jones (UNC - Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC), 56 points
- Jason Hunter (Brooks Institute of Photography,Ventura, CA), 52 points
- Jason Taylor (Taylor, Saint Louis, MO), 52 points
- Samantha Clemens (University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO), 52 points
- Michael Mullady (San Francisco State, San Luis Obispo, CA), 46 points
- Brandon Smith (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC), 46 points