DURHAM, NC – All of the entries are in and categorized, the judges are standing by, and the winners are just waiting to be picked in NPPA's 2006 Best Of Photojournalism contest, the largest BOP competition to date. Photographers entered more than 55,000 still images in this year's competition and by this time they have finished using NPPA's online contest portal to make any final adjustments to their entries and captions. The next step in the NPPA's fifth annual contest is for the judging to begin.
"This year the 55,000 still photographs entered in the Best Of Photojournalism contest is a 45% growth in the size of the contest over last year," NPPA BOP contest coordinator Thomas Kenniff said. Keith Jenkins, BOP coordinator for the contest's Web division and deputy assistant managing editor for photography at The Washington Post, reports the number of Web entries in this year's contest has more than doubled since 2005. Entries in the BOP's picture editing and television divisions are still being counted.
Entries in the Best Of Photojournalism contest have increased from 23,000 still photographs taken in 2001 and judged in 2002, to more than 38,999 still photographs taken in 2004 and judged in 2005, to this year's more than 55,000 photographs taken in 2005 and judged this Spring.
Electronic judging of the Best Of Photojournalism in the still photography categories begins Sunday, March 19, at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, FL. NPPA executive director Greg Garneau will be there to report results and assist with the proceedings along with contest coordinator Kenniff and Jared Haworth, NPPA's Web site administrator. Judging of the Web categories will also take place at Poynter during the still photography judging, but with different judges.
This year's still photography judges are: Ramiro Fernandez, photography editor for People magazine; Christine McNeal, deputy managing editor for design, graphics, and photography for The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Ricardo Ferro, director of photography for Efeamerica; Ruth Fremson, a staff photojournalist for The New York Times; and James Colton, photography editor for Sports Illustrated magazine.
This year's Web division judges are: Margarita Corporan, a senior photography editor for America Online; Andrew DeVigal, an assistant professor at San Francisco State University and co-principal of Devigal Design; 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Deanna Fitzmaurice, a staff photojournalist for the San Francisco Chronicle; and Juan Thomassie, a senior designer for USAToday.com.
Judging in the BOP's editing categories begins April 3 at the Ohio University School of Visual Communication in Athens, OH, coordinated by VisCom's director, Terry Eiler. Judges for the editing categories, where there are 1,600 magazine entries from the States and abroad, are: Nancy Andrews, director of photography for the Detroit Free Press; Bert Fox, a photography editor for National Geographic; Boyzell Hosey, director of photography for the St. Petersburg Times; and Peter Howe, a photography editor and author who is the former director of photography for Life and the former picture editor of The New York Times Sunday Magazine.
Judging in the BOP television categories begins March 4 at Poynter and runs and runs through March 10, coordinated by Merry Murray of KSNW-TV in Wichita, KS, and Michael Harrity of KUSA-TV 9News in Denver, CO. Judges for the television categories are already picked, but their names will not be revealed until judging is underway.
NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism contest is sponsored by Canon, Avid, The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Hesketh.com, Ibiblio.org, Western Kentucky University, Camera Bits, Ohio University, and Merlin One.