Global Online Editing Now Open In Largest NPPA BOP Contest

Feb 16, 2006

DURHAM, NC – Online editing for photojournalists from as near as Raleigh to as far away as Banda Aceh, Sumatra, and Kabul, Afghanistan, is now open in the NPPA's 2006 Best Of Photojournalism still photography contest, the largest BOP competition to date. Photographers who entered more than 55,000 still images in this year's competition will have received an eMail within one day of their pictures going online to tell them how to make any change in their entry. All entrants will be able to access their pictures by Friday evening, February 17.

"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.

In the still photography contest, entrants have until Midnight (1900 GMT), Saturday February 25, to do online editing and to make any changes in the entry. Changes or corrections can be made to the captions, to the category, to the object field, and to the sequence of presentation. Kenniff asks entrants to contact him if there are any dropped or missing pictures in their entry by sending an eMail to contests@nppa.org.

NPPA's Best of Photojournalism contest is now in its fifth year. Entries 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 judging 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 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.

Judging in the BOP's editing categories begins April 3 at the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University in Athens, OH, coordinated by VisCom's director, Terry Eiler. Judges for the editing categories will be announced later.

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.