BOP Winners Announced: The New York Times Wins Best Use Of The Web Honors; Blueeyes Magazine Wins Web's Best Picture Story

Mar 25, 2005

St. Petersburg, Florida – “This year’s Best of Photojournalism Web site contest was the most competitive ever,” Web competition organizer and Best Of Photojournalism 2005 Contest Committee member Keith Jenkins said Friday when the winners were announced. “The quality of entries across the 130 or so we judged was universally high, with very little separation between the winners in each division (large affiliated, small affiliated, and unaffiliated). And there was very little difference between the divisions themselves.”

The New York Times on the Web was awarded the Best Use of the Web honor. “After a lengthy discussion with the judges attempting to find a single package that demonstrated the best use of the Web, the panel eventually recognized The New York Times on the Web as an example of a site that has truly helped the evolution of online storytelling,” judge Andrew DeVigal said.

“At first, individual judges highlighted packages having their own strengths and merits: the well-paced and well-presented storytelling of USAToday.com’s ‘The State Funeral of Ronald Wilson Reagan,’ ‘Chiloe Stories’ for its breadth and depth, and finally, the interactive component in MSNBC’s ‘The Year in Pictures 2004.’

“In the end, however, the panel of judges focused more on the overall body of work produced by a single journalism entity. Ultimately it was felt that The New York Times on the Web multimedia team had done the most to advance ‘the evolution of web-based photojournalism’ through the sheer quality and quantity of multimedia storytelling they produced throughout 2004.”

In the Best Picture Story category, Blueeyes magazine won for “Haiti Turns 200.”

“The entry ‘Haiti Turns 200’ was simply the best body of photojournalism we reviewed. The site is a striking compilation of work primarily from photographers Mike Stocker, Benjamin Lowy, and Chris Usher, with additional images from Lisa Krantz, Melissa Lyttle and others. The photography was gorgeous in its use of color, texture and light,” judge Dan Habib said.

“The originality of vision was stronger and more personal than any other body of work we reviewed. The picture editing was just tight enough to prevent redundancy. Though we enjoyed the audio many other sites offered, photojournalism this powerful needs nothing other than the clean presentation Blueeyes magazine provided. The site is unobtrusive, allowing the photography to take the center stage it deserved. The photographs loaded quickly and the navigation was simple. We applaud John Loomis for providing this remarkable forum for great photojournalism.”

Looking back on the week of judging, Jenkins said, “The change this year was most evident in the judges giving an award to a ‘photoblog’ with an Honorable Mention in the Unaffiliated News Picture Story category ("Just Married; Ephemera"), as well as with the judges’ choice of “Haiti Turns 200” by the Unaffiliated Web site Blueeyes magazine as the contest’s Best Picture Story winner.”

Jenkins said the judges were excited by these changes. “We believe we have clearly reached a turning point. It’s no long a question of ‘Will our organization have a Web site?’ That’s been replaced by, ‘How good will our Web site be?’”

There were some entries of exceptional quality in this year’s competition. “The New York Times on the Web captured the title of ‘Best Use of the Web’ through, as the judges said, ‘the sheer quality and quantity of multimedia storytelling they produced throughout 2004.”

This year's Web judges were Shawn Greene, multimedia projects editor for The Miami Herald and www.miamiherald.com; Andrew DeVigal, an assistant professor at San Francisco State University who teaches visual and online journalism and who is the founder of DeVigal Design; Dan Habib, photography editor for The Concord Monitor and creator of the multi-media documentary “Teen Sexuality in a Culture of Confusion”; and Maria Bunai, the photography editor for Time magazine’s online edition, www.time.com, who formerly worked in the illustrations department for National Geographic and was a photography editor at America Online. Bunai’s been a visiting faculty member at The Poynter Institute, and she was one of the judges for the first Best Of Photojournalism Web site competition in 2002.

In the News Picture Story category for Large Affiliated Sites, The New York Times on the Web took first place for "Fear and Fury in Western Sudan." Time.com won second place for "The Tragedy of Sudan," and Startribune.com won third place for "Jessica’s Head (photographed by NPPA’s 2005 Best Of Photojournalism Newspaper Photographer of the Year, Jim Gehrz). Honorable Mentions were given to The New York Times on the Web for "At Life’s End: Oregon’s Suicide Option"; WashingtonPost.com for "Remembering A President"; and WashingtonPost.com for "Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat Dies at 75."

In the News Picture Story category for Smaller Affiliated Sites, The Arizona Daily Star took first place for "Smuggling Children," and TimeAsia.com won second place for "Philippines Showdown."

In the News Picture Story category for Unaffiliated Sites, Blueeyes magazine took first place for "Haiti Turns 200." "Bush v. Kerry (The Love Issue)" won second place for Blueeyes magazine, and Blueeyes magagzine also won an Honorable Mention for "Just Married; Ephemera."

In the Feature Picture Story category for Large Affiliated Sites, theLos Angeles Times took first place for "Living On Pennies." Time.com won second place for "Latitude Zero," and WashingtonPost.com won third place for "The Cost Of Liberty." Honorable Mentions were given to America Online for "Ballet," and MSNBC.com for "Wounded In The Line Of Duty."

In the Feature Picture Story category for Smaller Affiliated Sites, DemocratandChronicle.com took first place for "Last Days, Last Rays," and TimeAsia.com won second place for "Asian Journey: Misty Mountain Top."

In the Feature Picture Story category for Unaffiliated Sites, Blueeyes magazine took first place for "Lost on Route 93." Blueeyes also won second place for "The Lubavitch," and won third place for "Dollars and Sense." An Honorable Mention was given to Ripserve for "The Call Center."

In the Campaign Picture Story category for Large Affiliated Sites, WashingtonPost.com took first place for "On The Trail With Bush". WashingtonPost.com also won second place for "On The Trail With Kerry." An Honorable Mention was given to Reuters for "Head To Head."

In the Olympics Picture Story category for Large Affiliated Sites, WashingtonPost.com took first place for "2004 Summer Olympics." There were no additional awards given in this category.

In the Sports Picture Story category for Large Affiliated Sites, The New York Times on the Web took first place for "Frozen Basketball," and The DemocratandChronicle.com won second place for "The Boys Are Back."

In the Sports Picture Story category for Unaffiliated Sites, Blueeyes magazine took first place for "The Glass Joes."

In the Best Multimedia Package category for Large Affiliated Sites, USAToday.com took first place for "The State Funeral Of Ronald Wilson Reagan." The New York Times on the Web won second place for "The Next Wave," and MSNBC.com won third place for "The Year In Pictures." Honorable Mentions were given to WashingtonPost.com for "Defining The Barier"; Startribune.com for "Fiory: First Steps"; and LeMonde.fr for "Récit multimédia."

In the Best Multimedia Package category for Smaller Affiliated Sites, ANG Newspapers took first place for "Going Within." The Knoxville News Sentinel-knoxnews.com won second place for "Inside the Toughman," and they also won third place for "Leaving Home." Honorable Mentions were given to The Post-Crescent for "Octoberfest," and The Oakland Tribune for "New Voters Are Rising."

In the Best Multimedia Package category for Unaffiliated Sites, the University of North Carolina took first place for "Chiloe Stories." The Mountain Workshops won second place for "Lebanon, KY," and The Photography Channel won third place for "Saved From The Streets."

In the Campaign Multimedia Package category for Large Affiliated Sites, The New York Times on the Web took first place for "The 2004 Campaign In Pictures." USAToday.com won second place for "Republican National Convention," and The New York Times on the Web won third place for "Campaign Moments."

In the Olympics Multimedia Package category for Large Affiliated Sites, The New York Times on the Web took first place for "Dreams At The End Of A Long Road." The New York Times on the Web also won second place for "Photographer’s Journal: A Journey Through Greece," and DallasNews.com won third place for "The Double Arabian: A Very Dangerous Skill."

Today marked the end of two weeks of NPPA Best Of Photojournalism 2005 contest judging at The Poynter Center for Media Studies in St. Petersburg. Last week, the Television Photography and Editing categories were judged, preceding this week’s Still Photography contest. Poynter hosts the judging as part of their ongoing sponsorship of the NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism contests. Winners in all Best Of Photojournalism 2005 categories are now posted on online at NPPA's contest Web site.