EUGENE, OR - The National Press Photographers Association today announced a partnership with CollegeFrontPage.com to take the NPPA Student Quarterly Clip Contest online. The announcement was made simultaneously on Saturday at the three stops of the 2005 Flying Short Course in Eugene, Austin, and Boston.
“This online competition is the result of two years of hard work by many people, including Jack Zibluk at Arkansas State University, and our friends at CollegeFrontPage.com, to make this contest accessible, timely and educational,” said NPPA vice president Tony Overmanduring opening remarks at the FSC local/regional program in Eugene. “NPPA embraces its opportunities to help young photojournalists establish strong ethics and an appreciation for quality story-telling images.”
The fully-digital contest will begin the first quarter of the 2005-2006 academic year, with entries starting the first week of December.
The contest is open to all NPPA student members and is designed to enhance the learning experience with quicker judging and results. A winner's gallery and up-to-date point totals for NPPA College Photographer of the Year contest will also be featured.
In Austin, NPPA president Alicia Wagner Calzada told the FSC audience, "We listened to what the students said about the contest and wanting it to be online, and we heard you, and hope that you'll embrace it on the Web." Taking the SQCC online eliminates printing and postage costs, allows instant entry verification, and will make last-minute entries easier (all important factors to student photojournalists).
“This is a natural fit for us,” said Joe Barrentine, co-founder of CollegeFrontpage.com. “We are all about helping student journalists get great information and other resources to help prepare them for careers in the business.”
CollegeFrontPage.com is an online resource for college journalists created by Washington State University students Brian Immel and Barrentine. The site features page design galleries with pages from more than 150 college newspapers as well as photo and page critiques by industry professionals.
“Trying to get a Photographer of the Year to critique your work when you are in the middle of nowhere can be challenging,” Barrentine said. “We want every student, no matter what school they attend, to be able to learn from the best in the business.”
Changes in the SQCC are big news for student members, but they are also important for the NPPA at large. “While this is a momentous change for the student contest, it is just one more step in our journey to have NPPA's competitions reflect the tools and techniques of the trade,” Overman said.