Best Use of Photography: 3rd Quarter 2005 Results For News, Feature, Picture Pages, Sports, Multi-Page

Dec 1, 2005

Because of the extensive coverage of Hurricane Katrina, there were added categories for the 3rd Quarter Best Use of Photography contest.

 There is precedence for this: categories were added for the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and for 9/11 coverage in 2001. If you have any questions, callMarkEdelsonat +1.561.820,4490 or eMail him at medelson@pbpost.com.


2005 3rd Quarter BUP Results

Sports, Picture Page, and Katrina Multiple-page entrieswere judged at Ohio University School of Communication by faculty members Stan Alost, Bill Schneider, Larry Hamel-Lambert, Terence Oliver, Julie Elman, Bruce Strong, and Marcy Nighswander.

Multiple-page and Katrina 1A entrieswere judged at the Detroit Free Press by Nancy Andrews, Rose Ann McKean, Jessica Trevino, William Archie, and Mandi Wright.

News, Feature, and Katrina single page (other than 1A) entrieswere judged at Getty Images in New York by Mike Sargent, Chris Hondros, Mario Tama, Spencer Platt, Mike Heiman, Sandy Ciric, Craig Allen, Preston Rescigno, and Beth A. Keiser.


NEWS:

Page1st: Los Angeles Times, August 19, 2005
“Holding out until the end"
Steve Stroud, Alan Hagman, Brian Vander Brug and Michael Whitley
Judges’ comments: Very good use of staff work... takes a complicated story and distills it into a very accessible package. Overall the strongest category of the three we judged. Busy news month and lots of competition for limited space.

2nd:The Orlando Sentinel, July 27, 2005
"Good luck, Godspeed"
Team
Judges’ comments: Strong design and use of single dominant image.

3rd:The Hartford Courant, August 24, 2005,
"In rural Texas, war debate gathers steam"
Bruce Moyer, Suzette Moyer, L.M. Otero (AP) and Joe Raedle (Getty)
Judges’ comments: Mix of reaction to this layout, some felt strongly that it was a very good attempt to be different and challenge the traditional A1 layout.

HM:Cleveland Plain Dealer, August 4th, 2005,
"War hits Ohio hard"
Team

HM:Orlando Sentinel, July 8th, 2005,
"We shall prevail"
Team

HM:The Tacoma News Tribune, July 3rd, 2005,
"Tall ships in Tacoma"
Janet Jensen, Jeremy Harrison, Craig Sailor and Drew Perine

HM:The Concord Monitor, July 5th, 2005,
"Underwater world"
Elyse Butler, Dan Habib


FEATURE:

Page1st:Los Angeles Times, August 23, 2005,

"The Sierra Surfers"
Hal Wells, Kirk McKoy, Megan Spelman, Wes Bausmith
Judges’ comments: Great page, very bold use of images and layout

2nd:The Virginian Pilot, September 5, 2005,

“The hands of labor"
Team
Judges’ comments: Strong use of white space and letting the page be centered on portraits that do not use the subjects face..

3rd:Los Angeles Times, July 7, 2005,

“There's a real art to their crafts"
Iris Schneider, Steve Banks, Al Schaben
Judges’ comments: Interesting use of light on a subject that is difficult to illustrate.

HM:The Orlando Sentinel, September 4, 2005,

“Uptown elan"
Team

HM:Los Angeles Times, July 17, 2005,

“Colorado's supersized sandbox"
Richard Derk, Ann Moonen, Hal Stoelzle


PICTURE PAGE:

Page1st:The Orlando Sentinel, July 27, 2005,
"Shuttle Launch"
Bill Sikes, Tom Burton, Lee Fiedler, Kenneth D. Lyons, Hilda M. Perez
Judges’ comments: This package worked well for the readers of this paper. It broadened the understanding of the scope of the launch of the shuttle across the country. In addition, it lead with the image that was different and at the same time harked back to the images of the Challenger launch. The complaints were that the crops sometimes felt as if they were driven by the design. Overall, though, it was a good page that made use of multiple sources.

2nd:The Virginian Pilot, August 14, 2005,
"Haiku"
Team
Judges’ comments: This page drew mixed reviews. Ultimately, it was recognized because the concept was well seen and executed. The variety in the images created from different lens use helped move the reader through the package.

3rd:The Orlando Sentinel, July 8, 2005,
"London Bombing"
Bill Sikes, Tom Burton, Lee Fiedler, Kenneth D. Lyons, Hilda M. Perez
Judges’ comments: This was a surprising devotion of resources to an event without a direct local connection. How bold of them to give an international story so much space. Yet, in the attempt to include all aspects of the event, the secondary images became week and repetitive.

HM:TheOregonian, August 14, 2005,
"Fair Play in Clark County"
Jamie Francis, Mike Davis, Beth Weismann, Chris Hun and Nancy Casey
Judges’ comments: There were some wonderful moments and images in this package. Most of the images were well seen. There was considerable debate over whether or not some of the images had been cropped to fit a design. Even if they weren’t, the placement and design oozed with that perception.


SPORTS:

Page1st:The Palm BeachPost, July 23, 2005,
"Still the One"
Mark Edelson, Getty Images and The Associated Press, Chris Rukan, Nick Moschella
Judges’ comments: This was by far the best page. It broke with a traditional dominant image approach and was successful. While some of the judges cringed at the design-driven presentation, we all agreed that the page attracted attention, and then rewarded readers with images that compelled, informed, and entertained. One of the reasons this page worked is that the images seemed created in the extreme horizontal format. We have seen the same design strategy applied (a bunch now) in other situations where the images lose value and information. Overall, the category included some very good pages. There were strong images played well for readers, and it was clear that picture editors were involved in making the visual presentation communicate engaging and pertinent information. For the others, the shortcoming that crippled most entries was image redundancy, second only to poor images played large.

2nd:Cleveland Plain Dealer, September 9, 2005
“Tribe wild card? Power"
Team
Judges’ comments: Here was an example of how images and text work well together. Beyond the headline and the dominant image, the other images on the page were played at an appropriate size to complete their supporting function.

3rd:The Virginian Pilot, August 22, 2005,
"Nascar"
Team
Judges’ comments: This was a bold choice for a picture editor. The atypical NASCAR winner image attracted attention and provided a good entry point that the other images could build on. The area of the page that bothered the judges most, was the risky multi-image presentation at the top of the page that needed some way to signal readers that those images were not connected to the images below.


MULTIPLE PAGE:

Page1st:The Hartford Courant, September 4, 2005,
"Crimes Against us"
Bruce Moyer, Melanie Shaffer and Adam Nadel
Judges' comments: After looking at so many entries, when we came across the striking pages of "crimes against us: THE HORRORS OF WAR AND GENOCIDE AGAINST PEOPLES OF THE WORLD... IN THEIR OWN WORDS," we immediately stopped and took notice. And, we think readers would probably have the same reaction.
The pictures were striking in their simplicity, clean and evocative. The design and typography matched the content to create a soulful experience of this weighty topic. The use of negative space in the design complimented the use of space in the images.

2nd:Dallas Morning News, July 24, 2005,
"Little rest for the homeless"
Mona Reeder, Leslie White and Cindy Smith
Judges' comments: This package on homeless teens showed us scenes we didn't expect to see, such as the overall of the overcrowding at a shelter and the intimacy of being there at a fight. An important topic and well executed.

3rd:The Palm Beach Post, Sept 2005,
"Hurricane Rita"
Team
Judges' comments: The Post produced pages with an edit that gave variety to the images and storytelling --- moving from tight and emotional to wide and informational. It was a good mix on a big news story and combined well with graphics and headlines.

HM:The Gainesville Sun, September 2005,
"Gator Vision"
Brian Kratzer, Missi Koenigsberg and staff
Judges' comments: We loved the every game is our Super Bowl kind of treatment that Gainesville gives the reader for Gator coverage. Though we do wonder why the section comes out on Monday not Sunday, even the Georgia Bulldog in the group had to say hats off to the efforts. Gainesville was able to run some of those pictures you just don't see in sports coverage scenes like the fans in a variety of ways, off the field moments and the team arriving on the field for play - All these images add to the pageantry of the game and it's something papers often miss with game coverage.

HM:The Naples Daily News, July 24, 2005,
"Havana"
Eric Strachan and Darron Silva
Judges' comments: The photography and layout was beautiful, with nice subtle moments and good choice of images... it made us want to go to Havana. It's only an HM because we didn't feel like it moved the Havana story beyond the expected.

HM:The Concord Monitor, July 24, 2005,
"Pictures from an institution"
Dan Habib, Lori Duff, Danielle Kronk
Judges'comments: Here's one where we wanted to reward the initiative to photograph an abandoned building in such an artful way, but we thought the design hurt the package. The pictures were crammed together, and not that each needed a cutline, but each needed space to breathe and there needed to be some type of information on the jump page.


KATRINA FRONT PAGES:

Page1st:The Orlando Sentinel, August 31, 2005
Team
Judges’ comments: Katrina was such a huge story in so many ways, we found the single photo display on those first days did not allow the page to cover the entire scope of the story. We were drawn first to those pages that attempted to give more than one image as an entry point and tell more than one aspect of the story. We felt this Orlando page did it best, and we liked leading with the poignant Eric Gay image that so many papers used. It was very interesting to see the mix of the same pictures among papers with some having their own staff images to use as well. We ended up organizing the pages by day so we could compare apples to apples then the apples to the oranges.

2nd:San Antonio Express-News, September 4, 2005
Doug Sehres, Anita Baca, Joe Barrera Jr., Ron Jaap
Judges’ comments: Now almost a week out. This page gave emotion and information and we think really succeeded with a thoughtful and simple layout that was clean to read and highlighted the three images that combined told the story.

3rd:Los Angeles Times, September 1, 2005
Colin Crawford, Mary Cooney, Steve Stroud and Julie Rogers
Judges’ comments: The page told the dual stories of the day with two compelling pictures. We also applaud the Times' effort to give the Katrina story the presence it had and getting other story subjects on the page.

HM:Cleveland Plain Dealer, September 1, 2005
Team

HM:The Oregonian, August 31, 2005
Patty Reksten, Randy Rasmussen, Mark Friesen

HM:The Houston Chronicle, August 30, 2005
Team

HM:The Raleigh News & Observer, September 5, 2005
Kevin Keister, Ethan Hyman, Chuck Liddy, staff

HM:The Houston Chronicle, September 18, 2005
Team


KATRINA SINGLE PAGES (OTHER THAN FRONTS):

Page1st:Naples Daily News, August 31, 2005
“Slowly, gradually, we will recover"
Eric Strachan, Associated Press and Cox News Service photos
Judges’ comments: Smart News page with a definite awareness of how pictures play against each other on a page.

2nd:Dallas Morning News, September 4, 2005
"Fear, chaos and grief"
Team
Judges’ comments: Very strong use of graphic image carries double truck. You can almost feel yourself hovering over the city.

3rd:Dallas Morning News, September 11, 2005,
"There's nothing here for me anymore"
Team
Judges’ comments: Very nice story that is told with compassion by the photographer.

HM:Dallas Morning News, September 18, 2005,
"Aerials"
Team

HM:Dallas Morning News, August 31, 2005,
"It's just heartbreaking"
Team


KATRINA MULTIPLE PAGES:

1st:Los Angeles Times, August 30 - September 13, 2005
Team
Judges’ comments:This entrydid a good job of covering the wide scope of destruction, the human cost of the catastrophe, and took the reader into the mayhem. While there were some redundancies, and the images did not pair as well as in other entries, the types of images and the way they were presented provided something for the Los Angeles Times' readers that others did not get. This category drew the most debate. For starters, the entries were large and seemed to lack cohesion. Second, the inclusion of some presentations that were cumulative (A week in pictures) was hard to measure against the daily grind entrees. In the end, we went with the presentation that we felt took the readers into the incredible destruction.

2nd:The Palm Beach Post, August 26 - September 18, 2005
Team
Judges’ comments: This entry did a much better job of grouping images in ways that added value to the images seen together. Yet, one of the killer drawbacks was use of the cropped, extreme horizontal images that were more about design than communication.

3rd:Dallas Morning News, August 30 - September 8, 2005
Team
Judges’ comments: There was considerable debate and mixed opinion between this entry and the eight-page special section that the San Jose Mercury News entered that received an honorable mention. In the end, the work on the daily paper won over the efforts at the end of the week. One of the weaknesses of this entry was the front-page image that captured neither numbers of people effected, nor the scope of the destruction. It did convey danger and the depth of the flooding.

HM:San Jose Mercury News, September 4, 2005
Team
Judges’ comments: This package of images was very well done and represents a financial commitment for their readers that is unexpected. As a package, it helped their readers understand the scope of the event in a way that was of real value. The editing gave each image the space and placement that it needed to communicate, and it resisted the urge to be repetitive.

1st quarter 2005 BUP results

2nd quarter 2005 BUP results

Comments? Corrections? More information? Next quarter's deadline? Contact BUP contest chair Mark Edelson at medelson@pbpost.com.