After a successful year under the new entry and judging system, the Monthly News Clip Contest will expand for the 2017 contest.
Returning for the first time in years is the national monthly contest judged from the regional contest winners. First, second and third place monthly winners from each region will be entered in the national contest. The person with the most points in the national contest at the end of the year will be named the NPPA National News Clip Contest Photographer of the Year.
“The national contest was a major part of this competition for a long time,” NPPA’s National Clip Chair Kyle Grantham said.
“Our infrastructure and old entry system just couldn’t handle the contest anymore,” he said. “With the success we saw in 2016 with our new systems I’m excited to bring it back.”
Tweaks have also been made to the Monthly News Clip Contest to make entering simpler.
Entrants are no longer required to designate single-image entries with an _01 on their file names. The indicator was intended to make identifying multi-image entries easier but also caused confusion for some entrants who instead were numbering all single-images sequentially.
Now, entrants only need to number images intended to be judged in a group as a single entry in a category with the same slug. For instance, a selection of images from a protest in General News or grouping of portraits on a single subject in Portrait/Illustration would all need the same slug and a sequence number for it’s place in the entry. A single photo in those categories will have just the category code, entrant’s phone number and a slug in the filename.
You can enter multiple photos in every category except Feature Single.
“This was always allowed, but never really made clear in the old contest system,” Grantham said. “A lot of entrants seem surprised when I tell them this isn’t a new thing.”
Help is always needed in this important NPPA contest. If you’d like to volunteer to judge in the Monthly News Clip Contest, whether on the regional or national level, please contact your regional clip chair.