NPPA Best Of Photojournalism Judging Starts This Week

The cover of the December 2013 Best Of Photojournalism special issue of News Photographer magazine, featuring from last year's BOP contest the First Place Sports Feature photograph by Mike Roemer of the Associated Press that shows Green Bay Packers Donald Driver celebrating a touchdown by doing a Lambeau Leap in Green Bay, WI.
The cover of the December 2013 Best Of Photojournalism special issue of News Photographer magazine, featuring from last year's BOP contest the First Place Sports Feature photograph by Mike Roemer of the Associated Press that shows Green Bay Packers Donald Driver celebrating a touchdown by doing a Lambeau Leap in Green Bay, WI.

ATHENS, OH (March 12, 2014) – The final live round of judging for the National Press Photographers Association's Best Of Photojournalism contest is about to begin on campus at the School of Visual Communication (VisCom) at Ohio University in Athens, contest director Terry Eiler said today.

"The Multimedia Contest judges arrive today, and the Editing Contest judges arrive on Thursday," Eiler said. "The primary round of the Still Contest judging is complete, and the final [live] round judges have their selects and will be coming to campus on Friday."

Eiler said that 26 professionals selected from 32,000 still entries the images, stories, and projects that will be judged in the final round. The Best Of Photojournalism primary round judges were nominated by members of NPPA's board of directors, NPPA's regional officers, and the BOP Committee.

"Each category had two or three judges review the entrants, most had three," Eiler said. "One nomination moved the image or project into the final round."

Judges for the primary round included Kendrick Brinson, Robert Caplin, Bob Carey, Sean D. Elliot, Ben Gray, Kevin Martin, James Michalowski, Steve Jessmore, Michael P. King, Peggy Peattie, Martha Rial, Greg Smith, Phaedra Singelis, Cindi Christie, Todd Buchanan, David Tulis, Dave Weatherwax, Willie Allen Jr., and Caroline E. Couig.

The final round judges for the Still Contest who will begin picking winners on Friday are Kenny Irby, Bill Luster, Cheryl Diaz Meyer, and Mark Dolan. 

Final round judges for the Editing Contest are Harry Walker, Eric Strachan, and Scott Sines.

Final round judges for the Multimedia Contest are Tom Kennedy, Karl Kuntz, Melanie Burford, and Jody Sugrue.

VisCom's interim director and associate professor Stan Alost will host and chair the live rounds of the contest, and portions of the live judging will be streamed on Google Hangout. The live link to Google Hangout will be posted on the NPPA Web site, Twitter, and Facebook when the judging sessions get underway, Eiler said.

The final round of the Video Contest will be judged March 30 through April 2 at the Michigan State University School of Journalism in East Lansing, MI. Video contest coordinator Merry Murray said that final round judges are still being selected, and their names will be released closer to judging time.

NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism contests are sponsored again this year by VisCom at Ohio University, Camera Bits, and by Michigan State University's School of Journalism.