Alan Spearman's "Memphis Poverty" Wins NPPA's Best Use Of Multimedia

"Memphis Poverty: What Obama Didn't See" by Alan Spearman and The Commercial Appeal won NPPA's Best Use of Multimedia.
"Memphis Poverty: What Obama Didn't See" by Alan Spearman and The Commercial Appeal won NPPA's Best Use of Multimedia.

ATHENS, OH (March 25, 2013) – "Memphis Poverty: What Obama Didn't See" by Alan Spearman and The Commercial Appeal has won Best Use Of Multimedia in NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism contest, judges at Ohio University's School of Visual Communication announced today.

Judges Nancy Andrews, Zach Wise, and Jonathan Quilter said "Memphis Poverty masterfully tells an important American story in a non-traditional way, bypassing the literal translation of poverty to strike the soul. The artful blend of documentary moments, poetry, music, cinematic shooting and editing craftsmanship moves our art of storytelling forward in a dramatic way. It was the best use of multimedia in the completion and helps establish a tone for how we might approach complex stories in the future."

In a deviation from normal judging, where only one story is picked for "Best Use," the panel voted a "special recognition" this year in the category for "Dying for Relief" by Liz O. Baylen of the Los Angeles Times. The judges singled out Baylen's entry for recognition "for it’s masterful storytelling in a more traditional way. The work’s moments and insightful editing stood apart from the crowd and sets a strong example for multimedia storytelling."

The judges also released a complete list of winners in NPPA's Multimedia Photojournalism contest, which was judged Thursday through Saturday at OU's VisCom and coordinated on site by VisCom's Terry Eiler and Stan Alost.

In the Multimedia Package category, first place if Albert Lee of the Los Angeles Times for Framework. Second was Spencer Bakalar of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and third was "Beyond 7 Billion" by Rick Loomis and staff at the Los Angeles Times. Honorable Mentions were awarded to Claire O'Neill of NPR and Spearman of The Commercial Appeal.

In the Documentary Multimedia story category, "A Shadow Remains" by MediaStorm won first place. Second place was freelancer Andrew Hida for "Follow My Footsteps," and third place was Dai Sugano of the San Jose Mercury News for "Gayla's Goodbye." Honorable Mentions were awarded to Brandon Ancil of CNN.com and Magnus Wennman of Aftonbladet.

In the Feature Multimedia category, first place was Spearman again for "Memphis Poverty." Second place is Robert Gauthier of the Los Angeles Times for "Losing Stu," and third place is Liz O. Baylen of the Los Angeles Times for "Another Day Without Alex." Honorable Mentions were awarded to Jon Kasbe of Powering A Nation for "A Beautiful Waste"; Dai Sugano of the San Jose Mercury News for "Devoted To The End"; and Kasbe for "Not At Home."

In the News Multimedia Story/48 Hours category, first place was Chris Zuppa of the Tampa Bay Times for "RNC 2012, Inside and Out." Second place is Evelio Contreras of CNN.com for "Conversations with Newtown," and third place is Ben de la Cruz of The Washington Post for "Thinking Outside The Circle, Exploring The Song."

First place in the Sports Multimedia Story category was Misha Domozhilov for "Motoball Monsters." Second place is Arkasha Stevenson of the Los Angeles Times for "A Day For A King," and third place is Luca Kleve-Ruud of Dagens Naeringsliv for "Run For Life."

In the Tablet/Mobile Delivery Project category, first place was Reuters for "The Wider Image." Second place is James Gregg of the San Diego Union-Tribune for "Health Care 911," and third place is Debra Pang Davis of the Multimedia Photography and Design Department at Syracuse University for "PUSH Magazine." Honorable Mentions were awarded to Biel Calderon for "The Little Big Project, and to Greg Constantine for "In Search Of Home."

First place in the Visual Column/Regurring Series or Visual Blog category was Albert Lee of the Los Angeles Times for "Framework." Second place is Mike Kepka of the San Francisco Chronicle for "The City, Exposed," and third place is Simon Barnett of CNN Digital for "CNN Photos." An Honorable mention was awarded to Claire O'Neill of NPR for "The Picture Show."

NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism contest is sponsored this year by Ohio University's School of Visual Communication (VisCom) and Michigan State University. Judging for NPPA's Video Photojournalism contest will take place at Michigan State University from March 26 through 29.

BELOW: Judges Jonathan Quilter and Zach Wise viewing Best Of Photojournalism Multimedia contest entries last week at Ohio University's VisCom in Athens. Photograph by Rob Hardin