KARE-TV’s Boyd Huppert Wins Sixth NPPA Photojournalism Award For Reporting

Editing judges Amanda Dennis and Matt Rafferty along with Editing contest chair Shawn Montano view BOP entries at Michigan State University.
Editing judges Amanda Dennis and Matt Rafferty along with Editing contest chair Shawn Montano view BOP entries at Michigan State University.

EAST LANSING, MI (March 27, 2013) – Judging is underway in the Video Photojournalism categories of NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism contest at Michigan State University, and for the sixth time Boyd Huppert of KARE-TV has been picked for NPPA's Photojournalism Award For Reporting.

Photography judges Brian Kaufman, Lynn French, and Seth Voorhees started the day yesterday by watching the nine finalists in the category NPPA Photojournalism Award for Reporting.  

The winner is Boyd Huppert from KARE-TV in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It’s the sixth time Huppert has been presented with this honor from NPPA for his reporting. The runner-up is John Sharify from KING-TV in Seattle, Washington. 

There were nine Sports Feature finalists. The judges were able to choose the first place winner fairly quickly, contest chair Merry Murray said. It was “Life’s Firsts” by Doug Burgess of KING-TV in Seattle, WA.

“It was one of the more successful two-interview shots I’ve seen,” judge Brian Kaufman said. 

“The set up was spectacular,” judge Seth Voorhees said. “The payoff was seeing the girl weightlifting because you didn’t see it coming. There were lots of layers to the surprise.”

Second place was “Carne Cabeza” by Dave Larson from WBBF-TV in Baltimore, MD. “It was great shooting on all aspects of this story, Kaufman said. “I’ve seen it done many, many times, but he did it really, really well.  The ending shot was great.”

Third place was “Bad Blood” Chris Hansen from KUSA-TV in Denver. “There was so much hustle on the part of the photographer it felt like a team shoot,” French said. “There were so many angles and you captured so much about the game.

An honorable mention was awarded to Andy Sugden from WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids for “To Succeed…Dodge!”

The judges thought, “The reporter stand up was creative and the interview lighting was great.” Voorhees said, “A lot of work went into that story.”

Editing judges Amanda Dennis and Matt Rafferty have close to 200 entries to view over the next four days, Murray said, and more winners will be announced as the judging continues. The Video Editing portion of the contest is being chaired by Shawn Montano.

Video category judging will run through March 29 at Michigan State University. NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism contest is sponsored this year by Ohio University's School of Visual Communication (VisCom) and Michigan State University.