Judges Pick Winners In BOP Video Photography, Editing Categories

Michigan State University students watched NPPA judges Matt Rafferty and Amanda Dennis as they judged one of the Best Of Photojournalism video categories.
Michigan State University students watched NPPA judges Matt Rafferty and Amanda Dennis as they judged one of the Best Of Photojournalism video categories.

EAST LANSING, MI (March 29, 2013) – The judges have finished picking winners in this year's NPPA Best Of Photojournalism Video Photography and Editing categories at Michigan State University's host site, and here are the results along with some of the judges' comments.

(The judges sat down and made video comments about many of the categories, and you can see them posted online here.)

In the Spot News category, the first place winner is Nick Moron of WAVY-TV for "Poor Sunny." Second place is Scott Jensen of KING-TV for "A Piss Poor Day," and third place is Pete Cassam of KING-TV for "Somebody Call The Police." An Honorable Mention was awarded to John Drilling of KARE-TV for "A Precarious Place." The judges said the first place winner was a solid story with natural moments "despite the police tape." 

In the Deadline category, first place is Scott Jensen of KING-TV for "Down The Road." Second place is Michael DelGiudice of WNBC-TV for "We Didn't Disappear," and third place is Jeff Christian of KING-TV for "The Great Fall Of Edmonds." An Honorable Mention was awarded to Mitch Pittman of KSTP-TV for "Officer Decker."

In the General News category, first place is Matt Mrozinski of KING-TV for "Privacy vs. Safety." Second place is Michael DelGiudice of WNBC-TV for "The Trip Continues," and third place is Rob Collett of KTUL-TV for "Happy Birthday P.D." An Honorable Mention was awarded to Pete Cassam of KING-TV for "He Was Well Loved."

When the judges finished watching the 14 finalists in this category, contest chair Merry Murray says, they all agreed on the first place winner withing seconds.

In the Documentary category, the winner is Oliver janney of CNN for "Operation Hope." There were four Documentary finalists and the judges had a hard time picking a winner, Murray said, and in the end they decided to award only a first place honor. 

In the 48 Hour Feature category, first place is Nick Moron of WAVY-TV for "Never Ending Fight." Second place is Chris Hansen of KUSA-TV for "B.A.A.T.Z." and third place is Matt Mrozinski of KING-TV for "Happy Peep'ster!" An Honorable Mention was awarded to Josh Stephens of WFAA-TV for "One Person At A Time."

The Solo Video Journalist Feature winner this year is Darren Durlach of The Boston Globe for "Growing Up Fast." Second place is Greg Bledsoe of KNSD-TV for "The Fighter," and third place is Anne Herbst of The Denver Post for "Peeps B Who?" As for the winner, the judges said, "The ending was brilliant ... you wouldn't guess it was shot by one person alone."

In the Photo Essay (Photographers Only) category, first place is Reed Nolan of KIRO-TV for "This Is The Forge." Second place is Bill Middeke of KARE-TV for "We'll Be Back," and third place is Andrew Smith of CCTV America for "NOLA Coast Guard Training."

In the In-Depth category, first place is Jonathan Malat of KARE-TV for "Saving Grace." Second is Joshua Davis of Powering A Nation for "Fractured," and third place is Carolyn Hall of KING-TV for "Washington Wolf Woes." An Honorable Mention was awarded to Mike Rose of WTVF-TV for "Hero Project." Regarding the winner, judges said, "First place was an easy choice, it was perfect." 

In the Team Entry category, first place is "As I Am" by Alan Spearman and The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, TN. The judges felt the video to viewers "to a place you'll never, ever go." Judge Brian Kaufman said, "The people who shot this story had to be embedded in the community for a while. It felt like they belonged."

Second place was "Ali's Guiding Light" by Matt Mrozinski, Pete Cassam, Dave Wike, and Eric Wold of KING-TV. “They didn’t use the camera light. It was raining, pouring down rain and cold and it felt raw. It made me feel like I was there,” Kaufman said. Judge Seth Voorhees said, "It was a great decision to use natural light.”

Third place is "Teresa ‘Flying Eagle’ Baird" by Matt Mrozinski and Eric Sander from KING-TV. And an Honorable Mention was awarded to “Recipe for Disaster” by Jonathan Malat and Jeff Wiltgen of KARE-TV.

Editing Categories

In the Video Photojournalism categories for Editing, first place for Bumps/Teases/Pre-Show goes to Meg Pearlstein of CNN for "Deadly Dose." Second place is Ryan Thedwall of WTHR-TV for "Indy's Super Week Fri Open," and third place is James Evans of CNN for "Wounded War Open."

“The ‘Deadly Dose’ entry is a great example of a kick butt show open!” judge Matt Rafferty said. “This is the first year for this category and what great first time winner! The effects were very well used, including slow motion, fast motion and well done layering effects. The audio effects, the heart beat and the music, help raise the excitement - which is the whole idea behind a show open. You've got to draw the viewer in and this open does that extremely well.  Amanda [Dennis] and I were so impressed with one of the effects in this piece that we slowed it down frame by frame to study the technique.We even had students from Michigan State University come into the viewing room as we dissected the editing, which is a true compliment to the editor of this piece.”

In the Under Deadline category, first place is Linda Patterson-Pupo of WJZ-TV for "Towson Bell Homecoming," and second place is Josh Maranhas of KDVR-TV for "She's In Awe And Shocked."

In the News Features (Photographers Only) category, first place is Doug Burgess of KING-TV for "Life Cycle of PBJ." Second place is Dan Renzetti of News12 CT for "From Trap To Truck," and third place is Renzetti for "Garbage Time." An Honorable Mention was awarded to John Kirtley of WLOS-TV for "Kicking Yoda."

In the General News/Simple Effects (Photographers Only) category, first place is Rob Collett of KTUL-TV for "Happy Birthday P.D." Second place is Bill Middeke of KARE-TV for "It Didn't Look Right," and third place is George Taylor of KWCH-TV for "We Can Make 1,000." Honorable Mentions were awarded to Greg T. Johnson of WFAA-TV for "Cheap Lights" and to Andy Buck of KUSA-TV for "The Bike Depot."

“‘Happy Birthday P.D.' is a good example of how to hold on to a reveal and hold onto emotional moments,” judge Amanda Dennis said. “There are great sequences, for example, when the mother gets into the car, she turns on the radio and is listening to a rap tape. She says ‘it’s a way for me to hear my son’s voice,’ which is a foreshadow of the reveal. Another sequence is her getting a chair out of the trunk and walking into a cemetery. This is the reveal; the point where the viewer learns that her son has actually passed. This story also has a dissolve, that I actually like! The ending shot, the dissolve from the mother’s shirt (in dedication to her son) to the balloon floating away, is a genius way to end a great story.”

In the News Feature (Editors Only) category, first place is Peter Rosen of KSL-TV. Second place is Greg T. Johnson of WFAA-TV for "Freedom Isn't Free," and third place is James Evans of CNN for "Fashionweek."

In the Photo Essay (Editors Only) category, first place is "Voices Of An Era: Stories of the Gay Rights Movement." Second place is James Evans of CNN for "Homecoming," and third place is Meg Pearlstein of CNN for "Run For Your Life."

In Sports (Editors Only) category, first place is James Evans of CNN for "Wounded Warrior Archery."

In the Editor's Effects category, first place is Steve Rhodes of WTHR-TV for "Answering The Call." Second place is Rhodes for "London's Sensational Ride," and third place is Evan Stulberger of WNBC-TV for "We Bought A Shell Company." An Honorable Mention was awarded to Jonathan Malat of KARE-TV for "Anti-Drug."

In the Magazine Editing category, first place is lead editor Patrick Ahearn along with editors Richard Korn, Michael Sheehan, and Allison Stedman of CNBC for "Love @ First Byte: The Secret Science Of Online Dating." Second place is Carl Graf of CNN for "Big Hits, Broken Dreams," and third place is April Hock of CNN for "Who Is Black In America."

NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism is sponsored this year by Michigan State University and Ohio University's School of Visual Communication.