ATHENS, OH (April 20, 2013) – Judging is underway today right now in NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism contest in the competitions final two categories for this year, Still Photojournalism and Photojournalism Picture Editing, and you can watch it live online.
Ohio University's School of Visual Communication is broadcasting the judging using Google Hangout.
Judging in the Editing categories started Thursday and will wrap up by Saturday night, and judging in the Photojournalism categories started Friday and will be finished by late Sunday night, contest chair Terry Eiler said today. The contest judging is taking place at one of this year's host sites, the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University in Athens.
The winners will be announced by Tuesday night, Eiler said, after all of the judging results have been verified.
For the Still Photojournalism finalists the judges are photojournalist Amy Sancetta of the Associated Press; Jack Gruber, a staff photojournalist for USA Today; and Boyzell Hosey, the director of photography and multimedia for the St. Petersburg Times.
For the Editing finalists the judges are picture editor Molly Roberts of Smithsonian magazine in Washington, DC; photojournalist Matt Moyer, a Knight Fellow and National Geographic contributor (who is a replacement for judge Steve Jessmore, who had a family emergency); and photography director Bert Fox of The Charlotte Observer.
In the Photojournalism division alone there are 29 categories, and judges in the Primary round of judging reviewed more than 32,000 Still images. During the Primary round each category had at least five judges, and no judge reviewed more than four or five categories. The judges used Photo Mechanic and Adobe Bridge to rank, score, and rate the entries.
Judging a contest the size of Best Of Photojournalism is a massive undertaking, Eiler explained. He said NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism is actually four separate contests under one name, since the divisions are Still Photojournalism, Video Photojournalism, Photojournalism Editing, and Multimedia Photojournalism. The Video judging took place at Michigan State University from March 26 through 29, and Multimedia judging was March 25.
NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism contest is sponsored this year by Ohio University's School of Visual Communication (VisCom) and Michigan State University.
BELOW: Best Of Photojournalism judges (from left) Matt Moyer, Molly Roberts, and Bert Fox judged entries in the Picture Editing category today while students watched at Ohio University's School of Visual Communication in Athens. Photograph by Heather Rousseau