The Best of Photojournalism Picture Editing competition recognizes the individuals and publications that practice and promote great photojournalism through great picture editing.

Picture editing is a complex and multifaceted process. Picture editors identify the best pictures and shepherd them to the public eye. They ensure that the text and pictures work together to tell a story. Picture editors work to facilitate page design and layout that engages and enlightens readers.

Great picture editors help teach the photographers they work with to see and communicate more clearly and deeply.

The act of editing itself may be a team effort, or it may be performed by an individual, but it is never completely in isolation.

Deadline February 3rd, 2017 3pm EST.

Contest Format

Entries in all Newspaper and Magazine Picture Editing categories must be submitted in PDF format sRGB (not CMYK) color space.  EXCEPT for the Best Use of Photography categories. The Best Use categories for print publications (EU01, EU02 and EU03) require hard-copy entries.

Everyone must register to enter Best of Photojournalism 2016.

To do so, simply click the Register Now link.

Once you've registered,

  1. Click the My Account link at the top of the page.
  2. Look for BOP in the list of contests you have registered for on the My Account page, and click the Submit Work button.
  3. You'll be logged in to the contest server and shown a list of enterable contests.
  4. If you registered for BOP, it should be first on the list. Click View My Entries to see your files, and Enter Now to upload a new one

 

The first time you upload a file, you will be asked to enter the name and email address you want to use for the contest, and agree to the contest rules. When you do so, you will be issued with an 8-digit Contest Identification Code, which will serve as your ‘name’ for the contest: entrants in the Best Use print categories must include this 8-digit code on the entry label for each hard-copy edition they enter. The Contest ID will automatically be included with PDF entries, but we may ask you for your ID if you have a question about an entry.

Note that if you are entering more than one division of the Best of Photojournalism competition (for example, Photo Editing and Multimedia), you can use the same Contest Identification Code for all divisions.

For entries in the Magazine and Newspaper Picture Editing categories, you can submit your PDF files using the online entry form. Which can be accessed, after you have registered, via the 'Submit Work' button on your 'My Account' page.

The intent of the Best of Photojournalism Picture Editing contest is to judge the best of picture editing in each of the categories published during the past year. To that end, the contest judges should see exactly what the readers saw in print. Presenting a PDF with content different from that in the final printed publication is inconsistent with the goals and ethics of the competition. Entries that have been altered or re-edited for this contest will be disqualified. (Note that compressing your PDFs for screen display is not considered to be alteration.)

Modified “Smallest File Size” PDFs will be used to judge all categories except for the Best Use of Photography categories. Those categories (EU01, EU02, EU03) require complete printed editions of each publication.

Each entry in the Photo Editing division (whether in PDF or hard copy) must be submitted using the Online Entry Form. For PDF entries, the Online Entry Form saves your file on the contest server, and generates page thumbnails for quick browsing. For the hard-copy Best Use of Photography entries, the entry form generates a printable entry label which should be attached to your entry.

Number of Entries Allowed

There is no limit on the number of entries allowed per editor or editing team, but we encourage entrants to exercise “good editing” in entry preparation.

PDF Format Requirements

  • Only “screen resolution” or “smallest file size” PDFs should be entered. As part of the “smallest file size” compression, images with resolutions above 240 DPI should be down-sampled to 150 DPI using bicubic interpolation.

 

  •  Font subsets should be included.

  • If possible, the color space should be set to sRGB to ensure accurate reproduction on the projector.

  • No slide show or special program should be used. Simply save each entry as a PDF file, using Adobe Acrobat or your page layout program.

  • Multiple-page presentations must be assembled into a single PDF. They should be in reading order (using natural spreads) and not in printing order (printer spreads). This is critical if judges are to comprehend the sequence flow of pages presented to the readers of your publication.

The requirement that each entry be saved as a single PDF file applies to all categories, including the picture editing portfolio categories (EM08, EN11, and EN12).

Assurance: The judging body will attempt to ensure that all entries are judged in an appropriate category. The judges will not be re-categorizing entries. We strongly encourage entrants to use care in selecting the most appropriate category.

The cover of a magazine.

Each entry must be a single PDF file.

Coverage of an individual news event–Single or multiple pages.

Each entry must be a single PDF file.

Entries may be presented as a single page, two-page spread (double truck), gatefold or double gatefold.

Each entry must be a single PDF file.

A non-news story about food, fashion, natural history, science/technology, or similar topics. The expectation is that the images are illustrative or essay oriented.

Each entry must be a single PDF file.

Entries may consist of single or multiple pages.

Each entry must be a single PDF file.

Submit 4 examples of the series or feature.

The total entry must be a single PDF file.

Entries may consist of single or multiple pages.

Each entry must be a single PDF file.

A portfolio of no more than 10 complete entries from the listed Magazine Picture Editing categories. Judges will consider range and diversity of entrant’s portfolio.

The entire portfolio must be saved as a single PDF file.

The term ‘single page’ is defined in the newspaper portion of the contest as a lone page (tabloid or broad sheet). A double-truck or center spread will be defined as a multiple page entry.

The front page of the newspaper.

Each entry must be a single PDF file.

A news section front other than the front page. Usually a local, regional, or metro section front.

The front page from the Sports section. Interior pages should be entered in EN04

One or more pages. Single-page entries that ran as the front page should be entered in EN03.

The total entry must be a single PDF file.

A single-page presentation of a photojournalistic or documentary project. Breaking news coverage should be entered in EN12.

A multiple-page presentation of a photojournalistic or documentary project. 

The total project entry must be a single PDF file.

A single page presentation of food, fashion, natural history, science or technology, or related topics. The expectation is that the images are illustrative or essay oriented. Feature pages should be entered in EN05.

A special section presentation or reprint. Not a normal section of the paper.

Each entry must be a single PDF file.

This category is intended for photo columns, personality profile series, or similar presentations.

Each entry must be a single PDF file containing all four examples.

 

A portfolio of 10 (PDF) entries from the Newspaper Picture Editing categories. Judges will consider range and diversity of entrant’s portfolios.

The entry must be submitted as a single PDF file containing the entire portfolio.

 

A portfolio of no more than 10 (PDF) entries from the Newspaper Picture Editing categories. Judges will consider range and diversity of entrant’s portfolio.

The entry must be submitted as a single PDF file containing the entire portfolio.

A single page presentation, other than a section front, of news from within a single news cycle.

 

Note: These categories must be entered with complete editions of the publications. (Please remove any advertising inserts or stuffers.)

 

Submit 4 complete editions of the newspaper, each from a different month

Submit 4 complete editions of the newspaper, each from a different month

Submit 4 issues from calendar year 2016.

 

  • All entries must be submitted on or before the deadline of 3 PM EST on February 3, 2017.

  • Make sure multi-page entries are stored in one multi-page PDF, rather than a folder of single-page PDF’s.

  • Make sure your entries are uploaded to the Online Entry Form.

Submitting Online

To simplify entry and troubleshooting, you must submit your entries using the Online Entry Form.

Page thumbnails of your files will automatically be generated, and you can view the list of your entries online to confirm that everything is correct.

Submitting Entries by Mail

All entries in the Best Use of Photography categories for print publications (EU01, EU02, and EU03) must be shipped, as those categories require full printed issues of your publication.

Mailing Address:

Please mail hard-copy entries from the Best Use of Photography categories (with attached Entry Labels) to:

National Press Photographers Association

Best of Photojournalism Editing Entries

120 Hooper St

Athens, GA 30602

All entries which are shipped to NPPA must be sent on or before the deadline of February 3rd, 2017. The postmark or shipping label date will be used to confirm shipment times for entries received after the deadline.