Wednesday, November 26, 2008

OHSAA State football finals

After pushing yourself away from a turkey dinner many of you will be heading for Canton or Massillon this weekend to shoot the state football finals. OHSAA has a media release available in pdf format with complete information on the games.

Don't forget the Gore-Tex and handwarmers.

Open season on deer

Only Marshall Gorby from the Springfield News-Sun (the king of spot news) could shoot his buck before the gun season evens opens. Gorby has made a living racking up awards and points in clip contests with his spot news photos over the years. Somehow I think his latest effort will show up on the winners list for November. The deer attempting to ram a vehicle had earlier been ramming a house and was eventually Tasered by police and euthanized. 

The odd part of the whole thing is its not the first time Gorby captured an image under these circumstances this year. In April he photographed a deer bouncing off a fence at some tennis courts. In this case the deer was herded out of the area to a nearby cemetery.

I know one thing - deer season opens next week in Ohio - I want this guy beside me while I'm in the woods.

Gorby and fellow staffer Barbara Perenic are the lone Ohio photographers who appear in the top ten standings of  NPPA's Region 4 clip contest

Region 4 Standings
1st - Matt Detrich/The Indianapolis Star - 1198
2nd - David Stephenson/Lexington Herald Leader - 1076
3rd - Ryan Garza/The Flint Journal - 838
4th - Marshall Gorby/Springfield News-Sun - 734
5th - Charlie Nye/The Indianapolis Star - 618
6th - Barbara Perenic/Springfield News-Sun - 538
7th - Erik Holladay/The Jackson Citizen-Patriot - 514
8th - Erin McCracken/Evansville Courier & Press - 494
9th - Clayton Jackson/The Advocate Messenger - 478
10th - Denny Simmons/Evansville Courier & Press - 398 

There is plenty of great work being produced elsewhere in the state, but I'm not sure how many Ohio shooters are participating in the contest these days. With NPPA dues at $110 and many employers no longer reimbursing photographers for their membership fees, the NPPA ranks have been thinning.

Until recently when the NPPA contest went online it was also virtually impossible to track results or standings so many photographers lost interest. While the NPPA site now provides that information its a bit clumsy. The results are broke down by category instead of region so you need to do a lot of clicking if all you're really interested in are Region 4 results. Hopefully that will improve in time.

Those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones and we'll take our lumps for not presenting clip winners in a timely manner the past few years. We hope this forum will address that issue. Links have been provided to galleries for winners from January through July. Simply click on the headline for that month's results or the link found at the bottom of the post.

August winners should be posted in a day or two. September clips are coming in now and will be posted when all have been received.

Kudos to clip contest chairman Neal Lauron for keeping the contest running smoothly and making sure judges get their work done in a timely manner.



Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Canon begins to ship EOS-5D Mark II

The Canon EOS-5D Mark II is on its way to dealers which should put this much anticipated camera into photographers hands very soon. The camera's video capability got rave reviews back in September when Vincent Laforet's video shot with a preproduction model was posted online.

It will be interesting to see who the first users of this camera will be. In the current climate many newspapers would rather pay for repairs than to replace equipment. The video capability will be the big selling point. Anyone fortunate enough to get their hands on one send us a link and we'll post your video.


Monday, November 24, 2008

Downsizing - subtraction by subtraction

Get a couple of media types in a conversation these days and the subject is more than likely going to be about industry downsizing rather than what story they are pursuing. Hard to blame em - first you need to have a job before you can worry about what you're going to produce.

David Carr with the New York Times compares the newspaper industry with Circuit City who has recently filed for bankruptcy. There are many who think the demise of the electronic retailer was tied to its decision to rid itself of its "high priced" sales force and hire cheap and inexperienced replacements.

Newspapers are shedding talent and want to embrace their future on the Web. Problem is there is no one left to produce the content to feed the beast. The same journalists who have been turned loose by their publishers are now the competition. A second Times story by Richard Perez-Pena looks at VoiceofSanDiego.org and other non-profit journalistic entities.

Not only do publishers loose talent and content with their downsizing - now there is one more place for their advertisers to divert their spending to.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

News media now required to wear safety vest

A new federal law requiring news media to wear high visibility safety vests while working on federal highways goes into effect Nov 24, 2008. The National Newspaper Association is selling vests which meet the requirement for $15-$17 dollars plus shipping. Full story

Revenue and staffing continue to fall

Buyouts and layoffs continue in the ever troubled news gathering sector as revenue and circulation continue to fall.
At the Beacon Journal in Akron buyouts and early retirement packages were offered to employees with a goal of shrinking the newsroom by 17%. Eighteen people stepped forward, which was enough payroll savings to avoid layoffs. In the photography department 30-year veteran Lew Stamp and Ken Love both opted for buyout packages. Stamp is pursuing freelance video work, while Love, who earlier this year went to part time status at the Beacon, will now be able to focus full time on his freelance business.

Three years ago the Beacon Journal had ten photographers - they number only five now. The staff cuts came on the heals of a single copy price hike and the elimination of several feature page sections. The paper also recently announced that has given its two year cancellation notice to the Associated Press. This follows notice by The Columbus Dispatch to do the same.

The Associated Press has announced that it will trim 10 percent of its work force over the next year as a cut in fees paid by member newspapers and a declining economy take their toll. The staff reduction will amount to a loss of more than 400 positions.

First there was OHNO, the publishers desperate attempt to deal with AP's rate structure and their own shrinking newsrooms. Now comes the next joint venture - this one dealing with circulation. Beacon Journal carriers now deliver the Plain Dealer in the Beacon Journal circulation footprint. How far away are we from publishing "Ohio Today" and manning bureaus in our respective cities. Newspapermen like John S. Knight must be rolling over in their graves. You can read comments about OHNO by Plain Dealer editor Susan Goldberg here.

To the north at The Plain Dealer, a nervous staff waits to see if a layoff phone call will come on Dec 15. The paper had announced plans to cut 38 positions but increased the number to 50. Employees have been given until Nov. 20 to decide to leave voluntarily. If 50 don't volunteer, the paper will then resort to layoffs. Employees (full story) have now been told they will be notified by phone on Dec 15 as to their fate.

Television is not immune to downsizing as the plug was pulled on an Akron news cable operation of Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC-TV. While Gannett has been in the headlines for massive layoffs in its newspaper division there are some notable departures from its on-air personal at WKYC that are more than likely tied to the financial picture. Longtime anchor Tim White was not able to come to terms on a new contract. Veteran reporter Obie Shelton also failed to get a new contract.

Across town News Corporation announced that it will sell eight of its owned-and-operated FOX network affiliated television stations including FOX-8 in Cleveland to Oak Hill Capital Partners for $1.1 billion in cash.

In one of the more bazaar headlines dealing with cutbacks across the country at the Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger Assistant Deputy Photo Editor Mitchell Seide and reporter Jason Jett have been reassigned to the mail room. The pair declined a buyout offer. (Full story)

Dayton videographer saves a life

WDTN-TV photographer Don Hatcher has been given the inaugural Citizen Life Saving Award from the Urbana City Council for the role he played in saving the life of a traffic accident victim in January. Full story

Friday, November 21, 2008

Ohio news photographer killed in head-on crash

Misty Spurgeon, 26, a photographer for the Northwest Signal in Napoleon, was killed Saturday, Nov 8 on her way to an assignment when her car was struck head-on by a pickup truck near Waterville, OH.

Ohio State Highway Patrol officers investigating the crash said that Spurgeon's car was hit by a pickup truck that was trying to pass a tractor-trailer. The photographer was driving westbound on U.S. 24 on her way to cover a Patrick Henry High School football playoff game, her newspaper reported. Spurgeon was pronounced dead at the scene by a Lucas County Coroner. Full story

Tim Hussin Wins 63rd College POY Title

        Tim Hussin of the University of Florida has been named the 63rd College Photographer of the Year after judging at the University of Missouri's School of Journalism.
        
         Amanda Lucier of the University of Missouri was the first runner-up with silver in the portfolio category. Second runner-up in the portfolio category was NPPA member Lane Christiansen of Southern Illinois University.
        
        Ohio University students, Noah Rabinowitz, Jenn Ackerman, Andrew Burkle, Maisie Crow were all first place winners in individual categories. Ackerman took first in Individual Video, Documentary and Feature.
        
        For a look at the winners click here.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

First quarter television clip results

General News
1st - Billy Muhammed, WJW-TV, Opening Day
2nd - Steve Maguire, WBNS-TV, Starving Dog Rescue
3rd - David Bradford, WJW-TV, Politics can be Rough

News Feature
1st - Jeff Ritter, WBNS-TV, White Wedding
2nd - David Bradford, WJW-TV, Computer Sketch Artist
3rd - Steve Maguire, WBNS-TV, Dr. Buckeye

In Depth
1st - Billy Muhammed, WJW-TV, Snakes on a Plane
2nd - Byron Stirsman, WHIO-TV, Cowboy Church
3rd - Scott Doelling, WBNS-TV, Hotel Disservice 
HM - Dan Pasciak, WUPW-TV, Making Pierogis

Spot News
1st - Kendall Griggs, WJW-TV, East Cleveland Fire
2nd - Ryan Vetter, WTOL-TV, Defiance Flooding
3rd - Byron Stirsman, WHIO-TV, Hart St. fire

Judged at WPMI-TV

Standings

1st - Billy Muhammed, WJW-TV - 23 pts.
2nd - Byron Stirsman, WHIO-TV - 14 pts.
          David Bradford, WJW-TV - 14 pts.
          Steve Maguire, WBNS-TV - 14 pts.
5th - Kendal Griggs, WJW-TV - 12 pts.
         Jeff Ritter, WBNS-TV - 12 pts.
7th - Ryan Vetter, WTOL-TV - 9 pts.
8th - Scott Doelling, WBNS-TV 6 pts.
9th - Dan Pasciak, WUPW-TV - 2 pts.

September clip results

Spot News
1st - Neal Lauron, The Columbus Dispatch, "Plane Crash"
2nd - Jeff Hinckley, The Columbus Dispatch, "Powerful Winds"
3rd - Tom Dodge, The Columbus Dispatch, "Fire Burns" 
HM - Jim Noelker, Dayton Daily News, "Pedestrians Hit"



General News
1st - Lisa Powell, Dayton Daily News, "Frustration Grows"
2nd -Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch, "Wearing his Hat"
3rd - Tom Dodge, The Columbus Dispatch, "Waiting"




Feature Single
1st - Joshua Gunter, The Plain Dealer, "Candles and Flashlight"
2nd - Teesha McClam, Dayton Daily News, "Sprinkling Rain"
3rd - Jeff Hinckley, The Columbus Dispatch, "Corn Talk"





Portrait

1st - Jeff Hinckley, The Columbus Dispatch, "Bubble Gum Artist"
2nd - Tom Dodge, The Columbus Dispatch, "Hunter Family Home"
3rd - Shari Lewis, The Columbus Dispatch, "Ralph Nader"





Sports
1st - Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer, "Welcome Committee"
2nd - Marvin Fong, The Plain Dealer, "OSU vs OU"
3rd - Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch, "Wrapping Up"




Feature Picture Story
1st - Neal C. Lauron, The Columbus Dispatch, "Hurricane Remnants"
2nd - Chris Russell, The Columbus Dispatch, "All God’s Children"
3rd - Tim Revell, ThisWeek Newspapers, "Labor Day Festival"




3rd Qtr Illustration
1st - Phil Mastuzo, Akron Beacon Journal, "Oatmeal Cake"
2nd - Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch, "Lock and Loaded"
3rd - Neal Lauron, The Columbus Dispatch, "Clippers Pavers"





Judges: From the Journal & Courier, Lafayette, Indiana. Michael Heinz, Multimedia Editor, and staff photographers John Terhune, Jamie Lynn Chevillet, and Brent Drinkut

August clip results

Spot News
1st - Ron Alvey, Dayton Daily News, "Teen Shooting"
2nd - Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun, "Accident"
3rd - Ken Love, Akron Beacon Journal, "Apartment Fire"



General News
1st - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun, "Parents in Courtroom"
2nd - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun, "Courtroom Reaction"
3rd - Chris Russell, The Columbus Dispatch, "Boys & Girls Club Closure"



Feature Single
1st - Adam Cairns, This Week Newspapers, "Frog Jump"
2nd - Scott Heckel, The Repository, "Goth Bumper Car"
3rd - Andrea Kjerrumgaard, This Week Newspapers, "Llama Reaction"



Portrait
1st - Chris Russell, The Columbus Dispatch, "Bohemians"
2nd - Phil Masturzo, Akron Beacon Journal, "Football Player" 
3rd - Lisa DeJong, The Plain Dealer, "Circus Clown"  








Sports
1st - Bob Rossiter, The Repository, "Interception"
2nd - Neal C. Lauron, The Columbus Dispatch, "Little Fan"
3rd - Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer, "Interception"








Feature Picture Story
1st - Neal C. Lauron, The Columbus Dispatch, "New Wheelchair"
2nd - Neal C. Lauron, The Columbus Dispatch, "Disabled Sports Camp"
3rd - Barbara J. Perenic, Springfield News-Sun, "Water Park"




July clip results

Spot News
1st - Marshall Gorby, Springfield-News Sun, "Fire in Park Lane"
2nd - Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch, "Neighbors Efforts can't Save 4-Year-Old"
3rd - James D. DeCamp, The Columbus Dispatch, "Pedestrian, Driver Killed"
HM - James D. Decamp, The Columbus Dispatch, "Family Members React to Fire Death"







General News
1st - Lisa DeJong, The Plain Dealer, "Pres. Bush Birthday Stop"
2nd - Jeff Hinckley, The Columbus Dispatch, "Man Pleads Guilty to Three Murders"
3rd - Shari Lewis, The Columbus Dispatch, "Working Poor at Food Ministry"





Feature Single
1st - Chuck Humel, Elyria Chronicle & Telegram, "Splish Splash"
2nd - Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun, "Pig Scramble"
3rd - Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun, "Horse Surrogate Mom"
HM - Barbara J. Perenic, Springfield News-Sun, "Clark County Fair"













Portrait
1st - Neal C. Lauron, Columbus Dispatch, "Prosthetic Glass Eye"
2nd - Lisa DeJong, The Plain Dealer, "Color Guard with Flag"
3rd - Shari Lewis, The Columbus Dispatch, "Sibling Celebration"
HM - Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun, "Mohawk at the Fair"
HM - Wayne Thomas, The Morning Journal, "Raising the Flag"



Sports
1st - Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun, "Golf Reaction"
2nd - Joshua Gunther, The Plain Dealer, "BMX Rider goes Airborne"
3rd - Mark A. Duncan, Associated Press, "Shattered Bat"
HM - Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun, "Cage Fight Training"
HM - Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch, "Cup and String Telephone Message"











Feature Picture Story
1st - Andrea Kjerrumgarrd, The Columbus Dispatch, "Boxing Provides a Community Lifeline"
2nd - Shari Lewis, The Columbus Dispatch, "Esteven's Adoption"
3rd - Chris Russell, The Columbus Dispatch, "Krishna Community"
HM - Karen Carter, Delaware Gazette, "More Than a Game"



Judges: From The Grand Rapids Press: Rex Larsen, Chris Clark, Lance Wynn, Emily Zoladz and Lori Cool.

June clip results

Spot News
1st - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News Sun, "Home owners"
2nd - Patricia Schaeffer, The Morning Journal, "Destroyed Home"
3rd - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News Sun, "Wade Through the Water"



General News
1st - Fred Squillante, The Columbus Dispatch, "Deepest Sorrow"
2nd - Wayne Thomas, The Morning Journal, "Fallen Soldier"
3rd - Wayne Thomas, The Morning Journal, "Teary Veteran"
HM - Jeff Hinkley, The Columbus Dispatch, "Burned Garage"














Feature Single
1st - Lisa DeJong, The Plain Dealer, "Graduation"
2nd - Peggy Turbett, The Plain Dealer, "Giraffe"
3rd - Tom Dodge, The Columbus Dispatch, "Kid With Fan"
HM - Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch, "Lincoln Park Pool"





Portrait
1st - Lynn Ischay, The Plain Dealer, "Crow"
2nd - Tom Dodge, The Columbus Dispatch, "Fisherman"
3rd - Kyle Lanzer, Sun Newspapers, "Kayla"





Sports
1st - Scott Heckel, The Repository, "Patrick Henry Baseball"
2nd - Gus Chan, The Plain Dealer, "State Softball"
3rd - Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch, "Tee Shot #4"
HM - Joshua Gunter, The Plain Dealer, "Grady Sizemore"




Feature Picture Story
1st - Neal C. Lauron, The Columbus Dispatch, "Soldier's Funeral"






2nd Qtr Illustration
1st - Ken Love, Akron Beacon Journal, "Texting"
2nd - Phil Masturzo, Akron Beacon Journal, "Asparagas"
3rd - Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch, "Michael Kors Coat"
HM - Marvin Fong, The Plain Dealer, "Metal Mouth



Judges: From The Record (NJ) Herald News Elizabeth Lara, photojournalist; Rick Everett, managing editor; Jon Naso, director of photography


May clip results

Spot News
1st - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun, "Dog Attacks Boy"
2nd - Bob DeMay, Akron Beacon Journal, "Fire Official On the Scene"
3rd - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun, "Stepleton Comforts"









General News
1st - Tom Dodge, The Columbus Dispatch, "A Moment For Mother and Son"
2nd - Tom Dodge, The Columbus Dispatch, "Brother of Shooting Victim Restrained"
3rd - Shari Lewis, The Columbus Dispatch, "Gasoline Nears $4 a Galloon"
HM - James DeCamo, The Columbus Dispatch "A Nose For Drunken Drivers"







Feature Single
1st - Fred Squillante, The Columbus Dispatch, "A Hat Worthy of Her Ride"
2nd - Gus Chan, The Plain Deaner, "Making Music"
3rd - Ken Love, Akron Beacon Journal, "Star Sapangled Droplets"






Portrait
1st - Abigail Bobrow, Sandusky Register, "Della Bombac Cluthes"
2nd - Shari Lewis, The Columbus Dispatch, "Tara Brogan Tattoo"
3rd - Tim Revell, ThisWeek Newspapers, "Wesley Paini Spaghetti"
HM - Chris Russell, The Columbus Dispatch, "Mr Meteorology"
HM - Paul Tople, Akron Beacon Journal, "Jerry Van Vlack Candy"


Sports
1st - Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer, "Best Offense is a Good Defensel"
2nd - John Kuntz, The Plain Dealer, Springfield News-Sun, "LeBron James in the First Row"
3rd - Mark Duncan, Associated Press, "LeBron Yells At His Mom"
HM - Phil Masturzo, Akron Beacon Journal, "What Will Their Mothers Think"









Feature Picture Story
1st - Lisa DeJong, The Plain Dealer, "Beyond Rape"
2nd - Chris Russell, The Columbus Dispatch, "The Ones Left Behind"
3rd - Fred Squillante, The Columbus Dispatch, "Jubilee Museum"




Judges: From The Honolulu Advertiser, Staff photographers: Deborah Booker, Andrew Shimabuku, Joaquin Siopack, Jeff Widner and intern Akemi Hiatt


April clip results

Spot News
1st - Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun, " Pike Twp House Fire"
2nd - Lew Stamp, Akron Beacon Journal, "Teacher Car Accident"
3rd - Marvin Fong, The Plain Dealer, "Accidental Shooting"




General News
1st - Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch, "Drivers Ignore School Zone Lmits"
2nd - Barbara Perenic, Springfield News-Sun, "A pilot’s Final Flight"
3rd - Dan Trittschuh, Suburban News Publications, "State Route 315 Crash Memorial"




Feature Single
1st - Eric Albrecht, Columbus Dispatch, "Zoo Hopes For a Big Splash"
2nd - Neal C. Lauron, Columbus Dispatch, "Learning the Ropes"
3rd - Peggy Turbett, The Plain Dealer, "Trip to the Land of Frankincense"
HM - Jeff Hinckley, Columbus Dispatch, "Standing on Post"




Portrait
1st - Chris Russell, Columbus Dispatch, "Debut Crime Novel Writer"
2nd - Ken Love, Akron Beacon Journal, "Brewmaster"
3rd - James DeCamp, Columbus Dispatch, "Young Boxer"
HM - Tracy Boulian, The Plain Dealer, "The Daily Life, Building the Body"





Sports
1st - Shari Lewis, Columbus Dispatch, "Center-fielder Shadow"
2nd - Gus Chan, The Plain Dealer, "Gladiators vs. Crush"
3rd - Tracy Boulian, The Plain Dealer, "Already a Veteran"
HM - Joshua Gunter, The Plain Dealer, "Cavaliers vs. Wizards "


Feature Picture Story
1st - Jim Witner, Dayton Daily News, "Losing Weight-Gaining a Life"
2nd - Neal C. Lauron, The Columbus Dispatch, "National Guard Warrior Challenge"
3rd - Chris Russell, The Columbus Dispatch, "ParentCare"




Judges: From The Des Moines Register, Don Tormey, Director of Photography; Arturo Fernandez, Assistant Photo Editor and Mary Chind, senior photographer.

March clip results

Spot News
1st - Marvin Fong, The Plain Dealer, "Fire"
2nd - Jim Noelker, Dayton Daily News, "Flooded Auto"
3rd - Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer, "Accident Death"
HM - Lisa DeJong, The Plain Dealer, "Bus Push"
HM - Lisa DeJong, The Plain Dealer, "Snow Car"



General News
1st - Lynn Ischay, The Plain Dealer, "Funeral"
2nd - Jeff Hinckley, The Columbus Dispatch, "Soldier Painting"
3rd - Chris Russell, The Columbus Dispatch, "Podium Hug"
HM - John Kuntz, The Plain Dealer, "Artist"


Feature Single
1st - Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch, "Evening Ball"
2nd - Jim Noelker, Dayton Daily News, "War Candles"
3rd - Andrea Kjerrumgaard, The Columbus Dispatch, "Rope Climber"
HM - Anna Norris, The Morning Journal, "Bubbles"




Portrait
1st - Marshall Corby, Springfield News-Sun, "Trumpet Player"
2nd - Fred Squillante, The Columbus Dispatch, "Reflections"
3rd - Joshua Gunter, The Plain Dealer, "Tattoo"
HM - David Rea, This Week Newspspers, "Bus Reflection"







Sports
1st -Roadell Hickman, The Plain Dealer, "Cav’s Ball"
2nd - Barbara Perenic, Springfield News-Sun, "Celebration"
3rd - Marvin Fong, The Plain Dealer, "Loss"
HM - Chris Stewart, Dayton Daily News, "Ball Fall"
HM -Scott Heckle, The Repository, "Close Emotion"






Feature Picture Story
1st - Fred Squillante, The Columbus Dispatch, "Down Syndrome"
2nd - Neal Lauron, The Columbus Dispatch, "Game Loss"
3rd - Chris Stewart, Dayton Daily News, "Bus Crash"





Illustration
1st - Neal Lauron, The Columbus Dispatch, "Hockey Shot"
2nd - Fred Squillante, The Columbus Dispatch, "Pasta"
3rd - Karen Schiely, Akron Beacon Journal, "Potatoes"
HM - Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch, "Many Faces"


Judges: From The Clarion (Miss) Ledger, Staff photographers: Rick Guy, Joe Ellis, Greg Jensen, Brian Broom, Barbara Gauntt, Vicki King and Chris Todd - Photo Editor

Slideshow of winners

February clip results

Spot News
1st - Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun, "Overturned Truck"
2nd - Jim Noelker, Dayton Daily News, Police Comfort"
3rd - Jeff Hinckley, The Columbus Dispatch, "Long Wait"





General News
1st - Jim Noelker, Dayton Daily News, "Soldier Funeral"
2nd - Lisa DeJong, The Plain Dealer, "Campaign Photo"
3rd - Ken Love, Akron Beacon Journal, "Pet Hug"
HM - Ken Love, Akron Beacon Journal, "Barack Obama"
HM - Phil Masturzo, Akron Beacon Journal , "O Cheer"


Feature Single
1st - Tracy Boulian, The Plain Dealer, "Fog Feature"
2nd - Joshua Gunter, The Plain Dealer, "Tower Tired"
3rd - Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch, "Ballon Head"
HM - Lisa DeJong, The Plain Dealer, "Snow Tracks"



Portrait
1st - Marvin Fong, The Plain Dealer, "Headstone Reflection"
2nd - Joshua Gunter, The Plain Dealer, "Underwater Pose"
3rd - Jeff Hinckley, The Columbus Dispatch, "Goalie"
HM - Tracy Boulian, The Plain Dealer, "Brothers"







Sports
1st - Joshua Gunter, The Plain Dealer, "Upended"
2nd - Tracy Boulian, The Plain Dealer, "Divers Waiting"
3rd - Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun, "Jubo"
HM - Scott Heckel, The Repository, "Tackle Hoops"




Feature Picture Story
1st - Neal C. Lauron, Columbus Dispatch, "Soldier's Funeral"
2nd - Neal C. Lauron, Columbus Dispatch, "City Champs"
3rd - Neal C. Lauron, Columbus Dispatch, "Firefighters"




Judges: From The Bakersfield Californian: Alex Horvath, DOP; Michael Fagans, assistant photo editor; Felix Adamo, staff photographer; Casey Christie, staff photographer; John Harte, staff photographer.

Slideshow of winners