Thursday, April 21, 2011

Garza is NPPA Region 4 POY

Ryan Garza from The Flint Journal is the NPPA Region 4 POY for 2010 knocking off 2009 winner Marshall Gorby from the Springfield News-Sun. The two were in a dead heat waiting on results from October in the monthly clip contest. When the results came in Garza had four wins good for 160 points to win the title.

Barbara Perenic from Springfield placed fifth in the contest and former ONPA member Matt Detrich from the Indianapolis Star placed sixth.

Final Top 10 Standings
1st - Ryan Garza, The Flint Journal - 942
2nd - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun - 784
3rd - Dave Weatherwax, The Herald - 660
4th - Kendra Stanley-Mills, The Muskegon Chronicle - 594
5th - Barbara Perenic, Springfield News-Sun - 572
6th - Matt Detrich, The Indianapolis Star - 544
7th - Nick Dentamaro, The Jackson Citizen Patriot - 350
8th - Neil Blake - 326
9th - Cory Morse, Grand Rapids Press - 302
10th - Charlie Nye, The Indianapolis Star - 234

Former Troy Daily News photographer killed in Libya

Former Troy Daily News photographer Chris Hondros, 41, was killed Wednesday while covering unrest between Libyan government troops and rebels. Hondros, a North Carolina State graduate completed his masters degree at Ohio University in 1996. Also killed in the mortar and grenade attack was Academy Award-nominated photojournalist Tim Hetherington.

There are several links to stories and a tribute on the News York Times Lens blog.
The News & Observer, Raleigh, NC
NPPA president Sean D. Elliot

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

ONPA Quarterly television contest to resume

After hearing from several new members and with the commitment of those who were entering, the ONPA Quarterly Television Clip Contest will continue in 2011. The normal first quarter deadline has been extended until April 30 to give photographers time to submit their entries.

Contest chairman David Bradford will continue to oversee the process. Updated rules and entry forms are available for download.

Still contest judges comment on small market POY category

Judges in the 2010 ONPA year-end contest chose not to recognize any portfolios in the small market POY category. Their decision brought an immediate reaction from the staff of one of the newspapers affected when no award given for the category was posted online.

Judges were aware that some would question their decision, but they also wanted to address the issue for those not present. They sat down with ONPA still vice president Jonathan Quilter, who recorded the interview as they explained their decision. Listen to the audio file. The first voice on the recording is is Quilter followed by judges, in order, Boyzell Hosey, Danese Kenon and Ross Taylor.

Under the contest rules judges are permitted to eliminate any category with less the 15 entries. Awards beyond first place in all categories are at the judges discretion. The small market POY category was not the only one judges wanted to eliminate. They also did not feel the quality of work in the product illustration category was worthy of recognition, but with 18 entries they were forced to award a first place.

At Saturday's business meeting the membership voted to not have portflio categories be subject to the rule allowing judges to eliminate a category with less than 15 entries.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Let the judging begin

The single categories in the ONPA annual still contest have all been judged and results and galleries have all been posted on the ONPA website. All the results are in from the Online Photojournalism contest can be found there as well.

The Plain Dealer leads the Staff of the Year competition for large market papers with 83 points, followed by the Cincinnati Enquirer with 42 points and The Columbus Dispatch with 28 points.

The Springfield News-Sun leads the small market papers with 16 points and is the only small market paper with more than one win.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Schedule set for judging and educational seminar

The schedule for the combined ONPA still contest judging, educational seminar and business meeting is now set for the three-day event which begins Thursday night at The Columbus Dispatch.

Still contest judging will begin Thursday evening and continue on Friday.
Results will be posted online throughout the judging process. The judging will not be streamed online this year. The results from the online photojournalism contest will be released on Thursday. We also hope to have results for the television contest as well.

There are no registration fees this year for the seminar which takes place on Saturday. Greg Bledsoe, a reporter and photographer for NBC San Diego will open the program at 9 a.m.. Following Bledsoe will be Boyzell Hosey, director of photography at the St. Petersburg Times at 10:30 a.m.. The annual ONPA business meeting will be at noon.

Ross Taylor, staff photographer at The Virginia-Pilot will open the afternoon session at 1:30 p.m. with Danese Kenon, multimedia journalist at the Indianapolis Star scheduled to speak at 3 p.m..

Award winners will be recognized following the program. Plaques will be shipped to winners in five to six weeks.

For those not familiar The Columbus Dispatch is located at 34 S. Third St in the heart of downtown Columbus. The nearest parking is behind the building on 4th St., 1/2 block south of Broad St.. Parking fees apply. Fourth St. is one way north bound and Third St. is one way south bound.

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