Sunday, October 28, 2012

Richard "Bix" Bixler dies at 84


    Longtime ONPA member Richard Bixler died Friday at 84. Bixler's freelance calling card, "Pix by Bix" always seemed to be a marketing tool with staying power. I have had young photographers quiz me on the slogan they had heard, even though they never met the man, who was simply known as Bix.

     Bix was a newshound working all night shooting spot news in the Canton area with his work regularly  appearing in The Repository. If the story had broad enough appeal we would get a call from Bix in Akron asking if we had an interest in the photos. You had to listen closely when you were on the phone with Bix as the blare of police scanners in the background would often cover the conversation.

     Many an ONPA officer would hear from Bix from time to time, sharing his views on the organization for which he worked so hard for over the years. Bixler was a recipient of ONPA's highest honor, the Robert S. Carson Award, and served as secretary and editor of the newsletter for many years.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

1st quarter television contest results released

Contest chairman Matthew Pawuk has released the first quarter television contests results. Its too early in the year to zone in on who is on top, but one thing we can tell is that it looks to be a very competitive contest with nine different photographers placing in the contest. There is also a few new names on the winners list which is always good for competition.

Complete results can be found on the ONPA website. Winning videos can be viewed here.




Pawuk is asking photographers to enter the contest digitally now. Post your videos to YouTube and simply e-mail Pawuk the links. He will compile the links and forward to the judges. This should make the process easier for both entrants and judges. Those with questions should contact Pawuk.

First quarter judges from WCNC-TV in Charlotte were impressed with the quality of work in the first quarter. Keep up the good work and encourage any co-workers who did not enter the fist quarter to submit their entries next quarter. The deadline for the 2nd quarter is July 15th, and the story must be shot and aired before the end of the second quarter. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

And the winners are:

Fox 8 videographer, Billy Muhammed won the membership drawing so his contest fee will be waived in 2012. Mansfield News Journal photojournalist, Polcyn, will be attending the Kent Multimedia Workshop, courtesy of ONPA.

The workshop is a three-day, hands-on video and photography multimedia storytelling workshop June 14-16 in Franklin Hall on the Kent Campus sponsored in part by ONPA, The Akron Beacon Journal The Plain Dealer, and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University.

All ONPA members paid for 2012 were eligible for the contest. The list was compiled by Treasurer Kimberly Barth and the winners picked by Beacon Journal staff photographer, Paul Tople.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Drawing for ONPA member to attend Kent Multimedia Workshop

Renew your ONPA membership before Memorial Day and you will be eligible to win a spot in the Kent Multimedia Workshop, sponsored in part by the ONPA. The three-day, hands-on video and photography multimedia storytelling workshop will be held on June 14-16 in Franklin Hall on the Kent State University Campus.

 All 2012 dues paying members will be eligible for the drawing. The first name drawn from a hat will win the workshop registration, valued at $195. If unable to attend, ONPA will waive their 2012 contest fee and draw another name. We will draw up to three names. Visit onpa.org for more information on the workshop.

Associated Press Society of Ohio 2011 awards

Newspapers in Columbus, Canton, Sandusky, East Liverpool and Fremont were named the best in the state Sunday in the annual Associated Press Society of Ohio newspaper competition. General Excellence awards for 2011 went to The Columbus Dispatch, The (Canton) Repository, the Sandusky Register, The (East Liverpool) Review and The (Fremont) News-Messenger.

Best Photographer awards went to Chris Russell from The Columbus Dispatch, Craig J. Orosz from The Lima News, Nick Graham, Middletown Journal, James Miller from The Marion Star, and Julie Ames from the Coshocton Tribune.

Best Online Photojournalist awards went to Doral Chenoweth III from The Columbus Dispatch, William D. Lewis, The (Youngstown) Vindicator, Jason Werling from Sandusky Register, Sarah Gordon from the Ashland Times-Gazette and Jessica St. James, The Ironton Tribune.
Sixty-seven daily newspapers submitted 2928 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2011.

Entries were judged by editors from The Washington (D.C.) Post, Division V The New York (N.Y.) Times Syndicate, Division IV the News-Enterprise, Elizabethtown, Ky., and the Kileen (Texas) Daily Herald, Division III The Dominion Post, Morgantown, W.Va., and The Statesboro (Ga.) Herald Division II and The Daily Times, Marysville, Tenn., and The Lake Sun, Camdenton, Mo., Division I.

Complete winners list available on the ONPA website.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Kent State to host first Kent Multimedia Workshop

Kent State University's School of Journalism & Mass Communication will be hosting its first Kent Multimedia Workshop - a three-day, hands-on video and photography multimedia storytelling workshop - June 14-16 in Franklin Hall on the Kent Campus.

Media professionals, faculty members, students and others interested in polishing their multimedia skills will work closely with five photography and multimedia educators to learn the skills they need to tell narrative stories using multimedia techniques.

"Our workshop is an outgrowth of the Keystone Multimedia Workshop, held each year at Penn State," said Kent State Lecturer and Student Media Adviser Susan Kirkman Zake. "We thought it would be great if the Penn State faculty joined us in Kent to teach the same type of workshop in Ohio."

Zake and her husband, Bruce, an adjunct photojournalism instructor, have traveled to State College the past three years to teach the Keystone sessions. They will be joined in Ohio by Penn State Senior Lecturers Curt Chandler, John Beale and Will Yurman, all award-winning journalists before beginning work at Penn State.

Participants may use Kent State's equipment on a first-come, first-serve basis. Supplies are limited, so attendees are encouraged to bring their own gear. Franklin Hall labs are equipped with Macintosh computers running the Adobe CS5 suite and Final Cut Pro from Apple.

The workshop has financial support of The Akron Beacon Journal, The Plain Dealer, the Ohio News Photographers Association and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University. For more information and to register, click here. Registration will close May 31 unless other arrangements are made in advance.

Monday, April 16, 2012

February clip contest results

February ONPA monthly clip contest results are in with Lisa DeJong of The Plain Dealer being the big winner for the month with fours win, three of which were second place wins. The 152 points earned puts her atop the standings.

Fred Squillante, Shari Lewis and Kyle Robertson all of The Columbus Dispatch each had three wins. Complete results and the winners gallery are on the ONPA website.

Top Five standings
1st - Lisa DeJong, The Plain Dealer -274
2nd - Fred Squillante, The Columbus Dispatch - 204
3rd - Barbara Perenic, Springfield News-Sun - 164
4th - Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch - 144
5th - Joel Hawksley, Ohio University - 142

Quarterly television contest call for entries

Matthew Pawuk from WTOL-TV in Toledo has stepped forward to take over the reins of the ONPA Television Quarterly Contest and is now accepting entries from the first quarter. Due to the change the deadline for the first quarter has been extended to April 30th. Updated contest rules and contact information can be found under the rules tab on the ONPA website.

Friday, April 13, 2012

DeJong, Lackey win ONPA POY honors

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Lisa DeJong from The Plain Dealer and Bill Lackey from the Springfield News Sun are once again ONPA Photographers of the Year. DeJong won in the large market category for the third time in four years and Lackey won the small market category for the second time in three years.

Finishing second in large market competition was Eric Albrecht from The Columbus Dispatch and winning an Award of Excellence was Michael E. Keating of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Keating won Best of Show in the contest for his entry, "Clyde Day" which was the first place winner in the feature picture story category.

The Columbus Dispatch won the Staff of the Year competition in the large market division ending The Plain Dealer's 11-year run of winning the honors. The Plain Dealer placed second and the Cincinnati Enquirer placed third. The Springfield News-Sun won in the small market division.

The James R. Gordon Ohio Understanding Award was awarded to Maddie McGarvey, a student from Ohio University, which told the story of the growing trend of grandparents raising grandchildren.

Joel Hawksley from Ohio University won the Student Photographer of the Year award. Meg Roussos from Ohio University won the Larry Fullerton Photojournalism Scholarship. Steven Turville, also from Ohio University, placed second in the category.

Kyle Robertson from The Columbus Dispatch was the first place winner in the new category of Sports Portfolio.

Fifty-five visual journalists from across the state submitted 832 entries in the 61st annual news photography contest judged over the last three days at The Columbus Dispatch.

Judging the competition were: Steve Mellon, photographer and multimedia producer at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sue Morrow, director of The Kalish Workshop and Bill Luster, retired photojournalist from the Louisville Courier Journal.

Judging multimedia and online entries remotely were: Visual journalists Brian Kaufman, Alex Bahou, Romain Blanquart and Kathy Kieliszewski , deputy director of photography from the Detroit Free Press. Dai Sugano, senior multimedia editor at the San Jose Mercury News and Mike Stocker, photojournalist (South Florida) Sun Sentinel.

Judging picture usage categories from the Houston Chronicle were: Steve Gonzales, director of photography, Jill Karnicki, photo editor and Mayra Beltraan, staff photographer.

Neal C. Lauron from The Columbus Dispatch was named Clip Photographer of the Year from points accumulated in the Association’s Monthly Clip Contest. Kyle Robertson from The Dispatch placed second and Eric Albrecht, also from The Dispatch won third place.

Winning images and videos can be viewed on the ONPA website.


The winners were:
News Photographer of Year/Large Market
First place, Lisa DeJong, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer
Second place, Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch
Award of Excellence, Michael E. Keating, Cincinnati Enquirer

News Photographer of Year/Small Market
First place, Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun

Student Photographer of the Year
First place, Joel Hawksley, Ohio University
Second place, Maddie McGarvey, Ohio University

Larry Fullerton Photojournalism Scholarship
First place, Meg Roussos, Ohio University
Second place, Steven Turville, Ohio University

Clip Contest Photographer of Year
First place, Neal C. Lauron, The Columbus Dispatch
Second place, Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch
Third place, Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch

James R. Gordon Ohio Understanding Award
First place, Maddie McGarvey, Ohio University, "A Generation Lost"
Second place, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Tales From The Heart"

Best of Show
Michael E. Keating, Cincinnati Enquirer, "Clyde Day"

Picture Usage (Large Market)
First place, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer
Second place, The Columbus Dispatch

Picture Usage (Small Market)
First place, ThisWeek Newspapers (Columbus)

Photography Staff of Year (Small Market)
First place, Springfield News-Sun

Photography Staff of Year (Large Market)
First place, The Columbus Dispatch
Second place, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer
Third place, Cincinnati Enquirer

Feature
First place, Lisa DeJong, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Cancer Prom"
Second place, Andy Morrison, The (Toledo) Blade, "Coming Out"
Third place, Brooke LaValley, The Columbus Dispatch, "Balloon Festival"
Award of Excellence, Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch, "Wet Patch"

Feature Picture Story
First place, Michael E. Keating., Cincinnati Enquirer, "Clyde Day"
Second place, Lisa DeJong, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Judgement Day"
Third place, Courtney Hergesheimer, The Columbus Dispatch, "Surviving Sepsis"
Award of Excellence, Chris Russell, The Columbus Dispatch, "A Chosen Child"

General News
First place, Dave Zapotosky, The Blade, "Walk of Shame"
Second place, Carrie Cochran, Cincinnati Enquirer, "Proud Mom"
Third place, Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun, "Flag"
Award of Excellence, Brooke LaValley, The Columbus Dispatch, "Student Protestors"

Illustration
First place, Andrea Levy, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "The Colors of the Season"
Second place, Andrea Levy, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Top Workplaces"
Third place, Andrea Levy, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "This Is Not a Fence"

News Picture Story
First place, Amy Sancetta, Associated Press, "Shanksville Memorial"
Second place, Joel Hawksley, Ohio University, "The Rainbow Family"

Pictorial
First place, Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch, "Whiteout"
Second place, Carrie Cochran, Cincinnati Enquirer, "A Majestic Morning"
Third place, Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch, "Blackhawk"
Award of Excellence, Jonathan Quilter, Columbus Dispatch, "Fountain of Youth"

Portrait Personality
First place, Brooke LaValley, The Columbus Dispatch, "Final Bow"
Second place, Lynn Ischay, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Dan Gets a Heart"
Third place, Ernest Coleman , Freelance, "Home Work Time"
Award of Excellence - Lisa DeJong, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Remember"
Award of Excellence, Lynn Ischay, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "The Perfect Job"
Award of Excellence -Lynn Ischay, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Tears For My Uncle"

Product Illustration
First place, Peggy Turbett, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Rippling White Rob Roy"

Sports Action
First place, Joel Hawksley, Ohio University Athletic Department, "Tripped Up"
Second place, Marvin Fong, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Flipped"
Third place, Tessa Berg, The Columbus Dispatch, "Marathon"
Award of Excellence, Marvin Fong, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Catch"
Award of Excellence, Paul Tople, Akron Beacon Journal, "Close"

Sports Feature
First place, Fred Squillante, The Columbus Dispatch, "Dog Sidekick"
Second place, Carrie Cochran, Cincinnati Enquirer, "NASCAR Poker"
Third place, Joel Hawksley, Ohio University Athletic Department, "Loss"
Award of Excellence, Jeremy Wadsworth, The (Toledo) Blade, "Defeat"
Award of Excellence, Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch, "Goal"

Sports Picture Story
First place, Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch, "State Swimming"
Second place, Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch, "Rob Myers"
Third place, Lori King. The (Toledo) Blade, "WNIT Champs"
Award of Excellence, Chuck Crow, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "The Season That Almost Was"

Sports Portfolio
First place, Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch
Second place, Barbara Perenic, Springfield News-Sun
Third place, Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch
Award of Excellence, Joel Hawksley, Ohio University

Spot News (Small Market)
First place, Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun, "Officer Shot"
Second place, Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun, "Officer Wounded"
Third place, Scott Heckel, The Repository, "Agonizing Call"
Award of Excellence, Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun, "Emu"

Spot News (Large Market)
First place, Jeff Hinckley, The Columbus Dispatch, "Grief"
Second place, Marvin Fong, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Shooting"
Third place, Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch, "Crash"
Award of Excellence, Amy Sancetta, AP, "Airport Winter Weather"
Award of Excellence, Chris Russell, The Columbus Dispatch , "Evacuate"

Team Picture Story
First place, The Columbus Dispatch, "SB-5"
Second place, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Serial Killer"
Third place, The Columbus Dispatch, "Matthew Hoffman"
Award of Excellence, The Columbus Dispatch, "Jim "Big Jim" Karnes"
Award of Excellence, Springfield News-Sun, "Deputy Killed"

Audio Slide Show
First place - Michael E. Keating, The Cincinnati Enquirer, "Legion Post Still Serving"
Second place - Gus Chan, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Burn Camp Counselors"
Third place - Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch, "Fields of Dreams"

News Video
First place - Doral Chenoweth III, The Columbus Dispatch, "A Trip Earned Long Ago"
Second place - Glenn Hartong, The Cincinnati Enquirer, "Search for Toddler Continues"
Third place - David I. Andersen, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Over 100 Rescued Dogs Need a Home"

Sports Video
First place - Michael E. Keating, The Cincinnati Enquirerm "Baseball in the Desert"
Second place - Michael E. Keating, The Cincinnati Enquirer, "Johnny Bench Statue"
Third place - David I. Andersen, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Kent State Gymnastics"

Feature Video
First place - Courtney Hergesheimer, The Columbus Dispatch, "Surviving Sepsis"
Second place - Brooke LaValley, The Columbus Dispatch, "Dusk to Dawn"
Third place - Chris Russell, The Columbus Dispatch, "Between Fear and Hope"

Team Video
First place - Michael E. Keating, The Cincinnati Enquirer, "Hope on the Horizon"
Participants: Michael E. Keating & Stacy Doose
Second place - Glenn Hartong, The Cincinnati Enquirer, "P&G's Next Frontier"
Participants: Glenn Hartong & Stacy Doose
Third place - Courtney Hergesheimer, The Columbus Dispatch, "Voices of Occupy Columbus"
Participants: Courtney Hergesheimer and Ty Wright

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

ONPA Online Photojournalism contest results now online

Judging of the annual ONPA still contest begins Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at The Columbus Dispatch. Single catagories will be judged first, followed by stories and then portfolios. Results and winning images will be posted throughout the two-day process on the ONPA website. Results of the ONPA Online Photojournalism Contest have already been posted along with links to the winning audio slideshows and videos.

The educational seminar and business meeting will take place on Saturday. Speaking at this year's seminar will be the 2012 NPPA Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year Nathan Thompson from WTVF-TV, Nashville, TN. Thompson will be joined by still contest judges Bill Luster, Steve Mellon and Sue Morrow.

There is no cost to OPNA member to attend either the judging or seminar. Anyone wishing to become a member can do so at the door when they arrive.

Saturday's Schedule:
9:00 a.m. - Eye-Opener: Dispatch Year in Review Slideshow
9:15 a.m.- Steve Mellon, photographer and multimedia producer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
10:30 a.m. - Break
10:45 a.m. - Sue Morrow, current director of The Kalish Workshop
Noon - ONPA Annual Meeting and Lunch (on your own or pizza if you attend the meeting)
1:45 p.m. - Nathan Thompson, WTVF-TV, Nashville, TN
(with an additional breakout session workshop with Nathan at 3pm)
3:00 p.m. - Break
3:15 p.m. - Bill Luster, retired photojournalist, The Louisville Courier-Journal
4:30 p.m. - Annual ONPA Still Contest Winners Slideshow

The Columbus Dispatch is located at 34 S. Third St. downtown Columbus.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Columbus Dispatch to be the first to convert to a compact tabloid

The stately oak is being trimmed to a flowering ornamental as the dead tree version of The Columbus Dispatch is converted to a compact tabloid beginning this fall.

The paper will be the first in the world to utilize new press technology which which not only allows the paper to be printed faster, but also saves newsprint. The new format will shrink the current print edition from a 11.5 by 22-inch page to a much leaner 10.5 by 14.6-inch page.

In their marketing of the new format they say, "It's Smart".

You might think of it as the iPaper.



Focus group readers have praised the new format for being easier to handle and find content. Publishers will praise the savings in newsprint. If the format is the success with readers and advertisers as deep thinkers hope, presses converted to the new technology will be busy.

The Dispatch has already signed agreements to print Gannett's Cincinnati Enquirer and Kentucky Enquirer which will also switch to the new format later this year.

Keating to leave the Cincinnati Enquirer

Veteran Cincinnati Enquirer photojournalist and longtime ONPA member Michael E. Keating is taking a buyout from the newspaper.

The paper's parent company Gannett made an offer to 800 eligible employees and will reportedly grant requests to 665 employees all of which are 56 years old with at least 20 years' service.

Keating's work has been a model of consistency over the years, routinely winning awards and generating excellent stories. The ONPA POY title has escaped him, but Keating is no "one hit wonder". His work has placed in the POY competition seven times over the years.

He may be taking a buyout, but there is no fall-off in the work he is generating today. His story about his longtime neighbor Clyde Day who was 104 years old was recently featured on the New York Times Lens blog in a post by James Estrin.

It would be no surprise to see his portfolio once again be recognized by the judges this year.

I know not Keating's plans for life after the Enquirer, but if the past is any indication, whatever he does, he'll do well.

Schedule revised for ONPA seminar

The scheduleof events for the ONPA educational seminar Saturday, April 14 at The Columbus Dispatch has been revised. Note the changes if you were coming to hear a particular speaker.

Revised seminar schedule of events
9:00 a.m. - Eye-Opener: Dispatch Year in Review Slideshow
9:15 a.m.- Steve Mellon, photographer and multimedia producer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
10:30 a.m. - Break
10:45 a.m. - Sue Morrow, current director of The Kalish Workshop
Noon - ONPA Annual Meeting and Lunch (on your own or pizza if you attend the meeting)
1:45 p.m. - Nathan Thompson, WTVF-TV, Nashville, TN
(with an additional breakout session workshop with Nathan at 3pm)
3:00 p.m. - Break
3:15 p.m. - Bill Luster, retired photojournalist, The Louisville Courier-Journal
4:30 p.m. - Annual ONPA Still Contest Winners Slideshow

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Seminar and still contest judging return to The Disptach

The annual ONPA educational seminar and still contest picture judging returns to The Columbus Dispatch, April 12-14. The event will follow last year's format and is free to attend for ONPA members in good standing. Anyone wishing to become a member can do so at the door when they arrive.

Judging of the still contest will begin late Thursday afternoon and continue through the day on Friday. As in past years the Television and Online Photojournalism contest entries have been sent out for judging with results expected to be in hand before the event.

The educational seminar and business meeting taking place on Saturday. Speaking at this year's seminar will be the 2012 NPPA Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year Nathan Thompson from WTVF-TV, Nashville, TN. Thompson will be joined by still contest judges Bill Luster, Steve Mellon and Sue Morrow.

Saturday's Schedule:
9:00 a.m. - Nathan Thompson, WTVF-TV, Nashville, TN
(with an additional breakout session workshop with Nathan at 10:30am)
10:30 a.m. - Sue Morrow, current director of The Kalish Workshop
Noon to 1:30pm ONPA Annual Meeting and Lunch (on your own or pizza if you attend the meeting)
1:30 p.m. - Steve Mellon, photographer and multimedia producer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
3:00 p.m. - Bill Luster, retired photojournalist, The Louisville Courier-Journal

The Columbus Dispatch is located at 34 S. Third St downtown Columbus.

Full bios of the speakers can be found on the ONPA website.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bradford, Ghanbari winners in NPPA's Best of Photojournalism

David Bradford and Ali Ghanbari of WJW-TV in Cleveland were among the winners in NPPA's 2012 Best of Photojournalism contest.

Bradford won first place in the Photo Essay category of video editing for his entry "Lets Roll", a story about the annual pumpkin roll on Grove Hill in Chagrin Falls.



Judges commenting on Bradford's entry said, "the story was the clear favorite for number one. It had everything it needed from start to finish being a super solid nat sound story." Bradford's story placed first in General News in the ONPA year-end contest.

Ghanbari was a first place winner in the General News category for his story, "Walking With Unknown". The story about those who stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery was the Best of Show winner in the ONPA year-end contest.

Judges said of Ghanbari's entry, "Watching “Walk with Unknowns” was like getting an education in visual storytelling. The story, pace, reverence, and feel - that is so hard to teach - was perfect. The art of editing is in the pace and this photographer nailed it. The ending put the icing on the cake and obviously took some forethought."

Ghanbari also won an honorable mention in the 48 Hour Feature category for his story Faces Of Freedom, about northeast Ohio Veterans who served our country during WWII, Korean war, Vietnam,Iraq and Afghanistan.

Judges picked Nathan Thompson of WTVF-TV in Nashville, as this year's Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year. Anne Herbst of KUSA-TV in Denver was the runner-up for the Ernie Crisp title. They also picked Amanda Dennis, from News 12 Connecticut, as the Video Editor of the Year.

Station of the Year honors went to WBFF-TV in Baltimore (Large Market), WAVY-TV in Portmouth, VA (Medium Market) KCCI-TV in Des Moines, IA, (Small Market). This is the fourth time in five years KCCI-TV has won the title, winning Small Market honors in 2011, 2007, and 2009.

Complete contest results can be found here.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Lauron wins his fourth ONPA clip POY title

Results of the long-lost September clip contest are in and as expected Neal C. Lauron of The Columbus Dispatch is the 2011 Monthly Still Clip Contest Photographer of the Year.

Kyle Robertson of The Dispatch retained his hold on second place, while co-worker Eric Albrecht leapfrogged Lisa DeJong of The Plain Dealer to claim third place. Marshall Gorby of the Springfield News Sun placed fifth.

The POY clip title is the fourth for Lauron putting him one shy of Jim Witmer of the Dayton Daily News, who won five titles while at the Troy Daily News. Lauron's other wins came in 2008, 2005, and 2001 when he tied with Kyle Lanzer.

2011 Top ten standings
1st - Neal Lauron, The Columbus Dispatch - 1114
2nd - Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch - 984
3rd - Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch - 954
4th - Lisa DeJong, The Plain Dealer - 884
5th - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun - 634
6th - Chris Russell, The Columbus Dispatch -612
7th - Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun - 604
8th - Jonathan Quilter, The Columbus Dispatch - 602
9th - Jeff Hinckley, The Columbus Dispatch -594
10th - Barbara Barbara, Springfield News-Sun - 502

Complete standings are under the Still Clip Contest tab on the ONPA website. Be sure to click on 2011 results as the page defaults to the current year's results.

Just a reminder that the contest is now entered electronically. For those needing rules they can be downloaded here.

One item entrants need reminded of is that although clips are now entered electronically the photos must have been published in the publication's print edition or official website, of which there can only be one. Personal blogs and Facebook postings do not constitute as being published for the purposes of this contest. Questions concerning the electronic clip contest can be directed to contest chairmen Adam Cairns or Kyle Robertson.


Sunday, February 26, 2012

ONPA Clip contest update

As regular entrants of the ONPA monthly still clip contest can tell you, the backlog of results is now behind us as several months of winners notifications have been flooding e-mail boxes the past several weeks. The last of those sent includes results from the November contest.

While there are still points to be earned it appears that Neal Lauron of The Columbus Dispatch will be on top when the final results come in, but we have seen wild swings in the contest in other years. The real race appears to be for second and third between Lisa DeJong of The Plain Dealer and Kyle Robertson and Eric Albrecht from The Dispatch.

2011 Top ten standings
1st - Neal Lauron, The Columbus Dispatch - 1044
2nd - Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch - 834
3rd - Lisa DeJong, The Plain Dealer - 774
4th - Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch - 764
5th - Jonathan Quilter, The Columbus Dispatch - 602
6th - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun - 584
7th - Jeff Hinckley, The Columbus Dispatch -564
8th - Chris Russell, The Columbus Dispatch -522
9th - Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun - 492
10th - Barbara Barbara, Springfield News-Sun - 412

The final numbers will come by way of the September results and the second quarter illustration category. The original September clips were signed for and received by the judges, and lost by the judges. There is no clear cut answer as to what happened to the illustration entries. In both cases those who entered have been notified and will resubmit their entries electronically using the new electronic system put in place for 2012.

That system already seems to be providing a much quicker turnaround as the January 2012 clips have already been judged and the results posted on the ONPA website. Since we already have a copy of all the entries the "annoying" send in your winning clip notices from clips@onpa.org will cease and desist after all the November winning clips have been received.

One item entrants need reminded of is that although clips are now entered electronically the photos must have been published in the publication's print edition or official website, of which there can only be one. Personal blogs and Facebook postings do not constitute as being published for the purposes of this contest. Questions concerning the electronic clip contest can be directed to contest chairmen Adam Cairns or Kyle Robertson.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Ghabari, Bradford win ONPA television POY titles

Two photographers who are no strangers to having a POY title linked to their name, have once again been recognized as Ohio News Photographers Association Photographers of the Year. Ali Ghanbari and David Bradford, who both work at WJW-TV in Cleveland, won top honors for their work in 2011. Ghanbari won the year-end contest and Bradford the quarterly clip contest title. The two photographers each have won nine POY titles in their careers.

Ghanbari won as he usually does with consistent work placing in every category in the contest and also winning Best of Show for his entry Walking With the Unknown, a news feature about those who stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. Ghanbari won the POY title for his work in 2010 and now has eight year-end POY titles to go with one clip title won in 2000.

There was a tie for second place in the contest between Kris Sproles from WDTN-TV in Dayton and Bradford, each having 27 points, trailing Ghabari's 45 points. For Bradford it is the third time he has been runner-up in the contest which he has won three times.

A complete winners list can be found on the ONPA website under the Television Contest Archive tab


The quarterly clip contest was a very competitive battle all year with Bradford, Jeff Ritter, from WBNS-TV in Columbus and Ghanbari all challenging for the top spot. In the end it was Bradford winning his sixth quarterly clip contest title.


Quarterly 2011 standings

1st - David Bradford, WJW-TV, Cleveland - 72
2nd - Jeff Ritter, WBNS-TV, Columbus - 60
3rd - Ali Ghanbari, WJW-TV, Cleveland - 58
4th - Scott Doelling, WBNS Columbus - 36
4th - Kris Sproles, WDTN-TV, Dayton - 36
6th - Stephen Maguire, WBNS-TV, Columbus - 35
6th - Eric Rerucha, WTOL-TV, Toledo - 35


There was a significant rise in participation this year in the quarterly contest, thanks in large part to Bradford's efforts in taking on the duties as contest chairman. The plug was about to be pulled on the contest for lack of participation when Bradford stepped in. The participation carried over to the year-end contest as well, which Bradford also oversees.

After six years though Bradford is stepping down and ONPA is in need of a volunteer to step forward to oversee one or both contests. You can contact David Bradford to see exactly what the duties entail and if you are interested contact ONPA television vice-president Chris Reece or chairman of the board Karl Kuntz. Time is of the essence as the first quarterly deadline in April 15th.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Alex Webb to speak at Ohio University

Come see Alex Webb speak at Baker Center Theater at Ohio University on
Wednesday, February 29 at 7:30 p.m.

This event is open to the public.

Alex Webb became interested in photography during high school and attended
the Apeiron Workshops in Millerton, New York, in 1972. He majored in history
and literature at Harvard University, at the same time studying photography
at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. In 1974 he began working as a
professional photojournalist and he joined Magnum Photos as an associate
member in 1976.

During the mid-1970s Webb photographed in the American south, documenting
small-town life in black and white. He also began working in the Caribbean
and Mexico. In 1978 he started to photograph in color, as he has continued
to do. He has published seven photography books, including Hot
Light/Half-Made Worlds: Photographs from the Tropics, Under A Grudging Sun,
Crossings, the limited edition artist book Dislocations and Istanbul: City
of a Hundred Names.

Webb received a New York Foundation of the Arts Grant in 1986, a National
Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1990, a Hasselblad Foundation Grant in
1998 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007. He won the Leopold Godowsky Color
Photography Award in 1988, the Leica Medal of Excellence in 2000 and the
David Octavius Hill Award in 2002. His photographs have been the subject of
articles in Art in America and Modern Photography. He has exhibited widely
in the United States and Europe, in museums including the Walker Art Center,
the Museum of Photographic Arts, the International Center of Photography,
the High Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, and the
Whitney Museum of American Art.

Webb will be signing books and posters after his presentation.

I hope you can join us to meet one of the best photographer's of our time!


This event is sponsored by NPPAOU and is partially funded by SAC

Monday, January 23, 2012

Larry Fullerton Photojournalsim Scholarship entries being accpeted

Entries are now being accepted for the Larry Fullerton Photojournalism Scholarship. This year two scholarships are available, first place will receive $3,000 and the runner-up, $1,200. These funds will be deposited with the recipient's university bursar, to be used toward tuition and lab fees.

Larry Fullerton was a long time member of ONPA and both a photojournalist and assistant managing editor of the Hamilton Journal-News. The Larry Fullerton Photojournalism Scholarship was established at The Dayton Foundation through contributions from Larry Fullerton's family and friends to assist students pursuing careers in photojournalism.

This scholarship is not associated with the ONPA Student Photographer of the Year competition and eligible students need not be members of ONPA to qualify.

All entries must be received by Friday, February 24, 2012. Rules can be downloaded here and are available under the Contest Rules tab on the ONPA website.

Monday, January 16, 2012

ONPA clip contest going digital

The dead tree version version of the ONPA monthly still clip contest has come to an end. Put away your scissors, Sharpies and clip labels, the contest is going digital. The contest is also expanding adding a sports feature category.

The changes will take affect with the January entries. Revised rules have been posted to the ONPA website and are available for download here.

Questions concerning the contest can be directed to Adam Cairns or Kyle Robertson.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

ONPA call for entries

Entries are now being accepted for the annual ONPA still/online photojournalism contest. Rules are available to download here.

The deadline for entries of both contests is Wednesday, February 29. Still contest entries will be judged during the annual convention April 12 - 14 at The Columbus Dispatch. Online entries will be judged remotely prior to the convention.

The are several changes to the still contest this year. The first being the addition of a Sports Portfolio category. Sports portfolios must contain a sports action picture, a sports feature picture, and a sports picture story. Sports portfolios are limited to 15 entries (a picture story counts as one entry) and a total of 30 images.

The other change relates to circulation based categories. The breakdown for Photographer of the Year, Staff of the Year, Picture Usage and Spot News will now be based on 80,000, that number being based on Sunday circulation or highest circulation day of the week.

Their are two changes in the Online Photojournalism contest. A Best Team Video category has been added to the contest. The separate classifications in the Audio Slideshow category have been eliminated and news, sports and feature content will be judged together.

Those with questions concerning either of the contests should contact still contest chairman, David Polcyn, online contest chairman, Jonathan Quilter, or ONPA board chairman, Karl Kuntz.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

NPPA call for entries

NPPA's2012 Best Of Photojournalism annual competition has opened for entries, and you can now submit and view your entries online.

The deadline for the Best Of Television Photojournalism contest is January 27, and the Best Of Still Photography, Photojournalism Editing, and Web Photojournalism contests' deadline is February 3.

Complete contest rules are available online

ONPA Television contest rules now online

Rules for the 2011 ONPA annual television contest have been updated and posted online. The deadline for entries is Jan 31, 2012. Questions concerning the contest can be directed to contest coordinator David Bradford.