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 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