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.