Monday, November 4, 2013

Dan winters lecture Thursday at OU

NPPAOU will be hosting photographer Dan Winters at Ohio University on Thursday, November 7th. He will be giving a lecture at 8 p.m. in Walter Hall Room 135. We encourage anyone to attend, the event is free and open to the public. We would love to see a full house. It is partially funded by SAC.

A little background info on Dan:
After studying photography at college in Southern California, Dan finished his formal education at the film school of Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. He began his career in photography as a photojournalist in his home town in Ventura County, California. After winning several regional awards for his work, he moved to New York City, where magazine assignments came rapidly. Known for the broad range of subject matter he is able to interpret, he is widely recognized for his unusual celebrity portraiture, his scientific photography, photo illustrations, drawings and photojournalistic stories.

Check out some of his work:<>

- Sam Owens
NPPAOU President

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Television quarterly contest to end, Ghanbari wins title for 2012

Ali Ghanbari, from WJW-TV in Cleveland, had one second place win in the final quarter and held on to win the 2012 ONPA Quarterly Television Clip Contest by three points over Jeff Ritter, from WBNS-TV in Columbus. Like Ghanbari, Ritter, the 2010 title holder, had one second place win in the quarter.

ONPA television vice president Chris Reece stated at the annual business meeting that he has been unable to find someone to chair the contest which will bring an end to the competition which began in 1999.

Kris Sproles, from WDTN-TV in Dayton came in third. The win for Ghanbari was just his second in the quarterly contest which has been dominated in recent years by co-worker David Bradford, who has won six of the past nine years.

While its no secret that Ghanbari is a great storyteller, he proved he's an uqually gifted speaker filling in at the ONPA educational seminar for Darren Durlach, who was a last minute cancellation. He has a back pocket full of stories and a great gift for presenting them. Below is Ghabari's second place win in the final quarter, a story about a crossing guard at University Circle in Cleveland. The story placed third in Personality Profile in the year end contest.

2012 Final Top 10 Standings
1st - Ali Ghanbari, WJW-TV - 69
2nd - Jeff Ritter, WBNS-TV - 66
3rd - Kris Sproles, WDTN-TV - 55
4th - Matthew Pawuk, WTOL-TV - 28
5th - Joshua Ames, WDTN-TV - 25
6th - Byron Stirsman, WHIO-TV - 24
7th - Billy Muhammed, WJW-TV - 18
8th - Steve Maguire, WBNS-TV - 15
9th - Annette Lawless, WJW-TV - 15
10th - Jon Monk, WTOL-TV - 9

Chan Lackey and Roussos win POY titles, students sweep major awards

Somebody finally opened the door for Gus Chan, from The Plain Dealer, who was chosen as the ONPA Photographer of the Year in the large market division for 2012. Chan has been persistently knocking on the door, placing second or third in the competition five times in the past seven years. Finishing second in large market division was freelance photographer Michael E. Keating from Cincinnati and third was Marvin Fong, from The Plain Dealer.

Bill Lackey, from the Springfield News-Sun took the top honors in the small market division. The title is Lackey’s third and he is the only photographer to win the small market title since the category was divided. Finishing second in small market division was Barbara Perenic from the Springfield News-Sun.

Meg Roussos from Ohio University was chosen as the ONPA Student Photographer of the Year with Hannah Potes from Kent State University placing second. Potes was also selected as the winner of the Larry Fullerton Photojournalism Scholarship with Steven Turville, from Ohio University placing second.

While the POY titles always get the attention, 2012 might be considered the year of the student in the 62nd annual contest. The number of entries from students was up significantly and they walked away with three major awards, including Best of Show, won by Chelsie Corso from Kent State University, whose first place feature winner Sisters took top honors.

Students also comprised much of the team from Kent State University that won the James R. Gordon Ohio Understanding Award for their entry Tiger Legacy, which explored the rich tradition of high school football in Massillon, Ohio.  Contributing photographers included: Gary Harwood, David Foster, Caitlin Bourque, Matt Hafley, Jenna Watson, Adrianne Bastas, Coty Giannelli, Jessica White and Chelsie Corso.

Ohio University’s Joel Hawksley won the Ron Kuntz Sports Photographer of the Year title. Hawklsey, who is now working at The Roanoke Times, also won second and third in sports picture story and placed second in the sports feature category.

Other notable wins by students include Brook Didonato from Kent State University who picked up two wins in the illustration category competing against Andrea Levy from The Plain Dealer, who sets a very high bar.

Abigail S. Fisher from Ohio University won first place in feature picture story and placed second in the audio slideshow category. Alexis Pfeifer from Kent State University won first place in the pictorial category.

The students not only entered, they attended the judging and brought some energy to the room. They obviously have talent and we probably haven’t seen the last of their names on a winners list.

Students will be the home team and host for next year’s judging and seminar, which will move from Columbus to Kent State University.

Click here for complete contest results  including links to galleries and winners in the Online Photojournalism contest.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

ONPA contest judging

Judging for the ONPA annaul still contest in underway at The Columbus Dispatch. Results will be posted and updated through out the process and available on the ONPA website. Results from the online journalism portion of the contest can also be found there.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Ali Ghanbari wins 9th ONPA Photographer of the Year title

Ali Ghanbari of WJW-TV in Cleveland has added to his lengthy list of awards adding his ninth ONPA Photographer of the Year title to his resume. Billy Muhammed, also from WJW was the runner-up in this year's contest. Jeff Ritter from WBNS-TV in Columbus was third with Kris Sproles from WDTN-TV in Dayton, just one point back in fourth place. Ghanbari placed in each of the contest's six categories. Complete results are on the ONPA website along with links to the winning entries.

Ghanbari also won the NPPA Central General Regional Photographer of the Year award for his work in 2012. WJW also was recognized as Central General Station of the Year in the NPPA contest as well as winning the title in the ONPA contest.

The NPPA quarterly video contest is broken into three regions rather than the 11 regions used in the monthly still clip contest. Within the three regions there is a Top Stations division and a General Stations division.

By virtue of their performance in 2012 WJW will move from the General Stations division to the Top Stations division in 2013. WTVF-TV in Nashville was recognized as the best in 2012 in the Top Stations division and photographer Ted Nelson from WTVF was recognized as POY in the division.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Schedule is set for educational seminar at The Columbus Dispatch

Contest entries have been submitted and now it is time to focus on the 62nd annual ONPA educational seminar at The Columbus Dispatch on April 20. 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.

Those attending will hear from a nationally recognized panel of speakers. Speakers this year include: Liz Baylen from the LosAngeles Times, John Sale, AME/Visual at The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, TN, former NPPA POY Scott Strazzante from the Chicago Tribune and three-time NPPA Television Photographer of the Year Darren Durlach, now working at the Boston Globe.

Saturday's program will open a 9 a.m. with a presentation by Darren Durlach followed by Scott Strazzante at 10:45 a.m. The annual business meeting will take place over lunch followed by Liz Baylen at 1:45 p.m. and John Sale at 3:15 p.m.

Judging of the still contest will begin late Thursday evening 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.

Complete speaker bios

Download a brochure with complete details

Friday, March 8, 2013

Remembering Ron Kuntz

Ron Kuntz works the NEC World Series of Golf in 
Akron with his signature Australian bush hat. 
The world has lost a great photographer, and an even finer human being with the passing of Ron Kuntz. Many people are remembered for what they did for a living, but fewer are remembered for how they lived their life. 

As the tributes to him pour in on social media and elsewhere it is evident that Ronnie would fall into the later category. He touched so many lives in such a positive way, and that is how he is being remembered.

There were many great stories told through the lens of Ron Kuntz over the years. There were even more told by him. No one could spin a tale better than Ronnie and he often he held court at pre-game gatherings sharing his stories. 

If you were at a baseball game for one of these sessions and a former player happened to be in the media dining room, they would always stop to greet him. Of course their visit would usually prompt yet another story.

Kuntz may have been short in stature, but former players and his colleagues always looked up to him. There were many punchlines over the years about Ronnie's height, or lack thereof, the best ones usually came from Ronnie himself.

The story of his life  and amazing career were told by Plain Dealer writer Brian Albrecht who wrote a Sunday Magazine piece on Kuntz. A link for the story can be found on the ONPA website.

Kuntz began covering the Indians in 1953, which was before most of us in the business were even born. He was a walking, talking history book covering everything from the Sam Sheppard murder trial to sports legends like Muhammad Ali and Jack Nicklaus and spent many years as a volunteer with the Bill Glass Prison Ministry.

Today they are people from many walks of life who mourn his passing.

The images were great - the man was even better.

Plain Dealer obituary

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Lisa Dejong is ONPA 2012 Clip Contest Photographer of the Year

While the final top ten standings were dominated with names of photographers from The Columbus Dispatch (six) it was Lisa DeJong from The Plain Dealer who came out on top to win the ONPA 2012 Clip Contest Photographer of the Year title.

DeJong trailed Kyle Robertson from The Columbus Disptach by ten points in the final month, but out scored Robertson by 40 points to win the title. Eric Albrecht from The Dispatch placed third in the competition. A model of consistency, Albrecht has placed in the top ten for nine consecutive years, and was clip POY twice previous to his top ten run.

The clip title is the first for DeJong in Ohio, who won portfolio POY titles in 2008, 2010 and 2011. Only five other photographers have won POY titles in both contests. Others to do so are Chris Russell  and Eric Albrecht from The Columbus Dispatch, former Plain Dealer photographer Dale Omori, Ed Suba Jr. from the Akron Beacon Jounral and former Blade photographer Alan Detrich.

2012 Top ten standings 
1st - Lisa DeJong, The Plain Dealer - 1124
2nd - Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch - 1194
3rd - Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch - 964
4th - Jonathan Quilter, The Columbus Dispatch -824
5th - Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun - 754
6th - Scott Heckel, The Repository - 664
7th - Barbara Perenic, Springfield News-Sun - 654
8th - Fred Squillante, The Columbus Dispatch - 614
9th - Chris Russell, The Columbus Dispatch - 562
10th - Eamon Queeney, The Columbus Dispatch - 482

Complete standings are under the Still Clip Contest tab on the ONPA website.

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.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Still contest deadline approaching

The deadline for the ONPA annual contest is fast approaching.

Enter contest now and renew your 2013 membership dues for only $50.00, a  $10.00 savings.  

You can pay online through the ONPA website clicking on the Renew tab and access the online renewal using PayPal. If you prefer you can send a check to:  Kimberly Barth, ONPA Treasurer, 44 E. Exchange Street, Akron OH 44328.

Don’t delay, still contest entries are due February 28, 2013.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Fullerton Scholarship entries now being accepted

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, $1,400. 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 28, 2013. Rules can be downloaded here and are available under the Contest Rules tab on the ONPA website.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

ONPA Television Contest entries now being accepted

Television contest rules are now posted and members have until February 7 to submit their entries to contest chairman Anthony Mirones. There are no changes from the previous year other that Mirons taking over for David Bradford. Ali Ghnabari from WJW-TV in Cleveland has won the contest for the past two years.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

ONPA call for entries

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

Still contest entries must be in the hands of contest chairman David Polcyn by 6 p.m., Thursday, February 28, 2013. Those entering the online contest must send their e-mail to Jonathan Quilter  by midnight Thursday, February, 28, 2013.

Still contest entries will be judged during the annual convention April 18 - 20 at The Columbus Dispatch. Online entries will be judged remotely prior to the convention.

The are two changes to the still contest this year. A Campaign 2012 category has been added to the still contest for single news or feature photos from election contests of political candidates for local, state of national office and/or issues, including the casting and/or counting of ballots. All photos from the election will be judged in this category.

In an effort to increase participation, entries in the Product Illustration category will no longer count against your total entry limit, but you are limited to 5 entries in the category.

There are two changes in the Online Photojournalism contest. The limit per news organization for each of the video categories has been increased from five to seven. The Multimedia category has been eliminated. 

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.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

White House News Photographers opens contest to non-members

The White House News Photographers Association, home of one of the country's oldest and most respected news photography contests, is proud to play host this year to the first National Eyes of History political photo contest. For the first time, we're hosting a contest open to members and non-members alike to celebrate political photojournalism in an exciting new forum.

In an effort to seek out a broad collection of the best political photography and to promote a robust competition, our committee is simply asking you -- and staff members of other newspapers in 2012 battleground states -- to share news 
of the contest with your co-workers.

Entry guidelines can be found online at: 

Although there are more categories in play than cover just the presidential candidates, there is little doubt that those candidates spent more time and effort in your neck of the woods than in most parts of the country, and we're looking unabashedly for a critical mass of the best work. We hope you or your colleagues will consider entering.

Ron Sachs, President, WHNPA

Did you forget to renew in 2012?

It’s not too late! Renew your dues now to be eligible for the 2012 year-end contest. 

First-time members, join now to be eligible for the 2012 contest and get your 2013 dues waved as a bonus.

Joining is easy, find the application online and use your credit card. If you have questions, contact