Saturday, April 12, 2014

Katie Rausch and Josh Bickel are 2013 ONPA POYs

Katie Rausch of The (Toledo) Blade and Joshua A. Bickel from ThisWeek Community Newspapers in Columbus are the ONPA News Photographers of the Year for their work in 2013. Rausch won in the large market category and Bickel won the small market category. Both are first time winners of the award.

Rausch has been with The Blade since 2012 and worked previously as a freelance photographer in Michigan and as a staff photographer at the Jackson (MI) Citizen Patriot. Rausch is a graduate of Michigan State University. Bickel is the chief photographer at ThisWeek Community Newspapers, a group of 24 weekly newspapers that ring the Columbus area. Bickel previously worked at the Casper (WY) Star-Tribune and Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune, and has masters degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri.

Familiar names fill out the remainder of the POY winners list as Lisa DeJong and Gus Chan from The Plain Dealer finished second and third in the large market category while Barbara Perenic and Bill Lackey from the Springfield News-Sun finished second and third in the small market category.

Best of Show - Jabin Botsford/Western Kentucky University
Southwestern high school cheerleaders walk up to receive their second place
trophy at the KHSAA Competitive Cheer Championships.
Jenna Watson from Kent State University won the Larry Fullerton Photojournalism Scholarship. Madison Schmidt from the University of Cincinnati placed second in the category.

Jabin Botsford from Western Kentucky University was awarded Best of Show in the contest for his entry, “Cheerleaders” and was also won the Student Photographer of the Year award. Botsford was an intern at The Columbus Dispatch during 2013. Alex Holt, from the University of Kentucky, placed second and Logan Riely, from Ohio University, won third.

Jenna Watson from Kent State University won the Larry Fullerton Photojournalism Scholarship. Madison Schmidt from the University of Cincinnati placed second in the category.

Kent State University student Jacob Byk won the James R. Gordon Ohio Understanding Award for his entry “Greene County” which told the story of how the coal country of Greene County, Pennsylvania has been affected by the booming natural gas industry.

Click here for complete results.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Ali Ghanbari wins 10th ONPA Televsion POY title

Ali Ghanbari from WJW-TV in Cleveland has won his fourth straight ONPA Television Photographer of the Year title and his tenth overall. In his career he has also won two Quarterly Clip POY titles.

Ghanbari placed in all but one category and captured first in general news, personality profile and 48 hours.

It was a competition dominated by WJW as photojournalists from Fox 8 in Cleveland captured four of the top five places in the Photographer of the Year competition. 

Annette Lawless from WJW placed second and Kris Sproles from WDTN-TV in Dayton placed third. David Bradford and Billy Muhammed from WJW placed four and fifth. WJW was also named as Station of the Year for the second straight year.

Click here for complete results with links to the winning videos.

Below is Ghanbari's first place personality profile winning story, "Happy Feet."

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Results from ONPA online photojournalism contest

The judges have started to speak and results from the ONPA year-end Online Photojournalism Contest have now been released. The quality must be improving as only one category was not awarded a full compliment of three places and awards of excellence were presented in several of the categories.

Carrie Cochran from the Cincinnati Enquirer swept the top three places in the feature video category, captured first in sports video and was part of the team entry submission which placed second.

Click here for a complete list of winners with links to the winning projects.
Still contest results will be posted as the judging progresses late Friday afternoon and through the day on Saturday.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

ONPA workshop & convention at Kent State, April 11-13

After and extended stay in Columbus the annual ONPA convention and workshop is moving to the campus of Kent State University, April 11 - 13. All events will be held at Franklin Hall on campus. The weekends events are free for ONPA members and students.

Events will kick off late Friday afternoon with the judging of the annual still contest. Judging will contine Saturday and continue through the day until that process is completed.

Following the judging there will be portfolio reviews by the judges and other Ohio photojournalists.

On Sunday the workshops will take center stage begining at 9:00 a.m. and should wrap up around 4:30 p.m.

This year's faculty includes: Sue Ogrocki from the Associated Press, Dave Weathermax from The Herald in Jasper, IN, David Larson from WBFF in Baltimore and David Stephenson, freelance photojournalist and the Photojournalism Adviser for the University of Kentucky’s student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel.

Complete bios of the worksop faculty and local hotel options as well as a map of the Kent State University campus can be found here.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Kyle Robertson is 2013 ONPA clip contest POY

There’s a new clip king in Ohio after tabulating results from the October and December clip contest.

After finishing second for the past two years in very close competitions Kyle Robertson from The Columbus Dispatch won the 2013 contest with a comfortable 262 point margin.

Eamon Queeney from The Dispatch placed second in the contest jumping up from eighth place, scoring 324 points in the final two months that were judged to leap frog co-worker Adam Cairns who held second place for the better part of the year.

Eric Albrecht from The Dispatch placed fourth with last years winner Lisa DeJong from The Plain Dealer placing fifth.

2013 Top Ten Standings
1st - Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch - 1084
2nd - Eamon Queeney, The Columbus Dispatch - 822
3rd - Adam Cairns, The Columbus Dispatch - 804
4th - Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch - 772
5th - Lisa DeJong, The Plain Dealer - 762
6th - Phil Masturzo, Akron Beacon Journal - 754
7th - Barbara Perenic, The Columbus Dispatch - 662
      - Josh Bickel, ThisWeek Newspapers - 662
9th - Chris Russell, The Columbus Dispatch - 554
10th - Patti Schaeffer, The Lisbon) Morning Journal - 474

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Rules posted for ONPA annual television contest

The entry rules for the annual ONPA Televsion Contest are now avaiable online. Entry links are to be submitted via e-mail to contest chairman Anthony Mirones by midnight February 21, 2014.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

ONPA call for entires for 2013 still and online contests

The call for entries has been made for the ONPA Annual Still Contest and for the first time those entries will be submitted via the web much like the monthly clip contest has for past two years. Details of how to submit your entries are on page two of the contest rules which are available online.

There are no other rule changes for the still or online contests. The deadline for both contests is Friday, February 28, 2014.  A reminder to those entering the still contests that entries in the editorial illustration category do not count towards your entry limit.

Judging this year will be at Kent State University, the weekend of April 12 during the annual convention and educational seminar. The schedule of events is being planned now and will be shared as soon as the program is finalized.

The rules for the annual television contest will be posted very soon.