March 2006 Clip Winners

Indiana News Photographers Association Clip Contest for March 2006

JUDGES NAMES: James Kenney Photojournalism Program Coordinator, WKU, Jeanie Adams-Smith Assistant Professor, WKU, Tim Broekema, Assistant Professor, WKU, Chad Stevens Photojournalist-in-Residence, WKU

PUBLICATION: Western Kentucky University

CREAM OF THE CROP: Joe Vitti Indianapolis Star
(1st place Feature-Mother & Son Sock Hop)

This was a unanimous choice for Cream of the Crop. The intimate moment really makes this picture stand out. A great slice of life.

GENERAL NEWS:

1st place Joseph C. Garza – Tribune-Star

This is a fun general news image. A more straight-on angle get the viewer even more involved in the moment.

2nd place Justin Rumbach – Courier and Press

Its nice to award work like this where the photographer went beyond the event itself which is challenging visually and found a unique image. Good layering.

3rd place Denny Simmons – Courier and Press

There is a great mood set by the expression and body language. Stronger composition (tighter) might make it even more effective.

HM Tim Bath – Kokomo Tribune

This is a unique perspective at a funeral.

HM Jim Rider – South Bend Tribune

Potentially a very boring visual story, but the photographer made a graphically appealing image that speaks to the storyline.

SPOT NEWS:

1st place Christopher Smith – The Times of Northwest Indiana

This is a timely issue with strong action, and the photograph was up close and personal.

2nd place Justin Rumbach – Courier and Press

It is not always easy to get emotion in context of the disaster well done.

3rd place Melanie Maxwell – The Star Press

This has great emotion with nice light.

FEATURE:

1st place Joe Vitti – Indianapolis Star

This image really stands out as a classic image a great moment. The kid on the chair was a gift, and the photographer was at the right spot at the right time to make this slice-of-life picture.

2nd place Melanie Maxwell – The Star Press

The layering here allows the viewer to see two stories going on in one frame. Nice moment(s).

3rd place Mike Dickbernd – The Republic

When the expression or moment isnt there, fill the void with great light and composition; kudos to the photographer for doing this.

HM Bob Gwaltney – Evansville Courier and Press

It is a performance shot, which doesn’t usually make for unusual pictures, but the photographer captured a really nice expression to make this performance shot work well.

HM2 Jason Clark – Courier and Press

Its a cat in a bag. It made us laugh and that’s a good thing.

ILLUSTRATION:

1st place Robert Scheer – The Indianapolis Star

Clean. Good use of color.

2nd place Robert Scheer – The Indianapolis Star

Nice mood. Would like to see the feet not intersecting with the window for a cleaner picture.

3rd place Jeri Reichanadter – The Indianapolis Star

Good incorporation of design and photography. Some kind of color from the top incorporated at the bottom would be a nice way to tie the page together even more.

SPORTS:

1st place Denny Simmons – Courier and Press

This is a classic reaction with a clean composition in a potentially cluttered scene. Good job of getting in close.

2nd place Frank Oliver – Journal and Courier

The photographer captured a really nice moment. In addition, the player on the floor reaching up takes this out of this typical.

3rd place Joe Vitti – Indianapolis Star

This is a real personal look at sports. The ball in the frame really adds to the story. The photographer captured an intimate moment. A crop from the top would really clean this picture up.

HM Frank Oliver – Journal and Courier

The energy going toward the ball makes this an effective moment. The busy background takes away from the moment.

HM Jim Rider – South Bend Tribune

The moment takes the viewer into the pressures facing an Indiana basketball coach.

HM Frank Oliver – Journal and Courier

Its great that the photographer got behind the scenes and gave his viewers a glimpse into a part of the game that they wouldnt have otherwise seen.

MULTIPLE:

1st place Matt Detrich – The Indianapolis Star

This package is a natural first place because of the nice moments and visual variety. Every picture contributes in a unique way. It would have been a bonus if the photographer could have captured the reflection of the volunteer in the window of the door in the opening picture.

2nd place Christopher Smith – The Times of Northwest Indiana

The photographer did a great service to his community by photographing this story and photographing it well. This could have easily just been a bunch of pictures of a building being destroyed, but the emotion in the faces of the people involved with this building told the personal side of this story.

3rd place Denny Simmons – Courier and Press

There are some nice moments in this story. The large picture of the drill seemed overplayed. This is a good story to tell for the community. It makes viewers smile, something important to do to balance all the bad news.