April 2008 Clip Contest Winners

Cream of the Crop, 1st Place Features



Judges

Michael Bocchieri, Senior Photo Editor at Getty Images. Overall the sports category was lacking the most. Some really weak crops, not a lot of tight action, and some just typical boring moments. It was the hardest to judge and make comments about. As I mentioned previously, there were lots of campaign photos that didn’t say much about anything. You shouldn’t include images simply because it has a recognizable face. If it doesn’t tell the story or explains who the person is then it’s just a poor photo of a famous person. Too often we get caught up in the experience of obtaining an image than the actual images themselves.

F-Feature 1st Place
Photographer: Justin Rumbach, The Herald
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Judges Commnets:
This kid has personality and it comes through on this photo. He’s destined to be a rock star. Love his body language and expression. However, after reading the caption it leads me to believe that this is an image part of a larger story. The image and caption don’t relate to each other, the photo doesn’t say that this boy has a tumor. But it’s strong enough to stand on it’s own as a feature photo.

F-Feature 2nd Place
Photographer: Matt Detrich/The Indianapolis St
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Judges Commnets:
The composition of course draws me in to this photo but it’s the tension in the ballerina’s face that sells me. The juxtaposition of the instructor adds to the graphical elements and grounds the photo. It’s a simple moment, executed well.

F-Feature 3rd Place
Photographer: Erin McCracken
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Judges Commnets:
This is a terrific moment, her hands and lips say a lot about her concentration and dedication to sign language. Feature photos don’t need to be overly complicated, this makes for a great moment and solid composition.

F-Feature HM Place
Photographer: Rob Goebel/Indianapolis Star
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Judges Commnets:
What an interesting image. What I like most is all of the blank faces staring in multiple directions. I think what hurts this is it’s lack of composition, there are a few distracting elements that draw you away from the subject who already blends in with the scene.

GN-General_News 1st Place Cream of the Crop
Photographer: Scott M. Bort / Post-Tribune
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Judges Commnets:
I think this is another great moment. It comments a lot about the youth in America. Each teenager has such an empathetic look on their face and their combined body language and the contrast in the environment around them makes this a winner.

GN-General_News 2nd Place
Photographer: Scott M. Bort / Post-Tribune
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Judges Commnets:
This election year I’ve seen a lot of campaign images and so few of them show politicians as real people. Mostly because every opportunity that they are presented to the media that situation is overly orchestrated by someone else. In this month’s clips selections there were a lot of election images and the majority of them had little to say about anything. They seemed to be included because they were just a nice image of relatively famous person. You can tell in this image that Hillary let her guard down, the look on her face shows that she’s able to enjoy herself. It’s a real moment, one that the press rarely sees.

GN-General_News 3rd Place
Photographer: Jon L. Hendricks/The Times
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Judges Commnets:
Who doesn’t like to kiss a pig! Great moment and expressions. Very simply tells the story and love the tension between the principal and the pig. Makes me laugh every time I look at it, a good sign of a good photo.

GN-General_News HM Place
Photographer: Jon L. Hendricks/The Times
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Judges Commnets:
Lately, we see this type of image all too often and it starts to become old hat. This is no fault of the photographer , they were able to make a powerful, emotional image with an event that as a viewer we have been desensitized from.

Multiple_Entry 1st Place
Photographer: Heather Charles, The Indianapolis Star
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Judges Commnets:
Great story here. It introduces our characters well and shows the involement of people outside the family. A few shots seemed repetitive, especially the two detail shots. You already established that there are 5 babies, you don’t need to do it again. I would have liked to see the parents relationship a bit more or the different aspects that the volunteers provide to the family. Overall it has some solid moments and lends itself as good community journalism.

Multiple_Entry 2nd Place
Photographer: Scott M. Bort / Post-Tribune
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Judges Commnets:
This is solid campaign coverage, it tells the story of the day and puts a good deal of focus on the community’s involvement in politics.

Multiple_Entry 3rd Place
Photographer: Justin Rumbach, The Herald
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Judges Commnets:
Great little feature on often an un-looked upon subject. Some nice moments in the piece that doesn’t get bogged down with typical classroom shots. However, there isn’t one standalone image that tells me that Hall is the lone male teacher.

Multiple_Entry HM Place
Photographer: Heather Charles, The Indianapoli
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Judges Commnets:
Good overall coverage of spot news. Shows the human devastation as well as the physical and tells the story completely.

S-Sports 1st Place
Photographer: jim rider
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Judges Commnets:
Great use of a unique angle to clean up the background. The positioning of the three players makes for a great composition. Your eye is lead around the photo rapidly but keeps you in the peak action. One thing I would have done differently is to tighten up the crop, the missing feet and partially cut off one bothers me.

S-Sports 2nd Place
Photographer: AJ Mast, Freelance
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Judges Commnets:
Can’t ask for a better jubo photo. Great emotion and personality.

S-Sports 3rd Place
Photographer: Heather Charles, The Indianapoli
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Judges Commnets:
Great peak action moment.