Dec 2008 Clip Contest Winners

Cream of the Crop, 1st Place Spot News
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Judges
The photography editors from Wired.com, Jon Snyder, Keith Axline and Jim Merithew, judged December’s clip contest. Overall, we were impressed with the quality of the photography coming out of Indiana in December. Just a couple of quick notes. There were a lot of fine photograph entered in the General News category, but some of them were sports and some were plain old features, so we stuck to the description of the category and only awarded the General News photographs. There were a couple of photographers who had a tough time deciding which of their photographs from a particular event should be entered, so they entered several. This did not help, but hurt their chances of winning. Part of entering a contest is editing your entry. Don’t leave it to the judges to do. The Cream of the Crop photograph was right place, right time. The photographer kept their wits about them, during a hectic situation. We were duly impressed. Thank you for letting us judge. Best, Wired.com Crew

F-Feature 1st Place
Photographer: Charlie Nye
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Judges Comments:
We know that photographing camels at church is like shooting fish in a barrel, but we appreciated the thoughtful composition and the little nose-to-nose moment.

F-Feature 2nd Place
Photographer: Krista Schinagl, The Herald
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Judges Comments:
The judges like the feel of this photograph. We couldn’t quite put it into words, but it was partially how well the words and photograph worked together. We could feel her “hanging in there” in the cold weather.

F-Feature 3rd Place
Photographer: Amanda Lucier
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Judges Comments:
The light is just beautifully used in this frame. And in this case we felt the tilt of the frame added a nice tension to the slaughter proceedings.

GN-General_News 1st Place
Photographer: Garet Cobb / Bedford Times-Mail
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Judges Comments:
The geniune excitement of seeing Uncle Joshua and the forethought to drop to a knee to clean up this frame, was enough to push this photograph into first place.

GN-General_News 2nd Place
Photographer: Matt Detrich/The Indianapolis St
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Judges Comments:
We feel his pain. Clean, tight and on point.

GN-General_News 3rd Place
Photographer: Matt Detrich/The Indianapolis St
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Judges Comments:
In the end the genuine emotion in this photograph raised it into the top three. The gripping hand on the shoulder adds that extra something.

I-Illustration 1st Place
Photographer: Rob Goebel/Indianapolis Star
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Judges Comments:
Clean. Simple. Nice touch with the dash of light next to the tomato.

I-Illustration 2nd Place
Photographer: AJ Mast, Freelance
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Judges Comments:
Strange. Quirky. Over the top.

I-Illustration 3rd Place
Photographer: Denny Simmons
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Judges Comments:
The judges were torn about third place, but in the end it was the leaping “nut” that won us over.

Multiple_Entry 1st Place
Photographer: Scott M. Bort / Post-Tribune
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Judges Comments:
This was a tough category. In the end the judges chose this for first because the access and intimacy the photographer achieved. We would have eliminated the first photo, as it was not necessary, but overall a nice job telling the story of Jason final days at home.

Multiple_Entry 2nd Place
Photographer: Amanda Lucier
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Judges Comments:
A thorough job of photographing what life is like at the butcher shop. A nice variety of photographs and couple of sweet, little moments. We would have liked a photograph giving us a little sense of place, but that was the only minor quibble.

Multiple_Entry 3rd Place
Photographer: Matt Detrich/The Indianapolis St
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Judges Comments:
You could not have asked for better coverage of a blood drive. The photographer though of everything: overall, detail, medium shots and tight shots.

S-Sports 1st Place
Photographer: Jon L. Hendricks/The Times
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Judges Comments:
The judges went round and round about the sports category. This photograph won out because of the sheer emotion on the young woman’s face. The caption was once again crucial to solidifying first place.

S-Sports 2nd Place
Photographer: AJ Mast, Freelance
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Judges Comments:
The judges liked the “drama” in this frame and liked the fact the photographer didn’t stop working when the game was over.

S-Sports 3rd Place
Photographer: JOSEPH C. GARZA, TRIBUNE-STAR
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Judges Comments:
How can you not love it? The ol’ nostril pull move.

S-Sports HM Place
Photographer: Matt Detrich/The Indianapolis St
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Judges Comments:
We would love to have this frame to run on the front of the Sports section.

SN-Spot_News 1st Place Cream of the Crop
Photographer: Charlie Nye
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Judges Comments:
It doesn’t get much more “spot” than this frame. Nicely done.

SN-Spot_News 2nd Place
Photographer: Denny Simmons
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Judges Comments:
There were a number of fire photographs in this months contest, but the eerie quality of this particular photograph raised it into the top three.

SN-Spot_News 3rd Place
Photographer: Chris Howell, The Herald-Times
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Judges Comments:
NIce, tight story telling frame.

SN-Spot_News HM Place
Photographer: John Terhune, Journal & Courier
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Judges Comments:
Strong emotions.