Feb Clip Contest Results

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Judges
Dallas Morning News staff photographers Tom Fox and G.J. McCarthy, along with photo editor Gary Barber, judged this contest. Overall we loved the strong sense of community journalism shown in the images. All of us rose through the ranks of smaller papers, and we’re proud to see good storytelling still goes on there.

F-Feature 1st Place 50 Points
Photographer: Matt Detrich/Indianapolis Star
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Judges Comments:
Just a funny moment with a lot going on. The reactions of the two beauty queens to the left definitely rounded this out.

F-Feature 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: David Snodgress, Bloomington Her
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Judges Comments:
Lovely, subtle moment made all the better by nice light and a warm color palette.

F-Feature 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: Denny Simmons
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Judges Comments:
Another fun image. Good use of leading lines and definitely a solid moment. The man’s facial expression is precious.

F-Feature HM Place 10 Points
Photographer: Matt Detrich/Indianapolis Star
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Judges Comments:
Was a strong almost. Had there been a little more separation of the layers on the right this image would have been even better. As is, another fun frame with lots going on.

F-Feature HM Place 10 Points
Photographer: Brooke Stevens, The Herald
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Judges Comments:
The composition pulled a little bit away from what is a very nice moment. We’re all for pushing the edges of the frame, but the cropping here (whether in-camera or in post) was a bit harsh; awkward.

GN-General_News 1st Place 50 Points
Photographer: Denny Simmons
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Judges Comments:
** A tougher category to choose as few things popped out at us **

Good moment, nicely composed and the cutline drives everything home. The layering of the doll in its own wheelchair is a nice touch. Way to back off on the frame but still make every component relevant.

GN-General_News 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: Denny Simmons
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Judges Comments:
This would have easily been our first with different cropping. Understandable that the photog could only get so close, but the big blog of hair in the foreground kills. We all agreed a tighter crop on the right-most firefighter would have done the deal. Crop for impact. Still, a very telling image.

GN-General_News 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: Denny Simmons
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Judges Comments:
Another nice, quiet moment. The empty space in the upper left kind of leads the eye out of the image, but still, we felt this strong enough to merit a place.

GN-General_News HM Place 10 Points
Photographer: Denny Simmons
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Judges Comments:
A nice frame but an expected one. Still worth placing.

Multiple_Entry 1st Place 50 Points
Photographer: Denny Simmons
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Judges Comments:
** Not many entries in this category. **

This one rose to the top by default. Not as strong as we would have liked, but, as the saying goes, “Best of the rest.” A lot of really strong images in this set, though; we wondered why more weren’t included in general news, especially the firefighters kneeling in front of the truck. In the end, a nice collection of images, but not really a cohesive narrative. Too process and not enough storyline.

Multiple_Entry 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: Krista Schinagl Hall
Image:Ma_KJHJ_01
Judges Comments:
Nice slice-of-life story that is simple in structure but still very effective. Goes to show that tried-and-true community stories still hold their own.

Multiple_Entry 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: James Brosher, South Bend Tribune
Image:Ma_JTBS_01
Judges Comments:
We were drawn to the moodiness of this piece. Some lovely tones and interesting images, but in the end, some of the heavy handed toning and cropping worked against it.

Multiple_Entry HM Place 10 Points
Photographer: Robert Scheer/The Indianapolis Star
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Judges Comments:
It’s rough to try and pull off a thorough series from a single event like this. Having covered a Super Bowl last year here, we all agreed a stronger edit would have been images from throughout the Super Bowl week of festivities and general craziness. Still, we think the photographer did a nice enough job with the task at hand. Nice balance of features, peak action and some fun moments.

S-Sports 1st Place Cream of the Crop 55 Points
Photographer: Krista Schinagl Hall
Image:S_KJHJ_01
Judges Comments:
** A very tough category to judge for opposite reasons — too many good images to chose from! Brought out the most debate between the judges **

A narrow victory over second place image. While we all loved the tones and cleanliness of #2, this one just had so many wonderful things going on. Great way to get in there but stay loose enough to create storytelling depth.

S-Sports 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: AJ Mast, Independent Photojournalist
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Judges Comments:
Again, this and first place image were switched back and forth over and over. We love the moment here, the inclusion of the score, but in the end this was just slightly less dynamic of an image. Still wonderful though, and good use of hard light.

S-Sports 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: Dave Weatherwax, The Herald
Image:S_DMWJ_04
Judges Comments:
Nice way to step back and find a frame within a frame.

S-Sports HM Place 10 Points
Photographer: Krista Schinagl Hall
Image:S_KJHJ_07
Judges Comments:
Great use of good access and a really cure moment, too. Nice use of layering.

S-Sports HM Place 10 Points
Photographer: Robert Scheer/The Indianapolis S
Image:S_RPSI_02
Judges Comments:
Solid hit photo. Was hard to choose between this and other Super Bowl images. A lot of the others were too lose or backwards versions of key plays. In the end we decided to not judge the event and instead just the images. Of all from SBXLVI we saw, this just struck out as good peak action.