May Clip Contest Results

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Judges
There is some good work happening in Indiana but we would love to see more storytelling moments reflected in this competition. Keep up the good work! -Staff photographers Charlie Litchfield, Rodney White and Mary Chind of the Des Moines Register.

F-Feature 1st Place 50 Points
Photographer: Charlie Nye
Image:F_CENI_01
Judges Comments:
Nice detailed caption helped push this one into first. We liked what the photographer was working for here but the angle is almost too severe. Still, good seeing.

F-Feature 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: James Brosher, South Bend Tribun
Image:F_JTBS_02
Judges Comments:
The framing with the hula-hoop was nice but the cropping out the girl in camera hurt. Overall though, good seeing. There is a photo in there somewhere.

F-Feature 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: Matt Detrich/Indianapolis Star
Image:F_MLDI_01
Judges Comments:
This image seemed to fit more in general news but as it was one of the few images that contained some kind of distinguishable moment it slipped in as third.

GN-General_News 1st Place 50 Points
Photographer: Rachel Mummey/The Herald
Image:GN_RMMJ_02
Judges Comments:
With only about a dozen images this was by far one of the weakest categories. The image we chose as first was a nice moment with a pretty clean background. The image in second, although clunky in composition, had some nice emotion and captured the essence of the event. Third was what we considered to be the best of what remained. Many of the images in this category could have been much stronger had the photographer gotten closer.

GN-General_News 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: Robert Franklin, South Bend Tribune
Image:gn_rtfs_01
Judges Comments:
The expression in the lower left is what made this photo a winner. Had the composition been cleaner this would have placed better.

GN-General_News 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: Rachel Mummey/The Herald
Image:GN_RMMJ_01
Judges Comments:
Get closer. The girl on the right, although likely a part of this story, is distracting from the moment. Although these moments are fleeting a better composition would have helped this image.

Multiple_Entry 1st Place Cream of the Crop 55 Points
Photographer: Matt Detrich/Indianapolis Star
Image:Ma_MLDI_01
Judges Comments:
This entry included a variety of situations and lens selections, which we liked. It would have benefited from a tighter edit (fewer wide open sky shots) and more images of the storm chasers, less of the storms.

Multiple_Entry 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: Denny Simmons
Image:ma_dlse_waxmuseum001
Judges Comments:
This was an original idea, which helped it rise above many of the other entries. Technically it could have been executed better. Because these are basically a collection of portraits why not consider using some dramatic location lighting?

Multiple_Entry 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: Charlie Nye
Image:Ma_CENI_01
Judges Comments:
This needs a tighter edit. Would be stronger by eliminating several of the first images in the sequence.

S-Sports 1st Place 50 Points
Photographer: AJ Mast, Independent Photojournalist
Image:s_ajmi_01
Judges Comments:
Standard jube but easily the strongest in what was the biggest category. The tilted horizon was a little wonky but it works.

S-Sports 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: Robert Franklin, South Bend Tribune
Image:s_rtfs_02
Judges Comments:
Nice moment. Maybe a tighter crop but overall good peak action with a little humor.

S-Sports 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: Rob Goebel/Indianapolis Star
Image:s_rkgi_04
Judges Comments:
This was a tough category to judge.

On one hand it had the most variety and greatest number of entries but few of the images jumped out as clear winners. Lots of the work in this category would could be considered good enough for daily but in a collection of some 30 images the 1st, 2nd and 3rd should all posses a compelling moment, nice light or some glorious peak action. The images we chose to represent the three top places came closest to meeting these criteria.