Jul INPA Clip Contest Results

Cream of the Crop

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Judges

Judges were Mark Dolejs, Ben McKeown and Jack Morton, all are freelance photographers in the Raleigh and Durham, NC, area. Lots of nice images in this contest, but we were surprised at the number of photos without names for the prominent people in the photos. Not sure if it’s just laziness or photos just for contest and not publication. We can’t imagine any publications not requiring their photographers to supply adequate caption information. Thanks for giving us the honor of judging your monthly contest!

 

Winners

F-Feature 1st Place Cream of the Crop 60 Points
Photographer: Sarah Ann Jump/ The Herald
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Judges Comments:
Very nice frame. Composition and cropping come together well and made this photo rise to the top quickly. Well done image from a situation that we have all been in before.

F-Feature 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: DENNY SIMMONS
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Judges Comments:
We loved this photo! The kids expressions allow the viewer to feel what they are feeling. Nice job with a routine assignment.

F-Feature 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: Mykal McEldowney, The Indianapol
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Judges Comments:
This one made us smile! We’ve seen similar images before, but this one stands out with the miniature traffic signs which add to the illusion of a giant police officer.

F-Feature HM Place 10 Points
Photographer: Sarah Ann Jump/ The Herald
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Judges Comments:
Again, we’ve seen pictures like this before. In this case the photo is well framed and has a nice sense of calm and connection between the girl and the cow.

GN-General_News 1st Place 50 Points
Photographer: Alex Slitz, The Evansville Courier & Press
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Judges Comments:
This was a clear winner. The subtle tear and frowny face on the sign set this young man apart from the normal photos you see from vigils.

GN-General_News 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: Alex Slitz, The Evansville Courier & Press
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Judges Comments:
Nicely composed photo from a die-in. This wasn’t a very strong category with only five entries.

GN-General_News 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: Robert Franklin, South Bend Tribune
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Judges Comments:
We like the feel and composition of this third place winner. We don’t really think it fits in the category of general news, as it is more of a feature but it is a nicely done photo.

Multiple_Entry 1st Place 50 Points
Photographer: Mykal McEldowney, The Indianapol
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Judges Comments:
Really nice package from a great situation. Nice variety of images with a nice tight edit. Could have used a stronger action photo, otherwise very nice!

Multiple_Entry 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: DENNY SIMMONS
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Judges Comments:
Very nice package from a softball tournament. Needs a tighter edit, several photos are redundant. We really liked the first, fourth and fifth pictures. Nice job!

Multiple_Entry 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: Mykal McEldowney, The Indianapol
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Judges Comments:
We weren’t thrilled with this package. The cropped fingers in the second photo were strange, perhaps a much tighter crop would help. The third photo wasn’t needed or might have worked better with it cropped down closer to “Smoke.”

SA-Sports-Action 1st Place 50 Points
Photographer: Michael Caterina/SouthBendTribune
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Judges Comments:
A lot of elements come together to make this photo successful and it was a clear cut winner for the judges.

SA-Sports-Action 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: DENNY SIMMONS
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Judges Comments:
When judging this photo the judges first like this photo because it was from a different sporting event than the run of the mill ball games. But when you really take a look at it, you realize that it has beautiful light and nice timing and composition.

SA-Sports-Action 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: Robert Franklin, South Bend Tribune
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Judges Comments:
Nice timing and paying attention placed this golf photo in the top three.

SA-Sports-Action HM Place 10 Points
Photographer: Mykal McEldowney, The Indianapol
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Judges Comments:
We like this peak action photo a lot. BUT, none of the players or even the teams were identified in this photo. As photojournalists part of our job is to gather the appropriate information for captions. The judges were very very surprised by the high number of photos entered in this contest that did not have appropriate caption information including names for people in the photos.

SF-Sports-Feature 1st Place 50 Points
Photographer: Sarah Ann Jump/ The Herald
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Judges Comments:
This one jumped to the front pretty quickly. Nice job of looking beyond the action and stereotypical photos. The caption info explaining the connection of the two people helps complete the story.

SF-Sports-Feature 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: Mykal McEldowney, The Indianapol
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Judges Comments:
This is a technically beautiful picture with a nice balance of subject and dead space. But, again… where is the caption information? Not only is there no name, but other info is missing as well.

SF-Sports-Feature 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: DENNY SIMMONS
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Judges Comments:
The variety in emotions, both from the winning team and the losing team, make this photo a strong third place.

SF-Sports-Feature HM Place 10 Points
Photographer: DENNY SIMMONS
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Judges Comments:
Nice frame with good composition and light with a bit of a news peg.