Mar INPA Clip Contest Results

Cream of the Crop

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Judges

The judges for this contest were Max Gersh of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Michael Johnson of The Villages Daily Sun and Des Moines, Iowa based freelancer Scott Morgan.
Overall, there were many strong entries. We noticed several instances where strong images seemed to have been entered in the wrong category. We also noticed several that had captions without enough information. We’d suggest photojournalists are mindful of their entries and take the time to make sure they are complete and accurate.

 

Winners

Feature 1st Place 50 Points
Photographer: Sam Owens, Evansville Courier & Press
Image:f_96-riverwalk
Judges Comments:
It’s a classic feature photo with a clean background and relevant news peg. Great balance in the frame.

Feature 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: Marlena Sloss, The Herald
Image:f_100-pieguys
Judges Comments:
Fun moment with additional context added by background elements. Frame feels thoughtful purposeful.

Feature 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: Sam Owens, Evansville Courier & Press
Image:f_96-playball
Judges Comments:
Good facial expressions. Tight framing. Nice moment captured.

Feature HM Place 10 Points
Photographer: Jeremy Hogan, Freelance
Image:f_88-
Judges Comments:
This is an interesting frame that would have likely placed higher if there had been some basic reporting done to give us more context on what was happening and who was in the frame. In many news outlets, this caption would be considered unacceptable.

General_News 1st Place 50 Points
Photographer: Joe Garza, Tribune-Star
Image:gn_80-line
Judges Comments:
Nice symmetry in the frame. Lots of elements, including the expressions of the people not named in the cutline, add to the mood of the image. Very news relevant.

General_News 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: Michael Caterina, South Bend Tribune
Image:gn_63-concert
Judges Comments:
Framing is well done and adds to the context of the image. Nice light draws you in to the subjects. The image is relevant to current events and tells a story.

General_News 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: AJ Mast, Independent Photojournalist
Image:gn_1-hug
Judges Comments:
Nice moment captured in politics which can often be visually boring.

Multiple_Entry 1st Place 50 Points
Photographer: Marlena Sloss, The Herald
Image:m_100-covidparenting_01
Judges Comments:
This is the best collection of individual frames in the bunch. That being said, there is some redundancy and missing details that would enhance the overall story. The trampoline photo is fantastic.

Multiple_Entry 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: Sam Owens, Evansville Courier & Press
Image:m_96-tornadocleanup_1
Judges Comments:
Nice scene setters. The image of the man in his living room adds a personal touch. We wished there was more variety, including storytelling details.

Multiple_Entry 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: Joe Garza, Tribune-Star
Image:m_80-meals_01
Judges Comments:
This story is almost there. The images feel a bit distant and disconnected. It appears that there were several opportunities for the photographer to get closer or more in front of the subjects, rather than so many from the side or behind. It feels a bit voyeuristic.

Portraits 1st Place Cream of the Crop 60 Points
Photographer: Mykal McEldowney, The Indianapolis Star
Image:p_72-deaf
Judges Comments:
This portrait draws you directly in to the story. Details such as having the shadow of the ear on the background accentuate the message. The lighting is wonderful and the frame is clean. But most of all, it tells the story very nicely.

Portraits 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: Mykal McEldowney, The Indianapolis Star
Image:p_72-dan
Judges Comments:
Nice complex frame. We wish the lighting was more dynamic to highlight the subject.

Portraits 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: Joe Garza, Tribune-Star
Image:p_80-sarge
Judges Comments:
The image was clearly thoughtful, but could have benefitted from better execution and lighting.

Sports_Action 1st Place 50 Points
Photographer: AJ Mast, Independent Photojournalist
Image:sa_1-loose
Judges Comments:
Great wide frame capturing action on the baseline. The black and white toning gives it a timeless feel of Indiana basketball.

Sports_Action 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: AJ Mast, Independent Photojournalist
Image:sa_1-run
Judges Comments:
Nice way of thinking differently to capture the essence of the action. Graphic elements really drive the frame. It may have been a better fit for sports feature.

Sports_Action 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: Michael Caterina, South Bend Tribune
Image:sa_63-shot
Judges Comments:
Quintessential sports action. The frame is a little messy, but it’s a great moment.

Sports_Action HM Place 10 Points
Photographer: Michael Caterina, South Bend Tribune
Image:sa_63-save
Judges Comments:
This is a great moment that clearly showed the photographer was paying attention. The frame was executed with perfect timing. We’re left wondering if the moment had any impact in the outcome of the game. Cropping could be better.

Sports_Feature 1st Place 50 Points
Photographer: Marlena Sloss, The Herald
Image:sf_100-strongboy
Judges Comments:
Great crowd reaction captured by the photographer. The frame is balanced and interesting throughout.

Sports_Feature 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: Kelly Lafferty, Kokomo Tribune
Image:sf_57-loss
Judges Comments:
Classic reaction shot with great emotion. The frame is mostly clean and draws you right in to the reactions.

Sports_Feature 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: Michael Caterina, South Bend Tribune
Image:sf_63-flex
Judges Comments:
Funny moment that shows the photographer was paying attention to the sidelines as well as the action. We would have liked to see an effort made by the photographer to get the name of the cheerleader, especially since it appears that her first name is embroidered on her outfit.

Spot_News 1st Place 50 Points
Photographer: Denny Simmons, Courier & Press
Image:sn_78-tornado
Judges Comments:
Beautiful frame that delivers a lot of information visually without distractions.

Spot_News 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: Denny Simmons, Courier & Press
Image:sn_78-fire
Judges Comments:
This provides a less typical view of a fire scene. Adding the facial element and expression brings more to the frame. Cleanly composed.

Spot_News 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: Jeremy Hogan, Freelance
Image:sn_88-catrescue
Judges Comments:
Clean frame with nice lighting and emotion in what was likely a difficult environment to photograph. We really wish the photographer would have done more reporting to get the names of the man and the cat.