Jun INPA Clip Contest Results

Cream of the Crop

Jun INPA Clip Contest Results

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Judges

This contest was a joy to judge. Photojournalism is alive and well in the state of Indiana. Thanks for sharing the month of June in your state with us!
Smiley Pool, Tom Fox and Vernon Bryant Visual Journalists The Dallas Morning News

 

Winners

Feature 1st Place 50 Points
Photographer: AJ Mast, Independent Photojournalist
Image:f_1-threebikes
Judges Comments:
Lovely image. What can we say. We’re suckers for a beautiful graphic photo.

Feature 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: Marlena Sloss, The Herald
Image:f_100-cattle
Judges Comments:
Awesome scene. Made even a bit more surreal with masks and social distancing. Like everything 2020.

Feature 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: Michael Caterina, South Bend Tribune
Image:f_63-pool
Judges Comments:
Such a good summer weather feature.

Feature HM Place 10 Points
Photographer: Denny Simmons, Courier & Press
Image:f_78-1
Judges Comments:
Had to give this great wildlife photo some love in this very fine category.

General_News 1st Place 50 Points
Photographer: Doug McSchooler, Freelance
Image:gn_111-blmmonument
Judges Comments:
We saw a lot of really good protest photos, but this frame just stayed with us. Such symmetry. (Runner up for ‘Cream of the Crop’)

General_News 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: AJ Mast, Independent Photojournalist
Image:gn_1-protest04
Judges Comments:
One of the best ‘on the ground’ protest photos we’ve seen. The low angle, right at eye level, really brings it home.

General_News 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: AJ Mast, Independent Photojournalist
Image:gn_1-protest05
Judges Comments:
We loved this. Something about the tight squeeze between the cars seems to symbolize the organizer and the officer both physically and symbolically emerging from the pressure of a tense standoff.

General_News HM Place 10 Points
Photographer: Doug McSchooler, Freelance
Image:gn_111-hug
Judges Comments:
Beautiful moment.

Multiple_Entry 1st Place 50 Points
Photographer: AJ Mast, Independent Photojournalist
Image:m_1-protestscenes2_01
Judges Comments:
There were at least a half-dozen really excellent collections of protest photos in the category. None of them were really stories, per se, so it made the judging difficult.

In the end this entry rose to the top, but not after some long looks at the other entries, and some soul-searching among the judges about how much we were being swayed by black-and-white conversions and more aggressive toning (not just here, but in a number of entries across multiple categories).

After some debate we agreed that content should be the priority, and so the better edited collections with more visual variety and moments, like this one, won the day.

Multiple_Entry 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: Marlena Sloss, The Herald
Image:m_100-patoka_01
Judges Comments:
We really enjoyed this day-in-the-life package. Nothing redundant, a variety of images, a few surprises, and just enough left to the imagination to leave us wanting more. Beautiful work.

Multiple_Entry 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: Doug McSchooler, Freelance
Image:m_111-blmstandoff_01
Judges Comments:
Our runner-up in the protest-story race, this entry could use a little tighter edit, but a couple of really excellent moments kept it at the top of the list.

Multiple_Entry HM Place 10 Points
Photographer: Denny Simmons, Courier & Press
Image:m_78-cvrace_001
Judges Comments:
Man, not a mask in sight and nobody even pretending to social distance — from the very first frame this story felt like it came from a by-gone era (you know a few months back). This story starts strong but fizzles a tad in the middle, so it couldn’t really ‘keep the pace’ with all those protest stories. But a really solid shoot from a day at the track.

Portraits 1st Place 50 Points
Photographer: Denny Simmons, Courier & Press
Image:p_78-alice
Judges Comments:
This simple composition really drew us into the subject.

Portraits 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: Nikolas S Frazier, Journal & Courier
Image:p_131-climate
Judges Comments:
We saw (and we’ve shot) plenty of “doorway,” “porch,” and “window” portraits, some more successful than others, but for this month, in this contest, this one stood out.

Portraits 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: AJ Mast, Independent Photojournalist
Image:p_1-protest03
Judges Comments:
We really like this image, but have a pet peeve about entering a photo in the portrait category without a name. One of our judges draws a hard line at “no name, not a portrait.” So, after some discussion, that dropped this photo to third.

Portraits HM Place 10 Points
Photographer: Denny Simmons, Courier & Press
Image:p_78-killer
Judges Comments:
OK. We are completely down with the concept of entering this in the portrait category (and appreciate the prose in the caption to match). Not so much that we’re comfortable elevating to the top three, but definitely enough to give this excellent image the recognition of a HM ‘thumbs-up’.

Sports_Action 1st Place 50 Points
Photographer: Doug McSchooler, Freelance
Image:sa_111-triathlon
Judges Comments:
As expected, this category was pretty thin. Welcome to our COVID-sports world. That said, this photo would have stood up in any contest.

Sports_Action 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: Kelly Lafferty, Kokomo Tribune
Image:sa_57-basketball
Judges Comments:
A beautiful image, adn kudos for telling stories about how sports matter to everybody, especially now.

Sports_Action 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: Denny Simmons, Courier & Press
Image:sa_78-1
Judges Comments:
This falls into the category of ‘best of the rest.’ We aren’t knocking it by any means, it’s a decent enough action photo, but it sure looks to us like the ‘real’ photo from this sequence came a few frames later — and tops the table in the sports feature category.

Sports_Feature 1st Place 50 Points
Photographer: Denny Simmons, Courier & Press
Image:sf_78-1
Judges Comments:
We absolutely love this photo. From the expression, to the mud, to the perfect positioning of the celebrating opponents. Heck, even the socks are awesome. Such a sweet frame.

Sports_Feature 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: Doug McSchooler, Freelance
Image:sf_111-celebration
Judges Comments:
Another excellent reaction photo. Second place only because, well, first place is so awesome too.

Sports_Feature 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: Doug McSchooler, Freelance
Image:sf_111-seniorgolf
Judges Comments:
Yeah. We know. Same person as the second place photo. Same event. Probably the same photographer. But a great expression (and a pretty perfect composition) none-the-less pulled this into the top three.

Spot_News 1st Place Cream of the Crop 60 Points
Photographer: Jeremy Hogan, Freelance
Image:sn_88-blood
Judges Comments:
Wow. Just wow. This photo is so powerful, symbolic and moving. And that is before you even read the caption. Amazing content, just the right balance of ‘close enough’ but not ‘too close.’ The framing, the light all force you to linger, and maybe contemplate what is at stake right now in our nation. This photo is simply incredible.

Spot_News 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: Tim Bath, Kokomo Tribune
Image:sn_54-virus
Judges Comments:
Another really compelling image that hammers home the strange times we are in. Could any of us have even imagined this photo a year ago? Great work.

Spot_News 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: Tim Bath, Kokomo Tribune
Image:sn_54-fire
Judges Comments:
This is a fine fire photo. There weren’t a ton of entries in this category, but what it lacked in quantity it sure made up for in quality.