May INPA Clip Contest Results

Cream of the Crop

May INPA Clip Contest Results

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Judges

Dean Rutz is a reformed picture editor for The Seattle Times, having moved back to imaging and away from years on the desk – and couldn’t be happier. He has been at The Seattle Times for 32 years in a variety of roles. Previously he worked at the Washington (DC) Times, and the Palm Beach (FL) Post. He is a graduate of Indiana University.
Mike Siegel, born and raised in Seattle, has a journalism degree from the University of Washington. Mike has been a photojournalist for 41 years. The past 33 have been at The Seattle Times where, as a generalist, he covers news, sports and features including Boeing, The Seattle Seahawks, and education.

 

Winners

Feature 1st Place Cream of the Crop 60 Points
Photographer: Marlena Sloss, The Herald
Image:f_100-cancerparade
Judges Comments:
Terrific, sincere, and impactful. A touch more depth of field would have made it faster to get to the father – and improved his role in establishing the context of the moment, but you get there fast enough.

Feature 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: Jeremy Hogan, Freelance
Image:f_88-memorial
Judges Comments:
The simplest of images sometimes are the most powerful. the focus is right where it should be, and everything else is implied. The eye goes where it should quickly, and the other elements balance nicely around it.

Feature 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: Marlena Sloss, The Herald
Image:f_100-eaglechase
Judges Comments:
Simple and straightforward, it’s eye-catching and containing good detail. The kind of image readers love, and look at without any preconception. It always elicits excellent reader engagement.

Feature HM Place 10 Points
Photographer: Denny Simmons, Courier & Press
Image:f_78-opening
Judges Comments:
It’s a little hard getting to the point of the picture, but the face does a terrific job of filling in the gap, and making the reader want to linger long enough to take in the other related elements.

General_News 1st Place 50 Points
Photographer: AJ Mast, Independent Photojournalist
Image:gn_1-arrest
Judges Comments:
Everything you want in spot news: composition, moment, tension, and facial expression.

General_News 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: MaCabe Brown, Courier & Press
Image:gn_116–04
Judges Comments:
This could as easily have been the winning image. It’s a matter of the background working against the important moment that’s taking place. It’s somewhat distracting. A simple crop would have given it immensely greater power. Shutting out distraction is important to getting the point across. But an excellent moment, and relevant in the time.

General_News 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: Jeremy Hogan, Freelance
Image:gn_88-prayer
Judges Comments:
Another image where crop and angle work against you. A great and compassionate picture lessened by details that could have been eliminated, or re-directed. The man in the background draws too much attention away from the moment. A lower angle and tighter crop would have meant everything to giving this moment greater power.

General_News HM Place 10 Points
Photographer: MaCabe Brown, Courier & Press
Image:gn_116–12
Judges Comments:
The confrontation of police by protesters has been a big story, and the blank stare on the officer helps establish the players and their positions very well. A step to the left would have worked better to clean it up. Possibly even a tighter crop from the left.

Multiple_Entry 1st Place 50 Points
Photographer: AJ Mast, Independent Photojournalist
Image:m_1-protest_01a
Judges Comments:
Solid coverage front to back, but needing some editing to keep the intensity high and remove superfluous images from the edit.

Multiple_Entry 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: Marlena Sloss, The Herald
Image:m_100-lifeinterrupted_01
Judges Comments:
This type of essay has been hard to do for the limited access and repetition of theme. The photographer did a good job of finding a good mix of individuals to make this idea go.

Multiple_Entry 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: Denny Simmons, Courier & Press
Image:m_78-dairy_001
Judges Comments:
More of a traditional picture story, but it doesn’t really go anywhere. A good collection of images, some great examples of “seeing”, but the sum total of the images doesn’t advance the story beyond what several specific images did by themselves.

Sports_Feature 1st Place 50 Points
Photographer: Michael Caterina, South Bend Tribune
Image:sf_63-workout
Judges Comments:
A good find. Almost everything is optimized in this image: lens choice and angle and moment.

Sports_Feature 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: Michael Caterina, South Bend Tribune
Image:sf_63-gym
Judges Comments:
It’s a good look on the new world of business dealing with social distancing in the area of COVID.

Sports_Feature 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: AJ Mast, Independent Photojournalist
Image:sf_1-sun
Judges Comments:
There are probably more iconic views of the Speedway that might have read faster. But when there’s no race? And you still need a picture? This is what we do.