Aug INPA Clip Contest Results

Cream of the Crop

Aug INPA Clip Contest Results

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Judges

On the whole, there were certainly several solid images to be had – Nice job all around! The sports feature and multiple image categories were lacking most of the bunch (however, that is especially understandable amid COVID-19), and feature stood out as the strongest category, in my opinion.
This month was judged by Isaac Hale, photo editor and chief photographer at the Daily Herald in Provo, Utah.

Winners

Feature 1st Place Cream of the Crop 60 Points
Photographer: Marlena Sloss, The Herald
Image:f_100-haybaling
Judges Comments:
I think “feature” and “slice of life” are almost synonymous, and this felt like the best “slice of life” of the bunch. Though there isn’t really a moment to be had here, this image is very nicely put together compositionally (a nice vertical, too!) and the caption does a nice job of tying things together. Great job!

Feature 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: Marlena Sloss, The Herald
Image:f_100-casting
Judges Comments:
Of the images, this one made me the most curious, and that curiosity mixed with the clean composition helped it rise above other images. This is a nice, quiet moment captured, and the casting of the rod without a body of water in sight made me stop and ponder this image (a good thing, generally!). I find a “sense of mystery” and a photo that makes the viewer think helps make a solid feature. The caption fortunately does a good job of explaining the situation, and giving the image great context.

Feature 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: Kelly Lafferty, Kokomo Tribune
Image:f_57-carwash
Judges Comments:
This image has a lovely moment, and put a smile on my face – Well done! Moments really help carry a standalone feature, and this image stood out nicely. Though this image is a bit odd compositionally (a tough situation to photograph – stand back and photograph with a long lens to clean up the background or go in tighter with a wide lens and include more of the scene, however unphotogenic it might have been – but the photographer handled it pretty well (including the driver and her phone is a nice touch).

Feature HM Place 10 Points
Photographer: Marlena Sloss, The Herald
Image:f_100-firstday
Judges Comments:
This is a solid image with very little I can see wrong with it, it just lacks a tangible moment. Everything is framed up about as nice as I could image for a scene like this (besides the flag pole growing out of the kid’s head – Not bad, though). I have also seen many pictures like this, but this is a solid, clean version that serves its purpose well.

Feature HM Place 10 Points
Photographer: AJ Mast, Independent Photojournalist
Image:f_1-bird
Judges Comments:
This image is a lovely capture – Nice and tight wildlife with pretty light. There’s not much to it besides that – the photo doesn’t feel overly “featurey” to me – but the photo stood out enough to get a nod.

Feature HM Place 10 Points
Photographer: Marlena Sloss, The Herald
Image:f_100-train
Judges Comments:
This image didn’t quite have enough going on with it to rise above others, but the subject matter is pretty funny/cute, and I felt this image deserves a nod. The carefree gestures of the two kiddos drinking and little girl on the left looking up with them appearing to feel a much different mood makes for some nice visual interplay. The straight-on composition works well for this scene, but I just wish there was more to the background/foreground/had more telling moments relating to the event at which the image was taken.

Feature HM Place 10 Points
Photographer: Samantha Owens, Evansville Courier & Press
Image:f_96-siblingbikes
Judges Comments:
This was quite a sweet moment of Americana. Riding bikes barefoot along the street joking with a sibling – That’s lovely subject matter for a standalone feature. This is a lovely moment between the two kids, but there wasn’t enough besides that to help this image rise higher.

General_News 1st Place 50 Points
Photographer: Denny Simmons, Courier & Press
Image:gn_78-vpthumbs
Judges Comments:
Though this is a tried-and-true kind of photo that’s pretty standard, the cleanly-captured thumbs up and emblem on the right side makes for a clean, succinct image that gives the viewer the who/what/where they need with a decent moment. Way to catch this!

General_News 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: Kelly Lafferty, Kokomo Tribune
Image:gn_57-dadcamp
Judges Comments:
This isn’t a very “newsy” picture, but it is a nicely-seen take of an organized event. The foreground is composed pretty well, and the background dancers/fire help flesh out the scene and use more of the frame to contribute to the foreground.

General_News 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: MaCabe Brown, Courier & Press
Image:gn_116-firstday
Judges Comments:
This image does a nice job of showing a common first day of school sort of photo under the uncommon circumstances we are all living with these days. The trees help make this a pretty clean image, and the small interaction between the mother and crossing guard and excited look of the student (as much expression as face masks allow) helped this picture rise. The crop is a bit odd and square, however.

General_News HM Place 10 Points
Photographer: Jeremy Hogan, Freelance
Image:gn_88-bird
Judges Comments:
Way to capture this moment! The moment itself is solid, and the juxtaposition between the people helps flesh out the newsworthiness of the image. However, the composition overall is pretty pedestrian, and doesn’t do anything to elevate the image on the whole (though I know just getting this moment at all must have been difficult). Not all there, but certainly worth a nod – Well done!

General_News HM Place 10 Points
Photographer: Denny Simmons, Courier & Press
Image:gn_78-hope
Judges Comments:
This is a beautiful, quiet image, but the crop/framing just felt a bit off. The crop isn’t clean on the man’s button, and I wish the image was overall looser, or tighter (though, I wasn’t at the scene and don’t know what either of those approaches would’ve really created). This image does a lovely job of creating a beautiful picture out of what was probably a pretty mundane general news assignment.

Multiple_Entry 1st Place 50 Points
Photographer: Denny Simmons, Courier & Press
Image:m_78-fire_1
Judges Comments:
Of the multiple-picture entries, I feel this series best utilized wide, medium and tight photos and flowed the best in showing a beginning, middle and end sort of visual narrative flow. I could’ve lost one of the two single firefighter shots (or made one of them super, super tight – just a head/face), but this series was most evenly supported throughout the images included.

Multiple_Entry 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: Marlena Sloss, The Herald
Image:m_100-jorge_01
Judges Comments:
This would work quite nicely as a three-picture combo spread in a print layout from a one-day shoot. However, with there only being three images, there’s not a whole lot of room to take the viewer on a narrative journey, but I think the photographer made a wise decision keeping the edit tight and incorporating details. There’s not a ton of overly visual things included included in the images, but the images themselves are quite storytelling and the photographer did a great job of visualizing something not too visual and doing so succinctly – Nice job!

Multiple_Entry 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: Doug McSchooler, Freelance
Image:m_111-nomask_01
Judges Comments:
This is a decent collection of images from a general news event. I feel that doubling down on visual variety (wide, medium and tight) and creative devices (the silhouette is nice!) could’ve made each of these images stronger as a whole and make them flow more easily, but on the whole the photographer did a solid job.

Sports_Action 1st Place 50 Points
Photographer: Kelly Lafferty, Kokomo Tribune
Image:sa_57-piggyback
Judges Comments:
The glasses falling off is what really put this image on top for me. Nicely composed peak action (all limbs are included, nice!) in nice light with the glasses as the icing on top – Well done!

Sports_Action 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: Doug McSchooler, Freelance
Image:sa_111-divingeffort
Judges Comments:
A good face/gesture, getting the whole player in the frame and nice light helped this image stand out. Solid peak action! I feel like this image could’ve been cropped more on the side to make it more vertical and focus on the action at hand – But, just my take.

Sports_Action 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: Michael Caterina, South Bend Tribune
Image:sa_63-push
Judges Comments:
The action here is solid, but the two players from each team in the background and their clearly-shown faces helped this image rise. Overall I think the photo could’ve benefitted from brighter/more thorough toning, but it stands on its own well.

Sports_Action HM Place 10 Points
Photographer: Michael Caterina, South Bend Tribune
Image:sa_63-zjump
Judges Comments:
Awesome peak action, but the lack of clear faces and partially cropped player on the right hindered this image a bit. Brighter toning could’ve helped a little, too. This feels “not quite there,” but I’m sure whoever wrote this story was elated to have an image like this run with their story – good job!

Sports_Action HM Place 10 Points
Photographer: Denny Simmons, Courier & Press
Image:sa_78-gang
Judges Comments:
This image just makes me think “Ouch!” Nice work! The ball carrier’s face is nicely shown, his whole body included, and all the opposing players swarming around him makes for a solid image. The action isn’t overly “peak” and the light/toning is pretty basic (games are getting later and later these days, and nice light is harder and harder to come by, sadly), but I felt this image deserved a nod.

Yes – All the images that placed were of football – Football simply had the most impactful peak action to be had out of the batch.

Sports_Feature 1st Place 50 Points
Photographer: Michael Caterina, South Bend Tribune
Image:sf_63-practice
Judges Comments:
Though this image is from a practice, it nicely illustrates the reality many sports teams have had to deal with this season. The straight-on composition works well in this instance, and the photo was a nice and easy read – Well done!

Sports_Feature 2nd Place 40 Points
Photographer: Kelly Lafferty, Kokomo Tribune
Image:sf_57-sidelines
Judges Comments:
This is a very nice feature from off the beaten path. The moment reads nicely, and the caption does a solid job of giving the image context. The crop is a little tight on the right (and lanyard cropped partially out in the bottom – small things), but this is a lovely, storytelling sports feature on the whole.

Sports_Feature 3rd Place 30 Points
Photographer: AJ Mast, Independent Photojournalist
Image:sf_1-500winner
Judges Comments:
Great reaction – Gotta’ love the milk! This is a pretty “standard” image in terms of what I would hope for a photographer to bring back from an event like this, but that doesn’t detract too much from what is otherwise a clean, exciting moment with framing that helps tell the story well (the banner in the back right).

Sports_Feature HM Place 10 Points
Photographer: Samantha Owens, Evansville Courier & Press
Image:sf_96-tball
Judges Comments:
The hands are nicely arranged and the light is nice, soft and beautiful in this image. This image doesn’t have a whole lot to it, but the simplicity of the gesture, including the ball and the nice light caught my eye, and made me feel it was worth a nod. This is a nice slice-of-life moment – Good job!

Sports_Feature HM Place 10 Points
Photographer: Doug McSchooler, Freelance
Image:sf_111-indy500
Judges Comments:
This is a pretty straightforward approach to this scene (there’s a lot to include!), but everything is included nicely in the frame and the empty seats help give this story a deeper storytelling element.