Entry Deadline: MONDAY February 17th, 2014, at NOON eastern standard time (02/17/2014)

Please read the rules carefully and contact the contest chair with any questions:

James Brosher, Contest Chairman
765.744.0865
Email – jbrosher@gmail.com

 

I. Statement of purpose VI. Judges
II. Eligibility VII. Schedule
III. General rules VIII. Electronic file entry requirements
IV. Categories IX. Entry by Web upload
V. Awards

I. Statement of purpose

The purpose of the INPA College Photographer of the Year annual news photo contest is to promote excellence in news photography; to persuade the general public that news photographers are instrumental and important in the reporting of news and the recording of daily life in their communities; to teach beginning photographers about photojournalism; and to help working news photographers improve their photo-reporting abilities.

II. Eligibility

A. Any student attending an accredited college or university in the state of Indiana in the 2013 academic year is eligible to enter. There is no fee for entering INPA CPOY.

Students are encouraged to join INPA, and may enter the Annual Still Contest, annual Multi Media Contest, and Monthly Clip Contest, after doing so.

B. Photographs taken or initially published between January 1 and December 31 of the year proceeding the contest are eligible for entry in the contest, so long as they were taken while a student, or while on an internship during that year. Work made while an employee in a non internship or educational setting is not eligible.

C. All entries must be the work of only one person.

D. Entrants certify that they practice ethical photojournalism, and subscribe, whether an NPPA member or not, to the principles outlined in the  NPPA Code of Ethics

III. General rules

A. This is a electronic contest.

B. A contestant is limited to a total of 20 entries in portfolio. A multiple (story) counts as one entry. And 15 images in the Singles category.

C. A contest entry form must be completed by each entrant prior to uploading an entry.

F. Caption information is required and must be attached to the image via the IPTC field. PhotoMechanic is highly recommended for this, however Photoshop or any standards compliant IPTC editor will work.

G. Each entry must contain the following information in these IPTC fields:

  • Category: CPOY,N,F,S
  • Photographer/Creator/Author: - who took the photo
  • Source: -University you attend
  • Title/Authors Title: - Email address of Photographer
  • Caption: -The information about the photo. NOTE: On picture stories, an introductory paragraph about the story will need to be added in this field before the caption. Photographers name nor Publication should appear in caption.
screenshot102.jpg Any electronic image that is received that does not meet the IPTC standards, or does not have the proper IPTC caption information electronically attached will be disqualified.Example at left is from Photo Mechanic, though Photoshop or any compliant IPTC editor will work.
Click and do a “Save Link As…” forDownloadable default IPTC XMP file for Photo Mechanic or Photoshop

H. Deadline: All entries must be uploaded by the date given in the cover letter. Deadline extensions will not be given. Late entries will not be accepted.

I.Contestants who do not follow the rules will be disqualified.

J. The INPA will take every precaution in handling entries, but cannot be responsible for loss, damage, or non-receipt of entries.

K. No materials (including disks) will be returned, they must be picked up on contest weekend.

L. Judging is open, which means spectators are invited to watch and listen as the judges make their determinations. Spectators must not talk to the judges or make loud comments, which could be overheard by the judges. After each category is judged, spectators are encouraged to ask questions and discuss the category with the judges, only in general terms. Discussion of specific images should be held untill all judging is complete.

M. The judges must award a first place (College Photographer of the Year), all other places are optional.

N. Screen grabs from a video stream are not eligible for the still photo competition.

O. A Minimum of 5 photographers must enter for CPOY portfolio or any singles category to be judged.

P. The content of an image must not be altered. Only retouching which conforms to currently accepted news industry standards, and is able to exist in the frame work of the NPPA Code of Ethics, is allowed. The Judges may disqualify images they feel go beyond the allowable limits and  may at their discretion request the original, unretouched file.

IV. Categories

A. CPOY Portfolio

This category determines Indiana News Photographers College Photographer of the Year (CPOY). It is a body of work by one photographer from the previous year, showing photographic excellence, versatility, technical quality, and originality.

Requirements:

  • A portfolio may contain no more than 20 entries. A story or essay counts as one entry.
  • A portfolio must contain images from at least 2 of the following categories of images; news, feature, sports, news story, feature story or sports story.
  • Portfolios are judged on the basis of photographic excellence, subject matter, versatility, technical quality, and originality.
  • Images can be arranged in any order but picture stories MUST be last.
  • Portfolio is a still photo only competition
  • You do not have to compete in the single categories to compete in the portfolio competition.

B. Single Categories

A student may enter up to 5 images in each of the following single categories.

  • News – A photo from a news event (spot or general) which has immediate news value.
  • Feature – A photo with “slice of life appeal”
  • Sports – A photo featuring athletics or competition at any level.

 

VI. Judges

The contest will have three judges, selected by the contest chairman.

VII. Electronic file entry requirements

A. FILE SIZE

All entries MUST be JPEG format with IPTC standard captions and file information. Files should be sized no larger then 2000 pixels (10-inches at 200 dpi) on the longest side. Files should be JPEG’s at a compresion level of 8 or 9 (High). The committee reserves the right to downsize and recompress any image that is found to be oversize.

B. IPTC/CAPTION INFORMATION

screenshot102.jpg Any electronic image that is received that does not meet the IPTC standards, or does not have the proper IPTC caption information electronically attached will be disqualified.Example at left is from Photo Mechanic, though Photoshop or any compliant IPTC editor will work.


Category: -
CPOY IPTC Fields should be filled out as follows:

  • Category: CPOY,N,F,S
  • Photographer/Creator/Author: - who took the photo
  • Source: -University you attend
  • Title/Authors Title: - Email address of Photographer
  • Caption: -The information about the photo. NOTE: On picture stories, an introductory paragraph about the story will need to be added in this field before the caption. Photographers name nor Publication should appear in caption.

Each image will be labeled as follows: CPOY, underscore, Category(POY,N,F,S), underscore,photographer’s three initials, first letter of their city, underscore, entry number (starting with 01 not 1), ending with a .jpg. All file names are to be in lower case. Underscore ( _ ) is the only non-alpha/numeric character allowed in filenames.

NOTE: Placement of the number on multiple categories is essential to keeping the order you prescribed. It is important to note that computers recognize the number 0 before the number 1. So writing 01 with your first frame is essential.

EXAMPLE:

CPOY_P__ajmi_01.jpg, CPOY_P_ajmi_02.jpg, CPOY_P_AJMI_03.jpg

CPOY_N_ajmi_01.jpg
CPOY_F_ajmi_01.jpg
CPOY_S_ajmi_02.jpg
CPOY_S_ajmi_02.jpg

Put your entire entry in a folder with your initial+city code.

So for the example above, everything is placed in a folder titled AJMI.

IX. Entry by Web Upload

After preparing your entries you should enter using the web upload instructions below.

UPLOADING YOUR ENTRY

If everyone waits till 11:59am on deadline day to upload entry, we might have a problem. So PLEASE enter early and do not procrastinate to the end.

Your entry folder (AJMI in the example) must be zipped before uploading.

Mac: Control Click and hold on the folder

Select: “Creative Archive of ¦”

Windows: Right click the folder of entries

Select “Send To¦”

Select “Compressed (zipped) Folder”

Fill out the entry form, after completing you will be directed to the upload page.

The contest entry period has ended.

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