2009 INPA Contest Call for Entries

Hello one and all,

It is time to start thinking about entering the 2009 INPA POY contest.

Fir those of you who do not like to read here is the short version of what you need to know:
DEADLINE: Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, at NOON eastern standard time (02/02/2009)
RULES, with link to entry form at end: 2009 Still Photo Contest Rules
MULTIMEDIA RULES, with link to entry form at end: 2009 Multi Media Rules
PLACE: Contest Judging will be in Bloomington, on the Campus of IU (thank them for their generous financial support), on Feb. 20th. Judges will do presentation the evening of Feb 19th.
Your yearly dues must be paid in advance of 2/20 or your entries will be removed from the judging.

OK, now for the details,

Rule Changes
Ethics and manipulation
Other contests in recent years have had some issues with ethics, a member asked if we could tighten up our contest guidelines, so the following has been added;
Entrants certify that they practice ethical photojournalism, and subscribe, whether an NPPA member or not, to the principles outlined in theĀ  NPPA Code of Ethics
III-P: The following applies to all categories except Illustration: 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 andĀ  may at their discretion request the original, unretouched file.

Community Awareness
This category has averaged 3.25 entries per year over the last 5 years. For a category that has had a camera as a prize for the winner.
Something needed to change, so in order to encourage more people to enter, and for it to be a less daunting category, we have decreased the maximum number of images from 40 to 15.
You can enter stories or singles, but the total image count can not be greater then 15. Each photo in a story counts in the 15 image total. Title slides for stories do not count.

This category will be under review, and if we do not get entries up, it may be eliminated in the future.

The John Ahlhauser Award
Point of emphasis
No changes in the Ahlhauser rules, but I would like to remind entrants of a few key items from the category description;

  • This quotation expresses the underlying theme of the Ahlhauser Award: “. . . Barney (Cowherd) told me what a photographer is a man with a camera who loves people and tries to make them feel for one another.” –Bill Strode, from Preface to BARNEY COWHERD, PHOTOGRAPHER, copyright 1973 by The Louisville Courier-Journal and Times.
  • This category encourages in-depth and long-term projects, which help us to better understand each other and ourselves.
  • An entry may consist of one photograph or many related photographs taken in one year or over a number of years. (This is not a video category)

I would like to ask everyone to consider if their entry meets the definition of the category as outlined.
Ask yourself these questions:

  • Is my entry a long term project, or a group of related images (eligible), or is it an unrelated group of images(not eligible)?
  • Is this work in-depth, and does it have a cohesive theme running through it? What is that theme?

I have eliminated language saying we would do physical awards (certificates, etc…) in each category, because we have not really done that for a few years.

Multi-media Contest
Judges will view entries in advance, and choose finalists to be viewed (bandwidth allowing) during judging.

Most web site pieces are short in duration, we would ask that you please be considerate of the judges time if editing pieces specifically for contest entry. While there is no time limit, we would suggest a maximum of 5 minutes.

We are bringing back INPA CPOY. We will judge it on contest weekend, but it will be separate from the rest of the contest. Details are here.

Judging Weekend
The Indiana University School of Journalism will be hosting us on Feb. 19 & 20th.
Friday Feb 19th @ 6pm We will begin having out Judges give presentations (exact location to come)
Saturday Feb 20th @ 9am we will begin Judging. An order of judging will be put out the week before
Bloomington offers a number of hotels, I might suggest naming your own price at Priceline for the best value.
If you want to stay near the judging site, the IU Memorial Union, Biddle Hotel is the place to stay. We do not have a special rate, rooms range from $109/night.

Enter early, but not often, best of luck.


AJ Mast
IM: roninmast