2010 INPA POY Contest Call for Entries

Hello one and all,

It is time to start thinking about entering the 2010 INPA POY contest.

For those of you who do not like to read here is the short version of what you need to know:

DEADLINE: Entry Deadline has passed.
Entry Deadline for Multi Media has passed.

RULES, with link to entry form at end: 2010 Still Photo Contest Rules

MULTIMEDIA RULES, with link to entry form at end: 2010 Multi Media Rules

CPOY RULES, with link to entry form at end: 2010 CPOY RULES

PLACE: Contest Judging will be in Muncie on the campus of Ball State (thank them for their generous financial support), on Saturday, Jan. 29th. Judges will do presentation the evening of Friday, Jan 28th.
Your yearly dues must be paid in advance of 1/28 or your entries will be removed from the judging.

OK, now for the details,

Rule Changes

These were discussed last year during our business meeting, and have been implemented for this years contest:

II. Eligibility
A. INPA members in good standing are eligible to enter the contest. A member in good standing is someone who has paid his or her dues and lives in Indiana or works for an Indiana-based news organization. If you were a member in good standing during the calendar year preceding the contest entry deadline date but have since moved, you may enter by paying a contest entry fee equal to annual dues, currently $35. This is good for entry into the INPA POY/Multimedia POY contest only.

B. Photographs taken or initially published between January 1 and December 31 of the year proceeding the contest entry date are eligible for entry in the contest. (Exception: The John Ahlhauser Award photos may be taken over a number of years.) Only photos taken while a resident of Indiana or while employed by an Indiana-based news organization are eligible for entry.

These were points of emphasis last year, and I would like to point them out again this year.

Community Awareness
This category has averaged 3.25 entries per year over the last 5 years (down to 3 in 2009). 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.


INPA College Photographer of the Year will go again this year. We will judge it on contest weekend, but it will be separate from the rest of the contest. Details are here: HERE

Judging Weekend
Ball State School of Journalism will be hosting us on Jan. 28 & 29th.
Friday Jan. 28th @ 6pm We will begin having out Judges give presentations (exact location to come)
Saturday Jan. 29th @ 9am we will begin Judging. An order of judging will be put out the week before

Enter early, but not often, best of luck.


AJ Mast
IM: roninmast