2015 Annual Contest Weekend Schedule and Information


The INPA contest will be held inside Ernie Pyle Hall (940 E. 7th St., Bloomington, IN 47405), current home of The Media School at Indiana University. The contest judging and presentations will take place in the Ernie Pyle Hall Auditorium (EP 220). Once inside the building, go upstairs to the second floor. Signage will direct you to the room. If you enter after the judging has begun, please quietly enter using the back door of the auditorium.


During the day on Friday, the City of Bloomington provides metered parking in the areas near Kirkwood Avenue just off of the Indiana University campus ($1/hour).

After 5 p.m. on Friday and all day Saturday, free parking is available at the two Indiana University parking lots located directly north of the Von Lee theatre (do not park in a R-Reserved or SV-Service Vehicle spot). In addition, parking is free during the same period in the Poplars Parking Garage on Sixth Street. (More information on IU free parkingĀ Ā»)

From these parking locations, it’s a 10-15 minute walk through Dunn Meadow to Ernie Pyle Hall.


The number of entries in each category are in parenthesis.

Friday, Feb. 19

Judging will begin at 11:30 a.m. in Ernie Pyle Hall Auditorium (EP 220)

  1. CPOY News (22)
  2. CPOY Portrait/Personality (27)
  3. CPOY Feature (48)
  4. CPOY Sports (46)
  5. CPOY Portfolio (6)
  6. POY Multimedia

After judging is completed for the day, students are encouraged to seek out portfolio critiques from judges and INPA members in attendance. Presentations by judges will start at 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 20

Judging will begin at 9 a.m. in Ernie Pyle Hall Auditorium (EP 220). We will break for a short business meeting and lunch at approximately noon.

  1. Feature (106)
  2. Sports Action (69)
  3. Portrait/Personality (50)
  4. Pictorial (54)
  5. Sports Feature (112)
  6. General News (76)
  7. Spot News (27)
  8. Sports Story (10)
  9. News Story (12)
  10. Feature Story (18)
  11. Community Awareness Portfolio (6)
  12. Sports Portfolio (9)
  13. John Ahlhauser (3)
  14. POY Portfolio (13)


Matt McClain, The Washington Post

Matt McClainMatt McClain is a staff photographer with The Washington Post. He previously worked at the Rocky Mountain News and the Ventura County Star.

During his time as a photographer, McClain has covered a wide-range of assignments, including President Ronald Reagan’s funeral, the 2004 Asian Tsunami, the 2008 Democratic National Convention, two presidential inaugurations, and most recently the earthquake in Nepal.

His work has received recognition from Pictures of the Year International, World Press Photo, Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Awards, Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, and NPPA Best of Photojournalism. Born and raised in rural Indiana, McClain is a graduate of Indiana University.

Carrie Cochran, The Cincinnati Enquirer

Carrie CochranCarrie Cochran is a visual journalist on staff at The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Since 2013, Cochran has received five Emmys from the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) for her video work. Cochran has been honored for her still photography as SPJ Ohio Photographer of the Year in 2004 and Kentucky News Photographer Association Photographer of the Year Runner-Up in 2010.

Cochran is the first active newspaper journalist to serve on the Board of Governors of NATAS Ohio Valley. She is also on the Cincinnati Reel Abilities Film Festival local programming board. Several of her short documentaries were screened throughout the fest in 2015, and the closing night showcased five of her short films.

Jonathan Palmer, Kentucky-based freelancer

Jonathan PalmerJonathan Palmer is a freelance photojournalist based in Lexington, Kentucky.

In 2014, 2011 and 2010, Palmer was named Sports Photographer of the Year by the Kentucky News Photographer Association. In 2014 and 2009, he was named KNPA Photographer of the Year Runner-Up and was awarded the Story of the Year award from the Alabama Press Association for a story he and a colleague worked on in the aftermath of a tornado. Palmer freelances for The Courier-Journal (Louisville), The Lexington Herald-Leader, and The New York Times along with several thoroughbred horse industry clients.

Jonathan was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2005 with a B.A. in Studio Art , with a concentration in photography.

On Site Sponsors


A Canon technician will be in attendance Friday and Saturday to provide clean/check services to INPA members. In addition, Nick Henry from Roberts Camera in Indianapolis will be at the contest on Saturday.

INPA members are encouraged to seek out and say hellow to our sponsors during the contest. Canon and Roberts will be set up in the graduate student lounge around the corner from the auditorium in Ernie Pyle Hall.

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