2017 Contest Weekend Information


Friday Feb. 16th (judges presentations) and Saturday Feb. 17th (judging).


This year the contest will be held inside of Franklin Hall, the new home of The Media School at Indiana University since July 2016. Franklin Hall (601 E. Kirkwood) is the building located directly north of IU’s Sample Gates.

All INPA events will take place inside of Franklin Hall room 210. To find room 210, enter the doors behind the statue of Ernie Pyle (seen in the photo above). Once inside the door, immediately take the stairs to the second floor. At the top of the stairs, take a right and the room will be down the hall on the right.



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 parking »)

From these parking locations, it’s a 2-5 minute walk to Franklin Hall.


Friday Feb. 16th

7pm Judges Presentations

Saturday Feb. 17th

8:30am Multi-Media Finalists

Followed by:

1. CPOY Categories
2. Spot News (22)
3. News Story (12)
4. Sports Action (62)
5. Pictorial (46)
6. Feature Story (13)
7. General News (44)
8. Portrait Personality (39)
9. Sports Story (11)
10. Sports Feature (84)
11. Feature (90)
12. John Alhauser(3)
13. Community Awareness (5)
14. Sports Portfolio (9)
15. POY (9)
16. Best of Show

Near noon, where ever that falls in the judging order, there will be a lunch break.



Brad Vest

Brad Vest is a photographer in Memphis, Tennessee where he is currently on staff at The Commercial Appeal.

His work aims to take nuanced looks at stories from a community level. He earned his B.S. in natural resources and environmental sciences at the University of Illinois, where he also found a passion for photojournalism. While completing internships at publications across the country, he also earned an M.A. in visual communication from Ohio University. He’s spent the last four years living and working in Memphis alongside his parter and photographer Andrea Morales and their three cats.

He was recognized as Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 2015.


Erin Hooley


Erin Hooley has been a staff photographer at the Chicago Tribune since 2015, covering a wide range of news, crime, sports, features and documentary projects. Previously, she spent five years making photos at the Standard-Examiner in Ogden, including a personal project on mixed martial arts culture and people in Utah. After moving to Alaska, she worked as a photographer for the University of Alaska Anchorage. Erin also helped photograph the Iditarod sled dog race, covering over 1000 miles of Alaskan wilderness from Anchorage to Nome. One summer, she traveled to every brewery in Alaska and photographed hundreds of beers for “The Beer Up Here” field guide for iPhone. She studied at the University of Colorado in her hometown of Boulder and found a love for photojournalism in Dan Eldon’s “The Journey is the Destination.”



David Stephenson

David Stephenson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Media at the University of Kentucky. He also serves as the photojournalism and multimedia adviser for the student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel. In addition, he maintains a steady client list as a freelance editorial photographer and multimedia storyteller.

Stephenson is a native of Lexington and joined the staff of the Herald-Leader in 1997. He then left to join the Kernel in 2009. He is a four-time recipient of the Kentucky News Photographer’s Association’s Photographer of the Year Award and has been named Sports Photographer of the Year three times. He won the National Press Photographers Association Region 4 Photographer of the Year twice.

Stephenson, a 1992 WKU graduate, published a four-year project, “A New Dawn?”, following a young mother addicted to pain pills through a local Drug Court Program. His multimedia piece for this series was awarded the Best Multimedia Project in the prestigious 65th POYi competition. A story about a Garrard County tobacco cutting competition was awarded First Place Multimedia News Story for POYi in 2010.

In addition to teaching multimedia full-time at UK and advising at the Kentucky Kernel, Stephenson is active in the freelance market as a photographer and multimedia journalist, specializing in news, editorial equine and sports photography. In the past five years, Stephenson has produced documentary videos for regional non-profits such as as the New Opportunity School for Women, The White House Clinics, and Green Forests Work.

Stephenson is earned his Master’s degree in Digital Storytelling from Asbury University in 2017 and is currently working on completing a Master’s of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production.