Indiana College Photographer of the Year Contest

Contest Deadline: Monday, February 20, 2017 (02/20/2017), noon (Eastern Standard Time)
Contest Judging: Friday, February 24, 2017, The Media School at Indiana University-Bloomington.
Contest Chairperson: James Brosher, james@brosher.com, 765-744-0865

Changes to this year’s rules are highlighted.

I. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

The purpose of the INPA College Photographer of the Year contest is to promote excellence in student 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

Section 1. DEFINITION OF A STUDENT

Any person who has attended an accredited college or university in the State of Indiana in the 2016 calendar year (January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016) is eligible to enter. There is no fee for entering the INPA College Photographer of the Year contest. Students are encouraged to join INPA, and may enter the Annual Still Contest, Annual Multimedia Contest, and Monthly Clip Contest after doing so.

Section 2. DEFINITION OF PHOTOJOURNALISM

The INPA Photographer of the Year contest is a photojournalism contest. Photojournalism is defined as the craft of employing photographic storytelling to document life for editorial news outlets.

Section 3. ELIGIBLE WORK

Photographs taken or initially published between January 1 and December 31 of the year preceding the contest (2016) 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. Non-editorial photography is not eligible for the contest. Screen grabs from a video are not eligible for the still photo competition.

III. RULES

Section 1. ETHICS

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. 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 framework of the NPPA Code of Ethics, is allowed.

The annual contest chairman may request original files for images that may appear to be problematic with regard to toning, content or ethics. The original and the entered image will be presented to the judges for a final determination. The judges may also disqualify any images they feel go beyond the allowable industry practices at any point in the competition.

Section 2. INPA COLLEGE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR PORTFOLIO (P)

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

  1. A portfolio may contain no more than 20 entries. A story or essay counts as one entry.
  2. A portfolio must contain images from at least two of the following categories of images: news, feature, sports, portrait/personality, news story, feature story or sports story.
  3. Portfolios are judged on the basis of photographic excellence, subject matter, versatility, technical quality, and originality.
  4. Images can be arranged in any order but picture stories must be last. A story or essay must be separated from the singles by a black frame. This frame does not count towards the image total.
  5. Portfolio is a still photo only competition.
  6. Entrants are not required to compete in the singles categories in order to compete in the portfolio competition.
  7. Judges must award a first place (Indiana College Photographer of the Year). All other places are optional at the discretion of the Judges.

Section 3. SINGLES CATEGORIES

The INPA College Photographer of the Year contest consists of the following singles categories:

  1. N – News: A photo from a news event – spot or general – which has immediate news value.
  2. F – Feature: An unposed photo that celebrates life. Respect for the dignity of the subject is important.
  3. S – Sports: A photo from a sports event capturing athletic competition at any level. May be either feature or peak action.
  4. R – Portrait/Personality: A picture of a person that reveals the essence of the subject’s character.

Section 4. NUMBER OF ENTRIES

An entrant is limited to a total of 20 entries in portfolio. A multiple (story) counts as one entry in this portfolio. An entrant is limited to 15 images total in the singles categories combined.

Section 5. PARTICIPATION

A minimum of five entrants must enter each category (P, N, F, S, R) for it to be judged.

Section 6. DISCLAIMER

Contestants who do not follow the rules will be disqualified. INPA will take every precaution in handling entries, but cannot be responsible for loss, damage or non-receipt of entries.

Section 7. DEADLINE

All entries must be uploaded by Monday, February 20, 2016 (02/20/2017), at NOON Eastern Standard Time.

Section 8. JUDGING

The contest will have three judges as selected by the annual contest chairman. 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 until all judging is complete.

IV. ENTRY FILE REQUIREMENTS

Section 1. IMAGE SIZING

All entries must be saved as a JPEG file with IPTC standard captions and file information. Files should be sized no larger than 2400 pixels on the longest side. Files should be saved at a JPEG compression level of 8 or 9 (high). Images deemed too large may be resized at the discretion of the annual contest chairperson.

Section 2. IPTC FIELDS

Each entry must have the following IPTC fields filled out:

  • Description/Caption: The photo caption. This field MUST NOT include the photographer’s name or affiliation. It is recommended that picture story entries include a paragraph explaining the package before the caption of the first photo.
  • Creator/Photographer/Author: Photographer’s name
  • Creator/Author Job Title: Email address of photographer
  • Source: University the photographer attends
  • Category: P (CPOY Portfolio), N (CPOY News), F (CPOY Feature), S (CPOY Sports), R (CPOY Portrait/Personality)

Failure to fill these fields out properly will result in disqualification.

cpoy_itpc_example

Section 3. IMAGE FILENAMES

Entry images must be renamed using the following format: cpoy_category_photographers name/city initials_seq.jpg. Note: the entire filename must be lowercase. The only non alpha numerical (a-z, 0-9) character allowed in the file or folder names is an underscore.

Example entry for John J. Doe of Springfield:

  • cpoy_p_jjds_01.jpg, cpoy_p_jjds_02.jpg, cpoy_p_jjds_03.jpg …  – CPOY Portfolio
  • cpoy_n_jjds_01.jpg – News
  • cpoy_f_jjds_01.jpg – Feature
  • cpoy_s_jjds_01.jpg – Sports
  • cpoy_r_jjds_01.jpg – Portrait/Personality

Section 4. FINAL ENTRY ORGANIZATION

All entries must be placed in a folder named with CPOY proceeded by an underscore and your initial+city code (i.e. cpoy_jjds). All images should be in the root of your entry folder with the exception of the portfolio. Portfolio must be in a seperate folder within the root folder (see example below). If you are entering the POY contest as well, create a separate entry following the POY contest entry procedures.

Your final entry must be saved as a zip file named with your initial+city code (i.e. cpoy_jjds.zip).

folder-example

Section 5. ENTRY UPLOAD

The entry period has ended for the 2016 Annual Contest.