Best of Photojournalism contest deadline looms

The Best of Photojournalism 2017 is open to professional photographers, editors and online photojournalists, and there is no entry fee

Best of Photojournalism contest deadline looms

The Best of Photojournalism 2017 is open to professional photographers, editors and online photojournalists, and there is no entry fee! The NPPA has been the advocate of the News photojournalist since its inception and the contest has been a big part of my professional life. Every year, it was the one contest you entered without fail. It needs to stay that way.

Renowned as “the contest designed for photojournalists by photojournalists,” and incorporating the many facets of the visual journalism industry, NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism competition annually attracts the most talented professionals in four divisions – still, video, multimedia and editing – collectively representing nearly 100 categories.

The images and stories entered in the competition are created by some of the most outstanding visual journalists of our time. More than just compelling photos and videos, though, the entries are storytelling images and essays about some of the most important issues facing us today. The competition truly is a rejoicing of the fact that photojournalism remains the best way to tell the world’s story!

All entries must have been taken or initially published between January 1st and December 31st, 2016. Photographers do not need to be members of NPPA to enter.


April 23, 2015 - Puerto Montt, Chile - General view of eruption of Chilean Calbuco volcano from Puerto Montt, located at 1000 km southern Santiago de Chile. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has declared a ''State of Exception'' in Llanquihue Province and Puerto Octay after the eruption. According to the interior ministry, more than 4,000 people have already been evacuated from the towns of Ensenada, Alerce, Colonio Rio Sur and Correntoso in Los Lagos, where more than 60,000 people have been affected by the volcano. Inactive since 1972, the volcano is considered dangerous by geologists because of its destructive potential. ©Alvaro Vidal EFE | ZUMA Press 2nd Place, Environment Single

The entry period begins Jan 3rd, 2017 and runs through 3pm EST Feb 3rd 2017.

Categories
Photojournalist of the Year (large markets) OPY: A portfolio of work created for a publication with over 65,000 circulation. All wire services, agencies and magazines are part of this group.
Photojournalist of the Year (smaller markets) UPY: A portfolio of work created for a newspaper with less than 65,000 circulation. Portfolios of work created for wire services, agencies and magazines should be entered in the large-market Photojournalist of the Year category, OPY.
Sports Photojournalist of the Year SPY: A portfolio of individual sports images, plus an optional Sports Picture Story.
Cliff Edom’s ‘New America Award’ NAA: In urban communities and rural towns, the spirit of diversity is celebrated and witnessed in everyday life. Our goal is to recognize award winning photographic storytelling that focuses on communities, diverse groups, and issues in America that are often under-covered in the media. Acknowledging the genius and effectiveness of Cliff Edom’s vision, approach, and passion for teaching, we ask you to contribute your entries.
International News Single INN: A photograph of a spontaneous news event outside the U.S., Canada, or Mexico with global impact. Photographs of news stemming from natural events such as storms, floods, or earthquakes should be entered in this category.
International News Picture Story INS: A series of photographs of an event outside the U.S., Canada, or Mexico that depicts a story line or single theme centered around a spontaneous event. Stories of news stemming from natural events such as storms, floods, or earthquakes should be entered in this category.
General News Single GNN: Recognizing that much of the daily news coverage is planned in advance, we seek to reward outstanding achievement based on creativity and timing at organized events such as general meetings and staged coverage opportunities. Coverage of breaking news or issue coverage from outside a planned event should be entered in International or Domestic News, as appropriate.
Domestic News Single DON: A news photograph from an event in Canada, Mexico or the U.S. The event should be one that is spontaneous, so the photographer must react on instinct and news judgment. This picture may be of a breaking news event. Coverage of planned events should be entered in General News.
Domestic News Picture Story DNS: A series of news pictures recording events in Canada, Mexico or the U.S. that depicts a reporting line or single theme where the reporting instincts and skill of the photographer are manifest.
Contemporary Issues Single CIP: A single image, which highlights current social concerns. Images dealing with issues of health, hunger, poverty, disease, the economy and the human condition are well suited to this category.
Contemporary Issues Story CIS: A picture story or essay that highlights current social concerns. Stories about health, hunger, poverty, disease, the economy and the human condition are well suited to this category.
Feature Single FET: A photograph that captures the human-interest or a fresh view of an everyday scene. An image that uses humor, unusual juxtaposition or a unique moment is well suited for this category.
Portrait and Personality Single POR: A single photograph that captures a unique aspect of a figure’s character and personality. This may be a public figure that is regularly covered in the news, or a local heroine, hero, or community person that is captured as a striking portrait or portrait personality.
Portrait Series SPP: This category recognizes the time-honored tradition of portraiture as a vital mode of storytelling. The unifying theme must be held together by a narrative thread, consistent photographic style and/or compelling environment with an obvious connection between the individuals being documented.
Environment Single ENW: A picture that captures the aesthetic and graphic qualities of nature and wildlife with an emphasis on dramatic composition. This aesthetic appreciation does not mean that the image can only capture pristine environments.
Environment Picture Story EPS: A picture story that focuses on the natural world and its components: nature, wildlife, or the environment. That appreciation does not mean that the story can only cover pristine environments: Environmental Picture Stories can depict a range of natural and human impacts on the environment.
Sports Action Single SPA: A peak action picture that captures the spirit of a sports competition—either on the part of an individual or an athletic team.
Sports Feature Single SPF: A sports related feature picture that depicts the jubilation of victory or the agony of defeat. The event covered should be separate from the game action or outside of the field of play.
Sports Picture Story SPS: Any sports oriented subject portrayed in a multiple-picture photographic story structure. All of the pictures should be related to convey a singular story line, point of view, or reporting theme related to a sports endeavor.
Olympic Action Single OGA: A single action picture from the 2016 Olympic games that captures a dynamic moment in the competition of the games. Picture stories from the Olympics should be entered in Olympic Sports Story OSS.
Olympics Feature OGF: A single feature picture from the 2016 Olympic games that shows events or reactions outside the main competition including training, medal ceremonies, crowd reactions, and more. Picture stories from the Olympics should be entered in Olympic Sports Story OSS.
Olympics Story OSS: Picture stories from or about the Olympics. The story should be compelling and relevant to the viewing and reading audience. All Olympic stories published by wire services, all newspapers, agencies and magazines should be entered in this group.
Pictorial Singles PCT: A single image with a strong use of design, light and composition that engages the viewer by creative use of visual tools and photographic impact.
Road to the Office Single RTO: A single picture that documents the essence of the campaign trail and its effects on a candidate for elected office.
Road to the Office Picture Story RTS: A picture story that documents the essence of the campaign trail and its effects on those who participate. The story can focus on the candidate directly, or on the support staff and volunteers who are caught up in their campaign.
Best Published Picture Story (large markets) OPS: This category is designed to celebrate a meritorious body of work that has been documented, vetted and published for an audience in the classic journalistic tradition. The story should be compelling and relevant to the viewing and reading audience. A story published by a publication with over 65,000 circulation. All stories published by wire services, agencies and magazines should be entered in this group. Pictures created by a newspaper with less than 65,000 circulation should be entered in the small-market Best Published Picture Story category, UPS.
Best Published Picture Story (smaller markets) UPS: This category is designed to celebrate a meritorious body of work that has been documented, vetted and published for an audience in the classic journalistic tradition. The story should be compelling and relevant to the viewing and reading audience. A story published by a newspaper with less than 65,000 circulation. Pictures created for wire services, agencies and magazines should be entered in the large market Best Published Picture Story category, OPS.

Photojournalism is changing. Portable digital cameras are giving more people the basic tools to cover news events that affect their lives. Large media companies are integrating and showcasing photographic reporting in new ways. As a result, the popular culture is becoming more aware of visual journalism.

The Best of Photojournalism seeks to recognize the best work coming from this changing landscape, and set new standards for the future. We celebrate the craft of photographic reporting, not just the artistic and technical qualities of photography. Newsrooms need journalists—visual reporters who are rooted in accuracy, and can harness their aesthetic skills in their work. In order to enter the contest you must first register.

The National Press Photographers Association was founded in 1946.  In the first issue of National Press Photographer (published in Boston, MA, in April, 1946), an editorial on the front page proclaimed, “With this issue is born a voice, one that has been mute much too long.”

In the early years, the NPPA fought to have cameras allowed in courtrooms, and to improve government and media relations.  Interestingly, many of the benefits members enjoy today evolved from programs begun in the late 1940s.

The NPPA of today encompasses the three facets of visual journalism – still images, video, and multimedia – and reflects the comprehensive, modern transformation of the industry and the association's more than 6,500 constituents.

And in this day and age, we all need to be a part of organizations like this one that can stand up to the Press Secreterys and Publicists that so try to control the release of information.

2016 Winners highlighted below:

Chatham, MA - The sand under water seen above almost looks as if its a giant seashell with seals below by Seal Island in Chatham on a summer Cape Cod Day. The seals are huddled together on a sand bar because Great White sharks are in the area. ©David L. Ryan The Boston Globe Honorable Mention/PICTORIAL
Chatham, MA - The sand under water seen above almost looks as if its a giant seashell with seals below by Seal Island in Chatham on a summer Cape Cod Day. The seals are huddled together on a sand bar because Great White sharks are in the area. ©David L. Ryan The Boston Globe Honorable Mention/PICTORIAL