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Online Video, Presentation and Innovation Category Descriptions

NPPA 2019 Best of Photojournalism

 

Online Video, Presentation and Innovation, formerly the Multimedia division, is for video and other entries beyond still photographs that were made primarily for publication online. The categories have been updated to reflect the many ways we use visuals online outside of still photographs and video.

 

New categories include:

·      Video storytelling (click-to-play standalone video stories)

·      Documentary video

·      Docuseries

·      Innovation: VR, AR, 360 video, etc.

·      Social Media

·      Online visual presentation – complete story package presentation

The Video Storytelling and Visual Presentation categories have been divided up into team size in the effort to recognize freelancers and smaller publications.

My video entry has been published both online and broadcast on television or streaming services. Should I enter it in the Online Visual Storytelling or Video division?

The distinctions between the Online Video, Presentation and Innovation division and the Video division are intentionally left open to the entrant’s preference, particularly if videos were published on multiple platforms.

Video stories originally produced for television audiences, especially if they feature voice-overs or reporter "stand-ups,” have typically been entered in the Video division.

Video stories originally produced for news websites, online publications or multi-platform distribution have typically been entered in the Multimedia division, now the Online Video, Presentation and Innovation division.

Video stories may only be entered in one division or the other, not both. However, video stories may be entered in a standalone video category and as part of an entire story package in a visual presentation category of the Online Video, Presentation and Innovation division, as they will be judged based on different criteria.

Work submitted in the video categories must adhere to the competition's Visual Integrity statement. Stories should honor the viewer's trust, and under no circumstances should scenes depicted as candid be set up, directed or controlled in any way.

Any re-creations of scenes to illustrate events in the past must be clearly marked as such. Special effects and music should be used sparingly and not alter the truthfulness of the narrative.

Filmmakers cannot be paid by anyone with a commercial stake in the story, and no branded content will be accepted.

If you have questions about eligibility and where your piece should be entered can be directed to bop@nppa.org

Online Video Storytelling

These categories are for self-contained, “click-to-play” video stories. This entry will be judged on the video alone and no other story components.

If you have questions about whether your video entry belongs in Online Visual or Broadcast TV Storytelling divisions, refer to the division guidelines.

The following categories are divided into team size:

Individual: The story was shot, edited and produced by, or almost exclusively by, one person with little outside help. Permissible outside help includes things like feedback on story structure, minimal timeline adjustments, minimal shooting assistance, etc. If more than one person is listed in the credits, entrant must state explicitly in the entry notes exactly where they were assisted so judges can determine if it is permissible.

Small Team: Two to four people were involved in the shooting, editing, mixing, coloring, graphics or any other aspect of video production.

Large Team:  Five or more people were involved in the shooting, editing, mixing, coloring, graphics or any other aspect of video production.

·      News and Issue: Impactful story packages with a serious tone about national and/or local issues, policies, health and social justice. If it is a longer-term story with a run time exceeding 10 minutes, it belongs in the Documentary category.

·      Feature: Slice of life stories with a lighthearted tone belong in this category. Stories with a serious tone belong in News and Issue.

·      24 Hour: This can be breaking news, feature or any topic – but it must have been shot, edited and published in 24 hours.

·      Sports: Stories in the sports world including documentary-style features exploring issues, teams, trends, events or individual athletes. This category is not intended for raw press conference footage.

·      Documentary: Longer-term stories that take a deep dive into a story or issue with a run time longer than 10 minutes up to 35 minutes.

·      Portfolio: Four video stories of any category by the same individual or team judged as a whole. Publications can decide whether they would like to enter one or multiple portfolio entries for their staff.

Team size designation will be determined by the largest total amount of people who worked on the total entry. For example, if a publication enters four pieces, two videos by two team members, one video by two other team members, and one video by two team members different from the first three videos, they would have six total team members and have to enter in the Large team category. Alternatively, if the publication wanted to enter four videos by two specific team members and four videos by two other specific team members, they could submit two portfolio entries in the Small team category.

The following four categories are not divided up by team size:

·      Docuseries: A multi-part video series exploring a topic or theme. Minimum three video stories, maximum five. These will be judged on the video stories only – if you would like to enter the whole story package, see the Online Visual Presentation categories.

·      Innovation: Stories utilizing virtual reality, augmented reality, 360 video or other immersive story forms. Submit links, descriptions and relevant audience engagement information.

·      Excellence in Social Media: Submit screenshots, links or saved videos of a story or series that was presented through a social media platform. Include written context to show how readers engaged with the story through the chosen platform.

·      Video Editing: Submit three standalone video stories by the same video editor to be judged on the story development and editing.

Online Visual Presentation

These categories are for whole story packages only. Emphasizing the use of visuals, each story URL will be judged on the whole user experience, including text, design, interactivity and engagement. Individual elements should be entered in Online Video Storytelling or Online Picture Editing categories.

These categories are divided by team size. Team members include but are not limited to photographers, video editors and producers, developers and web staff, reporters, editors, graphics, illustrators and designers.

Small Team: Up to four people were involved in publication.

Large Team: Five or more people were involved in publication.

·      News and Issue: Impactful story packages with a serious tone about national and/or local issues, policies, health and social justice.

·      Feature: Slice of life stories with a lighthearted tone belong in this category. Stories with a serious tone belong in News and Issue.

·      Sports: Stories in the sports world exploring issues, teams, events, trends or individual athletes.

·      Portfolio: Four story packages of any category by the same team or publication, judged as a whole. Publications are limited to only one Visual Presentation portfolio entry for their staff.