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Picture Editing Categories and Descriptions

NPPA 2020 Best of Photojournalism

 

The Best of Photojournalism Picture Editing competition recognizes the individuals and publications that practice and promote great photojournalism through great picture editing.

Picture editing is a complex and multifaceted process. Picture editors identify the best pictures and shepherd them to the public eye. They ensure that the text and pictures work together to tell a story. Picture editors work to facilitate page design and layout that engages and enlightens readers.

The act of editing itself may be a team effort, or it may be performed by an individual, but it is never completely in isolation.

Both Magazine and Newspaper categories are print-focused. Online components will be watched and considered but the print presentation is the most important piece.

For team entries, in order for the NPPA member discount to apply, the member must be the applicant.

Submissions for the Magazine and Newspaper categories should be in the form of a single PDF file with multiple pages, where appropriate. Digital category entries should be in the form of one (or more) URLs. For sites with a paywall, you will need to provide a login and password for judges to access the site.

For all categories, you’ll be able to tell the story of how these presentations came to be. This is a place where editors can talk about the behind-the-scenes work that was done by them or their team to get the photographer to a place to make great pictures, the designer to agree to the space, all the unseen work that is a big part of picture editing. This is an optional field that judges may choose to look at.

Print

Magazine Categories

Magazine Cover: Best use of photography on a magazine cover.

Magazine News Story: Coverage of an individual news event or issue. Single or multiple pages.

Magazine Feature Story: Coverage of a non-news event that captures daily life or stories that bring dignity to the human spirit. Single or multiple pages.

Magazine Sports Story: Coverage of a sporting event or a sports related story. Single or multiple pages.

Magazine picture editor of the year (Team): Best use of photography from two or more people.

Magazine picture editor of the year (Individual): Best use of photography from a single editor.

Newspaper Categories

Newspaper Front Page: The front page of the newspaper.

Newspaper Section Front: The front page of the other sections of the newspaper (e.g., features, sports, business, local news, etc.).

Newspaper News Story: Coverage of an individual news event or issue.  Single or multiple pages.

Newspaper Feature Story: Coverage of a non-news event that captures daily life or stories that bring dignity to the human spirit. Single or multiple pages.

Newspaper Sports Story: Coverage of a sporting event or a sports related story. Single or multiple pages.

Newspaper Picture Editor of the Year - Team (Less than 100,000 circulation): Best use of photography from two or more people. Please include entries that represent three or more months out of the year. There is a maximum of 10 elements.

Newspaper Picture Editor of the Year - Team (More than 100,000 circulation): Best use of photography from two or more people. Please include entries that represent three or more months out of the year. There is a maximum of 10 elements.

Newspaper Picture Editor of the Year- Individual (Less than 100,000 circulation): Best use of photography from a single editor. Please include entries that represent three or more months out of the year. There is a maximum of 10 elements.

Newspaper Picture Editor of the Year- Individual (More than 100,000 circulation): Best use of photography from a single editor. Please include entries that represent three or more months out of the year. There is a maximum of 10 elements.

Digital

These categories are digital-only entries. They can come in the form of galleries, slideshows and rolling pages. Video and audio that are a part of the entry will be watched and considered but the still photography and its presentation will have the most weight.

News: Daily coverage of an individual news event or issue.

Feature: Daily coverage of a non-news event that captures daily life or that bring dignity to the human spirit.

Sports: Daily coverage of a sporting event or a sports related story.

Digital Project: This digital entry can be news, features or sports. It is not daily work but a longer-term story told digitally.

Digital Picture Editor of the Year - Team (more than 2): Best use of photography from two or more people. Please include entries that represent three or more months out of the year. There is a maximum of 10 urls.

Digital Picture Editor of the Year - Individual: Best use of photography from a single editor. Please include entries that represent three or more months out of the year. There is a maximum of 10 urls.

Multi-platform Picture Editor of the Year: This entry can include print as well as digital stories. If you enter the same story in a print and digital presentation, each of those counts as one entry. Please include entries that represent three or more months out of the year. Maximum amount of entries is 15, no more than 10 can come from one platform (print or digital). Print elements should be combined into one PDF.