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Video Photojournalism Categories and Descriptions

NPPA 2019 Best of Photojournalism

 

In Video Photojournalism, there is a limit of two entries per category in each of the individual story categories. Compilation categories count as a single entry. There is a limit of 20 total entries for each entrant. 

For all individual Photography entries (except those in the Team and Documentary categories), 90% of the video must have been shot by one photographer.

Please contact Merry Murray at tvbop.chair@nppa.org for more information or questions about the contest.

Spot News

An unscheduled and unfolding news event for which there was no opportunity for planning. This category recognized the photographer’s ability to function in a stressful situation, keeping his or her photographic gear rolling to capture the overall scope of the scene, and zeroing in on individual reactions.

  • Story must have been shot, edited, and broadcast within 24 hours. 90% of the video must have been shot by the entering photojournalist.
  • 5 Minute Time Limit

Deadline

This category is designed to recognize the work that most of us do on a day to day basis. A quick turn. Whether it’s a package, a live shot, or any combination, this category is designed with the general photographer in mind.

A Spot News or General News story that may include a live aircheck presentation by a reporter or photojournalist. The goal of this category is to highlight television photojournalism under deadline pressure. The entry must be shot, edited, and broadcast within 4 hours.

The entry may be a stand alone package, a straight live shot, or a live shot with file video. If the entry includes a live shot, the air check presentation must be submitted with no re-editing allowed. For this category only, mention of the photojournalist is permitted.

  • 90% of the video & live shot must have been shot by the entering photojournalist.
  • 5 Minute Time Limit.

General Hard News

A timely news story that covers a planned or unplanned news event, an issue, or person or topic of general interest and importance. It can be a follow up or sidebar to spot news.

Hard news stories should contain no music, except where it’s part of the natural sound of the story. Stories must have been shot, edited, and broadcast your regular shift.

  • 90% of the video must have been shot by the entering photojournalist.
  • 5 Minute Time Limit.

Soft News Feature

A planned story that appeals to the emotional side of the viewer and the photojournalist puts considerable time and effort into the production of the story. Features that score highly show imagination and creativity.

  • 90% of the video must have been shot by the entering photojournalist.
  • 10 Minute Time Limit.

Hard News Feature

A planned story that appeals to the emotional side of the viewer and the photojournalist puts considerable time and effort into the production of the story. Stories in this category should be serious in nature.

  • 90% of the video must have been shot by the entering photojournalist.
  • 10 Minute Time Limit.

48 Hour Feature

A feature or human interest story shot and edited within a time frame of 48 consecutive hours.

  • 90% of the video must have been shot by the entering photojournalist.
  • 5 Minute Time Limit.

Sports Feature

Any feature story about participants, spectators, or those involved or interested in a sport or sporting event. Does not need to focus on the outcome of the game.

  • 90% of the video must have been shot by the entering photojournalist.
  • 10 Minute Time Limit.

Investigative

A planned story where the photojournalist puts considerable time and effort into the production of the story. It may be divided into a series or successive days. If so, edit the individual parts together, leaving a second of black between each piece.

  • 50% of the video must have been shot by the entering photojournalist.
  • 30 Minute Time Limit.

Team

Any story that was shot by more than one photojournalist. The story may fall into any of the other subject categories except Documentary.

  • 15 Minute Time Limit.

 Live

Any live shot where you may or may not have video to play during your live hit.  Most likely to be a breaking news situation.  Can include station inserts or can be edited to delete the station inserts.

  • 20 Minute Time Limit.

Documentary

A complete, creative study of a subject or issue in which the theme and treatment follow a predetermined direction. Can be shot by more than one person. Must have debuted during the contest year.

  • 60 Minute Time Limit.

Solo Video Journalist General News

This award is to recognize those who do it all themselves, do it daily, and do it well. It will recognize the best single story produced by a primarily full time solo video journalist.

This is not a category for those who may shoot alone once or twice a week. You must be a solo video journalist during your entire work week schedule.

The story must be shot, written, and edited within 24 hours by the entrant.

  • 5 Minute Time Limit.

Solo Video Journalist Feature

This award is to recognize those who do it all themselves, do it daily, and do it well. It will recognize the best single story produced by a primarily full time solo video journalist.

This is not a category for those who may shoot alone once or twice a week. You must be a solo video journalist during your entire work week schedule.

The story must be shot, written, and edited within 48 hours by the entrant.

  • 5 Minute Time Limit.

Solo Video Journalist In-Depth

This award is to recognize those who do it all themselves, do it daily, and do it well. It will recognize the best single story produced by a primarily full time solo video journalist.

This is not a category for those who may shoot alone once or twice a week. You must be a solo video journalist during your entire work week schedule.

A planned story where the SVJ puts considerable time and effort into the production of the story.  Can be divided into a series or successive days.  The story must be shot, written, and edited by the entrant.

  • 15 Minute Time Limit.

NPPA Photojournalism Award for Reporting

This award is to honor those reporters and field producers who, in collaboration with a television photojournalist, produce outstanding visual stories. Entrants must submit a compilation of 3 packages they have written from the individual categories. 

This is not only a writing category. The judges will be looking at overall visual storytelling and how the reporter/field producer contributed to the quality.

A Winner and Runner Up will be awarded.

  • 20 Minute Time Limit.

Ernie Crisp Photographer of the Year

The award serves as recognition of individual ability-an ability against which other can compare their output to determine if they are meeting the standards of the industry. The winner must show a high level of skill and professionalism.

Entrants must submit stories in six of the nine categories as part of their portfolio, no more than two stories can be entered from any one category, in order: Spot News, Deadline, General Hard News, Hard News Feature, Soft News Feature, 48 Hour Feature, Sports Feature, Live, and Investigative.

Spot News and Hard News are mandatory. 90% of the video in each story must have been shot by the entering photojournalist.

Stories entered in the individual categories may be a part of your Photojournalist of the Year entry, but they must be entered under the same categories. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.

On the online entry form use only the date of the first story in the date field. Using text or a series of dates will cause an issue with the upload.

No promotional material concerning the photographer or their station may be included in the entry.

  • 30 Minute Time Limit.

Station of the Year

The Station of the Year Award will be presented to three (3) different television stations in three (3) separate divisions based on Nielsen market sizes:

  • Large Market (1-34)
  • Medium Market (35-69)
  • Small Market (70-212)

You can find out the size of the market you work in on the Nielsen Media website.

This award recognizes a local broadcast station’s photography staff for their consistency in providing outstanding news photography coverage for and about the audience it serves. The award singles out an individual staff as one that has achieved a high standard of quality in photography that is unmatched by any other station in their division. Selection as Station of the Year honors excellence, and most importantly, it serves to raise the standards of the industry.

Entrants must submit stories in 9 of the 12 categories, in order: Spot News, Deadline, General Hard News, Hard News Feature, Soft News Feature, 48 Hour Feature, Sports Feature, Live, Solo Video Journalist General, Solo Video Journalist Feature, Solo Video Journalist In-Depth, and Investigative.

Spot News and General are mandatory.

No more than 3 stories can be entered in any one category. Team entries are allowed in each category. One photojournalist can not have more than 3 stories on the entry.

Stories entered in the individual categories may be a part of your SOY entry, but they must be entered under the same categories. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.

  • No promotional material concerning the photographer or their station may be included in the entry.
  • For Photography Staffs of 15 or more: 1/3 of the station’s photography staff must be represented on the Station of the Year entry. A single photographer can contribute no more than 3 stories on the entry.
  • For Photography Staffs of 14 or fewer: 1/2 of the station’s photography staff must be represented on the Station of the Year entry. No photographer can contribute more than 50% of the stories on the tape.
  • 30 Minute Time Limit.

Entrants are required to save an air check of their early block (5pm-6pm) and their late block (9pm to 11pm) each day for the month of February 2019. Sometime during the month, your staff will be called by the contest chair and told which newscast to mail as part of your SOY entry. This entry will be the same time and day for everyone. The air check should not be edited and must include the open, close, news, weather, sports, and all commercials.

Judges Choice Awards

The judges of this year’s competition will have the option of giving an award to one or more stories they feel best exemplifies the ideals of photojournalism. The winner(s) will be chosen from among the full set of entries in all categories.