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Video Editing Categories and Descriptions

NPPA 2019 Best of Photojournalism

 

Both Photographers and Editors are allowed to enter the Video Editing competition. Please read the descriptions carefully for full details as to which categories you can enter. In some of these categories, Photographers and Editors will be judged separately, and in others they will compete against each other. There is a limit of two stories from each category.

For this contest a Photographer is an entrant that is 100% responsible for the shooting and editing of the story.

For this contest an Editor is an entrant 95% responsible for the edit and did not shoot the primary elements of the video.  Shooting 5% is allowed.  So in a 3-minute story you could have 9 seconds of your own video.  The idea of this exemption is to allow graphic element shot by editor or perhaps team shoots.

Please contact the BOP Editing Chair at Shawnmontano@gmail.com for more information or questions about the contest.

Deadline Edit-Editors Only

A story (feature, hard news, investigative) that is edited in less than 4 hours. Judges will look for creativity implemented in your edits. Effects are allowed. Judging emphasis will be on storytelling elements (sequencing, natural sound, etc)

  • 3 Minute Time Limit.

Sports Edit-Editors and Photographers

A story involving coverage, analysis, preparation, of or for a sports event or activity. Greater weight will be given to stories that have sports action video and focus on the competition. Effects are allowed.

  • 10 Minute Time Limit.

Effects Edit-Editors and Photographers

A story in which the effects the editor uses to craft the story greatly enhances the final product.

  • 10 Minute Time Limit.

 Magazine Segment Edit-Editors Only

A segment of an extended length edit for a magazine program. Please show one full segment from your program (between commercial breaks), then show segments to fill remaining time on your entry. You do not have to show first segment as your full segment. Please choose your best segment.

  • 15 Minute Time Limit.

Bumps/Teases/Pre-Show Edit - Editors and Photographers

Show us what you can do. This category should demonstrate your ability to tease a story. Everything goes in this category. Editors and Photographers will compete against each other.

  • 1 Minute Time Limit.

General News Edit-Editors Only

A story shot, edited, and aired or fed the same day. Effects are allowed.

  • 4 Minute Time Limit.

General Hard News Edit-Photographers Only

A story shot, edited, and aired or fed the same day. Stories in this category should be serious or a consequential nature. Effects are allowed.

  • 4 Minute Time Limit.

General Soft News Edit-Photographers Only

A story shot, edited, and aired or fed the same day. Stories in this category should be light-hearted, positive with a general overall happiness feel. Effects are allowed.

  • 4 Minute Time Limit.

Feature Edit-Editors Only

A story requiring narration that is not of a hard or general news nature. Effects are allowed.

  • 10 Minute Time Limit.

Soft Feature Edit-Photographers Only

A story requiring narration that is not of a hard or general news nature. Stories in this category should be light-hearted, positive with a general overall happiness feel. Effects are allowed.

  • 10 Minute Time Limit.

 Hard Feature Edit-Photographers Only

A story requiring narration that is not of a hard or general news nature. Stories in this category should be serious or consequential nature. Effects are allowed.

  • 10 Minute Time Limit.

Photo Essay Edit-Editors Only

A story that demonstrates exceptional use of natural sound, sound bites, sound effects, and/or music. Effects are allowed. Stories with any narration are not allowed in this category.

  • 10 Minute Time Limit.

Soft Photo Essay Edit-Photographers Only

A story that demonstrates exceptional use of natural sound, sound bites, sound effects, and/or music. Stories in this category should be light-hearted, positive with a general overall happiness feel. Effects are allowed. Stories with any narration are not allowed in this category.

  • 10 Minute Time Limit.

Hard Photo Essay Edit-Photographers Only

A story that demonstrates exceptional use of natural sound, sound bites, sound effects, and/or music. Stories in this category should be serious or consequential nature. Effects are allowed. Stories with any narration are not allowed in this category.

  • 10 Minute Time Limit.

Documentary Edit-Editors and Photographers

A nonfiction story dealing creatively with cultural, artistic, historical, social, scientific, economic or other subjects. Please consider entering your short stories in another category.  Greater weight will be given to longer stories over 10 minutes. Effects are allowed.

  • No Time Limit

Solo Journalist Soft Edit

A story shot and edited within 24 hours by the entrant. Stories in this category should be light-hearted, positive with a general overall happiness feel. 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. - For Solo Journalist only.

  • 5 Minute Time Limit.

Solo Journalist Hard Edit

A story shot and edited within 24 hours by the entrant. Stories in this category should be serious or consequential nature. 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. - For Solo Journalist only.

  • 5 Minute Time Limit.

Team Edit                                                                                                                                       

This is a new category this year.  The category is for a team of editors producing an entry.  This would be ideal for team shoot or a documentary in which multiple editors contributed significantly to the entry.  Stories may be hard or soft in nature for this category.

  • No Time Limit

Social Edit Editors and Photographers

This is a new category this year. A short form story specially edited and formatted for viewing on a social media platform.

  • 90 second time limit.

Editor of the Year-Editors and Photographers

Your entry must consist of at least six stories (though you may have more than six provided you stay under the 30-minute time limit) and there are no category requirements. Unlike in previous years, these stories are not required to have been entered individually - but they can be entered individually in those categories, if you choose.

Stories must be arranged in the following order; Bumps Teases Pre-Show, Deadline, General News, Feature, Photo Essay, Sports, Effects, Magazine, Documentary, Social Edit. Team Edits not allowed in EOY entree At least 3 stories on your entry must be stories you did not shoot. This category is open to everyone. Judges will place emphasis on stories edited and not shot by entrant.  

You must email your story log and which story you did and did not shoot to Shawn Montano at Shawnmontano@gmail.com

  • 30 Minute Time Limit.

Judges Choice Awards

A story that exemplifies the ideals of editing. The winner (s) will be chosen from the full set of entries in all categories.