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Video Editing Categories and Descriptions

NPPA 2020 Best of Photojournalism

 

Both Photographers and Editors are allowed to enter the Video Editing competition. Please read the description carefully for full details as to which categories you can enter. In some of these categories, Photographers and Editors are judged separately, and in others, they will compete against each other. You are only allowed to enter two stories in any one 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, although shooting 5% is allowed. So, a 3-minute story could contain 9 seconds of your own video. The idea of this exemption is to enable graphic elements shot by an 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 news story (feature, hard news, investigative) that is edited in less than 4 hours. Judges will look for creativity implemented in your edits. 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. Higher weight will be given to stories that have sports action video and focus on the competition.

  • 10 Minute Time Limit.

Effects Edit-Editors and Photographers: A news story in which the effects dramatically 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 section from your program (between commercial breaks), then show parts to fill the remaining time on your entry. You do not have to show the first segment as your full segment. Please choose your best section.

  • 15 Minute Time Limit.

Bumps/Teases/Pre-Show Edit - Editors and Photographers: This category should demonstrate your ability to tease a story or a show. Editors and Photographers will compete against each other.

  • 1 Minute Time Limit.

General News Edit-Editors Only: A timely news story that is covering a planned or unplanned news event, an issue, or person or topic of general interest and importance. General 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 within 24 consecutive hours.

  • 4 Minute Time Limit.

General Hard News Edit-Photographers Only: A timely news story, serious (not soft or humorous) 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. General 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 within 24 consecutive hours.

General Soft News Edit-Photographers Only: A timely news story, soft or humorous 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. General 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 within 24 consecutive hours.

  • 4 Minute Time Limit.

Feature Edit-Editors Only: 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.

  • 10 Minute Time Limit.

Soft Feature Edit-Photographers Only: A news story, soft or humorous 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.

  • 10 Minute Time Limit.

Hard Feature Edit-Photographers Only: A news story, serious (not soft or humorous).  The photojournalist puts considerable time and effort into the production of the story. Features that score highly show imagination and creativity.

  • 10 Minute Time Limit.

Photo Essay Edit-Editors Only: A planned news story that requires no narration, the story is told with natural sound and sound bites and/or music. Stories with any narrative are not allowed in this category.

  • 10 Minute Time Limit.

Soft Photo Essay Edit-Photographers Only: A new story demonstrating 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. Stories with any narration are not allowed in this category.

  • 10 Minute Time Limit.

Hard Photo Essay Edit-Photographers Only: A new story demonstrating exceptional use of natural sound, sound bites, sound effects, and/or music. Stories in this category serious in nature (not soft or humorous). Stories with any narrative 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. Higher weight will be given to longer stories over 10 minutes. -

  • 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 workweek 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 workweek schedule.

  • For Solo Journalist only.
  • 5 Minute Time Limit.

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

Social Edit Editors and Photographers: A story specially edited and formatted for viewing on social media.

  • 90 second time limit. 

Editor of the Year-Editors and Photographers: Your entry must consist of at least six stories (you may have more than six). You may choose any categories you like to enter. You must enter in the general contest the exact stories you enter on your editor of the year composite. If there is any variance, your entry will be disqualified.

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 entrée. At least three stories in your entry must be stories you did not shoot. This category is open to everyone. Judges will emphasize stories edited and not shot by the 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 news story exemplifying the ideals of editing. The winner(s) will be chosen from the full set of entries in all categories.