Categories

Single Picture Categories

Every single image entry must have a title (i.e., the name of the entry, i.e., Football Jubilation). Place the appropriate title in the Headline field in the IPTC info panel.

Spot News (SPNW) A picture of an unscheduled event for which no advanced planning was possible. No photographs taken outside of the United States, Canada or Mexico are allowed.

General News (GENW) A picture of a scheduled event for which advanced planning was possible. No photographs taken outside of the United States, Canada or Mexico are allowed.

Feature Picture (FTSG) Usually a “found” situation with strong human interest or a fresh view of the commonplace.

Sports Action (SPTA) A peak action picture that captures the competitive spirit, domestic or international

Sports Feature (SPTF) Sports related feature picture other than game action, domestic or international.

Portrait / Personality (PTPN) A picture of a person that reveals the essence of the subject’s character, domestic or international.

Pictorial (PICT) A picture that exploits graphic, aesthetic qualities of the subject with an emphasis on composition.

International Photo (INTR) A single picture captured in a country other than the United States, Canada or Mexico.

Campaign 2016 (CAMP) A single photograph that captures the energy, environment, struggle or personalities of the 2016 campaign season for local, state or national races.

Multiple Picture Story Categories

A maximum of 12 images per story is allowed. Each complete picture story is considered one single entry. Entrants are encouraged to edit tightly. Images in picture stories will not be judged individually. To enter a photo from your picture story on its own, you must provide a separate entry using the correct still category. A story summary must be included in the caption field of the first photo in your story. Entries do not need to have been entirely produced in the given year, but need to have been first published between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016. The decisions of the contest judges and committee are final.

News Picture Story (PSNW) Any general or spot news subject portrayed in a multiple picture fashion. This category is for stories produced in the United States, Canada or Mexico only. Pictures should be edited to convey a single theme.

Feature Picture Story (PSFT) Any feature-oriented subject portrayed in a multiple picture fashion. Pictures should be edited to convey a single theme. This category is for stories produced in the United States, Canada or Mexico only.

Sports Picture Story (PSSP) Any domestic or international sports-oriented subject portrayed in a multiple picture fashion. Pictures should be edited to convey a single theme.

International Picture Story (PSIN) A multiple picture package captured in a country other than the United States, Canada or Mexico. This category is for all international multiple picture entries: features, news, etc.

Multimedia Entries

Entries must be entered as an active URL to your company’s website or a hosting site such as Vimeo. File uploads are not accepted. URL’s MUST remain active through March 31, 2016. When submitting, please use the appropriate Multimedia Entry Code, followed by a colon and then the active url. Separate entries on individual lines.
(example   MMDI: www.yoururlhere.com)

Daily Multimedia Individual (MMDI) A single piece of work produced by a single journalist containing stills and/or video. Audio, text, graphics, etc. are allowed by not required. Entries in this category should have been shot in roughly a single shift. Maximum length three minutes.

Social Video (MMSV) Short form news video produced to take advantage of various mobile/social platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, often including, but not limited to graphics, text and other visual elements, produced by an individual.

Long-form Multimedia –  Individual (MMLF) Work produced by a single journalist containing stills and/or video. Audio, text, graphics, etc. are allowed but not required. Entries in this category must be produced by a single journalist but may contain multiple stories or a longer form single piece.

Team Multimedia (MMTM) Work produced by a staff or team containing stills/and or video. Audio, text, graphics etc. are allowed but not required. Entries in this category can be produced by multiple journalists and contain multiple stories or a longer form piece. Not all team members are required to be NPPA members.

Portfolio

Portfolio Entries – Professional (PORT) A portfolio may contain up to 20 entries totaling no more than 80 images. Individual multimedia categories may be included as part of the portfolio. Picture stories and multimedia entries count as single entries in a portfolio. A portfolio MUST include entries from at least two of the picture story or individual multimedia categories. It must also include entries from at least four Singles categories, one of which MUST be a news picture. Singles within the portfolio should not be repeated in a picture story in the portfolio. Portfolios will NOT be broken down into individual categories for single picture judging. Portfolios will be judged on their impact as a unit demonstrating diverse ability and photographic excellence.

Portfolio Entries – Student (STUD) A portfolio may contain up to 20 entries totaling no more than 80 images. Individual multimedia categories may be included as part of the portfolio. Picture stories and multimedia entries count as single entries in a portfolio. A portfolio MUST include entries from at least two of the picture story or individual multimedia categories. It must also include entries from at least four Singles categories, one of which MUST be a news picture. Singles within the portfolio should not be repeated in a picture story in the portfolio. Portfolios will NOT be broken down into individual categories for single picture judging. Portfolios will be judged on their impact as a unit demonstrating diverse ability and photographic excellence.

Multimedia Portfolio Entries (MULT)
A reel of no more than five video packages. Total reel of no more than 15 minutes (so an edit of a longer form video). Must draw from at least two of the three individual video categories (daily, long-form, social).

Portfolios will be judged on their impact as a unit demonstrating diverse ability and photographic excellence.

** The decisions of the contest judges and committee are final.