Rules & Fees

ELIGIBILITY
The 2017 still photography and multimedia competition is open to Professional and Student National Press Photographers Assn. members of the New England, New York/International and Mid-Atlantic Regions ONLY (formerly NPPA Regions 1, 2, and 3). All entries must have been taken or first published between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

FEES
Single Entries $45 for up to 20 singles, picture stories and individual or team multimedia entries.
Portfolio Entry $75.00 price includes up to 20 singles, picture stories, or team multimedia entries at no additional cost, in addition to portfolio submission.
Student Portfolio Entry $45.00 price includes up to 20 singles, picture stories, or team multimedia entries at no additional cost, in addition to portfolio submission. For further information or to answer any questions, contact contest co-chairmen, Steve Falk or Andy Mendelson at nsc.contestchair@nppa.org

GENERAL GUIDELINES
-A single photograph may be entered only once among the single-picture categories.
-A single photograph may appear as part of a picture story, but in no more than one story.
A single picture, picture story or multimedia entry may be entered in an individual category.
-A clearly-labelled story summary must be included in the caption field of the first photo in a picture story.
-A picture story/ multimedia entry may be entered both in an individual category and as a part of a portfolio.
-A single photo, a picture story, and a multimedia entry each count as one entry.
A single picture, picture story or multimedia entry may be entered in an individual category
-ALL entries that are un-viewable by the contest staff or judges will be disqualified.
-Multimedia URL’s will not be accepted behind a paywall.
-Photographs entered in the wrong category will NOT be reclassified and will be disqualified.
-Photographs taken outside of the United States, Canada or Mexico are excluded from Spot News Single, General News Single, News Picture Story and Feature Picture Story.

FILE PREPARATION
Before uploading your images please make sure that your File Info/IPTC caption information area is filled out correctly. Your caption should include the date the photograph was made. The name of the photographer should not be visible in the caption, but should be entered in field below (IPTC Credit)

Please place the following information in the specific corresponding text fields.  The contest chair has authority to disqualify any image that fails to have the required IPTC information properly placed.

Caption =  IPTC Caption (Photo Mechanic) or IPTC Description (Photoshop)
Photographer’s Name = IPTC Credit
Publication Name = IPTC Source
Title = IPTC Headline

IMAGE FORMATTING
All images must be saved as Good quality JPEG files with a maximum dimension of 2,750 pixels on a side (11″ at 250 dpi). Image files should be 2 MB or less.

NAMING OF IMAGE FILES
Each image file that is entered must be unique. Therefore we are asking that each entrant at the start of the image filename put the category abbreviation then an underscore (_) then their phone number then an underscore (_) then the storyslug then an underscore (_) and then a sequentional number.

Please label your images like the following: NWPS_2125551212_storyslug_01.jpg

For multiple images within the same entry continue story slug and numerical sequence
NWPS_2125551212_storyslug_02.jpg
NWPS_2125551212_storyslug_03.jpg
NWPS_2125551212_storyslug_04.jpg

Entries must be submitted using the online form. Entries must be from a single still camera frame and may not be electronically manipulated or altered (other than the normal balancing and toning of a digital camera image). No sandwiched negatives are permitted. Only burning, dodging and spotting are allowed.

Entries do not need to have been published, but need to have been made between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016. The decisions of the contest judges and committee are final.

For Still Portfolio entries, include one label slide for singles and one label slide for each story, as well as a slide with a screen grab for each multimedia in portfolios. They should follow the naming convention above. Slug the label slide ending with 01 in each category.

REQUIRED FILE INFORMATION FIELDS
Title/Object Name = Every single image entry must have a title (what the entry will be called, i.e., “Football Celebration”
Caption – This caption will be shown together with your photograph during public viewing of the archive and winners. Please check grammar and spelling before submitting. Informative captions are stongly encouraged. Do not include your name or publication credit in your caption.
Credit – Photographer’s name
Source – Employer or client