2011 NSPA Picture of the Year Winners
New this year: NSPA is honoring up to 10 entries in each category of the Individual Awards. The top five entries in each category have been announced as finalists, and will be announced as first through fifth place winners later at the fall JEA/NSPA convention in Minneapolis. Up to five honorable mentions have additionally been awarded in each category. The honorable mentions are not ranked.
Judge's comments: What a moment. The viewer can just travel around the frame and pick out each of the subjects’ reactions to the boy winning homecoming king. Just a great feel-good moment. The caption further illuminated the situation and one has to believe the newly crowned king will remember this moment forever.
Judge's comments: One of the most difficult situations to photograph for any photojournalist. Even the most seasoned. It never gets any easier. The photographer did a great job of finding the right angle and used the right lens to record this poignant moment. Great picture.
Judge's comments: Photographers really need to be careful when using a fisheye lens. In this situation it worked pretty well since the picture couldn’t have been made any other way. Nice job of balancing the picture and also making a great exposure. Way to go in not using a flash. A flash, besides being annoying to the subjects, would have ruined this image’s mood. Use existing light whenever you can and if you ever need to use a strobe, try to mimic the existing light with the flash. Don’t let a strobe draw attention to itself.
Judge's comments: Fun situation made even better by a well-written caption. The fact that the kid challenged this behemoth of a man and would up having to use two hands (only to lose) makes a good situation even better. The picture is also well-composed with a good moment.
Judge's comments: Quirky, quirky, quirky. Great find. The composition works extremely well and the color couldn’t be any better to add separation.
Judge's comments: Wow. Tough lighting, but dramatic. The picture also has a lot of depth and layers.
Judge's comments: Great peak moment. The image is so tight and the depth of field is so shallow we at first thought it was an “almost” image. Then we noticed the glove and ball were the point of focus and it vaulted it to first place.
Judge's comments: This picture has a lot going for it. A last-ditch attempt at a tackle. Some nice motion blur. Some space for the runner to head towards. Good faces. Good color and light. Good job.
Judge's comments: Really nice use of graphics and composition in this action shot. A different looking picture to be sure and that’s what drew us in.
Judge's comments: Great job of being invisible. Sometimes a good photographer can slide into a situation and nobody notices them. This is a great example. Nice tension and the crowd offers the same excitement, but is out-of-focus enough for the viewer to go directly to the cheerleader’s face.
Judge's comments: This picture has a lot going for it. The monochromatic overall image with the subject in red. Muddy, sloppy conditions. Not to mention the body language of the player. Sweet.
Judge's comments: Great moment and great composition. The light is also pretty darn sweet for a high school gym.
Judge's comments: Very well composed image of a boy and his chicken. The quality of light is great as is the texture of the background.
Judge's comments: Moody image with lots of feeling. The small amount of red on the gloves and ropes offers just enough spot color to add a little punch. The high-key light wraps around the fighter to offer dimension.
Judge's comments: Well thought-out and executed image of what could have been an extremely boring situation. The photographer went above and beyond for this portrait.
Junior High/Middle School
Judge's comments: Well composed and the movement is captured well by allowing the background to blur with a slightly slow shutter speed. The moment is what really sells this image.
Judge's comments: Another fun image where the photographer got really close to the subject and composed the elements well. Especially like the hand coming in from the top corner of the frame to lead into the subject.
Judge's comments: Great color and flames. The subject is silhouetted against the light background nicely.
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Yearbook Pacemaker - Jan. 15, 2013
Magazine Pacemaker - Jan. 15, 2013
Online Pacemaker - Jan. 15, 2013
Journalism Honor Roll - Feb. 28, 2013
Wikoff Scholarship for Editorial Leadership - Feb. 28, 2013
JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention - April 25-28, 2013
JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention - Nov. 14-18, 2013