Student Quarterly Clip Contest

Entries for the 3rd quarter of the Quarterly Student Clip Contest are now open through October 15th.

Carefully read the rules and entry guidelines below. Submissions can be made here.

The Student Quarterly Clip Contest is open to all NPPA student members in good standing.

To be eligible, you must have been enrolled as a full-time student for at least one semester, or quarter, in the calendar year. You may enter work done during internships.

Pictures need not be published.

Each student may enter a total of twelve (12) entries each quarter. If more are entered, all clips for that quarter will be disqualified. Entries can be in any category or combination of categories. Up to two entries may be multimedia.

All submissions are final. Contest chairs reserve the right to assist changes in submissions before the contest date if time permits.

Individual photos from the same picture story may be entered separately in different categories, but each counts as a separate entry.

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 3 MB or less.

Before uploading your images please make sure the File Info/IPTC caption information is filled out correctly. Your caption should include the date the photograph was made and must include the photographer’s name as well as the publication name when applicable. The contest chair has the authority to disqualify any image that fails to have the required IPTC information properly placed.

Please place the following information in the specific corresponding text fields.

Captions should be located in either the IPTC Caption field (for Photo Mechanic) or IPTC Description field (for Photoshop).

Each image file have a unique name.

Entries should be labeled as follows:
For SINGLES, please label your pictures with the category abbreviation then an underscore (_), then your phone number, (_), image name and an underscore (_), then number of entry in the category.

For example:

Single image entries should ONLY end in _01

For STORIES, please label like this:
GENW_8675309867_storyname_01.jpg, GENW_8675309867_storyname_02.jpg, GENW_8675309867_storyname_03.jpg, etc.

Spot News – SPNW
Coverage of events for which no advance planning was possible. Examples include, but are not limited to, accidents, fires, natural disasters and spot police action. Each entry may consist of multiple images.

General News – GENW
Coverage planned events was possible advanced planning was possible. Examples include, but are not limited to, courtroom events, funerals, news conferences, mock exercises, and campaigns. Spot news that develops during the course of planned events (such as riots at a protest) should be entered in Spot News. Each entry may consist of multiple images.

Sports Action – SPAC
Action photos from a sporting event. Each entry may consist of multiple images.

Sports Feature – SPFT
Feature photos from a sporting event. Photos found outside the action of competition. Each entry may consist of multiple images.

Feature/Single Picture – FTSG
Images and subjects that don’t fit in Spot News, General News, Sports or Illustration. Typically found moments or slices of life. Pictorial images – images that show graphic and aesthetic qualities of a subject with strong emphasis on composition – may also be entered here. Single images only.

Photo Story/Essay – PSES
Entries in this category must include multiple images. The category is intended for more in-depth work including photo essays, picture stories, investigative/documentary work, sequences, or series. Images from planned events or sporting events may be entered in this category but ONLY if they possess a narrative arc through the entry.

Portrait/Illustration – POIL
Controlled portrait of a subject. Uncontrolled entries may also inlcude photos that reveal the essence of a subject’s character. Digitally manipulated or staged or constructed photographic illustrations may also be entered here, with proper note on the type of manipulation or set up in the image’s caption.

Multimedia – MLMI
Please provide a working link to YouTube or Vimeo. Must be embeddable. Can be a mixture of audio/photography and video.

Because multimedia and multiple-picture stories can take a while to produce, some images may span outside of the three-month contest period. At least half of the content needs to be produced in the contest window, and none of the content can have won in any NPPA contest previously.

For each category. winners will receive 50 points for first place, 40 points for second place, and 30 points for third place. There are no ties, and honorable mentions will not receive points.

The student accumulating the most points for the calendar year will be named NPPA Student Photographer of the Year. With each (cumulative) entry, entrants receive additional 5 points for entering.

*A REMINDER: Students must be enrolled in school at least one semester/quarter during the year to be eligible for the contest.

For pictures taken in/the deadline is:

Jan, Feb, March: April 15
April, May, June: July 15
July, Aug, Sept: Oct 15
Oct, Nov, Dec: Jan 15