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2017 Clip Contest Point Standings

1st - Andy Morrison, The Blade - 334
2nd - Joshua A. Bickel, The Columbus Dispatch - 296
3rd - Barbara Perenic, The Columbus Dispatch - 286
4th - Bill Lakcey, Springfield News-Sun - 236
5th - Fred Squillante, The Columbus Dispatch - 156
6th - Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch - 136
      - Jeremy Wadsworth, The Blade - 136
8th - Adam Cairns, The Columbus Dispatch - 126
9th - Eric Schelkun, Elsestar Images - 116
10th - Sam Greene, Cincinnati Enquirer - 106
11th - Molly Corfrman, The News Messenger - 96
         - Scott Heckel, The Repository - 96
        - Jonathan Quilter. The Columbus Dispatch - 96
14th - Kareem Elgazzar, Cincinnati Enquirer - 76
         - Patti Schaeffer, The (Lisbon) Morning Journal - 76
16th - Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch - 56
         - Shane Flanigan, ThisWeek Community News - 56
        - Leah Klafczynski, Akron Beacon Journal - 56
19th - Karen Schiely, Akron Beacon Journal - 36

January 2017 clip contest results

Winning images

Spot News
1st - Bill Lackey / Springfield News-Sun, "Rollover"
2nd - Scott Heckel / The Repository, "Missing Girl Found Dead"
3rd - Adam Cairns / The Columbus Dispatch, "Protest"

Judges comments: The rollover photo has humor in and is well composed. Kudos to the photographer for getting to the scene on time. 

General News
1st - Fred Squillante / The Columbus Dispatch, "Guilty"
2nd - Kyle Robertson / The Columbus Dispatch, "MLK"
3rd - Andy Morrison / The Blade, "Classmate Lost"

Judges comments: There’s a lot of subtlety to the moment Greene found out he was guilty. It’s a powerful moment in both their expressions.

Feature
1st - Joshua A. Bickel / The Columbus Dispatch, "African Children's Choir"
2nd - Kyle Robertson / The Columbus Dispatch, "Choir"
3rd - Andy Morrison / The Blade, "Bad Haircut"
HM - Bill Lackey / Springfield News-Sun, "Lights"

Judges comments: This was a stronger category. The first place photo is just a great moment with body language, repetition of form and a leading line.

Sports Action
1st - Sam Greene / Cincinnati Enquirer, "Upended"
2nd - Kareem Elgazzar / Cincinnati Enquirer, "Off the Fingertips"
3rd - Joshua A. Bickel / The Columbus Dispatch, "Goal"

Judges comments: The first place photo is successful beyond peak action. The suspension of the moment and two of expressions make this a winner. Sports action is more and more competitive each year. The base level of photography has risen to the point where everybody can make a lot of the same photos. So it’s about something subtle or different to set yourself apart.

Sports Feature
1st - Barbara J. Perenic / The Columbus Dispatch, "Buckeye Fans"
2nd - Sam Greene / Cincinnati Enquirer, "Hair Flip"
3rd - Adam Cairns / The Columbus Dispatch, "Pucks"
HM - Barbara J. Perenic / The Columbus Dispatch, "Snow Angel"
HM - Joshua A. Bickel / The Columbus Dispatch, "Dubinsky Goal"

Judges comments: I almost gave this to hair. But just couldn’t. The reaction first place photo just has too many layers of expression, body language and emotion.

Portrait
1st - Joshua A. Bickel / The Columbus Dispatch, "Bringing Up McGhee's"
2nd - Andy Morrison / The Blade, "Racist Message"
3rd - Kareem Elgazzar / Cincinnati Enquirer, "Artist"

Judges comments: What a great portrait of the siblings. The portrait shows the relationship through expressions, body language and is executed very well. Bravo.

Story/Essay
1st - Joshua A. Bickel / The Columbus Dispatch, "Laid to Rest"
2nd - Jeremy Wadsworth / The Blade, "Winter Quest"
3rd - Adam Cairns / The Columbus Dispatch, "Trump Protest"

Judges comments: The funeral story has the best narrative and moments but needs an edit on sequencing. The photographer saw several different moments at the event and there are several strong images that hold on their own. But the sequence feels a touch too literal. I would consider the order of 05, 01, 03, 02, 04, 06, 07 as stronger.

Judges: Kevin Martin, Independent Photo Editor

February 2017 clip contest results

Winning images

Spot News
1st - Bill Lackey / Springfield News-Sun, "Crash"
2nd - Bill Lackey / Springfield News-Sun, "Hug"
3rd - Patrica Schaeffer / The (Lisbon) Morning Journal, "Chimney Fire"

Judges comments: There were not a lot of entries here. We liked the crash one best because the photographer was able to get so much of the scene into the photo.

General News
1st - Leah Klafczynski / Akron Beacon Journal, "Travel Ban"
2nd - Jeremy Wadsworth / The Blade, "Purple Heart"
3rd - Karen Schiely / Akron Beacon Journal, "I Have a Dream"
HM - Jeremy Wadsworth / The Blade, "Unity Rally"

Judges comments: First place here was a nice moment, that also tied to a national event. Second was a quiet moment that was well composed that really stuck out from the beginning. Third we liked because it’s easy to go to events like this and come out with generic photos, but the photographer worked here to make something a bit more unusual.

Feature
1st - Eric Albrecht / The Columbus Dispatch, "First Air Climb "
2nd - Jeremy Wadsworth / The Blade, "Owens Rings"
3rd - Molly Corfman / The News-Messenger, "Burning Snowman"
HM - Fred Squillante / The Columbus Dispatch, "Newlyweds Kiss"

Judges comments: First place here we had already seen from the stories category and all the judges commented that this frame would have made a stronger single photo and were happy to see it entered on its own. Second was a nicely framed pictoral photo. Third we liked but didn’t think it was technically as strong. HM we all liked as a moment and the extra caption info made it rise above the rest. As a whole a lot of the entries seemed like they would have done better in other categories. Some might have even placed in portraits rather than feature.

Sports
1st - Andy Morrison / The Blade, "High Sticking"
2nd - Barbara J. Perenic/Dispatch / The Columbus Dispatch, "State Diving"
3rd - Shane Flanigan / ThisWeek Community News, "Slams"
HM - Shane Flanigan / ThisWeek Community News, "Upended"

Judges comments: We all thought this was more of an unusual moment in hockey. Second had a great expression for the diver, but the background was a little distracting. Third was an interesting wrestling move that we all enjoyed.

Sports Feature
1st - Joshua A. Bickel / The Columbus Dispatch, "Dog Days of Winter"
2nd - Fred Squillante / The Columbus Dispatch, "Dodge"
3rd - Erik Schelkun / Elsestar Images, "UD Celebration"
HM - Shane Flanigan / ThisWeek Community News, "Dramatic Entrance"

Judges comments: First was an unexpected one with the puppy and the hockey player. Second we all enjoyed as a nice image from the edges of the game. Third was the best of the celebrations. HM could have done better but needed to be cropped. The door on the left was distracting, but we all enjoyed the different image.

Portrait
1st - Fred Squillante / The Columbus Dispatch, "Faces in the Crowd"
2nd - Andy Morrison / The Blade, "Fishing Buddy"
3rd - Bill Lackey / Springfield News-Sun, "Unique Furnishings"
HM - Kyle Robertson / The Columbus Dispatch, "Trumpet Kicker"
HM - Molly Corfman / The News-Messenger, "Suicide"

Judges comments: First placed jumped out at all of us. It is well composed and striking. Second had lovely natural light. Third rose above the others because we’ve all had assignments like this, and the photographer really got a different image than most would have. The kicker was beautiful lit and clearly the photographer took the time to compose it well. The suicide portrait we enjoyed the moody background that seemed to suit the subject matter. The extra caption information was also very nice.

Story/Essay
1st - Joshua A. Bickel / The Columbus Dispatch, "Transplant"
2nd - Andy Morrison / The Blade, "Boxing"
3rd - Molly Corfman / The News-Messenger, "Suicide"

Judges comments: The kidney transplant story was the clear winner. Great access. Great images. It was a thoroughly done from start to finish and we enjoyed seeing the whole process. The boxing images were all nice, but we weren’t really sure what the story arc was. The suicide story had some nice images, but could have used some editing with fewer photos.

Judges: Shelby Lum, James Wallace and Alexa Welch Edlund from the Richmond Times-Dispatch

April 2017 ONPA clip contest results

Winning images

Spot News
1st - Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun, "Rollover"
2nd - Patricia Schaeffer, The (Lisbon) Morning Journal, "Five Left Homeless"

Judges comments:Several images were not compelling enough and could have benefitted from waiting for a cleaner moment. The rollover photo was first because of the lady visible. Good job to the photographer for getting there fast and close. The fire photo was just incredible as well.

General News
1st - Barbara J. Perenic, The Columbus Dispatch, "Grads"
2nd - Jonathan Quilter, The Columbus Dispatch, "New Sheriff Pup"
3rd - Andy Morrison, The Blade, "Facing a Killer"

Judges comments:We loved the graduation photo expression with the added layer of the people seen in the window. The new sheriff puppy was a cute, tight moment. We liked the "Facing A Killer" photo, despite the distracting man in the background.

Feature
1st - Barbara J. Perenic, The Columbus Dispatch, "Book Sale"
2nd - Andy Morrison, The Blade, "Egg Hunt"
3rd - Erik Schelkun, Elsestar Images, "How Low Can You Go"
HM - Sam Greene, Cincinnati Enquirer, "Day Care"

Judges comments:The books photo was super clean, and the photographer made it even better by waiting for the girl's expression. The egg hunt was well executed because of the moment separated well enough from the chaotic background, which also added to the photo. The pig statue photographer was a funny scene. We wanted day care to be listed as an honorable mention because of the kids' reaction and separation, despite the distracting leg sticking out of the far left boy.

Sports Action
1st - Scott Heckel, The Repository, "Stolen Base"
2nd - Shane Flanigan, ThisWeek Community News, "Twisted Dive"
3rd - Andy Morrison, The Blade, "High Flyer"

Judges comments:The first base photo was perfectly done: clean, opposing action, tight, etc. The twisting dive photo made us cringe. The high flyer was a great moment, but we wish we could see it a little better. Many of the images were "almosts."

Sports Feature
1st - Sam Greene, Cincinnati Enquirer, "Squared"
2nd - Barbara J. Perenic, The Columbus Dispatch, "Spring Game Fans"
3rd - Andy Morrison, The Blade, "One That Got Away"
HM - Molly Corfman, The News-Messenger, "Rain Delay"

Judges comments:We chose first place because we could read the whole story in one well-executed photo. The young fans image is a classic sports photo with great faces. The "One That Got Away" photo was hilarious and made us want to read more. We wanted to give the "Goofing During Rain Delay" photo an honorable mention because the photographer worked hard to get something of a funny moment. We just wished the kids in the background were engaged and that the framing was more thoughtful.

Portrait
1st: - Erik Schelkun, Elsestar Images, "Shot Put"
2nd - Barbara J. Perenic, The Columbus Dispatch, "Aqua Bunny"
3rd - Adam Cairns, The Columbus Dispatch, "BalletMet"

Judges comments:The shot put photo was over the top because of the detail of the chalk and the brilliant crop. The Easter bunny photo was very interesting and the hand added an additional element. The ballet photo was superbly lit.

Story/Essay
1st - Jonathan Quilter, The Columbus Dispatch, "Logan Cole"
2nd - Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch, "Blue Jackets Playoffs"

Judges comments:It was evident that the photographer cared for the photo story of Logan. There was a nice variety of images and moments that made us feel different emotions during our journey with him. The only critique is that we wish some redundant images were cut. Otherwise, great work by the photographer. We awarded the CBJ playoffs story second because of the effort involved in finding different hockey moments and angles despite the restrictions.

Judges: Steph Chambers, Stephanie Strasburg, Rebecca Droke, Haley Nelson and Antonella Crescimbeni/ from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette