ONPA annual still/online contest deadline is Feb. 28
    Contest time is once again upon us and the official call for entries for the ONPA annual still and online contest has now been made. Rules for the contest can be downloaded here.

Those with questions concerning the contest should contact Jonathan Quilter at The Columbus Dispatch. The deadline for both the still and online contest is Wednesday, Feb 28.

Use this link to upload your entries for the year-end still contest


ONPA Television contest deadline is March 16
    Entry rules are now available to download for the annual ONPA Television Contes. Kris Sproles from WDTN-TV in Dayton has taken on the job as contest chairman this year. All entries must be e-mailed by 11:59 p.m., March 16, 2018 to: ONPATV@outlook.com.

If you have any questions concerning the contest contact Kris Spoles.


Larry Fullerton scholarship deadline for students is March 2
    The Larry Fullerton Photojournalism Scholarship was established at The Dayton Foundation through contributions from Larry Fullerton’s family and friends to assist students pursuing careers in photo- journalism. Larry Fullerton was a long-time member of ONPA and both a photojournalist and assis- tant managing editor of the Hamilton Journal-News.

This year two scholarships are available, rst place will receive $3,000 and the runner-up, $2,100. These funds will be deposited with the recipient’s university bursar, to be used toward tuition and lab fees. This scholarship is not associated with the ONPA Student Photographer of the Year competition and eligible students need not be members of ONPA to qualify. Rules can be downloaded here.

All entries should be mailed to Jonathan Quilter, Columbus Dispatch Photo Dept. 62 E. Broad St. P.O. Box 1289 Columbus, OH 43216. Questions concerning the contest should be directed to Fullerton Scholarship Chairman Skip Peterson.


Kyle Robertson three-peats as Clip Photographer of the Year
    Kyle Robertson has won the ONPA Monthly Clip Contest title for the fourth time in five years. Robertson is the first three-peat winner since Jim Witmer of the Troy Daily News did so in 1991 capping a string of five titles in six years.

    Jeremy Wadsworth from The Blade finished second in the contest and Barbara Perenic from The Columbus Dispatch finished in third place, duplicating her efforts in the previous year.

   Robertson had wins in every category through the year and maximized his point as only two of his 33 wins during the course of the year were honorable mentions.

    As they have in recent years Dispatch photographers scored well over the course of the year claiming six spots in the final top ten standings.

Gallery of Kyle Robertson’s 2017 clip winners

2017 Final Top 10 Standings
1st - Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch - 1304
2nd - Jeremy Wadsworth, The Blade - 984
3rd - Barbara Perenic, The Columbus Dispatch - 934
4th - Joshua A. Bickel, The Columbus Dispatch - 894
5th - Andy Morrison, The Blade - 804
6th - Fred Squillante, The Columbus Dispatch - 694
7th - Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch - 604
8th - Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun - 594
9th - Eric Schelkun, Elsestar Images - 564
10th - Adam Cairns, The Columbus Dispatch -554
        - Leah Klafczynski, Akron Beacon Journal - 554

The December results and full final standings can be found here.


Kris Sproles is 2016 ONPA Television Photographer of the Year

Kris Sproles from WDTN-TV in Dayton is the 2016 ONAP Television Photographer of the Year.The title is the first for Sproles and the first since 1987 for a photographer from WDTN when Scott Huffman won the second of his back-to-back titles. Sproles was the recipient of a KeyMission 360 camera from Nikon.

Ryan Hitchcock and Scott Doelling from WBNS-TV in Columbus placed second and third in the contest. WBNS was also named Station of the Year.

Complete results


Meg Vogel & Jessica Phelps chosen Photographers of the Year

ATHENS - Jessica Phelps capped off an extraordinary week in the world of contests winning the ONPA small market Photographer of the Year title for the third year in a row. Meg Vogel won the POY title for the large market division.

Phelps also won the first place award for the James R. Gordon Ohio Understanding Award for her entry “The View From Phoenix,” which told the story about eight-year-old Phoenix Lucterhand who was diagnosed with autism. She also won the first place award for the Ron Kuntz Sports Photographer of the Year. Phelps also won first place awards for sports feature and sports picture story and placed second in feature picture story and won an award of excellence in the portrait category.

Earlier this week Phelps was also named Photojournalist of the Year for small markets in the 2017 Best of Photojournalism competition sponsored by the National Press Photographers. She is only the third photographer working in Ohio to win the award. George A. Smallsreed, Jr. from The Columbus Dispatch was the NPPA Photographer of the Year in 1957. In 1973 Kurt E. Smith from the Lorain Journal was the NPPA / Missouri Pictures of the Year Newspaper Photographer of the Year.

In addition to her POY title Vogel placed second in the Ohio Understanding Award for her story which followed a family Syrian refugees for their first year living in this country. Vogel also has six individual wins in the contest and also was a team member in three video entries won by the Enquirer. Andrea Noall from Kent State University won the Chuck Scott Student Photographer of the Year award. Andy Morrison from The (Toledo) Blade was awarded Best of Show in the
contest for his story, “Cow & Diann.” More story

Complete results