Televison contest rules available; contest chairman needed

Contest rules for the 2016 ONPA year-end Televsion contest are now available for download.The dealine to submit entries is midnight, March 15, 2017. Questions concerning the contest can be directed to Televison Vice President Chris Reece.

ONPA is looking for a volunteer to serve as the contest chairman. Interested parties should contact Chris Reece.


Kyle Robertson repeats as ONPA Clip Photographer of the Year
     For the third time four years Kyle Robertson of The Columbus Dispatch has won the ONPA Monthly Clip Contest Photographer of the Year title. Andy Morrison from The Blade finished second in the contest after placing third the two previous years. Barbara Perenic from The Columbus Dispatch finished in third place. 
      Robertson won in every category of the contest during the year and finished the year with 1564 points breaking the record of 1224 points which had been set by both Eamon Queeney of The Dispatch in 2014 and Lisa DeJong from The Plain Dealer in 2012.
     There was not a lot of drama in this years contest. For the past few months Robertson had a comfortable lead but he didn’t take his foot off the gas picking up five wins in the final month. Robertson had 40 wins during the course of the year, 12 of these wins were sports with seven wins in both portrait and picture story.

Gallery of Kyle Roberton’s 2016 clip winners

2016 Final Top 10 Standings
1st - Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch - 1564
2nd - Andy Morrison, The (Toledo) Blade - 1124
3rd - Barbara Perenic, The Columbus Dispatch - 954
4th - Kareem Elgazzar, Cincinniati Enquirer - 734
5th - Adam Cairns, The Columbus Dispatch - 724
6th - Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch – 634
7th - Meg Vogel, Cincinnati Enquirer - 604
8th - Patricia Schaeffer, (Lisbon) Morning Journal - 534
9th - Joshua Bickel, ThisWeek Newspapers - 484
10th - Jonathan Quilter, The Columbus Dispatch - 464

     Kareen Elgazzar and Meg Vogel from the Cincinnati Enquirer finished in the Top 10 marking the first time that two photographers from that publication did so in the same year.
      The December results and full final standings can be found here.


Rules available for annual ONPA still and online contest
      Contest season is once again upon us. The call for entires has gone out for the annual ONPA still and online photo contest.
     As is customary in a presidential election year a campaign category has been added to this years still contest. All single category images related to the 2016 election, including state and local races, are to be entered in the campaign category. Election-themed photo stories would still be entered in the appropriate photo story category.
      There has been a change in figures used for large and small market circulation size for the Photographer of the Year award, Staff of the Year award and the Picture Usage category. Large market designation has now been set at at 60,000 circulation. Below 60,000 is considered small market. The Spot News category is no longer separated into small and large markets.
     All entries must be uploaded by midnight, Monday, February 20, 2017. Contest rules are available for download here if you are in need. If you have questions regarding the contest contact ONPA President Jonathan Quilter.
     The annual judging and seminar will be held March 24-26 at Ohio University. More details for that event to come in the near future.


Larry Fullerton Scholarship applications now being accepted
      ONPA is now accepting applications for the Larry Fullerton Scholarship established by The Dayton Foundation. Larry Fullerton was a long-time member of ONPA and both a photojournalist and assistant managing editor of the Hamilton Journal-News.
     This year two scholarships are available, first place will receive $3,100 and the runner-up, $2,000. 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.
     Applications and portfolios must be received by ONPA President Jonathan Quilter by Friday, FEBRUARY 24, 2017.

    The application form and rules can be downloaded here.