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The deadline for the 40th Annual News Photography and Video Competition has been extended to February 14th by 5pm due to a high demand for deadline extensions. Please follow instructions and guidelines below, and make sure to get your entries in by the end of the next week!

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THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS ASSOCIATION
40th Annual News Photography Competition
NEW CATEGORY: Best “Mobile Device Photo”
NEW FTP SITE: use online sharing service GE.TT. to send your entry
DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF ENTRY: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2014
LINK FOR CONTEST FEE AT BOTTOM OF POST

CATEGORIES

  1. SPOT NEWS—A picture of an unscheduled event for which no planning was possible.
  2. GENERAL NEWS—A picture of a scheduled event for which planning was possible.
  3. FEATURES—Usually a “found” situation that has strong human interest. A fresh view of the commonplace.
  4. SPORTS ACTION—A picture that captures the competitive spirit of a sporting event.
  5. SPORTS FEATURE—A sports-related picture with strong human interest.
  6. PORTRAIT/PERSONALITY—A picture that captures an aspect of the subject’s character.
  7.  NEWS PICTURE STORY—A multiple picture presentation limited to 12 pictures, which are presented in order. A story based on daily coverage of events. Each entry must be summarized in a single paragraph in the FILE INFO caption field of the first photograph.
  8. FEATURE PICTURE STORY—A multiple picture presentation limited to 12 pictures, which are presented in order. A candid story or essay that celebrates life. Each entry must be summarized in a single paragraph in the FILE INFO caption field of the first photograph.
  9.  Best “Mobile Device Photo.” A single image shot and edited on any type of mobile device. The image may use a filter commonly used with camera phone photography but an image’s content may not be directly manipulated. Cannot be entered in any other category.
  10.  BEST MINI-DOC MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE (LONGER THAN 2.5 MINUTES) — This category highlights the use of photographic storytelling, audio, video, and animation in the presentation of web-based stories of over 2.5 minutes. Judges will pay special attention to the use of available technology to complement and enhance the art of visual storytelling. Content, usability, and interactivity will also be evaluated to judge the best Multimedia Package entry. Each photographer is allowed it enter a maximum of three multimedia packages.
    A. Web site entrants must submit a working URL for each entry. E-mail URL links to: sfbappacontest@gmail.com.
    B. URL’s that are not active during the judging will be disqualified. (Please read Legal Statements below)
    C. Television photographers are eligible to enter this category as long as their piece is shown on the television’s web site.
    D. YouTube pieces are eligible.
  11.  BEST SHORT MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE (2.5 MINUTES OR SHORTER) — This category highlights the use of photographic storytelling, audio, video and animation in the presentation of web-based stories of 2.5 minutes or shorter. Judges will pay special attention to the use of available technology to complement and enhance the art of visual storytelling. Content, usability and interactivity will also be evaluated to judge the best Multimedia Package entry. Each photographer is allowed to enter a maximum of three multimedia packages.
    A. Web site entrants must submit a working URL for each entry. E-mail URL links to:
    B. URL’s that are not active during the judging will be disqualified. (Please read Legal Statements below)
    C. Television photographers are eligible to enter this category as long as their piece is shown on the television’s web site.
    D. YouTube pieces are eligible.
  12.  STUDENT DIVISION — First place: The Greg Robinson Memorial Award. Second place: The Luci S. Williams Houston Memorial Award. A third place prize will also be awarded.
  13.  PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR — The Ken McLaughlin Award.
  • No more than 20 entries, totaling no more than 80 photos, may be entered as a portfolio. Picture stories count as a single entry. No multimedia packages.
  • A portfolio must include entries from at least four of the single categories (1-6), one of which must be
  • “SPOT NEWS” or “GENERAL NEWS.”
  •  Entries may be color or black and white.
  • Portfolio entries must be in its own folder entitled “POY.”
  • Portfolios will not be broken down for judging in individual categories. You must provide a separate entry.
  • The “PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR” category will be judged first, with the non-winning entries to be judged in the general competition.
  • The “PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR” may not win in any other category.
  • Only photographs (published or unpublished) taken during 2013 will be considered.
  • A picture story that is shot in more than one year may be entered in either year but not both.
  • The competition is only open to SFBAPPA members in good standing. If you are not a member in good standing, please fill out the enclosed membership application and submit dues at time of entry.

STUDENT ENTRY RULES

The Greg Robinson Memorial Award is named after San Francisco Examiner photographer Greg Robinson who was killed while on assignment in Jonestown, Guyana, in 1978. The Luci S. Williams Houston Memorial Award is given in memory of San Jose Mercury News photojournalist Luci S. Williams Houston who was murdered in November 2001. The Awards are given annually by SFBAPPA to the most promising photojournalist among full-time students from a junior college or university in the greater Bay Area. It is recommended that students enter a portfolio that shows their strengths in the areas of news, feature, sports, portrait/personality, pictorial and picture stories. Entries will be judged on technical ability, versatility and personal vision.

STUDENT ENTRY RULES:

  1. Deadline for entries is Friday, February 7, 2014.
  2. There are no other categories in Category 12, the student contest. It is a portfolio competition.
  3. Entrants should submit a portfolio of no more than 20 black and white or color entries. Picture stories count as a single.
  4. Only photographs taken during 2013 will be considered. A picture story that is shot in more than one year may be entered in either year, but not both.
  5. The competition is only open to SFBAPPA student members in good standing. However, if you are not a student member in good standing, please fill out the enclosed membership application and submit dues at time of entry.
  6. There is no entry fee for the student contest. However a $20 SFBAPPA membership fee is required. Student membership fees can also be paid using PayPal or credit card on the SFBAPPA web site: www.sfbappa.org. If any student has a financial hardship, please contact contest director.
  7.  All decisions of the judges will be final.
  8. The judges reserve the right to withhold awards if the entries do not meet their standards.
  9. Submit RGB photo files only at 72 dpi with a width or height no greater than 15 inches. The JPEG should be saved at “Maximum,” or a value of 8 to 10.
  10. The photographs may have originally been shot on film or with a digital camera. No slide or print entries will be accepted.
  11. Each photo must have a lowercase file name. The name must include the number of the photo in the category, three initials of photographer, student category number, and a mandatory suffix “.jpg” at the end. Example: Number the photo submitted in Student Division (1); Doug Digital Duran (ddd); Student Division (14) and mandatory suffix “.jpg” = 1ddd14.jpg
  12. Entrant must fill out name, address, phone number, affiliation, three letter initials and category of entry on the enclosed “Entry Form.” The “Entry Form” can also be mailed; Word File (.txt preferred) can be included inside .zip file; or emailed to contest director: sfbappacontest@gmail.com
  13. Captions:
    A. In Adobe Photoshop use “File Info” or in Photo Mechanic use “IPTC Info” or “IPTC Stationery.” Do not use any other caption plug-ins.
    B. Photo caption (inside Caption or Description field)
    C. Your name (inside Photographer or Author or Creator field)
    D. Your school (inside Credit or Provider field)
    E. Your E-mail address (inside Special Instructions or Instruction field)
    F. Your three-letter initials (inside Writers or Description Writer field)
    G. Title of photos (inside Object Name or Document Title).
  14. To enter via online, please use an online file sharing site and email your uploaded files link to Contest Chairman Doug Duran at sfbappacontest@gmail.com. If you have not ever used an online sharing service, we recommend using GE.TT. Simply enter “ge.tt” into your web browser and follow their instructions to upload a zip file with your entry from their website. Follow the detailed instructions below about how to prepare your entry and upload:
    A. After you have edited and captioned your photos, create a folder with your name, i.e. “Doug Digital Duran”
    B. Then inside that folder create separate folders for each of the categories that you are entering, i.e. “Features”
    C. Each separate “Picture Story” must have a separate folder, i.e. “News Picture Story 1”
    D. Then place your photos in the appropriate category.
    E. Entrant must fill out name, address, phone number, affiliation, three letter initials and categories of entry on the enclosed “Entry Form” and make into Word File (txt preferred).
    F. Then make a .zip of the folder that has your name, ie. “Doug Digital Duran.” To make a .zip file for Mac: right click the specific folder and select “Compress.” To make a .zip file for PC: right click folder, select “Send To” and select “Compressed (zipped) Folder.”
    G. Make sure your .zip file is no larger that 100 megabytes.
    H. Log into any online file sharing service that provides an online link to download the file. We suggest ge.tt.
    I. Follow website instructions and upload file to sharing service.
    J. After upload is complete, copy the provided link for your contest entry file and email to sfbappacontest@gmail.com. Make sure to label the email with the subject containing your full name and “Annual Contest Entry. For example, “Doug  Digital Duran’s Annual Contest Entry.”
    K. If you are unable to upload an entry online, please contact SFBAPPA Contest Director: sfbappacontest@gmail.com

RULES FOR ENTERING

  1.  Each entrant must enclose a $20 entry fee. You can pay by mail, credit card or PayPal on www.sfbappa.org. (Your entries will not be judged unless the fee is included. If anyone has a financial hardship and wants to enter, please contact contest director.)
  2.  No more than 20 entries may be submitted. A “PICTURE STORY” entry is considered one entry.
  3.  A picture may not be entered in more than one category, with the exception of the “PICTURE STORY” which may be entered in one other single category.
  4.  All decisions of the judges will be final.
  5.  The judges reserve the right to withhold awards in any category if the entries do not meet their standards.
  6.  No slide or print entries will be accepted.
  7.  The photographs may have originally been shot on film or with a digital camera.
  8.  Captions:
    A. In Adobe Photoshop “File Info” or Photo Mechanic “IPTC Info” or “IPTC Stationery.” Do not use any other caption plug-ins.
    B. Photo caption (inside Caption or Description field),
    C. Your name (inside Photographer, Author or Creator field),
    D. Your affiliation (inside Credit or Provider field)
    E. Your E-mail address (inside Special Instructions or Instruction field)
    F. Your three-letter initials (inside Writers or Description Writer field)
    G. Should read: Title of photos (inside Object Name or Document Title)
  9.  Submit RGB photo files only at 72 dpi with a width or height no greater than 15 inches. The JPEG should be saved at “Maximum”.
  10. Each photo must have a lowercase file name. The name must include the category number, three initials of the photographer, number of photo in the category and a mandatory suffix “.jpg” at the end. Example: Spot News (1) Doug Digital Duran (ddd) Number the photo submitted in Spot News (1) and mandatory suffix “.jpg” = 1ddd1.jpg
  11.  Entrant must fill out name, address, phone number, an affiliation, three letter initials and categories of entry on the enclosed “Entry” Form”. The Entry Form can either be mailed to address below; Word File (.txt preferred) can be includ- ed inside .zip file; or emailed to contest director: sfbappacontest@gmail.com
  12. To enter via online, please use an online file sharing site and email your uploaded files link to Contest Chairman Doug Duran at sfbappacontest@gmail.com. If you have not ever used an online sharing service, we recommend using GE.TT. Simply enter “ge.tt” into your web browser and follow their instructions to upload a zip file with your entry from their website. Follow the detailed instructions below about how to prepare your entry and upload:
  13.  To enter a CD:
  •  Print your full name, three letter code, affiliation and phone number clearly on CD.B. SFBAPPA reserves the right  to disqualify any CD or Folder that is unreadable, defective or found to contain a virus or other suspicious files.
  •  Complete “Entry Form” and mail it with CD to the address below.
  •  Files can be Mac or PC format. However, the Mac format is preferred.
  •  Submit photos in folders on CD entitled. Group all photo stories together into one folder with each story having its own folder.
Send your CD and/or contest entry form, membership application and contest fee to:
Doug Duran
SFBAPPA News Photography Contest Director
Tri-Valley Times
127 Spring Street
Pleasanton, CA 94566
 

CAPTION PREP

Here is what to put in each FILE INFO field

Caption: write a description of the photo and when it was made. Photo stories need a summary paragraph with the first photo of the series. In short, your name can and SHOULD be anywhere in the FILE INFO field, just NOT in the Description box.

  1. In Adobe Photoshop use “File Info” or in Photo Mechanic use “IPTC Info” or “IPTC Stationery.”
  2. Photo caption (inside Caption or Description field)
  3. Your name (inside Photographer or Author or Creator field)
  4. Your affiliation or school (inside Credit or Provider field)
  5. Your E-mail address (inside Special Instructions or Instruction field)
  6. Your three-letter initials (inside Writers or Description Writer field)
  7. Title of photos (inside Object Name or Document Title).

CONTEST DEADLINE: FRIDAY, February 7, 2014

 To enter a CD:

  1. Print your full name, three letter code, affiliation and phone number clearly on CD.
  2.  SFBAPPA reserves the right to disqualify any CD or Folder that is unreadable, defective or found to contain a virus or other suspicious files.
  3. Complete “Entry Form” and mail it with CD to the address below.
  4. Files can be Mac or PC format. However, the Mac format is preferred.
  5. Submit photos in folders on CD entitled STUDENT. Group all photo stories together into one folder with each story having its own folder.
Send your CD and/or contest entry form, membership application and contest fee to:
Doug Duran
SFBAPPA News Photography Contest Director
Tri-Valley Times
127 Spring Street
Pleasanton, CA 94566

Legal Statements

I hereby certify:

I am the only copyright holder or have been fully authorized by the copyright holder with regard to the material herewith submitted. Any unpublished images which were created while on assignment for a specific publisher and which are being entered in the Still Photo division of the SFBAPPA News Photo contest have either been published already, or been approved for inclusion in the SFBAPPA News Photo contest by my supervisor. I give permission to the SFBAPPA for the use of my entry material in the exhibition, the SFBAPPA websites, Awards Banquet and for the promotion of SFBAPPA and its activities, without any remuneration.





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40th Annual SFBAPPA News Video Competition
HARD Deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, February 14, 2014

Awards Banquet: TBD

New this year: VIDEOJOURNALIST OF THE YEAR. The person who exemplifies a well rounded journalist instincts in all aspects of gathering news

CATEGORIES:
1. SPOT NEWS – Story of an unplanned event for which no advance planning was
possible. Video must have been shot the same day. If music or sound effects are used, they must have been part of the event.

2. GENERAL NEWS – Story of a current or scheduled event. Any music or natural
sound used must be part of the event. The story must have been shot the same day
or 24-hour turnaround.

3. GENERAL NEWS – VIDEO JOURNALIST (ONE-MAN BAND) – Story of a current or scheduled event. Any music or natural sound used must be part of the event. The
story must have been shot the same day or 24-hour turnaround. Awarded to a
photographer who shoots, edits, writes, reports on a story. Some television stations have made the transition from two-person field crews to a (One-Man Band) Video Journalist (VJ).

4. FEATURES – Planned story in which a photographer has put considerable time and imagination to develop a creative story. Shot over an extended period of time and pre-recorded music may be used. A feature is a single story, which may not exceed five minutes.

5. SPORTS – Any sports-related story. Can be sports action, general or feature.

6. MINI-DOC/SERIES – Any video subject that is a multi-part series on the same
subject presented over more than one newscast. May have been shot over an
extended period of time and pre-recorded music may be used. A series of stories
aired on television on successive days may be submitted. Also include stories that run more than five minutes.

11. FRED SINFIELD LIVE AWARD – Award for the best live coverage of any event by a photographer and engineer. Live portion only will be judged. The B-roll insert will not be considered. The Fred Sinfield Live Award is named in memory of KGO
photographer Fred Sinfield who helped develop the first live shot in the Bay Area and is also credited with the first live truck.

12. TELEVISION NEWS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR – Must enter at least three of the six categories (1 – 6). All entries must be clearly marked “Photographer of the Year.” This category will be judged first, with the non-winning entries to be judged with those in the general competition. The “Television News Photographer of the Year” may not win in any other category. Television News Photographer of the Year award (Ken McLaughlin Award) is named in memory of San Francisco Chronicle chief photographer Ken McLaughlin, who was one of the founding members of SFBAPPA.

13. VIDEOJOURNALIST OF THE YEAR: Must enter at least three of the six categories (1 – 6). All entries must be clearly marked “VJ of the Year.” This category will be judged first, with the non-winning entries to be judged with those in the general competition. The “VJ News Photographer of the Year” may not win in any other category.

ELIGIBILITY:
1. Entries must have been shot during 2013.
2. The competition is open only to SFBAPPA members in good standing. If you are not a member in good standing, please fill out the enclosed membership application (http://www.sfbappa.org/) and submit dues. You can also pay contest fees and membership dues using PayPal/credit card on the SFBAPPA website: http://www.sfbappa.org/

CONTEST RULES:
1. Normal Entry fee is $20. Entries will not be judged unless the fee is included. You can pay via PayPal or credit card:

http://sfbappa.org/JoinContest.html#join

2. Limit one entry maximum per category.
3. A story may not be entered in more than one category.
4. At least 75 per cent of video in entries must be the work of the submitting photographer (i.e., no more than 25 per cent can be archive, feed or the work of other photographers.)
5. On a separate label, the entrant’s name, email address, category and affiliation must be attached to each cassette and be accompanied with an entry form.
6. NO LONGER ACCEPTING TAPES. ENTRIES CAN EITHER BE SENT BY VIMEO, YOUTUBE or Station link
For VIMEO INSTRUCTIONS: send request to sfbappavideo@gmail.com (and/or abecam@yahoo.com)
(PayPal right now is only accepting $20 fee)
7. The judges reserve the right to withhold awards in any category if the entries do not meet their standards.
8. All decisions of the judges are final.

LEGAL STATEMENTS:
I hereby certify:
I am the only copyright holder or have been fully authorized by the copyright holder with regard to the material herewith submitted. Any video which was not aired or aired and created while on assignment for a specific station/network and are being entered in the SFBAPPA News Video Competition has been approved for inclusion in the SFBAPPA News Video Competition by my supervisor. I give permission to the SFBAPPA for the use of my entry material in the exhibition, the SFBAPPA web sites, Awards Banquet and for the promotion of SFBAPPA and its activities, without any remuneration.

SEND ENTRIES TO sfbappavideo@gmail.com

EACH ENTRY MUST INCLUDE THIS ENTRY FORM:
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Entry Form:

Name: ______________________________________

Address: ____________________________________

Phone number: ( ) __________________________

Affiliation: __________________________________

Email: ____________________________________

Category of Entry: ____________________________

Title of Story: ________________________________

Link: _______________________________________

Is this entry to be considered for “Television News Photographer of the Year”?

(yes or no) ____________ (If yes, please mark the cassette clearly.)

AWARDS:

Plaques, certificates and/or cash awards will be given in each category. A perpetual trophy, plaque and $250 cash award will be given to the “Television News Photographer of the Year.”

AWARDS BANQUET:
Winners will be announced and shown at the Awards Banquet. Further details will be announced by mail. Winners will be notified immediately following judging.

MORE INFORMATION:
Abe Mendoza, KGO Photographer
SFBAPPA Video Contest Director
KGO-TV
900 Front Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
sfbappavideo@gmail.com
(510) 755-3551

WEB INFO:
SFBAPPA web site & contest rules: http://www.sfbappa.org/

Membership application & PayPal: http://sfbappa.org/Join.html

Contest PayPal: http://sfbappa.org/JoinContest.html

SFBAPPA email: sfbappa@aol.com

San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association
592 Martin St.
Oakland CA 94609
sfbappa@aol.com

http://www.sfbappa.org/

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DEADLINE: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2014