NPPA: The Voice of Visual Journalists

Monthly News Clip Contest

1st Place Feature/Multiple Picture: “Freedom at Work”
Preston Gannaway/The Virginian-Pilot
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Flight deck crew assist passengers to a COD aboard the USS George H.W. Bush carrier off the coast of North Carolina on Thursday, June 4, 2009.

Judges’ comments for the category

First place: Good variety of photos, both in content and technique. Judges wanted to see the emotion involved in serving on a carrier.

Second place: Good coverage of a natural disaster, its cleanup and effect. A variety of locations and individuals were shown in the coverage. A greater selection of focal lengths and more of the emotions from those affected by the flood would have moved this up in the standings.

Third place: Nice story. We liked how the photographer showed the disabled players receiving the help from their abled partners. Too many shots at the same focal length and similar shaped crops. A tighter edit... the hug is a good ender without the shaved ice, the boy picking up the ball and with the snack do not help to move the story forward.

HM: The "New Face" story is the start of what could be a very powerful piece. This looks like a onetime visit with the subjects. We really want the photographer to go back and spend more time with the young woman. These few images only show her at home with her husband. What she has to deal with in her life outside her home would make for a more complete story.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Sam Harrel, Eric Engman, John Wagner

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R3 regional point tally

(year to date; the top 10 places are shown, plus ties)

Kyle Green/The Roanoke Times
Pete Marovich Jr./ZUMA Press / Pete Marovich Images
Matt Roth/Matt Roth Photography
Sean Simmers/Patriot-News
Drew Smith/Fast Company
Tom Kelly IV/Daily Local News
Andrew Russell/Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Preston Gannaway/The Virginian-Pilot
Patrick Smith/Freelance
Kim Raff/The Salt Lake Tribune

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