Editor & Publisher Announces Annual Photos of the Year Contest

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Editor & Publisher Launches its Tenth Annual News Photos of the Year Contest

New York (July 6, 2009) – Starting today until September 14, Editor & Publisher (E&P) is accepting Photos of the Year submissions at www.editorandpublisher.com. This year, E&P has partnered with sister Nielsen brands Photo District News and IPNStock.com, its contest technology provider. It has doubled the number of categories and introduced other new features.

Newspaper print photos, online news photos, and video/multimedia published since September 13, 2008 are eligible for award consideration. Photos selected as E&P’s Photos of the Week or Photos of the Month between September 13, 2008, and September 13, 2009, are automatically entered.

One grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and appear on the November 2009 cover of E&P. Twenty-four additional winners in six categories (spanning four circulation groups) will be honored, along with a top prize in the new “Unpublished” and “Web-only” categories. E&P will also recognize deserving photos with honorable mentions.

The rest of the release after the break.

The six categories include:

  • News (Spot/General): A photo of an unscheduled or scheduled news event

  • Features: A storytelling photo used in any section of the newspaper, often with strong human interest

  • Sports: A photo of a sports event or individual

  • Multiple Images/Photo Essay: A series of images (from three to six photos) used to convey a story or multi-part article

  • NEW – Portraits: A photo of individuals or small groups of people, a flower or tree, still life, a special building, etc.

  • NEW – Video/Multimedia: Video and/or multimedia presentations, including photo galleries, on the Web. Stand-alone submissions without print stories of any kind will be accepted.

    The four circulation groups are:

  • More than 250,000

  • 100,000-249,999

  • 25,000-99,999

  • Less than 25,000

    Two new categories also have been added to the 2009 competition. One winner will be awarded in each category. They are:

  • Unpublished Photos on Assignment:

  • Best Photos from a News Website: Only news sites without a print component are eligible.

    New features to the 2009 contest include a People’s Choice Award Contest with viral option for peer voting as well as an E&P Photos of the Year Facebook page. Photo editors from major newspapers and magazines will select the final winners. Look for updates and more prize details at www.editorandpublisher.com/photosoftheyear.

    Winning photos will be featured in the November issue of E&P reaching 162,365 readers and/or in our online gallery at www.editorandpublisher.com reaching an average of 470,000 unique monthly visitors.

    “Despite budget and job cuts at most newspapers, our competition last year drew the largest number of entries ever, nearly 1,000,” said Greg Mitchell, E&P’s editor. “The caliber of photographs was remarkable and we’re hoping to duplicate this in 2009. We’ve added new categories, peer voting and social networking components as well as guest photo editor judges from major newspapers and magazines. We’ve taken into account the rise of video/multimedia on newspaper Web sites and news-only Web sites without print components. Aligned with the times, we expect this year’s contest to be the most exciting one yet.”

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