Category #8: Photo/News-Features
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017
Materials Provided: None
Materials Not Provided but Needed: Personal laptop, personal camera with zoom lens, personal laptop, USB cord/flash card/wireless software allowing for transfer of photos to laptop. Students are not required to bring laptop to photo sites; this is only needed for the purposes of submitting the photos.
Prohibited Materials: None
Exercise: Contestants will cover an event on Thursday, Feb. 16. They will cover the Thacker Mountain Radio Show and the beginning of the Oxford Film Festival at The Lyric.
Contestants are required to meet at the Farley Hall SEJC registration desk at 5 p.m. on Feb. 16, OR to meet the group at The Lyric no later than 5:30 p.m. We will have credentials and tickets for contestants covering the event.
Assignment: Contestants have until 10 p.m. Thursday night to capture, edit, tone, caption and submit no more and no fewer than three photographs to
The caption should be 1-2 sentences describing the who, what, when, where of the image. Captions are to be written in AP style.
They will title the three pictures with the number they were assigned, followed by a hyphen and the number 1, 2 or 3 (for example, a contestant assigned “8” will title their photos 8-1, 8-2 and 8-3). They will email their pictures to the designated email address. The proctor will send the files to the designated judges.
Judging criteria: Focus on the subject(s), newsworthiness of photographs comparative to competition, ability to capture expressions and/or action, use of light, composition of images.