Judging Underway for the BOP!

Best of Photojournalism judges Donald Miralle, Sherman Williams and Sandy Ciric discuss photos at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida (Photo by Will Vragovic)

After a journey cross-country yesterday, we began judging the NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism this morning in Florida with the company of other great jurors Sandy Ciric, the Senior News Editor at Getty Images, and Sherman Williams, the Assistant Managing Editor at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. I was glad to be back invited back as the returning judge this year, which is customary to help with the continuity of the contest. With the aid of a great online pre-judging system that the NPPA has entooled for a couple years now, we were able to remotely judge and do a wide edit of the massive amount of entries this year. Last year we went through over 50,000 images from 3,000 entrants from 147 countries and I think the numbers are comparable for 2010. The onsite judging is taking place at the contest’s host site, The Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, where we go through the tedious process of judging the anonymous entries projected on large screen with the help of Macs and Apple’s Aperture program. 

The simple yet effective judge’s interface that results in an “in or out” vote for many photos before out final discussions for the winning photographs. (Photo by Donald Miralle)

Today went as smooth as possible, we finished several categories and the results will be posted shortly on the NPPA site at http://www.nppa.org/ and more information on the contest can be found at http://bop.nppa.org/2010/. 

Sandy, Sherman and I bring the printouts for finalists in a category to the table for the final debate. (Photo by Martin Gisborne)

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