2017 Eyes of History: Video Contest Rules

 Deadline: 3 February 2017  Pay for entries here.

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Eligibility

  • All entries must have been created and aired from Jan. 1, 2016, through Jan. 20, 2017
  • All entries must have been created by Active or Life Members in good standing.
  • Members shall not enter material that was produced prior to the date that their membership application was received by the WHNPA board.
  • At least 80% of each individual entry must be the work of the entrant.
  • Teams of two or more members may enter stories together. Each member must have contributed at least 30% to the entry. This will, by definition, limit team entries to a maximum of three entrants, no matter how many people contributed to the entry. Team entries must be entered only once for the entire team, but each entrant must pay a separate entry fee and list the entry name on their own individual entry form and indicate that it is a team entry. Team members must indicate on their summary sheet how many total people worked on the entry.
  • The entry deadline is Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, at 11:59 p.m.
  • All work entered in this contest must be considered journalism by the Video Contest Committee.
  • The Video Contest Committee reserves the right to disqualify any entry
  • Any piece that is entered in the Multimedia Contest may not also be entered in this contest, and vice versa.

Entry Rules and Procedures

  • Please read carefully! ALL ENTRIES ARE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY.
  • There is a two (2) entry limit per category per entrant.
  • The story title on the entry form MUST match exactly with the entry’s filename on the summary sheet.
  • All photography entries must be filled on the Photography Summary sheet and all Editing entries must be filled out on the Editing Summary sheet. These must be emailed to email hidden; JavaScript is required at the same time you upload your files.
  • Three images that represent your story in must be sent with each entry. These images should be in the Jpeg format.
  • All QuickTime files should be H264 and 1280 X 720. Documentation on how to set this up in Avid and Final Cut will be provided from the WHNPA website.
  • Naming convention for each file should be category type & number_name of entry_entrant initials. For example, if Charlie MacDonald entered a piece named “Security” in the E02 category the name of the Sequence and exported file would be:E02_Security_CM
  • The Naming Convention for the three Jpegs should be the same as the files except with a _1, _2 or _3 at the end of the name: E02_Security_CM_1
  • You can upload multiple files at the same time however it is suggested that you do not exceed 5GB for each upload.
  • An entry for photography may be entered in only one photography category, and an entry for editing may only be entered in one editing category. However the same story may be entered in both a photography category and an editing category. The only exceptions to this rule are the lighting and audio categories. You may submit an entry (or part of an entry) in the lighting and audio category, which you have also submitted in one other category.
  • Each entry, even if it’s submitted in more than one category, must be submitted separately and named appropriately for that category (ex: If you’re entering the same entry in P01 and E01, the entry must be submitted twice and labeled appropriately for each category).
  • Entrants must not be identified in a piece in any way (by chyron, in narration, or on-screen credit).
  • Please provide a written description in the summary sheet of any elements not shot or created by entrant. At least 80% of the entry must be the work of the entrant.
  • Any piece that is entered in the Multimedia Contest may not also be entered in this contest, and vice versa.
  • There is a flat entry fee of $65.00 for the first five OR fewer entries. Each additional entry is $15 per entry.
  • Payment will be via PayPal on the WHNPA website or mailed checks made payable to WHNPA.
  • Winners will be posted on the WHNPA website when the contest is completed.

Photography Categories

  • P01 SPOT NEWS – Breaking news events, must be shot, edited, and aired within 10 hours. May include live element.
  • P02 GENERAL NEWS – A news story, four minutes or less: must be shot, edited, and aired or fed the same day.
  • P03 DAY FEATURE – Feature story must be shot, edited, and aired same day.
  • P04 NEWS FEATURE – Story shot, edited, and aired within 48 hours.
  • P05 FEATURE – Feature story shot and edited over an extended length of time (10 minute maximum.)
  • P06 NEWS SPECIAL REPORTS/SERIES – Special report or multiple part series. Your entry must be limited to 15 minutes. For a special report you may show one 15-minute segment of your entry or two or three segments (separated by a dip to black) for a total of 15 minutes. For a series show at least two segments not to exceed 15 minutes. No other editing is allowed.
  • P07 MAGAZINE FEATURE – Story of extended length shot for a magazine program.
  • P08 DOCUMENTARY – Extended long format, non-magazine piece of at least 20 minutes when originally aired. Your entry must be limited to 15 minutes. You may show one 15-minute segment of your documentary or two or three segments (separated by a dip to black) for a total of 15 minutes. No other editing is allowed. If multiple photographers worked on your project please be very clear which work you did, or as it may be easier to identify, which work you did not shoot in your entry.
  • P09 SPORTS – Coverage, analysis, or preparation of or for a sports event or activity.
  • P10 POLITICAL/CAMPAIGN – Story about political newsmakers.
  • P11 WHITE HOUSE/PRESIDENTIAL – Footage, story or composite of White House/Presidential topic(s). Total entry not to exceed 5 minutes.
  • P12 LIGHTING – Field Lighting for a single story or composite of excerpts from one or more stories. Total entry not to exceed 2 minutes.
  • P13 NETWORK – Network (non-magazine program). Aired or unaired segment or package, not to exceed 5 minutes.
  • P14 AUDIO – Field audio for a single story. No composites. Total entry not to exceed 5 minutes.
  • P15 CONFLICT/DISASTER COVERAGE – This category recognizes work created in dangerous situations where the photographer has put his or her personal safety at risk.
  • P16 RAW FOOTAGE – A composite of raw footage of a single event or multiple events. This footage cannot be included in any other categories you enter. Total entry not to exceed 2 minutes.
  • P17 INAUGURAL – Coverage of the Inauguration or events related to the Inauguration including preparation. Events related to the Inauguration which occur after January 20th are not eligible for this year’s contest.

Editing Categories

  • E01 SPOT NEWS – Breaking news events, must be shot, edited, and aired within 10 hours.
  • E02 GENERAL NEWS – A news story shot, edited, and aired or fed the same day. (4 minutes maximum).
  • E03 DAY FEATURE – Segment or package edited and aired the same day.
  • E04 NEWS FEATURE – Segment or package edited and aired within 48 hours.
  • E05 EDITING SHORT FORM – Segment or package edited over an extended period (five minute maximum).
  • E06 EDITING LONG FORM – Segment, package or series edited over an extended period. Must be at least five minutes long when originally aired. Your entry must be limited to 15 minutes. For a package/story you may show one 15-minute segment of your entry or two or three segments (separated by a dip to black) for a total of 15 minutes. For a series, show at least two segments not to exceed 15 minutes. No other editing is allowed.
  • E07 MAGAZINE FEATURE – Story of extended length edited for a magazine program.
  • E08 DOCUMENTARY – Extended long form, non-magazine piece of at least 20 minutes when originally aired. Your entry must be limited to 15 minutes. You may show one 15-minute segment of your documentary or two or three segments (separated by a dip to black) for a total of 15 minutes. No other editing is allowed.
  • E09 SPORTS – Coverage, analysis, preparation, of or for a sports event or activity.
  • E10 POLITICAL/CAMPAIGN – Story about political newsmakers.
  • E11 WHITE HOUSE/PRESIDENTIAL – Story or composite of White House/Presidential topic(s). Total entry not to exceed 5 minutes.
  • E12 AUDIO – Creative use of audio in a segment or package. Limited to 5 minutes, regardless of program length. You may show one 5-minute segment of your production or two or three segments (separated by dip to black) for a total entry not to exceed 5 minutes. No other editing is allowed.
  • E13 PROMOTIONAL – Material edited for use in promotion.
  • E14 INAUGURAL – Coverage of the Inauguration or events related to the Inauguration including preparation. Events which are related to the Inauguration which occur after January 20th are not eligible for this year’s contest.

Deadline

Entry fees & forms must be received by the deadline of Feb. 3, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. The entrant’s membership dues must be paid for the 2017 year prior to submitting your entries.

Special Note

An individual can win only one place in each category. The Committee will review entries for correct placement in the categories and any entry may be re-classified at the discretion of the Contest Committee and/or the Contest Judges. If there are fewer than five entries in a given category, the committee and/or judges may, at their discretion, retain or drop the category and place the entries in other appropriate categories.

Contest Committee

Doug Wilkes (Co-Chair): email hidden; JavaScript is required
Pege Gilgannon (Co-Chair): email hidden; JavaScript is required
Marty Doane: email hidden; JavaScript is required
Joni Mazer Field: email hidden; JavaScript is required
Charlie MacDonald: email hidden; JavaScript is required
Ed Eaves: email hidden; JavaScript is required
Whitney Shefte: email hidden; JavaScript is required
Bethany Swain: email hidden; JavaScript is required
Mike Horan: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Volunteers Needed For The Contest Judging Weekend

Please contact Pege Gilgannon at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

How to Submit Entries

1. Download and complete the entry form.

2. Pay your entry fees.
3. Follow the links after you have submitted your payment to submit your entries.