AWNA Photographic Awards

As part of a long-standing tradition of recognizing photographic excellence among Alberta's weekly newspapers, we encourage submission(s) of your best entries into any of the main categories listed below:

Categories

Human Interest (HI)

  • A picture of a ‘found’ situation that has a strong human or people element and/or a fresh view of an everyday scene.
  • A sports feature picture may also be considered for this category ie. a sports-related picture other than game action that has a strong human interest.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Two categories, Human Interest and Feature have the potential to overlap into other categories such as Sports or Spot News. The key to determining which category best fits is perhaps to answer the question, “What is the story you’re trying to tell?” i.e., Smith, of the home team, scored the winning goal OR Smith’s expression reflects the thrill of winning in sports. Please DO NOT enter the same photo in a second category. 
  • Another measure of the appropriate category when submitting entries is the page or location of the picture in the paper. This will usually confirm a conscious or subconscious decision on what category the picture falls into, in the mind of the editor.

Feature (FE)

  • A picture with compelling and pleasing aesthetic qualities in regards to composition and graphic elements
  • PLEASE NOTE: Two categories, Human Interest and Feature have the potential to overlap into other categories such as Sports or Spot News. The key to determining which category best fits is perhaps to answer the question, “What is the story you’re trying to tell?” i.e., Smith, of the home team, scored the winning goal OR Smith’s expression reflects the thrill of winning in sports. Please DO NOT enter the same photo in a second category. 
  • Another measure of the appropriate category when submitting entries is the page or location of the picture in the paper. This will usually confirm a conscious or subconscious decision on what category the picture falls into, in the mind of the editor.

Multi-Photo (MP)

  • A series of photographs that tell a visual story or are centered around a single theme. Subject matter can be News, Feature or Sports.
  • There is no limit to the number of images per Picture Story entry, but entrants are reminded sometimes less is more.
  • Single pictures that are a part of a Picture Story may NOT be entered in a second category.
  • Note: If the Picture Story was shot over a period of more than one calendar year, it should be entered in the year it is completed.

Sports Action (SP)

  • A picture that captures the competitive peak action during a sporting event.

Spot News (SN)

  • A picture of an unscheduled news event for which no advance planning was possible. It might also consist of a picture with serious content and strong human interest of a scheduled or organized news event; i.e. mourners at a funeral, protesters, press conferences or staged coverage opportunities

Photo Illustration (IL)

This award recognizes:

  • the skill and craft of creative manipulation of photographic images beyond the traditional scope of simple photographic reproduction;
  • an entry will consist of one work in black-and-white or colour, with one of the following two identifiers in a manner easily readable: ‘Photo Illustration’ or ‘Composite Photo’;
  • the photographic elements of the work must be either original works or photos used with the permission of the photographer. It may contain one or more images, including type or art in any combination. Electronic files or hard copies of the original photo(s) used in creating the photo illustration may be submitted with the entry as background material. Please include the name of the artist with the entry;
  • the work will be judged on its creativity, technical skill, overall impact and effectiveness in the communication of ideas to the reader.

Eligibility

The 2016 ATCO Photographic Awards contest is open to AWNA members only. Entry eligibility is for photos that appeared in print from January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016.

Entry Fees

There are no entry fees; however, photographers and or newspapers entering must be AWNA members in good standing.

Deadline

10PM – February 10, 2017 is the deadline date for ALL entries and will be strictly enforced in order to complete judging in time for the presentations held at the  2016 Newspaper Symposium. Entries must be uploaded to the Contest website location by this date.

How To Enter

We're using the same contest entry service that was used last year at the Better Newspaper Contest Website. Instructions on how to log in and manage your account can be found in AWNApedia. (Members Only section of this web site).  The instructions are also posted to KUTD.    Contact Maurizia for more information. 

Guidelines

The photography competition requires entrants to strictly follow certain guidelines when sending their entries to the contest organizers.

  • All photographs must have been published and must have been taken between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. All entries MUST include the published date of the photo in the field provided on the Photo Entry Form
  • Any image manipulation other than burning and dodging must be explained on the photo entry form.
  • Each member is limited to a maximum of two (2) entries per category. A Picture Story/Feature Story entry is considered one entry regardless of the number of images that make up the Picture Story.
  • Duplicate or similar images from one member cannot be entered in more than one single-image category. DO NOT enter the same photo in a second category.
  • Three winners (first, second, third) will be selected from each category.
  • We recommend that all submitted photos be the same colours/size/dimensions as published

Awards

  • SAIT will arrange the judging and judges’ decision will be final.
  • Awards will be presented at the 2017 BNC Awards Banquet on Friday, June 2, 2017 in Calgary.

Results from Previous Years

 
2015 ATCO Photographic Awards
2015 ATCO Photographic Awards awarded January 2016 in Edmonton at the Friday night Symposium banquet
2014 ATCO Photographic Awards Winners
2014 ATCO Photographic Awards awarded February 2015 in Edmonton at the Friday night Symposium banquet
2013 ATCO Photographic Awards Winners
2013 ATCO Photographic Awards awarded January 2014 in Calgary at the Friday night Symposium banquet
2012 ATCO Photographic Awards Winners
Feature, Human Interest, Illustration, Multi-picture, Spot News, Sports
2011 ATCO Photographic Awards
Feature, Human Interest, Illustration, Multi-picture, Spot News, Sports
2010 ATCO Photographic Awards
Feature, Human Interest, Illustration, Multi-picture, Spot News, Sports
2009 ATCO Photographic Awards
Feature, Human Interest, Illustration, Multi-picture, Sports, Spot News
2008 ATCO Photographic Awards
Feature, Human Interest, Illustration, Multi-picture, Sports, Spot News
2007 ATCO Photographic Awards
Feature, Human Interest, Sports, Illustration, Mulit-picture, Spot News
2006 ATCO Photographic Awards
Awards for Multi-Photo, Feature, Hunan Interest, Illustration, Sports and Sports News