While he's most well known for being PM Harper's personal photographer, he has plenty of editorial and assignment work under his belt. http://www.jasonransom.com/
Unfortunately, there are photos tagged as features that should be in other categories. I think of it this way, if I applied for accreditation or read a press release, I’m at a news event. If I found an interesting photo while out-and-about, it’s a feature.
I’m going to give Marissa the benefit of the doubt and assume she saw this event on her way home. The rim-lit cadet stops your eye - it’s a pretty image. Photo editors like pretty art – once in awhile. It’s a little lose, but kudos for “going to the dark side” and finding something interesting.
My guess is this photo was also planned or orchestrated and should be in the portrait category. The photo makes me want to know what her deal is. Making a picture interesting enough that people buy/read the paper is your job. You could make an argument that having to read the caption means your photo isn’t communicating enough information, but I felt differently about this one. Side note; perhaps the photo is a little too moody for story?
It’s interesting enough to make me stare at it for awhile so I’m making it my 3rd choice. The pan isn’t super sharp and the background is busy. This could have been SO much more. Go back next year and nail it!
|OTTAWA, Ont (11/11/15) Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau and Justin Trudeau share a tender moment while awaiting their motorcade after the Remembrance Day ceremonies in Ottawa. Photo by Elliott Gould|
This perfectly timed moment could have made the podium in the news category.
Comments off the top.
For some reason we have several photos in the wrong categories. Maybe it’s just this month, but something tells me students are really not sure how to categorise their images. For your reference, I’ve copied the NPAC category breakdown.
Spot News – News pictures of unplanned events. Examples include, but are not limited to, accidents, fires, disasters.
General News – Coverage of events for which advance planning was possible. Examples are news conferences, demonstrations and protests. Spot news that develops during the course of planned events should be entered in Spot News.
Feature – A photograph depicting a found event or scene not arranged, planned, orchestrated or created by the photographer.
Sports – Sports action or sports feature images depicting a competitive sport.
Portrait/Illustration – A controlled situation intended to clarify or dramatize a preconceived idea. This includes, but is not limited to, posed portraits, food photography, fashion and images that are manufactured or altered.
Multi-Picture – Two or more unique pictures depicting an event or story. Examples include photo-essays and ongoing series. Weak pictures may be eliminated from a published series or essay. A series of related pictures published in more than one month may be entered as a single entry for the month concluding the series.
Now that we have some clarity, here are my choices.
FIRST PLACE (NEWS)
This is a bread-and-butter news photo. Well done. Contributing foreground, contributing background and a just a bit of decisive moment with the glance from Trudeau’s wife, Sophie. Only one minor criticism, it’s a marching band and not a row of the few remaining vets.
|(11/11/2015) BELLEVILLE, Ont. - Belleville residents gather in Market Square Sunday evening at a solemn vigil in memory of those who lost their lives in the terror attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, 2015. Photo by Chris Donovan|
Sometimes the picture is in the details. This elegant general news photo would look great above the fold in any newspaper box with a good Paris aftermath headline. It’s a little noisy – perhaps from a bad exposure, but it’s nice to see a student move so far away from a snapshot.
This is another great moment from Trudeau’s first Remembrance Day ceremony. Well done Callum - capturing a moment with the Silver Cross Mom. I’m impressed you knew to keep a close eye on her. That said, what happened to her son/daughter? How were they killed? Where? It would have been nice to see a fat caption on this one.
Because the composition is a little weak, with no contributing foreground and a really stark background, it dropped to third.
NOTE: I feel like my eye gets stuck going to the highlights in this photo. (Maybe Google visual mass composition for some light reading?) As a general thumb rule, avoid paper white backgrounds and bright objects that compete with your subject for the reader’s eyes.
I don’t have a lot to say here other then the cop makes me smile. I have no idea who she’s yelling at, I know why only because of the caption. My guess is it’s a decent attempt to rescue something from nothing – another important skill a photojournalist needs to develop. Because of the cop and the crop (having your subject face the edge of your frame creates angst or tension) makes this photo worth discussing.
|BELLEVILLE, Ont. (11/11/15)— A decorated veteran honours fallen comrades during the Remembrance day ceremonies on November 11 in Belleville, Ont. Hundreds of people were present for the ceremony. Photo by Hannah Lawson|
Here’s a nice, simple shot that would pad out any great photo essay from a Remembrance Day Ceremony. It’s not very strong as a standalone, but nice to have in an essay.
Just thinking out loud here… every one of you should be documenting photo essays or video projects of a veteran or veteran’s group in your home town before they’re no longer with us. Burn Hannah’s picture into your mind so you remember to capture the details.
More photos in the wrong category.
This is a beautiful photo. Something any NGO would love to have in their photo bank. I’m not sure why it’s so grainy or why you didn’t push up the whites? Look at your histogram - your whites are a mile away. I don’t know if you are ever critiqued on your IPTC data, but I’ve been looking at exposure settings too. Don’t wipe out your IPTC data! It can help us get in your heads and the feedback might help you grow as a photographer.
|BELLEVILLE, Ont. (19/11/15) - We live in a bra-centric culture where we are obsessed with cup size, having the perfect bust-line and the aesthetic appeal. The idea of personal comfort is often not a factor. Photo by Nakita Krucker|
This is a well executed illustration. I think is a good example of a daily newspaper assignment - bringing back exactly what the photo editor would have in his/her head for the photo.
This is also a great image to go with a serious story. The crop is a little off – not sure why you chose to crop so tight on the right. The mood fits well with the story.
|OTTAWA, Ont (11/11/15) A Canadian solider pays his respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider after the Remembrance Day ceremonies. Photo by Elliott Gould|
Solid streeter portrait.
Cool looking cat. Could have been executed so much better. (Go back and visit him again)
Beatrice’s photo of the dejected rugby player pulled the hardest at my heart strings and floated to the top easily. I do have two critiques however. Beatrice, loosen up – the crop is too tight. I’d love it even more if there was some negative space around her. Second, always get the names for you captions! Shoot a frame of the game sheet and then if you get a nice moment like this, take a frame of the back or her jersey so you can identify her.
|TORONTO, Ont. (03/11/15) -- Ibrahim Kamal works with athletes on their boxing form at MJKO's (Mentoring Juniors Kids Organization) new gym in the west end of Toronto on Nov. 3, 2015. Photo by Marissa Tiel|
This is a clean sports feature that could tease any article about training. I kept coming back to it because of the interesting composition. It really is technically perfect – shallow depth of field, enough shutter speed to stop the action and a decisive moment where everyone is throwing a punch at the same time. One critique – tighten it up to ditch the red pipe at the top.
This is a good brawl for the ball photo. I think it’s a little too tight and the background is distracting, but the overall ‘tight and bright’ objective of sports photography is in there.
I know sports photography must be very frustrating for a lot of you. No serious glass, no access and cameras that most likely shoot about 3 frames a second. It’s hard to compete. We’ve all been there. Marissa has captured an interesting moment, it’s just not strong enough technically or creatively to make the cut in a bigger daily newspaper.
I felt this essay was the strongest. It has three photos strong enough to stand on their own. The portrait, the mask photo and the night time long exposure. A consistent look and feel also help it rise to the top.
|TIENDINAGA, Ont (28/11/15)_Ron Sager’s favourite chair faces a really spiritual wall as some pictures of elders stands their along the way with the Indian ten Commandments, Tiendinaga’s Flag and Ron’s long house ceremonial hat. Photo by Hélène Roth.|
Again this essay had a few stronger pictures in it. The girls helping each other get ready is a great moment – although cropped poorly in my opinion. Apart from maybe the classroom photo, I liked the consistent look and feel. It could have been padded out with one or two more solid detail photos.
|CALEDON. Ont. (29/11/15)— Simon Pijper plays in a dismantled hay bale. For a young child, living at Whole Village presents a plethora of play opportunities. Photo by Hannah Lawson|
|CALEDON, Ont. (29/11/15)— Mila Dickie pauses on her way inside for lunch to check out the action behind her. Whole Village is the only home four year-old Dickie has ever known. Photo by Hannah Lawson|
The Ecovillage has a lot of essay potential, but this group of photos isn’t quite there yet. Other than the group prayer at the dinner table, which is great (maybe I would have put the window to my back) I don’t get the cooperative vibe and I don’t see any other solid, possible stand-alones.
Andrew C. Johnson
Andrew C. Johnson
See if you can stick with these fellas, Andrew. There are photos and a story there I just don’t feel it in this essay. The best frame is the one where Bill looks old and tired and the young drag queens are getting ready in the next room. Perhaps the essay could/should go in that direction? Veteran vs. rookie?
400 - Beatrice Serdon +125
385 - Marissa Tiel +185
360 - Zachary Prong +100
345 - Charlie Vilagut
345 - Hannah Lawson +35
235 - Nakita Krucker +100
210 - Phil McLachlan +100
200 - Audrey Caron +50
200 - Chris Donovan +50
200 - Chris Donovan +50
180 - Andrew Johnson +20
175 - Isaac Paul
125 - Curtis O'Connor
110 - Hélèn Roth +110
100 - Emma Gardner
95 - Elliot Gould +45
25 - Callum Rutherford +25
Points are awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mentions.
1st place - 100
2nd place - 50
3d place - 25
HM - 10
1st place - 100
2nd place - 50
3d place - 25
HM - 10