Please review MIPA Individual Category Contest rules and information about MIPA's Spartan critique service. Please read and share MIPA’s Copyright & Plagiarism Policy with your students.
  1. Entry form worksheets are available to help you gather all of the information you need to fill out the online entry forms.
  2. Entries should ONLY be submitted using the adviser's Submittable log-in.
  3. Select the appropriate category below and follow the instructions to submit your entry.
  4. Prepare your entry in the file format indicated in the category description (PDF, JPG, etc.)
  5. To view all of your submissions, from the DASHBOARD menu at the top of the page, select My Submissions. A sortable list of all of your submissions will appear.
  6. To pay for each entry as you submit it, choose the categories with the "Pay Now" label. If you select this, you will need to enter credit card information each time you submit an entry. To pay for all of your entries together by check or purchase order, or to request an invoice to pay for multiple contests in a single payment, choose the categories without the "Pay by Invoice" label and see http://mipamsu.org/submit for directions on tallying your entries and submitting payment.
  7. The system will stop accepting entries at 11:59 p.m. on the posted deadline.
Use this category to test submissions to the MIPA Contests. Submitting entries into this category will NOT enter them into any contest.
Ends on February 16, 2018

MIPA’s Student Journalist Staff annually recognizes Michigan’s top student journalists. This is our all-state student journalist team. Members of the Student Journalist Staff are graduating students who excel at their student media outlets. They are selected based on portfolios of their work.

  • Student Journalist Staff members will be recognized at the MIPA Spring Awards in April. Photos of the staff will be printed in the event program and notices will be sent to the student’s local media.
  • From among the members of the Student Journalist Staff, MIPA will honor a student as All-MIPA in each the following areas — news writing & reportingnews designyearbookvideophotojournalism and multiplatform. All-MIPA honorees are the best of the best in their area of primary focus. In addition, one member of the Student Journalist Staff will be selected as Michigan’s representative in the Journalism Education Association’s national Journalist of the Year competition. Each All-MIPA winner will receive a $300 scholarship. These funds will be paid directly to the honoree’s college scholarship/financial aid office. It is up to honorees to contact the MIPA office after they have enrolled with information on where to send scholarships. Honorees must seek these funds within one year or the award money is forfeited.
  • Candidates for the Student Journalist Staff must be seniors. Each member school may nominate one candidate in each of area of primary interest: news writing & reporting, news design, yearbook, video, photojournalism and multiplatform. Candidates must indicate their area of primary interest.
  • Selection is based on portfolios of students’ work. See entry guidelines and the scoring rubrics for details.

General Guidelines

There are two parts to the application, which should be submitted at the same time:

  1. The application form, which includes contact information, academic transcript, letters of recommendation and resume.
  2. An online porfolio of the student’s work, which judges will access via URL. Details below.

Portfolio Requirements

  • Submit one portfolio to be considered for the MIPA Student Journalist Staff, All-MIPA and JEA Journalist of the Year-Michigan Representative.
  • The portfolio should exist in a digital format, and be publicly accessible at a URL. Paper copies of portfolios will not be accepted. Portfolios can be submitted as a website (preferred) or as a PDF booklet hosted online.
  • Applicants will select one primary area of interest — news writing & reportingnews designyearbookvideophotojournalism or multiplatform. Portfolio materials will focus on that primary area. Materials from secondary interests are encouraged, but Student Journalist Staff judges will focus scoring on the student’s primary area.
    • MIPA recommends students include six to 12 samples of published work in their primary area of interest.
    • Work examples can be from throughout the student’s journalism career and showcase the student’s progress over time as a journalist.
  • Select from the following 11 categories to organize your portfolio materials: Design, Editing, Entrepreneurship, Law and Ethics, Leadership and Team Building, Multimedia Broadcast, News Gathering, News Literacy, Photojournalism, Web, Writing. The goal is not to try to find something to fill all 11 categories. Only use the categories in which you have appropropriate portfolio materials, and discard any categories that are not appropriate for your porfolio.
  • All work examples included in the portfolio must be labeled with the applicable category, evidence of usage/publication of example, awards/contests entered and an explanation/reasoning for each example.
    • Explanation/reasoning includes the applicant’s explanation about the specific assignment. Include any difficulties encountered with the assignment and special circumstances affecting it. Explanation should be 25–50 words in length, easy to read and explain why this entry is important and was chosen for the portfolio.
  • Any single audio, video or multimedia work example should not exceed 15 minutes in length. You may include a segment of a longer work. Please note that, due to judging time constraints, judges may only view the first five minutes of any single work sample.
  • The applicant’s personality should be evident in the entry. The student should choose a design concept for the portfolio.

Application Materials

Please gather the following materials before filling out the application (protect your privacy, do not include the following materials in your online portfolio):

  1. Information about the student, parents/guardians and local media.
  2. Official high school transcript or a counselor’s statement including journalism classes taken, grades and current GPA. Student should be a high school senior. Scan the transcript and upload it as a PDF.
  3. A formal head shot of the candidate AND an action photo of the candidate involved in some aspect of student media. Make sure each digital file has the candidate’s name on it. For instance: smith.jpg. This must be a high-resolution photo — not a Facebook photo. Resolution should be at least 200. The action shot should have an extended caption written for that photo. If there is more than one person in the photo, please use location of candidate (left, right, etc.) for identification.
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation from those who know the candidate well and understand the impact of the journalistic experience on the student’s life (no letter should exceed two pages in length). Scan the letters and upload them as PDFs.
  5. A personal resume of activities and achievements in scholastic journalism and other activities.
  6. An self-analytical essay written by the candidate. The essay must be typed and should include how working in journalism has impacted his/her life, future goals and aspirations, etc. Include college plans. Students should write with passion and make an impact on the judges because this essay functions as the applicant’s one-on-one interview. Essay should not exceed two pages in length.

Deadline to Apply

Submit your portfolio by the deadline. No late entries will be accepted. Candidates will be notified via email by April 1 about whether they were selected.

Ends on February 16, 2018

Each year, MIPA presents the Golden Pen Award to an outstanding adviser of a scholastic student media outlet. To win the award, an adviser is judged according to documentation and evidence — in portfolio form — provided by students.

A Golden Pen Award nominee must be currently teaching/advising at a junior high, middle or high school. The number of years of service to student media staffs as well as consistent excellence of a newspaper, yearbook, magazine, video program or news website advised by the candidate will be considered. Also a factor is the contribution to scholastic journalism beyond the school. Receiving a Golden Pen is similar to being named “Coach of the Year.”

To nominate an adviser for this award, use this system to submit the following to MIPA:

  1. Information about the adviser.
  2. A letter of nomination from the editor of the student publication (newspaper, yearbook or magazine) that includes reasons for the nomination and a description of the nominee’s responsibilities for staff(s) and/or classes.
  3. Documentation to promote the nominee which includes:
    • listing of staff and publication awards, honors — state, national, regional;
    • a listing of the adviser’s honors and level of involvement in related state and national professional organizations;
    • citations of leadership and example set (these could be testimony from former students majoring in college journalism or former students who are professional journalists);
    • description of the adviser’s role in the development and/or advancement of the present journalism program at your school.
  4. Letters of support from administrators, fellow teachers, former students, other advisers and knowledgeable parties.
  5. A picture of your adviser. This should be a high-resolution image of at least 200 dpi resolution — not an image taken from Facebook. You may email this photo to mipa@msu.edu. Clearly label your email subject line with your adviser’s name.
Ends on February 16, 2018

The John V. Field Award recognizes a person who is not currently a student media adviser for their significant contributions to scholastic journalism in Michigan. The award was first given in 1972 to John Field, who served as the executive director of MIPA for more than 20 years when MIPA was housed at the University of Michigan.

Nominations must be received by the MIPA office by the indicated deadline.

If possible, please include high-resolution photo of the nominee.

Ends on February 16, 2018

MIPA's Administrator of the Year award recognizes administrators who have shown strong interest in and support for scholastic journalism.

Nominations must be received by the MIPA office by the deadline indicated above.

Selection is based on a portfolio, which should include letters and other documentation that illustrate support for the journalism program, adviser and students. You will upload these documents using the below form. Portfolios should be specific and should address the following areas:

  • Awareness of current issues in journalism
  • Journalism’s place in the curriculum
  • Understanding of the role of secondary administrators in journalism curriculum
  • Allowing students press freedom
  • Financing
  • Encouragement of academic and professional growth
  • Personal support and encouragement
  • Each member school may nominate one person for this award.

Please include high-resolution photo of the administrator.

Feature writing and reporting on school and community from the student life section of the book. An individual story may not be submitted in more than one writing category. Submit a single PDF of the page(s) showing the entry. CLEARLY INDICATE WHICH STORY YOU WISH JUDGED if there are multiple stories on the page.

Judging Criteria

  • Clear, relevant, engaging angle
  • Solid lead that draws reader into story
  • Meaningful student quotes that enrich story and reflect effective interviewing
  • Evidence of adequate research
  • Adheres to rules of good journalism including: short paragraphs, effective transitions and use of active voice freedom from editorial comment careful editing and proofreading to eliminate mechanical errors correct use of grammar

Ends on February 16, 2018$2.00
$2.00

Feature writing and reporting on school and community from the student life section of the book. An individual story may not be submitted in more than one writing category. Submit a single PDF of the page(s) showing the entry. CLEARLY INDICATE WHICH STORY YOU WISH JUDGED if there are multiple stories on the page.

Judging Criteria

  • Clear, relevant, engaging angle
  • Solid lead that draws reader into story
  • Meaningful student quotes that enrich story and reflect effective interviewing
  • Evidence of adequate research
  • Adheres to rules of good journalism including: short paragraphs, effective transitions and use of active voice freedom from editorial comment careful editing and proofreading to eliminate mechanical errors correct use of grammar
Ends on February 16, 2018

Sports reporting for season that makes reader feel the she/he is reliving the season. An individual story may not be submitted in more than one writing category. Submit a single PDF of the page(s) showing the entry. CLEARLY INDICATE WHICH STORY YOU WISH JUDGED if there are multiple stories on the page.

Judging Criteria

  • Solid lead that draws reader into story
  • Meaningful student quotes that enrich story and reflect effective interviewing
  • Evidence of adequate research
  • Story gives reader a clear picture of season high-lights and outcome with relevant player comments
  • Adheres to rules of good journalism including: short paragraphs, effective transitions and use of active voice freedom from editorial comment careful editing and proofreading to eliminate mechanical errors correct use of grammar


Ends on February 16, 2018$2.00
$2.00

Sports reporting for season that makes reader feel the she/he is reliving the season. An individual story may not be submitted in more than one writing category. Submit a single PDF of the page(s) showing the entry. CLEARLY INDICATE WHICH STORY YOU WISH JUDGED if there are multiple stories on the page.

Judging Criteria

  • Solid lead that draws reader into story
  • Meaningful student quotes that enrich story and reflect effective interviewing
  • Evidence of adequate research
  • Story gives reader a clear picture of season high-lights and outcome with relevant player comments
  • Adheres to rules of good journalism including: short paragraphs, effective transitions and use of active voice freedom from editorial comment careful editing and proofreading to eliminate mechanical errors correct use of grammar


Any topic that spotlights an unusual aspect of any event, a coach, a player or any controversy. An individual story may not be submitted in more than one writing category. Submit a single PDF of the page(s) showing the entry. CLEARLY INDICATE WHICH STORY YOU WISH JUDGED if there are multiple stories on the page.

Judging Criteria

  • Clear, relevant, engaging feature angle
  • Solid lead that draws reader into story
  • Meaningful student quotes that enrich story and reflect effective interviewing
  • Evidence of adequate research
  • Story meaningfully adds to sports coverage
  • Adheres to rules of good journalism including: short paragraphs, effective transitions and use of active voice freedom from editorial comment careful editing and proofreading to eliminate mechanical errors correct use of grammar
Ends on February 16, 2018$2.00
$2.00

Any topic that spotlights an unusual aspect of any event, a coach, a player or any controversy. An individual story may not be submitted in more than one writing category. Submit a single PDF of the page(s) showing the entry. CLEARLY INDICATE WHICH STORY YOU WISH JUDGED if there are multiple stories on the page.

Judging Criteria

  • Clear, relevant, engaging feature angle
  • Solid lead that draws reader into story
  • Meaningful student quotes that enrich story and reflect effective interviewing
  • Evidence of adequate research
  • Story meaningfully adds to sports coverage
  • Adheres to rules of good journalism including: short paragraphs, effective transitions and use of active voice freedom from editorial comment careful editing and proofreading to eliminate mechanical errors correct use of grammar
Ends on February 16, 2018

Any copy which features a department, a subject or unusual academic direction but not a personality profile of a teacher.An individual story may not be submitted in more than one writing category. Submit a single PDF of the page(s) showing the entry. CLEARLY INDICATE WHICH STORY YOU WISH JUDGED if there are multiple stories on the page.

Judging Criteria

  • Clear, relevant, engaging angle
  • Solid lead that draws reader into story
  • Meaningful student quotes that enrich story and reflect effective interviewing
  • Evidence of adequate research
  • Story goes beyond simply reviewing what happens in classroom
  • Adheres to rules of good journalism including: short paragraphs, effective transitions and use of active voice freedom from editorial comment careful editing and proofreading to eliminate mechanical errors correct use of grammar
Ends on February 16, 2018$2.00
$2.00

Any copy which features a department, a subject or unusual academic direction but not a personality profile of a teacher.An individual story may not be submitted in more than one writing category. Submit a single PDF of the page(s) showing the entry. CLEARLY INDICATE WHICH STORY YOU WISH JUDGED if there are multiple stories on the page.

Judging Criteria

  • Clear, relevant, engaging angle
  • Solid lead that draws reader into story
  • Meaningful student quotes that enrich story and reflect effective interviewing
  • Evidence of adequate research
  • Story goes beyond simply reviewing what happens in classroom
  • Adheres to rules of good journalism including: short paragraphs, effective transitions and use of active voice freedom from editorial comment careful editing and proofreading to eliminate mechanical errors correct use of grammar

A story that gives the reader a fresh view of the organization. An individual story may not be submitted in more than one writing category. Submit a single PDF of the page(s) showing the entry. CLEARLY INDICATE WHICH STORY YOU WISH JUDGED if there are multiple stories on the page.

Judging Criteria

  • Solid lead that draws reader into story
  • Meaningful student quotes that enrich story and reflect effective interviewing
  • Evidence of adequate research
  • Story does not center on purpose of group or simply review their activities
  • Adheres to rules of good journalism including: short paragraphs, effective transitions and use of active voice freedom from editorial comment careful editing and proofreading to eliminate mechanical errors correct use of grammar
Ends on February 16, 2018$2.00
$2.00

A story that gives the reader a fresh view of the organization. An individual story may not be submitted in more than one writing category. Submit a single PDF of the page(s) showing the entry. CLEARLY INDICATE WHICH STORY YOU WISH JUDGED if there are multiple stories on the page.

Judging Criteria

  • Solid lead that draws reader into story
  • Meaningful student quotes that enrich story and reflect effective interviewing
  • Evidence of adequate research
  • Story does not center on purpose of group or simply review their activities
  • Adheres to rules of good journalism including: short paragraphs, effective transitions and use of active voice freedom from editorial comment careful editing and proofreading to eliminate mechanical errors correct use of grammar
Ends on February 16, 2018

Writing focusing on one teacher, staff member or student that makes the character three dimensional. An individual story may not be submitted in more than one writing category. Submit a single PDF of the page(s) showing the entry. CLEARLY INDICATE WHICH STORY YOU WISH JUDGED if there are multiple stories on the page.

Judging Criteria

  • Clear, relevant, engaging angle that makes story worthy of inclusion
  • Solid lead that draws reader into story
  • Meaningful student quotes that enrich story and reflect effective interviewing
  • Evidence of adequate research
  • Story goes beyond superficial coverage to give a total perspective and feel for the subject
  • Adheres to rules of good journalism including: short paragraphs, effective transitions and use of active voice freedom from editorial comment careful editing and proofreading to eliminate mechanical errors correct use of grammar
Ends on February 16, 2018$2.00
$2.00

Writing focusing on one teacher, staff member or student that makes the character three dimensional. An individual story may not be submitted in more than one writing category. Submit a single PDF of the page(s) showing the entry. CLEARLY INDICATE WHICH STORY YOU WISH JUDGED if there are multiple stories on the page.

Judging Criteria

  • Clear, relevant, engaging angle that makes story worthy of inclusion
  • Solid lead that draws reader into story
  • Meaningful student quotes that enrich story and reflect effective interviewing
  • Evidence of adequate research
  • Story goes beyond superficial coverage to give a total perspective and feel for the subject
  • Adheres to rules of good journalism including: short paragraphs, effective transitions and use of active voice freedom from editorial comment careful editing and proofreading to eliminate mechanical errors correct use of grammar
Ends on February 16, 2018

Any coverage on a topic that adds to spread contents. Submit entire spread and note the coverage you wish judged BY INCLUDING THE SIDEBAR’S HEADLINE ON THE ENTRY FORM. Submit a single PDF of the page(s). FOR SPREADS (a spread is two facing pages), be sure to save your PDF as a spread, creating a single horizontal page out of two vertical pages. Otherwise, the judges may not see both pages of your spread together and will not get the full impact of your design. Consult your design software Help guide for assistance saving a spread as a PDF.

Judging Criteria

  • Coverage adds to spread contents
  • Sidebar should have its own mini-headline
  • Content is in a form that makes it appealing as well as easily accessible to the reader
  • Evidence of adequate research
  • Contents enhance spread coverage by adding meaningful information and/or insights
  • Adheres to rules of good journalism including: use of active voice freedom from editorial comment careful editing and proofreading to eliminate mechanical errors correct use of grammar
Ends on February 16, 2018$2.00
$2.00

Any coverage on a topic that adds to spread contents. Submit entire spread and note the coverage you wish judged BY INCLUDING THE SIDEBAR’S HEADLINE ON THE ENTRY FORM. Submit a single PDF of the page(s). FOR SPREADS (a spread is two facing pages), be sure to save your PDF as a spread, creating a single horizontal page out of two vertical pages. Otherwise, the judges may not see both pages of your spread together and will not get the full impact of your design. Consult your design software Help guide for assistance saving a spread as a PDF.

Judging Criteria

  • Coverage adds to spread contents
  • Sidebar should have its own mini-headline
  • Content is in a form that makes it appealing as well as easily accessible to the reader
  • Evidence of adequate research
  • Contents enhance spread coverage by adding meaningful information and/or insights
  • Adheres to rules of good journalism including: use of active voice freedom from editorial comment careful editing and proofreading to eliminate mechanical errors correct use of grammar
Ends on February 16, 2018

Include three secondary and primary headlines per entry. Submit entire spreads. CLEARLY INDICATE ON THE ENTRY FORM WHICH HEADLINES YOU WISH JUDGED. Do not submit label headlines or one-word headlines with no secondary headline. Submit a single PDF of the page(s). FOR SPREADS (a spread is two facing pages), be sure to save your PDF as a spread, creating a single horizontal page out of two vertical pages. Otherwise, the judges may not see both pages of your spread together and will not get the full impact of your design. Consult your design software Help guide for assistance saving a spread as a PDF.

Judging Criteria

  • Clever/imaginative, engaging the reader
  • Draws reader into copy
  • Contents of headline establishes visual/verbal connection between photos and copy
  • Headline/subhead makes spread content clear
  • Adheres to rules of good journalism including: avoiding label headlines freedom from editorial comment careful editing and proofreading to eliminate mechanical errors correct use of grammar
Ends on February 16, 2018$2.00
$2.00

Include three secondary and primary headlines per entry. Submit entire spreads. CLEARLY INDICATE ON THE ENTRY FORM WHICH HEADLINES YOU WISH JUDGED. Do not submit label headlines or one-word headlines with no secondary headline. Submit a single PDF of the page(s). FOR SPREADS (a spread is two facing pages), be sure to save your PDF as a spread, creating a single horizontal page out of two vertical pages. Otherwise, the judges may not see both pages of your spread together and will not get the full impact of your design. Consult your design software Help guide for assistance saving a spread as a PDF.

Judging Criteria

  • Clever/imaginative, engaging the reader
  • Draws reader into copy
  • Contents of headline establishes visual/verbal connection between photos and copy
  • Headline/subhead makes spread content clear
  • Adheres to rules of good journalism including: avoiding label headlines freedom from editorial comment careful editing and proofreading to eliminate mechanical errors correct use of grammar
Ends on February 16, 2018

Captions that have been written for three photographs, one of which must be for a sport. All three captions do not have to be from the same writer or spread. CLEARLY INDICATE ON THE ENTRY FORM WHICH CAPTIONS YOU WISH JUDGED. Submit SINGLE PDF of page(s) showing both caption and accompanying photo. DO NOT INCLUDE ENTIRE SPREADS.

Judging Criteria

  • Begin with strong leads, not name or title
  • Contain at least two sentences that answer all reader’s questions without stating the obvious
  • Evidence of adequate research which provides information that adds to reader’s understanding of event or situation
  • Clearly identifies all people in photo with both first and last names (sports captions should also identify names of players on opposing team)
  • Adhere to rules of good journalism including: active voice usually first sentence in present tense and remaining sentences in past tense to stop action freedom from editorial comment careful editing and proofreading to eliminate mechanical errors correct use of grammar
Ends on February 16, 2018$2.00
$2.00

Captions that have been written for three photographs, one of which must be for a sport. All three captions do not have to be from the same writer or spread. CLEARLY INDICATE ON THE ENTRY FORM WHICH CAPTIONS YOU WISH JUDGED.  submit SINGLE PDF of page(s) showing both caption and accompanying photo. DO NOT INCLUDE ENTIRE SPREADS.

Judging Criteria

  • Begin with strong leads, not name or title
  • Contain at least two sentences that answer all reader’s questions without stating the obvious
  • Evidence of adequate research which provides information that adds to reader’s understanding of event or situation
  • Clearly identifies all people in photo with both first and last names (sports captions should also identify names of players on opposing team)
  • Adhere to rules of good journalism including: active voice usually first sentence in present tense and remaining sentences in past tense to stop action freedom from editorial comment careful editing and proofreading to eliminate mechanical errors correct use of grammar
Ends on February 16, 2018

One spread from student life section. (Middle schools may enter a single page.) Submit a single PDF of the page(s). FOR SPREADS (a spread is two facing pages), be sure to save your PDF as a spread, creating a single horizontal page out of two vertical pages. Otherwise, the judges may not see both pages of your spread together and will not get the full impact of your design. Consult your design software Help guide for assistance saving a spread as a PDF.

Judging Criteria

  • Designed as two-page visual unit, arrangement of photos, headline, copy, captions and white space invite reader onto spread and show careful planning
  • Dominance is established and other elements are arranged in such a way as to lead reader’s eye around spread
  • Adequate external margins provide frame for spread contents and are defined by at least one element on each side
  • Photos effectively cropped, of varied size, shape and content; content concentrates on action photos
  • No center of interest in photo is trapped in gutter; action and faces in photos do not face off spread
  • Non-rectangular photos, tilted photos and other special treatments are used sparingly and effectively to enhance overall design
  • Graphics and typography enhance readability and attractiveness of design
  • Headline has contemporary design and establishes visual/verbal connection
  • Copy and captions are readable size and use readable font
  • Captions touch photos to which they refer. For group or clustered captions attention has been paid to making them easily accessible to reader
  • While designs may be innovative, they adhere to journalistic guidelines
Ends on February 16, 2018$2.00
$2.00

One spread from student life section. (Middle schools may enter a single page.) Submit a single PDF of the page(s). FOR SPREADS (a spread is two facing pages), save your PDF as a spread, creating a single horizontal page out of two vertical pages. Otherwise, the judges may not see both pages of your spread together and will not get the full impact of your design. Consult your design software Help guide for assistance saving a spread as a PDF.

Judging Criteria

  • Designed as two-page visual unit, arrangement of photos, headline, copy, captions and white space invite reader onto spread and show careful planning
  • Dominance is established and other elements are arranged in such a way as to lead reader’s eye around spread
  • Adequate external margins provide frame for spread contents and are defined by at least one element on each side
  • Photos effectively cropped, of varied size, shape and content; content concentrates on action photos
  • No center of interest in photo is trapped in gutter; action and faces in photos do not face off spread
  • Non-rectangular photos, tilted photos and other special treatments are used sparingly and effectively to enhance overall design
  • Graphics and typography enhance readability and attractiveness of design
  • Headline has contemporary design and establishes visual/verbal connection
  • Copy and captions are readable size and use readable font
  • Captions touch photos to which they refer. For group or clustered captions attention has been paid to making them easily accessible to reader
  • While designs may be innovative, they adhere to journalistic guidelines
Ends on February 16, 2018

One spread from the sports section. (Middle schools may enter a single page.) Submit a PDF of the page(s). FOR SPREADS (a spread is two facing pages), be sure to save your PDF as a spread, creating a single horizontal page out of two vertical pages. Otherwise, the judges may not see both pages of your spread together and will not get the full impact of your design. Consult your design software Help guide for assistance saving a spread as a PDF.

Judging Criteria

  • Designed as two-page visual unit, arrangement of photos, headline, copy, captions and white space invite reader onto spread and show careful planning
  • Dominance is established and other elements are arranged in such a way as to lead reader’s eye around spread
  • Adequate external margins provide frame for spread contents and are defined by at least one element on each side
  • Photos effectively cropped, of varied size, shape and content; content concentrates on action photos
  • No center of interest in photo is trapped in the gutter; action and faces in photos do not face off spread
  • Non-rectangular photos, tilted photos and other special treatments are used sparingly and effectively to enhance overall design
  • Graphics and typography enhance readability and attractiveness of design
  • Headline has contemporary design and establishes visual/verbal connection
  • Copy and captions are readable size and use readable font
  • Captions touch photos to which they refer. For group or clustered captions attention has been paid to making them easily accessible to reader.
  • If team pictures are included on spread, they are not used as dominant element and are arranged to blend with overall design
  • If scoreboards are included on spread, they are attractively designed to blend with the overall look of the spread and set in a readable font and size
  • While designs may be innovative, they adhere to journalistic guidelines
Ends on February 16, 2018$2.00
$2.00

One spread from the sports section. (Middle schools may enter a single page.) Submit a PDF of the page(s). FOR SPREADS (a spread is two facing pages), be sure to save your PDF as a spread, creating a single horizontal page out of two vertical pages. Otherwise, the judges may not see both pages of your spread together and will not get the full impact of your design. Consult your design software Help guide for assistance saving a spread as a PDF.

Judging Criteria

  • Designed as two-page visual unit, arrangement of photos, headline, copy, captions and white space invite reader onto spread and show careful planning
  • Dominance is established and other elements are arranged in such a way as to lead reader’s eye around spread
  • Adequate external margins provide frame for spread contents and are defined by at least one element on each side
  • Photos effectively cropped, of varied size, shape and content; content concentrates on action photos
  • No center of interest in photo is trapped in the gutter; action and faces in photos do not face off spread
  • Non-rectangular photos, tilted photos and other special treatments are used sparingly and effectively to enhance overall design
  • Graphics and typography enhance readability and attractiveness of design
  • Headline has contemporary design and establishes visual/verbal connection
  • Copy and captions are readable size and use readable font
  • Captions touch photos to which they refer. For group or clustered captions attention has been paid to making them easily accessible to reader.
  • If team pictures are included on spread, they are not used as dominant element and are arranged to blend with overall design
  • If scoreboards are included on spread, they are attractively designed to blend with the overall look of the spread and set in a readable font and size
  • While designs may be innovative, they adhere to journalistic guidelines
Ends on February 16, 2018

One spread from the academic section. (Middle schools may enter a single page.) Submit a single PDF of the page(s). FOR SPREADS (a spread is two facing pages), be sure to save your PDF as a spread, creating a single horizontal page out of two vertical pages. Otherwise, the judges may not see both pages of your spread together and will not get the full impact of your design. Consult your design software Help guide for assistance saving a spread as a PDF.

Judging Criteria

  • Designed as two-page visual unit, arrangement of photos, headline, copy, captions and white space invite reader onto spread and show careful planning
  • Dominance is established and other elements are arranged in such a way as to lead reader’s eye around spread
  • Adequate external margins provide frame for spread contents and are defined by at least one element on each side
  • Photos effectively cropped, of varied size, shape and content; content concentrates on action photos of students engaged in learning, not on teachers
  • No center of interest in photo is trapped in the gutter; action and faces in photos do not face off spread
  • Non-rectangular photos, tilted photos and other special treatments are used sparingly and effectively to enhance overall design
  • Graphics and typography enhance readability and attractiveness of design
  • Headline has contemporary design and establishes visual/verbal connection
  • Copy and captions are readable size and use readable font
  • Captions touch photos to which they refer. For group or clustered captions attention has been paid to making them easily accessible to reader.
  • While designs may be innovative, they adhere to journalistic guidelines
Ends on February 16, 2018$2.00
$2.00

One spread from the academic section. (Middle schools may enter a single page.) Submit a single PDF of the page(s). FOR SPREADS (a spread is two facing pages), be sure to save your PDF as a spread, creating a single horizontal page out of two vertical pages. Otherwise, the judges may not see both pages of your spread together and will not get the full impact of your design. Consult your design software Help guide for assistance saving a spread as a PDF.

Judging Criteria

  • Designed as two-page visual unit, arrangement of photos, headline, copy, captions and white space invite reader onto spread and show careful planning
  • Dominance is established and other elements are arranged in such a way as to lead reader’s eye around spread
  • Adequate external margins provide frame for spread contents and are defined by at least one element on each side
  • Photos effectively cropped, of varied size, shape and content; content concentrates on action photos of students engaged in learning, not on teachers
  • No center of interest in photo is trapped in the gutter; action and faces in photos do not face off spread
  • Non-rectangular photos, tilted photos and other special treatments are used sparingly and effectively to enhance overall design
  • Graphics and typography enhance readability and attractiveness of design
  • Headline has contemporary design and establishes visual/verbal connection
  • Copy and captions are readable size and use readable font
  • Captions touch photos to which they refer. For group or clustered captions attention has been paid to making them easily accessible to reader.
  • While designs may be innovative, they adhere to journalistic guidelines
Ends on February 16, 2018

One spread from the organization section. Submit a single PDF of the page(s). (Middle schools may enter a single page.) FOR SPREADS (a spread is two facing pages), be sure to save your PDF as a spread, creating a single horizontal page out of two vertical pages. Otherwise, the judges may not see both pages of your spread together and will not get the full impact of your design. Consult your design software Help guide for assistance saving a spread as a PDF.

Judging Criteria

  • Designed as two-page visual unit, arrangement of photos, headline, copy, captions and white space invite reader onto spread and show careful planning
  • Dominance is established and other elements are arranged in such a way as to lead reader’s eye around spread
  • Adequate external margins provide frame for spread contents and are defined by at least one element on each side
  • Photos effectively cropped, of varied size, shape and content; content concentrates on action photos
  • No center of interest in photo is trapped in the gutter; action and faces in photos do not face off spread
  • Non-rectangular photos, tilted photos and other special treatments are used sparingly and effectively to enhance overall design
  • Graphics and typography enhance readability and attractiveness of design
  • Headline has contemporary design and establishes visual/verbal connection
  • Copy and captions are readable size and use readable font
  • Captions touch photos to which they refer.
  • For group or clustered captions attention has been paid to making them easily accessible to reader.
  • If group pictures are included on spread, they are not the dominant element and are arranged to blend with the overall design of the spread
  • While designs may be innovative, they adhere to journalistic guidelines
Ends on February 16, 2018$2.00
$2.00

One spread from the organization section. Submit a single PDF of the page(s). (Middle schools may enter a single page.) FOR SPREADS (a spread is two facing pages), be sure to save your PDF as a spread, creating a single horizontal page out of two vertical pages. Otherwise, the judges may not see both pages of your spread together and will not get the full impact of your design. Consult your design software Help guide for assistance saving a spread as a PDF.

Judging Criteria

  • Designed as two-page visual unit, arrangement of photos, headline, copy, captions and white space invite reader onto spread and show careful planning
  • Dominance is established and other elements are arranged in such a way as to lead reader’s eye around spread
  • Adequate external margins provide frame for spread contents and are defined by at least one element on each side
  • Photos effectively cropped, of varied size, shape and content; content concentrates on action photos
  • No center of interest in photo is trapped in the gutter; action and faces in photos do not face off spread
  • Non-rectangular photos, tilted photos and other special treatments are used sparingly and effectively to enhance overall design
  • Graphics and typography enhance readability and attractiveness of design
  • Headline has contemporary design and establishes visual/verbal connection
  • Copy and captions are readable size and use readable font
  • Captions touch photos to which they refer.
  • For group or clustered captions attention has been paid to making them easily accessible to reader.
  • If group pictures are included on spread, they are not the dominant element and are arranged to blend with the overall design of the spread
  • While designs may be innovative, they adhere to journalistic guidelines
Ends on February 16, 2018

One spread from either student or faculty/administration coverage. Spread must include mug shots. (Middle schools may enter a single page.)Submit a single PDF of the page(s). FOR SPREADS (a spread is two facing pages), save your PDF as a spread, creating a single horizontal page out of two vertical pages. Otherwise, the judges may not see both pages of your spread together and will not get the full impact of your design. Consult your design software Help guide for assistance saving a spread as a PDF.

Judging Criteria

  • Designed as two-page visual unit, arrangement of photos, headline, copy, captions and white space invite reader onto spread and show careful planning
  • Dominance is established and other elements are arranged in such a way as to lead reader’s eye around spread
  • Adequate external margins provide frame for spread contents and are defined by at least one element on each side
  • Photos effectively cropped, of varied size, shape and content
  • No center of interest in photo is trapped in the gutter; action and faces in photos do not face off spread
  • Non-rectangular photos, tilted photos and other special treatments are used sparingly and effectively to enhance overall design
  • Graphics and typography enhance readability and attractiveness of design
  • Headline has contemporary design and establishes visual/verbal connection
  • Copy and captions are readable size and use readable font
  • Captions touch photos to which they refer. For group or clustered captions attention has been paid to making them easily accessible to reader.
  • Mug shots are arranged in panels with names to the outside
  • While designs may be innovative, they adhere to journalistic guidelines

Ends on February 16, 2018$2.00
$2.00

One spread from either student or faculty/administration coverage. Spread must include mug shots. (Middle schools may enter a single page.)Submit a single PDF of the page(s). FOR SPREADS (a spread is two facing pages), save your PDF as a spread, creating a single horizontal page out of two vertical pages. Otherwise, the judges may not see both pages of your spread together and will not get the full impact of your design. Consult your design software Help guide for assistance saving a spread as a PDF.

Judging Criteria

  • Designed as two-page visual unit, arrangement of photos, headline, copy, captions and white space invite reader onto spread and show careful planning
  • Dominance is established and other elements are arranged in such a way as to lead reader’s eye around spread
  • Adequate external margins provide frame for spread contents and are defined by at least one element on each side
  • Photos effectively cropped, of varied size, shape and content
  • No center of interest in photo is trapped in the gutter; action and faces in photos do not face off spread
  • Non-rectangular photos, tilted photos and other special treatments are used sparingly and effectively to enhance overall design
  • Graphics and typography enhance readability and attractiveness of design
  • Headline has contemporary design and establishes visual/verbal connection
  • Copy and captions are readable size and use readable font
  • Captions touch photos to which they refer. For group or clustered captions attention has been paid to making them easily accessible to reader.
  • Mug shots are arranged in panels with names to the outside
  • While designs may be innovative, they adhere to journalistic guidelines
Ends on February 16, 2018

A colophon includes technical aspects of the book and printing as well as a listing of the yearbook staff and adviser. It may include press association memberships, previous awards and other information. It is not simply a letter from the editor, although this may be included. Submit a single PDF of the page or spread(s). FOR SPREADS (a spread is two facing pages), save your PDF as a spread, creating a single horizontal page out of two vertical pages. Otherwise, the judges may not see both pages of your spread together and will not get the full impact of your design. Consult your design software Help guide for assistance saving a spread as a PDF.

Judging Criteria

  • Designed as a visual unit; arrangement of photos, headline, copy, captions and white space invite reader into the design and show careful planning
  • Acknowledgments are tastefully presented.
  • Center of interest in photo(s) is not trapped in gutter; action and faces in photos do not face off spread
  • Non-rectangular photos, tilted photos and other special treatments are used sparingly and effectively to enhance overall design
  • Graphics and typography enhance readability and attractiveness of design and relate to the theme
  • Copy and captions are readable size and use readable font
Ends on February 16, 2018$2.00
$2.00

A colophon includes technical aspects of the book and printing as well as a listing of the yearbook staff and adviser. It may include press association memberships, previous awards and other information. It is not simply a letter from the editor, although this may be included. Submit a single PDF of the page or spread(s). FOR SPREADS (a spread is two facing pages), save your PDF as a spread, creating a single horizontal page out of two vertical pages. Otherwise, the judges may not see both pages of your spread together and will not get the full impact of your design. Consult your design software Help guide for assistance saving a spread as a PDF.

Judging Criteria

  • Designed as a visual unit; arrangement of photos, headline, copy, captions and white space invite reader into the design and show careful planning
  • Acknowledgments are tastefully presented.
  • Center of interest in photo(s) is not trapped in gutter; action and faces in photos do not face off spread
  • Non-rectangular photos, tilted photos and other special treatments are used sparingly and effectively to enhance overall design
  • Graphics and typography enhance readability and attractiveness of design and relate to the theme
  • Copy and captions are readable size and use readable font

Note: 1 entry = a portfolio of 3 student-created advertisements

A portfolio of three advertisements for a business, organization, product or service, completely designed by a student. (Ad may use a professionally designed company logo. In the entry form, please describe any elements in the ad that are not created by the student entrant.) Submit a PDF or JPG of the advertisement.

Judging Criteria

  • Each ad contains a clear key message responding to a student or community need and promotes a specific product or service offered by a business.
  • Each ad has a strong center of visual interest/a clear dominant element that supports the key message. (Unless designing a business card ad, this typically is not the logo of the business.)
  • Includes a well-written headline to attract interest and promote the ad’s key message; the headline is not the name of the business
  • Copy follows up on the headline and further explains the ad’s key message
  • Each ad includes the name and contact information of the business and may include its logo; other information that might encourage readers to take action may be included
  • The elements in the design encourage the reader’s eye to view all parts of the ad
  • Typography enhances readability and attractiveness of design. Typically limited to one or two typefaces.
Ends on February 16, 2018$2.00
$2.00

Note: 1 entry = a portfolio of 3 student-created advertisements

A portfolio of three advertisements for a business, organization, product or service, completely designed by a student. (Ad may use a professionally designed company logo. In the entry form, please describe any elements in the ad that are not created by the student entrant.) Submit a PDF or JPG of the advertisement.

Judging Criteria

  • Each ad contains a clear key message responding to a student or community need and promotes a specific product or service offered by a business.
  • Each ad has a strong center of visual interest/a clear dominant element that supports the key message. (Unless designing a business card ad, this typically is not the logo of the business.)
  • Includes a well-written headline to attract interest and promote the ad’s key message; the headline is not the name of the business
  • Copy follows up on the headline and further explains the ad’s key message
  • Each ad includes the name and contact information of the business and may include its logo; other information that might encourage readers to take action may be included
  • The elements in the design encourage the reader’s eye to view all parts of the ad
  • Typography enhances readability and attractiveness of design. Typically limited to one or two typefaces.


Note: 1 entry = a portfolio of 3 student-created advertisements

A proud parent ad completely designed by a student. (In the entry form, please describe any elements in the ad that are not created by the student entrant.) Submit a PDF or JPG of the advertisement.

Judging Criteria

  • Each ad contains a clear key message congratulating a student (or students)
  • Each ad has a strong center of visual interest/a clear dominant element
  • Each ad includes the name(s) of student(s) being congratulated
  • The elements in the design encourage the reader’s eye to view all parts of the ad.
  • Typography enhances readability and attractiveness of design. Typically limited to one or two typefaces.
Ends on February 16, 2018$2.00
$2.00

Note: 1 entry = a portfolio of 3 student-created advertisements

A proud parent ad completely designed by a student. (In the entry form, please describe any elements in the ad that are not created by the student entrant.) Submit a PDF or JPG of the advertisement.

Judging Criteria

  • Each ad contains a clear key message congratulating a student (or students)
  • Each ad has a strong center of visual interest/a clear dominant element
  • Each ad includes the name(s) of student(s) being congratulated
  • The elements in the design encourage the reader’s eye to view all parts of the ad.
  • Typography enhances readability and attractiveness of design. Typically limited to one or two typefaces.


Ends on February 16, 2018

One spread illustrating contemporary use of graphics. Most often this includes elements created using Photoshop, Illustrator or similar programs. Submit a single PDF of the page(s). FOR SPREADS (a spread is two facing pages), save your PDF as a spread, creating a single horizontal page out of two vertical pages. Otherwise, the judges may not see both pages of your spread together and will not get the full impact of your design. Consult your design software Help guide for assistance saving a spread as a PDF. If there are multiple graphics on the page, clearly indicate on the entry form which graphic you wish judged.

Judging Criteria

  • Graphics add to spread content and design
  • Use of graphics shows evidence of careful planning and clear purpose: to unify, separate, emphasize or direct
  • While graphic use may be innovative, the staff adheres to journalistic guidelines
  • Graphics are not used simply to decorate or fill space
Ends on February 16, 2018$2.00
$2.00

One spread illustrating contemporary use of graphics. Most often this includes elements created using Photoshop, Illustrator or similar programs. Submit a single PDF of the page(s). FOR SPREADS (a spread is two facing pages), save your PDF as a spread, creating a single horizontal page out of two vertical pages. Otherwise, the judges may not see both pages of your spread together and will not get the full impact of your design. Consult your design software Help guide for assistance saving a spread as a PDF. If there are multiple graphics on the page, clearly indicate on the entry form which graphic you wish judged.

Judging Criteria

  • Graphics add to spread content and design
  • Use of graphics shows evidence of careful planning and clear purpose: to unify, separate, emphasize or direct
  • While graphic use may be innovative, the staff adheres to journalistic guidelines
  • Graphics are not used simply to decorate or fill space
Ends on February 16, 2018

Any non-portrait action photo directly related to sporting events should be entered in this category. You must include the caption, or the entry will be disqualified. Photo may be in color. Photos will be judged on the quality of the photo as printed and how it was used in the publication. Submit a PDF of the on which the photo was published, showing how the photo was displayed with story and caption. (Recommended: You may also submit the photo as a JPG.) Photos may NOT be submitted for more than one photo category. If there are multiple photos on the page, clearly indicate on the entry form which photo you wish judged.

Judging Criteria

  • Photo has strong story-telling content
  • Photo has been effectively cropped to emphasize center of interest and enhance content
  • Photo is technically strong: in focus; proper contrast; not too grainy or muddy
  • Photographer paid attention to rules of composition
Ends on February 16, 2018$2.00
$2.00

Any non-portrait action photo directly related to sporting events should be entered in this category. You must include the caption, or the entry will be disqualified. Photo may be in color. Photos will be judged on the quality of the photo as printed and how it was used in the publication. Submit a PDF of the on which the photo was published, showing how the photo was displayed with story and caption. (Recommended: You may also submit the photo as a JPG.) Photos may NOT be submitted for more than one photo category. If there are multiple photos on the page, clearly indicate on the entry form which photo you wish judged.

Judging Criteria

  • Photo has strong story-telling content
  • Photo has been effectively cropped to emphasize center of interest and enhance content
  • Photo is technically strong: in focus; proper contrast; not too grainy or muddy
  • Photographer paid attention to rules of composition

Photos in this category should be non-portrait, non-sports-action photos based on the drama and emotion characteristic of the athletic contest. You must include the caption, or the entry will be disqualified. Photo may be in color. Photos will be judged on the quality of the photo as printed and how it was used in the publication. Submit a PDF of the page on which the photo was published, showing how the photo was displayed with story and caption. (Recommended: You may also submit the photo as a JPG.) Photos may NOT be submitted for more than one photo category. If there are multiple photos on the page, clearly indicate on the entry form which photo you wish judged.

Judging Criteria

  • Photo has strong story-telling content
  • Photo has been effectively cropped to emphasize center of interest and enhance content
  • Photo is technically strong: in focus; proper contrast; not too grainy or muddy
  • Photographer paid attention to rules of composition
Ends on February 16, 2018$2.00
$2.00

Photos in this category should be non-portrait, non-sports-action photos based on the drama and emotion characteristic of the athletic contest. You must include the caption, or the entry will be disqualified. Photo may be in color. Photos will be judged on the quality of the photo as printed and how it was used in the publication. Submit a PDF of the page on which the photo was published, showing how the photo was displayed with story and caption. (Recommended: You may also submit the photo as a JPG.) Photos may NOT be submitted for more than one photo category. If there are multiple photos on the page, clearly indicate on the entry form which photo you wish judged.

Judging Criteria

  • Photo has strong story-telling content
  • Photo has been effectively cropped to emphasize center of interest and enhance content
  • Photo is technically strong: in focus; proper contrast; not too grainy or muddy
  • Photographer paid attention to rules of composition


Photos in this category must show the personality and/or character of the people photographed. No more than two subjects should be featured in the picture. Sports portraits should be entered in this category. You must include the caption, or the entry will be disqualified. Photo may be in color. Photos will be judged on the quality of the photo as printed and how it was used in the publication. Submit a PDF of the page on which the photo was published, showing how the photo was displayed with story and caption. (Recommended: You may also submit the photo as a JPG.) Photos may NOT be submitted for more than one photo category. If there are multiple photos on the page, clearly indicate on the entry form which photo you wish judged.

Judging Criteria

  • Photo has strong storytelling content
  • Photo has been effectively cropped to emphasize center of interest and enhance content
  • Photo is technically strong: in focus; proper contrast; not too grainy or muddy
  • Photographer paid attention to rules of composition
Ends on February 16, 2018$2.00
$2.00

Photos in this category must show the personality and/or character of the people photographed. No more than two subjects should be featured in the picture. Sports portraits should be entered in this category. You must include the caption, or the entry will be disqualified. Photo may be in color. Photos will be judged on the quality of the photo as printed and how it was used in the publication. Submit a PDF of the page on which the photo was published, showing how the photo was displayed with story and caption. (Recommended: You may also submit the photo as a JPG.) Photos may NOT be submitted for more than one photo category. If there are multiple photos on the page, clearly indicate on the entry form which photo you wish judged.

Judging Criteria

  • Photo has strong storytelling content
  • Photo has been effectively cropped to emphasize center of interest and enhance content
  • Photo is technically strong: in focus; proper contrast; not too grainy or muddy
  • Photographer paid attention to rules of composition
Ends on February 16, 2018

A photograph that has been manipulated using digital technologies or other tools in post-production to illustrate a concept or idea. Manipulation should go beyond minor adjustments (such as toning) to apply effects to the image in a way that distorts reality. It should be clear the image is a created situation. Do not submit posed portraits, which should be submitted in Y-21. You must include the caption, or the entry will be disqualified. Photo illustrations may be in color and will be judged on the quality of the photo as printed and how it was used in the publication. Submit a PDF of the page on which the photo was published, showing how the photo was displayed with story and caption. (Recommended: You may also submit the photo as a JPG.) Photos may NOT be submitted for more than one photo category. If there are multiple photos on the page, clearly indicate on the entry form which photo you wish judged.

Judging Criteria

  • Image displays creativity and artistic license to illustrate a point and tell a story
  • Manipulation of the photograph is obvious; illustration is not designed to deceive a reasonable viewer
  • Image has been effectively cropped to emphasize center of interest and enhance content
  • Photo is technically strong:
    • in focus
    • proper contrast
    • not too grainy or muddy
  • Photographer paid attention to rules of composition
Ends on February 16, 2018$2.00
$2.00

A photograph that has been manipulated using digital technologies or other tools in post-production to illustrate a concept or idea. Manipulation should go beyond minor adjustments (such as toning) to apply effects to the image in a way that distorts reality. It should be clear the image is a created situation. Do not submit posed portraits, which should be submitted in Y-21. You must include the caption, or the entry will be disqualified. Photo illustrations may be in color and will be judged on the quality of the photo as printed and how it was used in the publication. Submit a PDF of the page on which the photo was published, showing how the photo was displayed with story and caption. (Recommended: You may also submit the photo as a JPG.) Photos may NOT be submitted for more than one photo category. If there are multiple photos on the page, clearly indicate on the entry form which photo you wish judged.

Judging Criteria

  • Image displays creativity and artistic license to illustrate a point and tell a story
  • Manipulation of the photograph is obvious; illustration is not designed to deceive a reasonable viewer
  • Image has been effectively cropped to emphasize center of interest and enhance content
  • Photo is technically strong:
    • in focus
    • proper contrast
    • not too grainy or muddy
  • Photographer paid attention to rules of composition
Ends on February 16, 2018

Photos that depict students in a learning situation either in or out of class should be entered in this category. You must include the caption, or the entry will be disqualified. Photo may be in color. Photos will be judged on the quality of the photo as printed and how it was used in the publication. Submit a PDF of the print page on which the photo was published, showing how the photo was displayed with story and caption. (Recommended: You may also submit the photo as a JPG.) Photos may NOT be submitted for more than one photo category. If there are multiple photos on the page, clearly indicate on the entry form which photo you wish judged.

Judging Criteria

  • Photo has strong storytelling content
  • Photo has been effectively cropped to emphasize center of interest and enhance content
  • Photo is technically strong: in focus; proper contrast; not too grainy or muddy
  • Photographer paid attention to rules of composition
Ends on February 16, 2018$2.00
$2.00

Photos that depict students in a learning situation either in or out of class should be entered in this category. You must include the caption, or the entry will be disqualified. Photo may be in color. Photos will be judged on the quality of the photo as printed and how it was used in the publication. Submit a PDF of the print page on which the photo was published, showing how the photo was displayed with story and caption. (Recommended: You may also submit the photo as a JPG.) Photos may NOT be submitted for more than one photo category. If there are multiple photos on the page, clearly indicate on the entry form which photo you wish judged.

Judging Criteria

  • Photo has strong storytelling content
  • Photo has been effectively cropped to emphasize center of interest and enhance content
  • Photo is technically strong: in focus; proper contrast; not too grainy or muddy
  • Photographer paid attention to rules of composition


Photos that depict students engaged in a club/performance-related activity either in or out of school. You must include the caption, or the entry will be disqualified. Photo may be in color. Photos will be judged on the quality of the photo as printed and how it was used in the publication. Submit a PDF of the print page on which the photo was published, showing how the photo was displayed with story and caption. (Recommended: You may also submit the photo as a JPG.) Photos may NOT be submitted for more than one photo category. If there are multiple photos on the page, clearly indicate on the entry form which photo you wish judged.

Judging Criteria

  • Photo has strong storytelling content
  • Photo has been effectively cropped to emphasize center of interest and enhance content
  • Photo is technically strong: in focus; proper contrast; not too grainy or muddy
  • Photographer paid attention to rules of composition


Ends on February 16, 2018$2.00
$2.00

Photos that depict students engaged in a club/performance-related activity either in or out of school. You must include the caption, or the entry will be disqualified. Photo may be in color. Photos will be judged on the quality of the photo as printed and how it was used in the publication. Submit a PDF of the print page on which the photo was published, showing how the photo was displayed with story and caption. (Recommended: You may also submit the photo as a JPG.) Photos may NOT be submitted for more than one photo category. If there are multiple photos on the page, clearly indicate on the entry form which photo you wish judged.

Judging Criteria

  • Photo has strong storytelling content
  • Photo has been effectively cropped to emphasize center of interest and enhance content
  • Photo is technically strong: in focus; proper contrast; not too grainy or muddy
  • Photographer paid attention to rules of composition
Ends on February 16, 2018

Photos in this category should convey the spirit and emotion evident at school-related functions. Photographs depicting team spirit should NOT be entered in this category; they should be entered in the SPORTS FEATURE CATEGORY.  You must include the caption, or the entry will be disqualified. Photo may be in color. Photos will be judged on the quality of the photo as printed and how it was used in the publication. Submit a PDF of the print page on which the photo was published, showing how the photo was displayed with story and caption. (Recommended: You may also submit the photo as a JPG.) Photos may NOT be submitted for more than one photo category. If there are multiple photos on the page, clearly indicate on the entry form which photo you wish judged.

Judging Criteria

  • Photo has strong storytelling content
  • Photo has been effectively cropped to emphasize center of interest and enhance content
  • Photo is technically strong: in focus; proper contrast; not too grainy or muddy
  • Photographer paid attention to rules of composition
Ends on February 16, 2018$2.00
$2.00

Photos in this category should convey the spirit and emotion evident at school-related functions. Photographs depicting team spirit should NOT be entered in this category; they should be entered in the SPORTS FEATURE CATEGORY. You must include the caption, or the entry will be disqualified. Photo may be in color. Photos will be judged on the quality of the photo as printed and how it was used in the publication. Submit a PDF of the print page on which the photo was published, showing how the photo was displayed with story and caption. (Recommended: You may also submit the photo as a JPG.) Photos may NOT be submitted for more than one photo category. If there are multiple photos on the page, clearly indicate on the entry form which photo you wish judged.

Judging Criteria

  • Photo has strong storytelling content
  • Photo has been effectively cropped to emphasize center of interest and enhance content
  • Photo is technically strong: in focus; proper contrast; not too grainy or muddy
  • Photographer paid attention to rules of composition

An unusual feature spread from any section or multiple spreads designed as a unit to explore a topic; typically non-traditional coverage (i.e., not homecoming, a sport or other annual activity typically covered every year in the book). Mini-mags, special sections and special supplements may be entered in this category. Subject selection, writing, photography and design will be considered. Submit a single PDF of the page(s). FOR SPREADS (a spread is two facing pages), save your PDF as a spread, creating a single horizontal page out of two vertical pages. Otherwise, the judges may not see both pages of your spread together and will not get the full impact of your design. Consult your design software Help guide for assistance saving a spread as a PDF.

Judging Criteria

Writing

  • Copy has engaging angle, solid lead and meaningful student quotes that enrich story and reflect effective interviewing
  • Captions begin with strong lead and contain at least two sentences that answer all reader’s questions and clearly identifies all people
  • Copy and captions show evidence of adequate research
  • Clever, engaging headline that draws reader into story and establishes visual/verbal connection
  • Adheres to rules of good journalism including:
    • use of active voice
    • freedom from editorial comment
    • careful editing and proofreading
    • correct use of grammar
  • *For more detail, see complete criteria for categories 1, 8, 9 and 10

Design

  • Designed as two-page visual unit, arrangement of photos, headline, copy, captions and white space invite reader onto spread and show careful planning
  • Special treatments are used sparingly and effectively
  • Graphics and typography enhance readability and attractiveness of design
  • Headline has contemporary design and establishes visual/verbal connection
  • While designs may be innovative, they adhere to journalistic guidelines

Photography

  • Photos have strong story-telling content and are effectively cropped
  • Photos are technically strong and show evidence of composition rules


Ends on February 16, 2018$2.00
$2.00

An unusual feature spread from any section or multiple spreads designed as a unit to explore a topic; typically non-traditional coverage (i.e., not homecoming, a sport or other annual activity typically covered every year in the book). Mini-mags, special sections and special supplements may be entered in this category. Subject selection, writing, photography and design will be considered. Submit a single PDF of the page(s). FOR SPREADS (a spread is two facing pages), save your PDF as a spread, creating a single horizontal page out of two vertical pages. Otherwise, the judges may not see both pages of your spread together and will not get the full impact of your design. Consult your design software Help guide for assistance saving a spread as a PDF.

Judging Criteria

Writing

  • Copy has engaging angle, solid lead and meaningful student quotes that enrich story and reflect effective interviewing
  • Captions begin with strong lead and contain at least two sentences that answer all reader’s questions and clearly identifies all people
  • Copy and captions show evidence of adequate research
  • Clever, engaging headline that draws reader into story and establishes visual/verbal connection
  • Adheres to rules of good journalism including:
    • use of active voice
    • freedom from editorial comment
    • careful editing and proofreading
    • correct use of grammar
  • *For more detail, see complete criteria for categories 1, 8, 9 and 10

Design

  • Designed as two-page visual unit, arrangement of photos, headline, copy, captions and white space invite reader onto spread and show careful planning
  • Special treatments are used sparingly and effectively
  • Graphics and typography enhance readability and attractiveness of design
  • Headline has contemporary design and establishes visual/verbal connection
  • While designs may be innovative, they adhere to journalistic guidelines

Photography

  • Photos have strong story-telling content and are effectively cropped
  • Photos are technically strong and show evidence of composition rules