2013 WNPA Student POY Results

Mark Felix, an Indiana University student and former Milwaukee Journal Sentinel intern, is the 2013 WNPA Student Photographer of the Year. Felix was also awarded Best of Show for his feature picture story on teacher Charles Herber.

The 2013 Student Pictures of the Year contest was judged Thursday, April 24, 2014, at the Wisconsin State Journal by Lukas Keapproth, a former Green Bay Press-Gazette photographer and WNPA’s Student POY in 2010 and 2011; Ben Brewer, independent photographer and video editor in Madison; and Kris Ugarriza, manager and photographer at Red Wave Pictures.

Official Results:

Feature (44 entries)VIEW GALLERY
1st – Rich Dreke, Milwaukee Area Technical College – Mudshow
2nd – Mark Felix, Indiana University – Animal Shelter
3rd – Mark Felix, Indiana University – Cool Spots
HM – Grey Satterfield, The Daily Cardinal – Hawk
HM – Mark Kauzlarich, University of Missouri – Take Flight

Judges’ notes: “The defining choices here were really unique moments and found situations, sticking to the definition of category, especially waiting for the right moment—right place, right time. We had an instant reaction from the first place image; it needed no explanation. The great moment and reaction overcame the slightly messy composition and background. A few of the things we saw in a lot of submissions that didn’t work well for us were: a lot of shots of the backs of people, not getting the names for individuals in the photos, and being very purposeful with limbs around the edges of the frame.”

General News (20 entries)VIEW GALLERY
1st – Mark Kauzlarich, University of Missouri – Equal
2nd – Darin Dubinsky, Milwaukee Area Technical College – Day of the Dead
3rd – Mark Felix, Indiana University – Sikh Temple
HM – Darin Dubinsky, Milwaukee Area Technical College – Speak It
HM – Mark Felix, Indiana University – LL Cool J
HM – Mark Felix, Indiana University – Naked Bike Ride

Judges’ notes: “First place immediately rose to the top. We knew general news when we saw it, and the photographer did a great job covering every bit of a good news photo: subject’s name, great expression, well framed with the Capitol giving a sense of place. It was a tougher choice with second and third and would liked to have seen the photographer in the 3rd place image wait for a stronger moment, even just a second later when the girl in the background wasn’t itching her face. We saw a big misunderstanding of general news as a category, especially the underwear bike ride that would have placed strongly in the feature category.”

Illustration (56 entries)VIEW GALLERY
1st – Seth Franklin, Milwaukee Area Technical College – Playing
2nd – Seth Franklin, Milwaukee Area Technical College – Music
3rd – Mark Wahl, Milwaukee Area Technical College – Rebel
HM – Agapito Valdez, Milwaukee Area Technical College – Strawberry
HM – Andrea “Dre” L. Hudson, Milwaukee Area Technical College – Block
HM – Andrea “Dre” L. Hudson, Milwaukee Area Technical College – Slither
HM – Shelby Chmielewski, Milwaukee Area Technical College – Sides of Me

Judges’ notes: “The Lego shot was brilliantly simple. The photographer spent a lot of time setting up the shot, and really kept the focus on “concept” as the category dictates. Though the violin shot featured a great blend of digital and analog manipulation, we really would have liked to have seen better, more dramatic lighting on the subject, and would have likely elevated it to 1st. The core problem with many of the fashion shots was that they weren’t illustrating a concept, just a model wearing clothes with a quote attached to it. Also, there were a number of images that were technically strong photos, but didn’t keep to the category description of following through on a conceptual idea.”

Pictorial (35 entries)VIEW GALLERY
1st – Anna Sparks, Milwaukee Area Technical College – Waiting
2nd – Mark Felix, Indiana University – Lakefront
3rd – Seth Franklin, Milwaukee Area Technical College – Loving Hands
HM – Andrea “Dre” L. Hudson, Milwaukee Area Technical College – Pastels of Leadville

Judges’ notes: “First place showed a clear intent and great layering through the shadows, glass, and crowd with a fresh perspective being on the inside of the building before everyone comes in. 2nd place was a great example of the photographer’s patience and compositional strength. As simple as it was, a tighter crop on the left side of the honorable mention image, giving a tighter focus to the flower in the window, would have easily propelled it into top 3.”

Portrait/Personality (42 entries)VIEW GALLERY
1st – Rich Dreke, Milwaukee Area Technical College – Greg
2nd – Anna Sparks, Milwaukee Area Technical College – Couple
3rd – Rich Dreke, Milwaukee Area Technical College – Ryan
HM – Andrea “Dre” L. Hudson, Milwaukee Area Technical College – Mildred
HM – Jennifer Du Puis, UW-Whitewater – Studio
HM – Yevgeniya Troitskaya, Milwaukee Area Technical College – Meet Kelsey

Judges’ notes: “First place was immediately obvious to us as a winner with a great illustration of the subject’s personality and a unique juxtaposition of the puffing cigarette and the drip IV bag. As an educational note, all three of us judges noted that, when you have the ability to completely control the lighting, you really need to have it spot on and there shouldn’t be any wayward shadows. From that starting point, what really makes a good portrait great is showing the personality and character of the subject through that single image.”

Sports Action (6 entries)VIEW GALLERY
1st – Grey Satterfield, The Daily Cardinal – Levitate
2nd – Grey Satterfield, The Daily Cardinal – Pile-up
3rd – Grey Satterfield, The Daily Cardinal – Jeffery Lewis

Judges’ notes: “Overall, this category was one of the weakest. First place stood out as a solid peak action shot, just at the right moment, and the photographer kept the faces clear and prominent. We were disappointed there weren’t many entries as students have an incredible level of access at the high school and collegiate level: Don’t be afraid to get involved and find people!”

Sports Feature (6 entries)VIEW GALLERY
1st – Jennifer Du Puis, UW-Whitewater – Losing
2nd – Mark Felix, Indiana University – Water Polo
3rd – Grey Satterfield, The Daily Cardinal – Jump Around
HM – Lauren Wylie, Milwaukee Area Technical College – Slackline

Judges’ notes: “Clear winner with first place, with a great juxtaposition of dejection and jubilation in the same frame, which took more planning to get the shot. As a category, sports feature was much stronger than sports action. Credit goes to the photographer in the honorable mention image for shooting something different with slacklining and breaking away from the “traditional sports” and shooting it in a unique way.”

Spot News (7 entries)VIEW GALLERY
1st – Mark Kauzlarich, University of Missouri – Unrest in the Crowds
2nd – Grey Satterfield, The Daily Cardinal – Boston Bombing Hits Home
3rd – Seth Franklin, Milwaukee Area Technical College – Fire

Judges’ notes: “Another fairly weak category with a lack of access for students clearly being a determining factor. A clear winner in first place with a good protest shot showing great emotion—though the tilted angle gave a few of us judges fits. Second place could have easily been higher with better technical quality and by getting closer to the subject.”

Feature Picture Story (8 entries)VIEW GALLERY
1st – Mark Felix, Indiana University – Herber
2nd – Mark Kauzlarich, University of Missouri – Copts: Between Revolutions
3rd – Jennifer Du Puis, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater – Rock County Detention Center
HM – Shelby Chmielewski, Milwaukee Area Technical College – Grandpa

Judges’ notes: “‘Herber’ had a fantastic sense of story as we learned to know the character. It even had a feeling of action in certain shots and elements of isolation, all captured in the story through a good variety of angles. Entrants should not forget to enter some of these parts of photo stories in as singles. A factor that eliminated a few of the stories quickly was though they were a series of visually pleasing images, there was no cohesive story binding them together and no narrative. The Copts was a little loose of an edit and needed to lose a few redundant or non-contributing images to improve.”

News Picture Story (3 entries)VIEW GALLERY
1st – Anna Sparks, Milwaukee Area Technical College – New Citizens
2nd – Mark Felix, Indiana University – Shot Spotter
3rd – Darin Dubinsky, Milwaukee Area Technical College – Sikh Temple Vigil

Judges’ notes: “Another fairly weak category with only three entries. 1st Place had the best coverage of the event, as the category dictated, with strong emotional responses and good variation in the angles. The 2nd Place Shot spotter story really neglected to include more on the actual technology, since it is a focus in the story introduction. They also really should have entered some of the images as singles in the spot news category as they would have placed strongly. After a while of hemming and hawing over whether to include the Sikh story at all in 3rd place, ultimately the judges decided that it did deserve recognition for capturing some strong emotional moments, though the angles were repetitive by and large.”

Sports Picture Story (no entries)

Portfolio (2 entries)VIEW GALLERY
1st – Mark Felix, Indiana University

Judges’ notes: “We opted to only award first place in the portfolio category. 1st Place had a consistent set strong singles, though the stories stories needed a tighter edit and got a little long when looking at the portfolio as a whole. The second entry lacked a sense of patience in both shooting and editing (make those crops count!). Also, the coon hunt story really detracted and couldn’t balance out the singles’ weakness and for that, we were unable to award it 2nd place.”

Best of Show
Mark Felix, Indiana University – Herber

Judges’ notes: “Though it was a tough decision between the Portrait (smoker with IV bag) and Feature Picture Story (Herber), we ultimately decided that the tight control over the story through editing, a great variety of angles, and thoroughness in (what appeared to be) a single day of shooting in the Picture Story deserved the Best In Show distinction.”

Points Totals
(singles 1st=30, 2nd=20, 3rd=10, HM=5; stories and portfolio worth double, no points for Best of Show)

Mark Felix 250
Anna Sparks 110
Mark Kauzlarich 105
Grey Satterfield 95
Rich Dreke 70
Seth Franklin 70
Jennifer Du Puis 55
Darin Dubinsky 45
Andrea “Dre” L. Hudson 20
Shelby Chmielewski 15
Mark Wahl 10
Yevgeniya Troitskaya 5
Agapito Valdez 5
Lauren Wylie 5

Many thanks to the 26 Wisconsin students who entered the contest this year. Plan to enter next year and tell your friends!

Herber

BEST OF SHOW: From Feature Picture Story winner “Herber” – Teacher Charles Herber delights at a student’s answer during class in Lafayette, Ind. (Photo by Mark Felix/Indiana University)

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