The Kent State photojournalism program along with the student chapter of the NPPA had the pleasure this past weekend of hosting the annual judging for ONPA. The judging itself took two days, with the final day reserved for the guest speakers and the award ceremony. Kent State and other college students also enjoyed the opportunity to learn at workshops and have their portfolios reviewed by industry professionals during the event.
The Golden Flashes were well represented this year in the competition. Junior Jacob Byk was awarded the James R. Gordon Ohio Understanding Award for his photo story “The Fracturing of Green County”. Jenna Watson, also a junior, was awarded the Larry Fullerton Photojournalism Scholarship for a portfolio of her work, and received an award of excellence in the sports feature category. Freshman Andrea Noall took home an award of excellence in the pictorial category for her “Morning Fog” photo.
Recent alumni and alumna of Kent State also took home awards for their work. Kristen Bauer, who now works at the Elyria Chronicle Telegram, received an award of excellence in the feature picture story about a family moving out of low-income housing. Awards of excellence were also given out to Coty Giannelli in the news picture story category for his coverage of the conflict in Syria, and Shane Flanigan for product illustration.
To see the images that won this year please visit onpa.org to see the award winning images.
Jonathan Quilter, photographer for the Columbus Dispatch, looks toward Taylor Hall while on a tour of the May 4, 1970 shooting. PHOTO BY JENNA WATSON
Kent State Professor Gary Harwood points out were the Ohio National Guard was aiming during the May 4, 1970 massacre. PHOTO BY JENNA WATSON
David Stephenson and David La Belle horse around on campus during the lunch break between the judging on Saturday. PHOTO BY JENNA WATSON
Dave Weatherwax, Sue Ogrocki, and David Stephenson were the judges for the 2014 ONPA at Kent State this year. PHOTO BY BRIAN SMITH
Kent State photojournalists assemble for a group shot after dinner on Saturday. PHOTO BY BRIAN SMITH
Kent State sophomore Rachael Le Goubin learns how to set up a remote camera from Kyle Robertson of the Columbus Dispatch. PHOTO BY BRIAN SMITH
Dave Weatherwax of The Herald (Jasper, Ind.) reviews the portfolio of Kent State junior Leah Klafczynki after he completed contest judging. PHOTO BY BRIAN SMITH
Kent State junior Jacob Byk reviews his portfolio with Joshua Bickel the chief photographer of ThisWeek Community News of Columbus. PHOTO BY BRIAN SMITH
Kent State winners of the ONPA are from left to right; Andrea Noall, Shane Flanigan, Jenna Watson and Jacob Byk. PHOTO BY BRIAN SMITH