Picture Editing Division – 2024 Categories

The Best of Photojournalism’s Photo Editing division recognizes teams and individuals who practice and promote great photojournalism and storytelling through excellent picture editing.

Photo editing is an inherently collaborative process. It starts with the conception and assignment of an idea with a photographer or photographers. Photo editors must then identify the best pictures and organize and shepherd them to the public eye through a balance of risk and restraint. They ensure that text, pictures, design and layout all work together to tell the story with impact. The act of editing may be a team effort, or it may be performed by an individual, but it is never completely in isolation.

Judges will consider design, layout and innovative uses of technology, but will weigh most heavily the quality of storytelling and how the photos have been considered, sequenced, and presented. Entries, whether featuring original photography or photo research or a mix, will be judged based on how effectively the photos and storytelling inform and entertain the reader.

For newspaper and magazine entries, you must convert the entry to JPG files. Please make sure they have been saved as RGB files and not CMYK. They should be at least 3000 pixels tall.

Double-page spreads should be combined into one JPG so judges can see how the entire page works. Multiple-page entries should have each single page or double-page spread entered as an individual JPG – you want the judges to experience turning the pages as your audience did.

Digital category entries should be in the form of one (or more) URLs. For sites with a paywall, you will need to provide a login and password for judges to access the site.

For all categories, you’ll have the opportunity to tell the story of how these presentations came to be. This is a place where editors can talk about behind-the-scenes work that was done by them or their team to get the photographer to a place to make great pictures, the designer to agree to the space, all the unseen work that is a big part of picture editing.

For 2024 in the Editor(s) of the Year categories, the former divisions based on circulation and/or newsroom size have been replaced with an intent to recognize the scope of the work that is being presented. The Community category is designed to focus on local or regional publications. The National category is designed for larger publications with the resources to cover national stories. The International category is designed for the largest publications which routinely cover international news events. An International category entry may contain elements from national or community stories. A National category entry may contain elements from community stories.

If you have questions about how to classify your entry, please reach out at [email protected] for clarification.

Please refer to the Technical Guidelines section of the competition website for more details and contact [email protected] for more information or questions about the contest.

Print

Newspaper Front Page: The front page of the newspaper.

Newspaper Section Front: The front page of other sections of the newspaper (e.g., features, sports, business, local news, etc.).

Newspaper General News Story: Coverage of an individual news event or issue. Single or multiple pages.

Newspaper Feature Story: Coverage of a non-news event that captures daily life or stories that bring dignity to the human spirit. Include Sports here. Single or multiple pages.

Magazine Cover: Best use of photography on a magazine cover.

Magazine General News Story: Coverage of an individual news event or issue. Single or multiple pages.

Magazine Feature Story: Coverage of a non-news event that captures daily life or stories that bring dignity to the human spirit. Include Sports here. Single or multiple pages.

Digital

These categories are digital-only entries and are open to all media organizations or outlets. Video and audio that are a part of the entry may or may not be watched and considered as the still photography and its presentation will carry the primary weight.

General News Story: Daily coverage of an individual news event or issue.

Feature Story: Daily coverage of a non-news event that captures daily life or that brings dignity to the human spirit. Include sports here.

Digital Project: This entry can be news, features or sports. It is not for content generated by a single daily assignment, but a longer-termed story told digitally.

Portfolio

Picture Editing Team of the Year, Local/Community: Best use of photography from two or more editors. The stories included must represent photography made in and for the publication’s local community. Please include entries that represent three or more months out of the calendar year. There is a maximum of 10 elements.

Picture Editing Team of the Year, National: Best use of photography from two or more editors. The stories included must represent photography made in only the publication’s country. Please include entries that represent three or more months out of the calendar year. There is a maximum of 10 elements.

Picture Editing Team of the Year, International: Best use of photography from two or more editors. The stories included must represent photography made in at least two countries. Please include entries that represent three or more months out of the calendar year. There is a maximum of 10 elements.

Picture Editor of the Year, Local/Community: Best use of photography from a single editor. The stories included must represent photography made in and for the publication’s local community. Please include entries that represent three or more months out of the year. There is a maximum of 10 elements.

Picture Editor of the Year, National: Best use of photography from a single editor. The stories included must represent photography made in only the publication’s country. Please include entries that represent three or more months out of the year. There is a maximum of 10 elements.

Picture Editor of the Year, International: Best use of photography from a single editor. The stories included must represent photography made in at least two countries. Please include entries that represent three or more months out of the calendar year. There is a maximum of 10 elements.