Best of Photojournalism: What Makes a Winner

Course Overview

Best of Photojournalism: What Makes a Winner
Self-Directed Course
Time Estimate:
This course takes about two hours to complete.

About Self-Directed Courses

In a self-directed course, you can start and stop whenever you like, progressing entirely at your own pace and going back as many times as you want to review the material.

Go behind the scenes of the NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism 2006 contest. Through interviews and video of the judges at work, you'll learn what the judges look for in photojournalism excellence.

Let the judges be your guides to the best of more than 55,000 images entered in the National Press Photographers Association contest. You can also tour a gallery of work that was honored in more than 25 categories of still photography, including best photo story and photojournalist of the year.

Then take what you've learned and try your hand at judging in the “You Be the Judge” activity, and see how well you can recognize the winning aspects of a photograph.

What Will I Learn:

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to edit a photo story
  • Identify the three main elements of award-winning photography
  • Learn what judges look for in a winning portfolio
  • Test your judging skills in the "You Be the Judge" activity
Who should take this course:

Photographers, picture editors, designers and others who want to learn what the experts say about the qualities of award-winning photojournalism.

Training Partners:

National Press Photographers Association

The National Press Photographers Association is dedicated to the advancement of photojournalism, its creation, editing and distribution, in all news media.

NPPA encourages photojournalists to reflect high standards of quality in their professional performance and in their personal code of ethics. Its members include still and television photographers, editors, students and representatives of businesses that serve the photojournalism industry.

Western Kentucky University School of Journalism and Broadcasting

The Western Kentucky University School of Journalism and Broadcasting holds as its ultimate aim the encouragement of students to be active participants in today's society, with the hope and expectation that some will assume leadership roles in advertising, broadcasting, graphic design, photojournalism, print journalism, public relations and other communication areas.

Technical Requirements:

For this course you will need to have at least version 8.0 of the Flash plugin installed. For the best experience, we suggest that:

  • PC users use Internet Explorer or Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox
  • Mac users use Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox or Safari
  • You set your monitor resolution to 1024 x 768 or higher
  • You use a high-speed connection

This course contains audio, so please make sure you have your speakers or headphones on.