It is a goal of ours to try to get out as much contest information as possible out to our entrants. In the spirit of that, we are publishing the contest entry numbers so that you can get a better idea of how many people enter the contest, and how competitive each category is.
One thing is for certain – the contest is growing. 2012 saw 500 more entries then 2010. 2013 Q1 is the highest-entered quarter in years. Regionally, the Central Region is the lowest entered. Historically that hasn’t always been the case – in 2010 the East Region had only 369 entries. It is now the most-entered with 654 entries in 2012.
I was encouraged to learn that the 1st Quarter of 2013 had 544 entries. In comparison, 1st Quarter of 2012 had 385. Overall, General News is the most competitive category at 36%. Spot News is the lowest entered at less then 9%. Some regions barely have enough spot news entries to place a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. So if these numbers tell you anything, they should tell you this – ENTER SPOT NEWS. The Solo Video Contest is much better balanced. The four categories range from 19-30% each. Here again, General News is the most entered. In-Depth is the lowest.
Look for the latest 2013 contest results in the menus to the left. 2012 results are available in the Archives menu above.
The contest is no longer accepting entries. It will re-open for 2nd quarter entries on July 1st.
Our video server was down overnight last night. If you had trouble entering the contest, please try re-entering it today. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The 2013 contest is now open and will be accepting 1st Quarter entries until April 10th. Late entries will not be accepted. 1st Quarter entries must have been shot between January 1st and March 31st. Read the rules, then Enter the Contest. Good luck everyone!
The rules will be identical to last year with one exception. ”48 Hour News Feature” is now simply called “News Feature” and the time limits have changed.
News Feature (maximum length: 5 minutes)-A general news feature, light feature, or human-interest story. The story must have been shot in less then 24 consecutive hours and edited within another 24 consecutive hours.
The change allows for a break between the shooting and editing. The intent is to allow photojournalists to spend one day shooting, and another day editing. This will allow for features that involve long travel times or shoots that span a weekend. Many photojournalists won’t spend a whole 24 straight hours shooting a story or edit through the night, but some will, and we want to be able to reward that effort.
The rule change is for the TV Quarterly Clip Contest only – the Solo Video Contest feature rules stay the same.
After re-checking the points totals for West Top, it was discovered that a second place finish for KING-TV was overlooked. This means that KING-TV is the rightful winner of West Top Station of the Year. We deeply regret and sincerely apologize to KUSA for this error.
This year the contest chairs announced the winners over a live webcast. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!
Congratulations to Greg Bledsoe of KNSD in San Diego, California. Some of the judges favorite stories of Greg’s include:
2012 Solo Video Contest Standings
East Top Station of the Year: WBFF
Congratulations to the staff at WBFF-TV in Baltimore, Maryland!
Watch WBFF’s winning stories
Check out the East Region Standings
Central Top Station of the Year: WTVF
Congratulations to the staff at WTVF-TV in Nashville, Tennessee!
Watch WTVF’s winning stories
Check out the Central Region Standings
West Top Station of the Year: KING
Congratulations to the staff at KING-TV in Seattle, Washington!
Watch KING’s winning stories
Check out the West Region Standings
East General Station of the Year: WNBC-TV
Congratulations to the staff at WNBC-TV in New York!
Check out the 2012 East Region Standings
Watch WNBC-TV’s winning stories
Central General Station of the Year: WJW-TV
Congratulations to the staff at WJW-TV, in Cleveland, Ohio!
Check out the 2012 Central Region Standings
Watch WJW-TV’s winning stories
West General Station of the Year: KTUU
Congratulations to the staff at KTUU, in Anchorage, Alaska!
Check out the 2012 West Region Standings
Watch KTUU’s winning stories