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CMA Photo Shootout — Spring 2016 in New York City

10 Mar CMA Photo Shootout — Spring 2016 in New York City


Co-sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association

9 a.m. Sunday, Sugar Hill | NYC Photo Shootout Opening
Photojournalists who want to participate in the NYC Shootout should attend this assignment briefing to discuss the topic of the assignment, deadlines and file formats. This year’s winner will win an Apple Award during the ceremony. Attendees will also be able to see some of the entries that received top ratings in past Shootouts.
2 p.m. Monday | Deadline for images to be submitted in Flickr using log on information provided.
3:30 p.m. Monday, Sugar Hill | NYC Photo Shootout Closing
After photojournalists have spent two days fulfilling the assignment, pro photographers and instructors will critique their work. The group will also select a class favorite. Come to the closing keynote to see a variety of the photos. Winners (selected by a panel of pro judges) will be posted on the CMA website in about two weeks. The first place winner will receive an Apple Award.



Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 7.02.17 PMThe Assignment: Humans of CMA
New York is the most populous city in the United States and the center of the New York Metropolitan Area, one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world. New York City is a powerhouse for mass media, trade, finance, art, fashion and entertainment.

And the College Media Association is one of the largest gatherings of college media specialists and advisers each year.

Emulating the style of Humans of New York, your assignment is to document the visitors to New York City for the College Media Association conference. This is your chance to meet someone new. Get to know them. Tell their story in a new environment.

Go beyond the superficial.

There are three key components this adventure: getting to know someone, taking their photo and telling their story.

  1. Get to know someone new or someone from a new angle at the CMA conference (a student, an adviser or a staff member).
  2. Take a photo of them in the New York City environment, preferably not the hotel lobby. Visit the website and emulate that street photography style.
  3. Document a vignette of that person’s visit to NYC and write that up in a style similar to what Brandon might do. Put that information in the Description metadata field.

Your final images must contain people. Photojournalists document the lives of people.

You need complete caption information, including the names of all identifiable people. Your caption needs to be in the File Info Description field as indicated below.

The images must be taken in the greater New York City area during the CMA conference. Pictures taken before 9 a.m., Sunday, March 13, 2016 (as determined by the metadata in the image) are not eligible. No late images will be accepted.

There are no restrictions on where you can take your photojournalistic images other than they must be of people in the greater New York area. (Of course all laws still apply, so don’t go breaking’ laws. General photojournalistic ethical principles apply as well.)

Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 6.59.05 PMTechnobabble

You may submit no more than TWO digital images.
Name your files using the following file naming structure:

#_first initial_last name.jpg

for example — 01_b_wilson.jpg

In the metadata File Info, include the following information in the following format.
story; full name, school (adviser’s name); your e-mail address

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Submission via Flickr

Upload your images to Flickr using the password and log on information provided.
Verify that your story (including your full name, school, adviser’s name and e-mail address as indicated and punctuated) are visible.

DEADLINE: Monday, March 14, 2016 at 2 p.m.

Educational opportunity

Of course part of this assignment is to give you a chance to experience New York City. But the real learning will take place at the critique session Monday. The Monday critique is required.


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