May 23, 2019

OPC Awards Contest Application

Competition Process & Instruction

Annual awards for INTERNATIONAL COVERAGE in Newspapers, News Services, Online, Websites, Magazines, Radio, Podcasts, Television, Video, Cartoons, Books and Photography.

Work must be published or broadcast in the U.S. or by a U.S.-based company or be accessible to an American audience during 2015. All award applications will be entered online. Only categories with books will send a hard copy to the OPC office.

Each entry is $200, payable via PayPal, credit card or check made out to the Overseas Press Club of America. A corporate check coming from a different source must clearly indicate which entry it underwrites.

ENTRY DEADLINE ─ January 30, 2017

AWARDS DINNER ─ April 27, 2017

GENERAL RULES

Entries can be submitted only through the OPC online submission process which will include the application, the work and a brief statement explaining why the entry deserves consideration. Material may be the work of an individual, group or staff but must be on one subject or theme.

Each entry is $200, payable via PayPal, credit card or check made out to the Overseas Press Club of America. A corporate check coming from a different source must clearly indicate which entry it underwrites.

Important: (Does not apply to video, photo or multimedia awards) Upload all materials for the entry in A SINGLE PDF document (8-1/2″ x 11″ paper sheet). Copy and paste the text of the story, or stories, into a Word file, even if they were published only in digital form, and then create a PDF. Do not send a separate PDF for each article. Video links can be included in the PDF if appropriate. However, if you are applying to The David Kaplan Award, The Edward R. Murrow Award, or the David A. Andelman and Pamela Title Award, fill out the online OPC application and then submit your video through www.screeningroom.org. If you have any questions about ScreeningRoom, email info@screeningroom.org or call 212-727-3798.

One organization may submit up to five entries per award, but each entry must comply with the rules for the individual category. Multiple entry fees can be paid with one payment.

Books can be submitted only for the Olivier Rebbot award and the Cornelius Ryan Award.

All award winners receive a certificate and a $1,000 check.


PRINT
Upload all materials, including permanent web links to the work that will be entered for judging, into a single PDF document (8-1/2″ x 11″ paper size). DO NOT SEND additional materials to the OPC office.

GUIDELINES:
 It is best not to submit “a body of work” such as “reporting from Asia”—these categories are too generalized and too long. We do not set a limit for total number of articles, but it is best to be selective and submit only the strongest material.


BOOKS
Book entries will send two hard copies to the OPC office, 40 West 45 Street, New York, NY, 10036.


PHOTOGRAPHY
Pictures must provide an accurate and fair representation of the scene witnessed. The content of a picture cannot be altered by adding, rearranging, reversing, distorting or removing people or objects from within the frame. The judges may request to see raw files for review.

Upload high resolution photos to the contest website.DO NOT SEND DVDs or CDs to the OPC office. Title the uploads by award last name, nominee’s first initial and last name and number the jpgs, for example: rebbot_jdoe_a1.jpg

Send no more than 12 images (images 10 inches at longest dimension, 300 dpi, JPEG) with captions for each image in a separate Word Document and also embedded in the image IPTC information or description field. In addition to photos, you must submit proof of publication. Scan and create a PDF from a newspaper tearsheet, magazine article, book or website link. Upload everything into one zip folder: images, Word document, proof of publication in PDF and IPTC information.


CARTOON

Upload high-resolution images.DO NOT SEND printed cartoons or portfolios to the OPC. Title uploads by award name, nominee’s first initial and last name and entry title (e.g.: thomas_jdoe_title1.jpg). In addition to the cartoons, submit proof of publication — for example, PDF from newspaper or magazine, or website link. Submit no more than 12 images (images 10 inches at longest dimension, 300dpi, JPEG). Upload all images and proof of publication in one zip folder.

NEW: Work must be published or broadcast in the U.S. or by a U.S.-based company or be accessible to an American audience during 2015. For cartoons about international events not published originally in English, all entries in the cartoon category should have an English translation provided along with the entry submission. Submissions without a translation will not be considered.


TELEVISION
NEW: For the David Kaplan Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award, and the David A. Andelman and Pamela Title Award, fill out the online OPC application and then submit your video through www.screeningroom.org.

For all other awards, include a link to your work making sure that it does not require a password to view. The video may reside on any server, personal or corporate, or on a free service like youtube.com where the video privacy settings are checked as “unlisted” so they are not available in a search query but are viewable to those with a link. Read more about uploading videos longer than 15 minutes on youtube.com and where to update video privacy settings in youtube.com.

Required Specifications: .MP4 format, 1080p: 1920 × 1080 or 720p: 1280 × 720, HD, H.264 video codec, AAC audio codec, 384 kbps audio stereo stream.


RADIO
Upload broadcast-quality MP3(s).DO NOT SEND CDs or DVDs to the OPC office. Title uploads by award name, nominee’s first initial and last name and entry number (e.g.: thomas_jdoe_1.mp3).

 


ONLINE
Entries must include: URLs/links to the work(s) nominated and must be available online with no password required.


JUDGING
Head judges have the discretion to move an entry to another award if they feel that the entry is submitted in an inappropriate category.


CONTEST INFORMATION
All questions concerning the awards should be directed to Patricia Kranz, Executive Director of the Overseas Press Club of America, 40 West 45 Street, New York, NY, 10036, tel: 212-626-9220 or e-mail selecting “OPC Awards” in the drop-down menu.

ENTRIES CANNOT BE RETURNED. WINNING WILL ASSUME PERMISSION FOR THE ENTRY TO APPEAR IN THE OPC MAGAZINE DATELINE, ON THE OPC WEBSITE AND IN OPC PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS FOR THE AWARDS DINNER AND/OR COMPETITION.

If you are submitting more than four entries for a media organization, please e-mail a master list of all entries to the OPC office.

03. The Robert Capa Gold Medal Award

Fill out the form below to enter the contest. Click “Add Entry” at the bottom of the form when finished, then continue adding entries until you are finished.

Selected category: THE ROBERT CAPA GOLD MEDAL AWARD, best published photographic reporting from abroad requiring exceptional courage and enterprise

Upload high resolution photos to the contest website. Do not send DVDs or CDs to the OPC office. Title the uploads by award last name, nominee’s first initial and last name and number the jpgs, for example: capa_jdoe_a1.jpg

Send no more than 12 images (images 10 inches at longest dimension, 300 dpi, JPEG) with captions for each image in a separate Word Document and also embedded in the image IPTC information or description field. In addition to photos, you must submit proof of publication. Scan and create a PDF from a newspaper tearsheet, magazine article, book or website link. Upload everything into one zip folder: images, Word document, proof of publication in PDF and IPTC information.

The content of any image must not be altered. Digital manipulation, manufactured photo illustrations, double exposures, added masks, borders, backgrounds or other artistic effects are not allowed.  Judges reserve the right to request original files for review.  Altering of images is grounds for immediate disqualification.

Once you have completed the form, you must click on the “Submit Entry” button at the bottom of the form for your application to be submitted for judging.

If you wish to partially fill out the form and save a draft to be completed later, click on “Save and Continue Later.” You will be given a link on the next screen to direct you back to the draft of your form. Please save this link if you intend to complete and submit your form later.

Each entry is $200, payable via PayPal, credit card or check made out to the Overseas Press Club of America. A corporate check coming from a different source must clearly indicate which entry it underwrites.