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POYi Judging Deja Vu

It is that time of year again… time for the Pictures of the Year International (POYi) judging.  Once again, I am a coordinator for the contest and I will be spending the next three weeks in a very dark room watching some of the best photos in the world flash before my eyes.  This year, we have moved the judging to the swanky, new, and very modern Fred W. Smith Auditorium.  It’s nice, but I will always miss the old Tucker Auditorium where we have had the judging since the late 70’s / early 80’s.  I probably won’t be blogging much as I will be spending most of my time at POYi.  But, here are a couple of pictures from the first week of judging…

If you want to get in on the judging, you can watch it from anywhere in the world via our live judging link!  And, you can see the winners which are updated daily on our website

POYi director Rick Shaw (white shirt) prepares the judges for another round of judging.  This will be my view for the next 3 weeks…

It takes 5 computers to run the Pictures of the Year judging process– 1 computer to run the  slide show, 1 computer to mark the votes, 1 computer for the caption reader, 1 for moderating the live viewing online, and 1 for the In/Out machine.

This little box decides the fate of tens of thousands of photos every year.  Originally designed in the 1970’s, the voting machine received a complete makeover this year.  But, we kept the very non-ergometric design.  I think these things could have launched nuclear missiles in the cold war…

Left to Right, week 1  judges Scott Strazzante (Chicago Tribune), Kathy Anderson (formerly New Orleans Times-Picayune, now freelance), Scott Mc Kiernan (founder ZUMA Press), and Pedro Ugarte (Agence France-Presse) do the “cool band” pose in the lobby of the Reynolds Journalism Institute.

Chicago Tribune photographer Scott Strazzante bathes himself in brilliant golden hour light during a break in the judging as ZUMA Press founder Scott Mc Kiernan adds an award-winning silhouette.


New Website

Last semester, I built a new website for myself in my Electronic Photo J class and I finally decided to make the link live.  I have been using for my portfolio, but that costs about $100 a year.  I figure I can use that money for other purposes and this new website was a good enough replacement.  I am in the process of redesigning my logo as well.  Any constructive criticism is appreciated on the website.


And the “wiener” is…

There are too many puns that you could think of for this event.  I photographed the PetSmart Wiener Dog Derby at Soulard Market Park in downtown St. Louis this weekend.  It is meant to be a race for wiener dogs, but when the gates open, it usually results in 6 very confused dogs wandering around trying to escape the walls of the track.  However, there were a couple of heats where all 6 dogs actually sprinted down the track and the winners got to go to the “Wiener’s Circle.”  This was the “One Day Assignment” story for my Picture Story class. Once I edit everything, it will be a 5-picture, 5 points of view story in the classic LIFE magazine style.  For now, these are some of my favorites.

A group of wiener dogs in the “Ballpark Franks” division sprint down the track towards their coaxing owners.

While some owners simply yell to coax their Dachshund down the track, others resort to treats, toys, and tennis balls to get their dog across the finish line.

In one of the fastest heats of the day, Dachshunds sprint down the makeshift race track.  While most dogs emerged from the gates with confused looks, this heat ended with all 6 dogs sprinting across the finish line.

Unable to find her way off the race track, “Lucy” the Dachshund relieves herself mid-track before being scooped up by her owner.

Pat Moeslein proudly holds her dog Emilie after being declared the “Wiener” of the final race of the day in the “Cocktail Wienies” division.


Minnesota Roadtrip

Over Christmas Break, Chelsea and I went up to Minnesota for a few days to pick up her new car.  I purposely didn’t bring any of my cameras because I decided I needed a break from photography for a couple of days after a hectic end of the semester.  But, I thought it would be fun to only take photos with my iPhone and see what happened.  Here are a couple of the results.  They were all taken on the iPhone and then edited on the iPhone with the “Photoshop Mobile” application.  Nothing outstanding, but still pretty cool for a phone…

Somewhere along I-35

The “Holidazzle” parade in downtown Minneapolis viewed from one of the many skyways.

Truck stop… and home to some really good beef jerky…


HOTlanta Aquarium

I went to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta yesterday.  Aquariums are just too enticing for photographers…


Final Project: Electronic Photo J

My completed project for my Electronic Photojournalism class.  Basically a class that sets out to teach us Flash, HTML, FinalCut, and a slew of other multimedia-producing programs.  I did a short project on people that have very late night jobs.  I did 3 little vignettes on three different Columbians that stay up late and then built the Flash interface to present them.  With that, ITS THE END OF THE SEMESTER!


Beyond the Broom: Mark Anderson

This is the completed final project for my Staff Photojournalism class.  I had grand ideas for a final project this semester but because of time constraints and a contacts falling through, I was forced to rush for story.  Luckily, I ran into Mark Anderson, a street sweeper for The District area of downtown Columbia.  He has turned his job into one big networking opportunity.  He knows just about every single person in Columbia.  I wanted to tell the story of how his job is much more that just sweeping the sidewalks.  Like he told me the first day I met him, “This job is less about sweeping and more about going around and messing with people.”

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