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Only two changes were made to the IHSPA Fall Yearbook Contest for this year. We added a category for Advertising. We are also starting to accept entries now. The deadline is still in August. Some advisers asked to pen the contest it earlier.  Please familiarize yourself with the new categories.

To enter go https://betternewspapercontest.com, select contestant login, locate 2017 IHSPA Fall Yearbook Contest (Iowa).

Deadline: August 28, 2017 at 11 p.m. CDT.

CategoryDescription
Feature photo with caption / student life, school relatedEnter photos that tell a story. The emphasis is on capturing people living their lives, so do not enter posed photos. Subject area encompasses school events, academics and organizations. Use photo techniques like framing, leading lines and low or high angle. The photo demonstrates good exposure and shutter speed. Include a caption.
Feature photo with caption / student life, out-of-school relatedEnter photos that tell a story. The emphasis is on capturing people living their lives, so do not enter posed photos. Subject area encompasses student life out of school. Use photo techniques like framing, leading lines and low or high angle. The photo demonstrates good exposure and shutter speed. Include a caption.
Environmental photo / captionEnter photos that show the personality of a person/group of people. The emphasis is on portraying the essence of the individual/group. Most likely, this will be done by posing the subject/s in an environment that helps tell the story. Use photo techniques like framing, leading lines and low or high angle. The photo demonstrates good exposure and shutter speed. Include a caption.
Sports action photo / captionEnter photos that tell a story. The emphasis is on action so do not enter posed photos. Use photo techniques like framing, leading lines and low or high angle. The photo demonstrates good exposure and shutter speed. Include a caption.
Sports feature photo / captionEnter photos that tell a story. The emphasis is on reaction to what has occurred in a sporting event, so do not enter posed photos. Use photo techniques like framing, leading lines and low or high angle. The photo demonstrates good exposure and shutter speed. Include a caption.
Story / student life, out-of-school relatedThe story goes beyond reporting facts to highlight an interesting angle. Subject matter encompasses out of school angles. Several sources and ample use of direct quotes bring robustness to the story. Include the headline.
Story / student life, school relatedThe story goes beyond reporting facts to highlight an interesting angle. Subject matter encompasses school events, academics, organizations or sports. Several sources and ample use of direct quotes bring robustness to the story. Include the headline.
Personality ProfileThe story goes beyond reporting facts to highlight an interesting angle about a person. Several sources and ample use of direct quotes bring robustness to the story. Include the headline.
Sports StoryThe story goes beyond reporting facts to highlight an interesting angle about a school sport. Several sources and ample use of direct quotes bring robustness to the story. Include the headline.
Infograph /ModCommunicates interesting information in an alternative form to story writing.
Entries could include charts, fact boxes, quote boxes, maps, question/answers, polls, step-by-step, how-tos and more.
Photo IllustrationThe illustration tells a story. Any item that uses photo manipulation qualifies.
CoverThe cover introduces the theme, which fits the school and the particular year. The design uses visuals that embody the theme catch phrase. The entry must be student-created work.
ThemeInclude the cover, the front and back end sheets, the opening spread and one division spread. The theme fits the school and the particular year. The cover introduces the theme. The theme carries over to the end sheets and the opening and division spread. This must be combined into a single PDF.
Design / Opening, closing or division spreadThe spread presents information in an organized way. It showcases the theme. and includes feature coverage in the form of photos/captions, stories and/or infographs. The layout represents a marriage of words and visuals and uses white space effectively.
Design / summer to December eventsThe spread presents information in an organized way. It showcases any event in students’ lives and includes feature coverage in the form of photos/captions, stories and/or infographs. The layout represents a marriage of words and visuals and uses white space effectively.
Design / January to June eventsThe spread presents information in an organized way. It showcases any event in students’ lives and includes feature coverage in the form of photos/captions, stories and/or infographs. The layout represents a marriage of words and visuals and uses white space effectively.
Page designs will be judged on the following criteria:
▪ Effective use of photos, color, art, graphics and typography
▪ Established visual hierarchy
▪ Contemporary appeal
▪ Contrasting elements of size and color
▪ Effective use of white space
▪ Creativity
Design / MugsThe spread presents information in an organized way. It showcases mug shots and includes feature coverage in the form of photos/captions, stories and/or infographs. The layout represents a marriage of words and visuals and uses white space effectively.
Page designs will be judged on the following criteria:
▪ Effective use of photos, color, art, graphics and typography
▪ Established visual hierarchy
▪ Contemporary appeal
▪ Contrasting elements of size and color
▪ Effective use of white space
▪ Creativity
Total PackageTotal package spreads will be judged on the following criteria. Winning entries will use a combination of these elements to tell the story.
▪ Writing
▪ Photos and captions
▪ Graphics, infographics and art
▪ Design elements used to help tell the story
▪ Interesting and unique angles
▪ Video elements or web links (Aurasma)
AdvertingAdvertising Includes business advertising and senior tributes. The layout uses typography, photos and graphics to bring attention to the business or individual. 
Reader servicesThe book uses devices that help readers locate information. Submit the table of contents, title page, colophon and one spread from the index. Page folios will be considered in conjunction with the index spread.

IHSPA is using the Better BNC platform for entries.

Guidelines

Enter up to five examples of work for each category, except for cover/theme and readers services, which will have one entry per school.

Work can be by an individual or a group.

Your school must be an IHSPA member to enter.

All submitted work must be from the previous academic year. This includes spring and fall delivery books.

School size classification: The contests have three size classifications.

small, medium and large school ­ based on enrollment. In an effort to achieve similar-sized competition pools, IHSPA uses a system to classify enrollment. Please indicate your 9-12 official enrollment. When all the entries have arrived the classes will be determined by dividing the field into thirds.

Entries will be submitted online as PDFs. This system has tools to handle larger pdfs

Submit each entry separately. For photo entries, submit just the photo and published caption..

Entry fee is $1.50 per entry with up to five entries per category (except cover/theme and readers services), which helps cover judges’ fees and awards.
Minimum number ofentries is 20 ($30).
Maximum is 92 entries ($138.00).
Judges are encouraged to award first to third places will be awarded and one honorable mentions.

 

Yearbook of the Year (previously called Sweepstakes):

Schools receiving first to third and honorable mention awards in the various categories are awarded points. The school receiving the most points overall in each size class will be award Yearbook of the Year. There are three classes – Class A, Class B & Class C. Schools are automatically entered in the Yearbook of the Yearbook competition.

Schools are encouraged to enter as many entries as possible. Remember the Yearbook of the Year is based on points.

Once you complete the entries, you will be instructed to proceed to the IHPSA site to generate a bill for your entries and IHSPA dues.

Deadline: August 28, 2017 at 11 p.m. CDT.

After submitting entries online, mail payment to:

IHSPA Fall Yearbook Contest,
100 Adler Building. Room E346, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

Questions: Paul Jensen [email protected] or 319-335-3318.

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