TV Contest Rules


The contest is open to KNPA members in good standing. A member in good standing is someone who has paid his/her dues and lives in Kentucky or works for a Kentucky-based news organization. The membership fee is $95 (Click HERE to pay now) but this includes the contest fee and all seminar entry fees. You must be a member before the contest judging begins.

All entries must be received no later than 11:59 p.m., January 15, 2017


After filling out the TV Entry Form, scan and e-mail the form to the contest chair at the following e-mail address:

The contest chair will e-mail you a Dropbox request link. The link will allow you to upload all of your entries to a private folder that is only accessible by you and the contest chair. You do not need to have a Dropbox account nor Dropbox software installed to upload your entries.

The preferred video format is MPEG-4/H.264 with a .m4v or .mp4 extension. MPEG-2 and some other encoded entries will also be accepted. A maximum of 10 Mbps data rate is suggested. *If you are uploading from a slower broadband connection, an even lower data rate and/or SD resolution may be necessary to keep your uploads from taking a very long time to complete.

Entries can be submitted as individual video files or as a single composite file. In the case of a composite, a slate must be placed at the beginning of each entry identifying the entry name and category. If submitting individual files then the filenames should reflect the entry title and category as well, though use of a slate is also encouraged.

Contact the contest chair with any questions or concerns at the above e-mail address.


There are thirteen (13) individual categories and one (1) team category. Entries must have aired between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. Each entrant must have shot at least 90% of the entry. An entry in the team category must have been shot by a minimum of two photographers.There is no penalty for the use of file or historic video as part of a story in the team category. A maximum of one (1) entry per category per photographer is allowed except for the Solo Videojournalist category. An entry in this category MAY be entered in another category.  This is the only instance in which double-dipping is allowed.

View the TV Contest Categories by clicking HERE


Judges will choose a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and honorable mention in each category. Points will be awarded for each winning entry. Point values will be: 1st Place = 11; 2nd place = 8; third place = 5; honorable mention = 3. Judges are not required to watch the whole story if they deem it uncompetitive after one (1) minute. The decision of the judges is final.

The following awards will be given out for this year’s KNPA contest:

Best of Show

– This will be awarded to a single story based on criteria the judges will choose.

KNPA Television POY

– This will be awarded to the photographer who accumulates the most points in every category (except the team category) in the contest. They will receive a plaque. If there is a tie, the person that received the most 1st place awards will win. If there is still a tie, the person who has won the most categories shall be declared the winner. If there is still a tie each of the winning photographers shall receive the title of “Co-KNPA Television News POY.”

Runner-up KNPA Television News POY

– This will be awarded to the photographer who accumulates the second highest points in every category (except the team category) in the contest.

Sports POY

– This will be awarded to the photographer who accumulates the most points in the three sports categories in the contest.

Member’s Pick

– The judges will choose their top 5 stories to be voted on by the members. The entry to receive the most votes will be named “Member’s Pick.” In the event of a tie, the judges will break the tie.

KNPA Station of the Year

– This will be awarded to any KNPA Member TV Station that accumulates the most points from stories that appeared on their programming. This includes all of the categories in the contest.