I was blessed to be one of the judges of the American Photographic Artist Members Short Video Contest back in early April and I thought it would be fun to see the winners! Many of these entries were shot by folks who are photographers learning video.

But before we get to the long list of winners, I also thought you might be interested to see my picks and why…

I was judging “Best Of” and these were my top picks (in this order).

“The City Exposed: Trumpet Kid by Mike Kepka” – Mike knows how to tell a wonderful story! He’s got fabulous framing and production value and can tell the story quickly and with passion. A great example of doing it all well. The audio and video are wonderful.

a close second for me was “The Promise / Tom Seawell” – I like this because of the story (documentary style) as well as the lighting and framing.

third was the one that got the most votes amongst all the judges “Lucky” – beautiful cinematography and editing/pacing. Great short documentary piece.

fourth “The Break” – it is simple and predictable, but well done – both with framing and storytelling.

There are my picks, let’s see what all the selections were!


Winners of the 1st Annual APA Members Short Video Contest

First, here’s the summary video of the contest and the winners selections.



The winners

After a long and detailed process the 1st Annual APA Members Short Video Contest judges have made their selections.  It was a difficult choice in many categories with strong competition but when pushed to the corner, the judges came through.

BEST OVERALL – "LUCKY" by David Clifford

  • $500 cash from American Photographic Artists
  • DitoGearOmniSlider 1.0m Serveo motion control system that includes the 1.0m OmniSlider Servo, controller, battery, camera cable with support feet pro and aluminum transport case. Also included is a DryEye lens warming system with battery.
  • Master Course by Hollywood Camera Works
  • Subscription to Controlled Vocabulary Keyword Catalog
  • iled 120 light by ikan
  • Free one year membership to TV/Broadcast Database by Agency Access

"ROCKIN' IT" PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD – "CUCINA NONNA RICCIUTI" by Sky Bergman

RedRock Micro – Handheld Rig/Kit

BEST PRODUCTION VALUE – "THE STARS ABOVE" by Clark Vandergrift

Cinevate – Atlas 10 LTS

BEST VISUAL EXPERIENCE – "MOST INSPIRING GYM" by Scott McDermott

smallHDDp4 EVF

MOST INNOVATIVE – "SOMETIMES I DREAM OF REINDEER" by Tom Feiler

Kessler Crane – KC lite 8' Camera Crane & Case

BEST LIGHTING – 3 way tieSwitchbladegrip found it impossible to choose so awarded 3, 1st Place Winners.

"SOAK" by Shaun Fenn

"SUSPENSION" by Shaun Sullivan

"BUTTERFLY" by Vincent Ricardel

Swtichbladgrip – Switchblade Grip Kit

BEST USE OF HUMOR – "LAST STAND" by Jon Hill

Controlled Vocabulary – 1 year CV Library

BEST INTEGRATION OF STILLS and VIDEO – "LOCAL UNIVERSE" by Patrick Bennett

Roberts Imaging – Tenba Camera Bag

BEST "RUN & GUN" TECHNIQUE – "DANCING EYES CLOSED" by Mark Lawson Shepard

Genus – Genustech DSLR Shoulder Brace System

BEST "INDI STYLE" – "KATE SPADE FOR SHUTTERS" by Herve Grison

indiSystem – indi Air Slider Pro

BEST SMOOTH FOCUS – "MAC ENGLISH SQUIRREL HUNTER" by Chris Crisman

ikan – ELE-FGK Follow Focus Cine Kit

BEST LOCATIONS – "WHO AM I" by JAY P. Morgan

ThinkTank Photo – Airport Security Rolling Bag

BEST DIRECTING – "THE LAST STAND" by Jon Hill

Hollywood Camera Works – Master Course DVD set

BEST USE OF MOVEMENT – "LOCAL UNIVERSE" by Patrick Bennett

GlidecamGlidecam HD-4000 camera stabilizer

BEST EDITING – "LOCAL UNIVERSE" by Patrick Bennett

Adobe – Premiere Pro CS5.5

BEST SOUNDTRACK – "CROSSWALK" by Nicole Katano

Tom Boyd and The Hollywood Soloists – a custom soundtrack for a short film project

BEST USE OF TIMELAPSE, ARTISTIC AND TECHNICAL provided by DitoGear and Chronos Film Festival

BEST ARTISTIC USE OF TIMELAPSE – "BLUE NILE CAFE 2" by Lee Varis

DitoGearDryEye Pro Kit

BEST ARTISTIC USE OF TIMELAPSE – "MAUNA KEA HEAVENS" by Greg Probst

Chronos Film Festival – 2 festival passes and 1 free workshop

BEST TECHNICAL USE OF TIMELAPSE – "SUMMER IN SAN FRANCISCO" by Michael Winokur

DitiGear – DryEye Lite Kit

BEST TECHNICAL USE OF TIMELAPSE – "SUMMER IN SAN FRANCISCO" by Michael Winokur

Chronos Film Festival – 2 festival passes and 1 free workshop