2014 AHP Annual Awards Contest (for material published in and dated 2013)
Now is a good time to pull out those tear sheets and archive your online entries.
Entry rules and entry forms will be posted to the AHP by January 6, 2014.
Deadline date for entries will be on or before February 19, 2014.
The Awards Committee met in October during the AHP Board of Directors meeting in San Antonio, Texas, site of the 2015 AHP annual seminar. First on the agenda was a quick review of the current class list, entries and participants to determine the need for changes or elimination due to lack of entries. The committee was pleased with last year’s participation. Although three classes lacked sufficient entries, no classes were eliminated for 2014.
“Freelance Editorial Photograph (print or online) was a new class in 2013 however we had only one entry and unable to hold the class,” says awards contest coordinator Chris Brune. “That was a surprise when we have so many freelance photographer members and the entry could have been published in either a member or non-member print publication or digital media.” The committee believes this class has merit and encourages members to consider the class in 2014.
Online vs. print
The Digital Media division is a continual “work in progress.” The committee discussed the difference in how editorial content is delivered in print versus online. Another class with few entries was Online Service to the Reader Single Article. Brune says, “When we first created the online classes, they were pretty much a mirror-image of the print classes. However, content written for online viewers can have a slightly different focus,” she notes. The committee decided to change Online Service to the Reader Single Article to Online User-Focused Single Article and revise the description to a solution based, consumer-oriented, or how-to article to better describe the type of editorial content being written for the online audience.
Several other editorial content classes such as event coverage and editorial series are very different from their print components because they are not static. Where print editorial content is comprised of type, graphics, and photography; digital is multimedia with the addition of video and audio content. To define multimedia entries better, entries will be required to include text and two or more of the following: photography, videos, podcasts, or broadcasts.
Bundling URLs and archiving
Online classes are often submitted with multiple URLs. This results in an URL overload for processing and judging entries. In 2014, online entries with multiple URLs must be submitted as one URL.
Another challenge with online entries is that they are basically old news. Because some entries are over a year old, the pages may no longer be live on the site or have been moved or the URL changed. A link that might work when the entry is received in February, may not work when the judge tries to access it a 4-8 weeks later. Therefore, members will be requested to archive their entries on their site. Some members have a very organized, easily identified archiving system; others do not. If archiving online editorial isn’t a normal practice for you, have your webmaster or IT staff create a folder on your site and name it AHP Awards where you can copy your files under a different URL name. This way, if the editorial is removed or renamed, your file still exists on your site even though it may not be live. Also make sure the date of publication is included in the URL. It’s a good practice to date all online editorial, but it’s really important for verifying publication dates in the contest.
Several changes were made to the Equine-related Blog class. The committee recommended that Individual and Student members may enter the class with an entry published on either an AHP Digital Media member or non-member website or digital edition. This change allows freelancers and students to enter with blogs published on sites such Blogspot or Word Press. Blog entries will also be required to submit only one URL address that links directly to the archive of the blog posts for 2013. Judging a blog is different from judging editorial content. The revised criteria for a blog entry is that it will be judged on writing, engagement with readers, user-friendliness, originality, personality, visual esthetics, visible archive, variety of subject, and evidence of social media.
The committee will continue to review classes every year and based on member interest and growth of media in the digital age, will incorporate new media such as mobile apps and social media in the future.
For further information contact: Chris Brune, American Horse Publications, 49 Spinnaker Circle, South Daytona, FL 32119; (386) 760-7743 or AHorsePubs@aol.com .
Past Awards PowerPoint Presentations
- 2013 Awards Presentation (pptx)
- 2012 Awards Presentation (pptx)
- 2011 Awards Presentation (pptx) (ppt)
- 2010 Awards Presentation (pptx) (ppt)
- 2009 Awards Presentation (zipped / ppt)
- 2008 Awards Presentation (zipped .pptx, 53 MB / .ppt, 69 MB)
- 2007 Awards Presentation (.ppt, 44 MB)
Past Awards Programs
Download PDF files of
printed awards programs
[2013 Program] or online as e-publication via Publishers Press
[2012 Program] or online as e-publication via Publishers Press
[2011 Program] or online as e-publication via Publishers Press
[2010 Program] [ 2009 Program | 2008 Program | 2007 Program | 2006 Program | 2005 Program | 2004 Program | 2003 Program | 2002 Program ]