The Web site A Photo A Day launched a voting petition to reunite the NPPA sponsored Best of Photojournalism (BOP) and Missouri School of Journalism annual Pictures of the Year International (POYi) competitions. The two organizations separated their competition a few years ago.
Consequently, there are now two competitions. BOP is free and open to all professional photojournalists. POYi has an entry fee and is open to all competitors.
On the surface, it looks like this allows more opportunities for photojournalists to be recognized for their accomplishments. In reality, the same photographers win the same awards in both competitions. Occasionally they don't, then one must speculate which set of judges was better. Either way, it creates more work for time-strapped photographers to enter two contests with two different formats without a true "national champion" for the year.
The petition has a space for a comment and photographers can choose (vote) to agree or disagree with the petition. They are posting the names and affiliations of voters, but not the direction of the vote.
Enough for now,
NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism Contest Committee member Joe Elbert responded to an online petition with an open letter to concerned parties.