By Isabella Stoutenburg, Olivia Jacobson & Staff
Sandusky Jr.-Sr. HS

1st Place
Division 4, Yearbook Visual

Y-13. Organization Spread

One spread predominantly featuring organization coverage. (Middle schools may enter a single page.) Submit a PDF or image file of the page(s). FOR SPREADS (a spread is two facing pages), if possible save your entry as a spread, creating a single horizontal page out of two vertical pages. Otherwise, the judges may not see both pages of your spread together and will not get the full impact of your design.


  • Designed as two-page visual unit, arrangement of photos, headline, copy, captions and white space invite reader onto spread and show careful planning
  • Dominance is established and other elements are arranged in such a way as to lead reader’s eye around spread
  • Adequate external margins provide frame for spread contents and are defined by at least one element on each side
  • Photos effectively cropped, of varied size, shape and content 
  • Content concentrates on a variety of action photos that help tell the entire story; posed photos are avoided
  • Center of interest in photo(s) is not trapped in gutter; action and faces in photos do not face off spread
  • Non-rectangular photos, tilted photos and other special treatments are used sparingly and effectively to enhance overall design
  • Graphics and typography enhance readability and attractiveness of design
  • Primary/secondary headline combination has contemporary design and establishes visual/verbal connection between photos and copy
  • Type sizes for primary/secondary headline combination are appropriate for the design; the primary headline should appear in the largest type on the spread. 
  • Copy and captions are readable size and use readable font
  • Captions should touch photos to which they refer. Group or clustered captions are permitted, but attention has been paid to making them easily accessible to reader
  • If group pictures are included on spread, they are not the dominant element and are arranged to blend with the overall design of the spread
  • While designs may be innovative, they adhere to journalistic guidelines