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January 30, 2016


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January 15, 2016



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All entry fees have been waived! Please limit still images to 3 per person unless prior permission has been obtained for more entries. As usual, there is no guarantee that submitted material will be accepted into the competition.

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NPFF Judging Process

For 33 years the National Paddling Film Festival has been hosting a competition to determine the best in paddle sport videos and images. This competition has provided the paddling community with a fun and profitable event to support American Whitewater and river conservation. In that time, the NPFF has also helped to raise the quality of paddle sport entertainment by providing recognition of talent, along with important and useful feedback, for the artists who make the show a possibility. Thanks to the judges’ contribution of their valued written opinions, along with the organizational work of the film festival volunteers, hundreds of amateur, accomplished and professional image artists have been better able to gauge the audience's enjoyment of their work and gain the encouragement and information helpful for creating even more entertaining art in the future. In 2006, the volunteers of the National Paddling Film Festival made a few changes to the structure of the festival in an effort to put more focus on the film and image competition and enhance the judging process. As in previous years, the NPFF volunteer judges will continue to prejudge all entries and also to invite other judges who are either motion picture and television media professionals, accomplished and professional paddling filmmakers or representatives of paddling organizations to lend their scores and opinions to determine the winners. The difference in this process starting in 2006, and to be used in following years, was that our invited judges will now be making their judgments prior to the Festival instead of the day of the show. By making this change, the organizers of the NPFF are hoping to increase the number and diversity of qualified judges and provide more time for the judges to score and make their comments about the entries.

2015 NPFF Judges

Bill Eades
Lifetime member and former president of the Missouri Whitewater Association of water deprived boaters. ACA instructor for whitewater, instructing mainly on-river clinics conducted by the MWA. Easily the worst and oldest team paddler and technical rep for Pyranha US, since 1996. Film judge for the NPFF since 1998. Associate Professor at Washington University School of Medicine, directing a cancer center core laboratory for flow cytometry, involving critical light and color measurements for fluorescent cell marking and cell sorting.

Matt Muir
Matt "Rattso"Muir has been paddling whitewater since he bought a used Dancer in 1992. He attended and judged his first NPFF ca. 1998, and has been collecting Paddle Porn since. He also helps keep the American Whitewater website the best source of river beta on the World Wide Internets.

Barry Grimes
Barry's 8mm film, "El Horrendo" provided the inspiration for the establishment of the first National Paddling Film Festival in 1983. As a BWA member/past president and a founder of the film festival, Barry served as the NPFF Coordinator for several years during the 1980s and 1990s and was awarded the William Nealy Award in 2006. As an accomplished photographer and videographer, Barry has numerous whitewater films to his credit including several winning NPFF entries.

Paul Martzen
Paul lives in Fresno California where he is a professional photographer and amateur film maker. Paul is married and has two grown sons.  He started whitewater kayaking in 1982 and has explored many rivers, though mostly in California.  Many of his whitewater photographs can be found on the American Whitewater website.  Paul attended and helped out at the 2008, 2011 and later NPFFs, which he enjoyed tremendously.   He is very happy to help the event again this year by judging and critiquing the films. 

Burgess Carey
Burgess is a whitewater paddler and consumer of whitewater products since the early 1980's. Sometimes a "has been" and always an armchair athlete, past involvement in the BWA and NPFF has resulted in much controversy and scurrilous remarks. Professionally intent on changing the world one outdoor venture at a time, Burgess is the current steward of the Boone Creek Outdoors project and when not watching paddling films can often be found sleeping "Down by the River" in his van.

Clay Wright
Clay is a creek boating and play boating pioneer with numerous international "First D's" and whitewater video appearances to his credit. He won the 1997 World Championship in Squirt Boating, 2005 National Championship in Freestyle as well as numerous extreme races including the original Green Race. He still competes in races and rodeos but also serves as an ICF Judge, USACK Rules Committee Chair, Keener Coach, and was guest speaker at a previous NPFF.

Sellus Wilder
Sellus is an award-winning filmmaker and former Mayor Pro Tem of Frankfort, where he lives with his wife and two children. He is currently shooting a documentary on the controversial Bluegrass Pipeline.

David Downing
David is a Glasgow, Ky native who graduated from Western Kentucky University with a B. A. in Broadcast Television. After working for the man for the first five years, Dave decided to start his own business in 2004. After expanding in 2008 he decided to join forces with three friends and start Yellowberri, a Bowling Green based advertising agency. Six years later they have continued success working in all aspects of multimedia as well as side projects with music and film.

Nate Morguelan
While reasonably new to paddling, Nate has spent the majority of his life behind a camera making films and images of all kinds. After graduating from WKU, he too, joined forces with Yellowberri in Bowling Green, Kentucky to create professional videos and photos of all sorts. Having shot and edited different films and photos for the last several years, Nate relishes in the fact that judging the work of other talented peers is almost as much fun as creating the work itself.

Colin Doherty
Colin is a water addict, hailing from the salt side growing up surfing in North Carolina and California. He is pretending that his other lifelong obsession of stalking trout with a fly rod gives him enough water-reading street cred to judge the paddling tribe. He was initiated into kayaking last spring at the Bluegrass Wildwater Clinic, and was thrown into vicious Class I rapids by Robert Milgate, Hanley Loller, and Dot Edwards. Colin brings 20 years experience working in film, having shot everything from Old Spice spots to mayonnaise commercials. Colin recently worked at local branding agency Bullhorn Creative, and now is on the brand development team at Tempur + Sealy in Lexington.

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NPFF Benefactors

American Whitewater
Columbia Sportswear
Madawaska Kanu Centre

NPFF Major Donors

Endless River Adventures
Canoe Kentucky

NPFF Significant Donors


Snap Dragon
Ali Blair Massage Therapy
Whitewater Warehouse FOAMIE FRIENDS Clay Warren, DMD, Danville

NPFF Sponsors

Elkhorn Fresh Farm, Peaks Mill, KY
Hair Razors Salon,
509 E Maxwell


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