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Only days after launching, The CCC Awards are expanding. Thanks to the Society for News Design and the National Press Photographers Association, we’re adding weekly visual categories. Effective right now.

Like we did when we debuted last week, this first round of photo and design awards are open-ended: Submit anything you’ve already done during this crisis, as well as anything you do through this coming Friday.

Starting next week, you must enter photos and designs published only during that week. If that’s confusing – and it might be – contact us and we’ll explain it better.

This isn’t confusing: SND and NPPA have volunteered to judge the following categories, and give winners free memberships to their esteemed organizations.

CCC Photo Award

For a bunch of photographers, the NPPA can really write. Here’s how the 74-year-old organization describes its profession…

Visual journalists bear witness to history on a daily basis, standing on the sidewalks and in the living rooms of neighborhoods around the globe with a shared mission to tell us what happened and why it matters, to educate and to illuminate.

…so keep that in mind when you enter. The NPPA judges want to see more than pretty pictures. They also want you to be ethical and historical.

CCC Design Award

SND describes its mission this way: “to identify the best of journalism that pushes the boundaries of design and technology.” In its own contests, SND wants to see “writing, visual storytelling, use of resources, execution, photography, headlines and voice — as well as overall design.”

So again, it’s about intuitive and urgent design. Not flaming, spinning logos or show-offy Creative Suite tricks.

CCC General Content Award

Of course, there’s still the General Content category, which covers everything else. Learn more here.

You can enter all the categories each week, since The CCC Awards cost nothing. In fact, you could conceivably submit the same content in each category. But please don’t burden the judges if you know the stuff isn’t top shelf. They’ve already been overwhelmed by the crush of entries from the very first week.

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