How to Write a Caption

For Mrs. Strattner's Class by Jonah's Dad

We’ve been told that a picture is worth a thousand words but that’s not necessarily true. Often a picture alone doesn’t tell the entire story. That’s where a caption comes in. A caption is a brief explanation added to a photo for an article in a magazine, newspaper or online information site. The caption completes the story and adds detailed information the photo doesn’t contain.

 

A key principle in journalism is to include what is called the Five Ws – Who, What, When, Where and Why.

 

In this lesson, you will be provided with a photo and the Five Ws. Your job is to write a complete caption with the information you’ve been given. Feel free to copy and paste but please remember to write complete sentences with proper capitalization and punctuation.

Storme, a Dogue de Bordeaux, and Michelle Paulin, of California, who look a bit alike, wait for their turn during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, New York.

Here’s an example of a photo, its Five Ws and a complete caption to get you started

Who:

Storme, a Dogue de Bordeaux, and Michelle Paulin, of California,

What:

waiting at the136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show

When:

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Where:

Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, New York

Why:

They look alike

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(Photo by Robert Sabo)

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Who:

New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner #11

What:

New York Yankees played the Washington Nationals

When:

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Where:

Yankee Stadium in Bronx

Why:

scores at the plate

(Photo by Robert Sabo)

Who:

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham #13

What:

New York Giants played the  Dallas Cowboys

When:

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Where:

MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey

Why:

stunning touchdown catch

(Photo by Robert Sabo)

Who:

Michael Bloomberg and Donald Trump

What:

Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation Golf Classic

When:

July 30, 2007

Where:

Trump National Golf Course, Briarcliff Manor, NY

Why:

Bloomberg rubs his temples as he and Donald Trump wait to tee off

(Photo by Robert Sabo)

Who:

New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge #99

What:

broken tooth

When:

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Where:

Yankee Stadium in the Bronx

Why:

batting helmet bounced off the ground and hit him in the mouth when New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner #11 celebrated the game-winning home run

(Photos by Robert Sabo)

Who:

UPS delivery worker

What:

naps in his truck

When:

July 11, 2015

Where:

East 79th Street in Manhattan

Why:

hot day in the city

(Photo by Robert Sabo)