Lacy AtkinsThe Tennessean
Calvin MattheisKnoxville News Sentinel
Jim WeberThe Commercial Appeal
First – A powerful, emotion filled moment is amplified by an unusually vibrant palette. Incredible job by the photographer to develop access to such a volatile moment. Second – Fantastic effort to bring the viewer underwater results in bold color and clean composition. There was discussion about whether the image belonged in the sports feature category but the caption’s emphasis on the community program pictured led us to believe that this is a creative approach to a local news story and we think it paid off. Third – Painterly light makes for a surreal scene.
Judges: Derek Gee/The Buffalo News, Sharon Cantillon/The Buffalo News