Cindy YamanakaThe Press-Enterprise
Hayne Palmour IVSan Diego Union-Tribune
Mindy SchauerThe Orange County Register
First place, wow. What an emotional moment. Not just one, but three. The composition draws us in and brings us throughout the frame, and what a beautiful sentiment to capture on a very important day in their lives. Second place has a fantastic eye for light, and how it graces our subject in the foreground elevates this image. Again, a strong composition. Third place, our eye moves around the entire photo, and a few great moments throughout. We were, however, disappointed that the photographer did not have any of the names of the children in this frame. Also, as a note, there were two entries in this category that had extensively long edits, which had some strong singles within them. Unfortunately, the lack of editing the work down weighed against them placing. Remember, tight is right.
Judges: Jake May/The Flint Journal, Kaiti Sullivan/The Flint Journal