Fred ZwickyJournal Star
Andy AbeytaQuad-City Times
Erin HooleyChicago Tribune
This was a difficult category to judge, with a high percentage of well executed portraits. The top several rose quickly. First place was a strong, emotionally engaging and nearly perfectly lit and composed moment. Second won us over for being technically well executed while still having the feel of spontaneity. Third place was a good series of location portraits but really could have been edited for the strongest portraits and reduce redundancy.
Judges: Sean D. Elliot/The Day, Peter Huoppi/The Day, Tim Cook/The Day