Andrew NellesThe Tennessean
Jake MayThe Flint Journal, MLive.com
Jeremy HoganThe Bloomington Herald-Times
Images in this category are surprising and appealing communicating truths about victory and defeat. First--the image shows the dichotomy of emotion between dejected players and ecstatic fans. The added element of the puck being kicked away shows the photographer is on top of their game staying with the situation. Second--A well-composed moment that conveys the playfulness of the athletes. Third--The scene shows the pure joy of athletic pursuits.
Judges: Caroline E. Couig/Independent, Bradley E. Clift/Independent, Patrick Raycraft/Hartford Courant