Brendan SullivanOmaha World-Herald
Adam WesleyGreen Bay Press-Gazette
Jacob WiegandSoutheast Missourian
1st. This is one of those images that gets everything right: The lighting, the color, the shapes, the texture. 2nd. The veins and muscles in the arms make this image for us. There are plenty of celebratory roar shots, but this moment tops them all. In this moment, this guy feels like he is absolutely dominant. 3rd. An intimate moment that you don’t usually see in sports. There’s a certain mirror effect going on since they are similar body types and similar haircuts. You can also still feel the joy from the smiles poking through each of the boy’s kisses.
Judges: David Andrews/University of Maryland, Eric Wheatley/University of Maryland