Julio CortezThe Associated Press
Amanda MorrisonWatertown Daily Times
Steve RussellToronto Star
This was a very weak category and nothing really jumped out as a clear winner. A lot of nice daily shots, but nothing really portfolio/award-worthy. For first place, we like the hands coming from all angles and the tight crop. Second place is great peak action and is well-balanced in the frame. Third place could have been the overall winner if not for the hand in the left side of the frame (not the photographer's fault, but still bothers us).
Judges: Tyler Sizemore/Hearst CT Media, Amanda August/The Daily Item, Chloe Elmer/Bucks County Courier Times