Sam OwensThe Charleston Gazette-Mail
Nikki FoxDaily News-Record
Andrew RussellPittsburgh Tribune-Review
This category was difficult because most of the entries were not stories or essays, those few that were or came close were not well executed. We were struck that many of them included a single portrait that would have easily placed in that category but were totally dismissed in this one. First place was far and above all the others as an example of visual storytelling. The images complimented the storyline, most were strong moments even were they not great visuals. The story is told over time and in a variety of places. We'd like even more about these people. Second and third were both onetime shoots, single events that might have fit better as general news multiples (as the winner of GENW would have faired well in this category in light of this situation) but both were well executed with good variety of images that were storytelling and visually compelling. We liked the daddy dance just a little better for having a wider variety of images and emotions.
Judges: Sean D. Elliot/The Day, Peter Huoppi/The Day