Brian PowersThe Des Moines Register
Out of mostly sportraits, these stood out as interesting portraits. First place: Color, Color, Color! Nice seeing the red background with the blue bottle and the green on the bar top. Second Place: Way to get high and include the focus of what the story was about. It made for something interesting into the image. The one drawback to this photo is the uncomfortable look of the couple being photographed. Third: The pair of photos here were good. We enjoyed the second photo more than the first. Very actionable scene, nice spray of the ice, nice light. If the first photo in the set had been framed differently, we think it would have made for a stronger photo.
Judges: David Welker/Freelance, Matt Stamey/The Gainesville Sun