Jim WeberThe Commercial Appeal
Barbara J. PerenicThe Columbus Dispatch
Denny SimmonsCourier & Press
Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman, Deborah Cannon/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman
The Memphis Police officer funeral offered a touching moment in a difficult situation, but one in which the photographer was ready. We awarded first place all around to this delicate image that was done well technically. The candlelight vigil was a solid second although some judges thought a tighter crop could have beneficial. Still a definite winner. Third went to the grieving grandmother in the courtroom. Some storytelling aspects of this image were evident, but parts of the frame kept it form being a top contender. It is a good moment.