Katharine LotzeSanta Clarita Valley Signal
Ken SteinhardtThe Orange County Register
Hayne Palmour IVSan Diego Union-Tribune
Francis Gardler/Lincoln Journal Star, Eric Gregory/Lincoln Journal Star, Kristin Streff/Lincoln Journal Star
First place was "Whoa!" moment. It stood out from the rest of the entries. The simplicity of the tragic moment helped elevate the next picture to second place. The multiple-image package needed a tighter edit. It had redundant images that repeated information already seen in earlier images.