Dylan SlagleCarroll County Times
Aimee DilgerTimes Leader
The era of spot news may be over. This was a very weak category. Few entries and what there was lacked much in the way of emotion or impact ... except for first, which may be among the best spot news photos we've seen. The heroin epidemic is everywhere and this image has the access along with the technical execution to really bring it home. Second was well composed, exposed and a reasonably good shot from a house fire. Third really could have been cropped a bit for impact, but had some genuine raw emotion.
Judges: Sean D. Elliot/The Day, Peter Huoppi/The Day