Matt SmithThe Star-Ledger
Steven M. FalkPhiladelphia Inquirer
Much like the action category we found the redundancy of the celebrating athletes disappointing. First was the one dejection photo that really popped. It takes some amount of guts to get right in the face of the dejected athlete and make a clean, well-composed image that tells the story. Second was the most raw emotion of the jube, and from a different sport. Third tells us the photographer was keeping eyes open all the time. It's an unusual moment, with just enough backstory to make it a genuine feature.
Judges: Sean D. Elliot/The Day, Peter Huoppi/The Day