Corey PerrineFor The Wall Street Journal
Aimee DilgerTimes Leader
Sean McKeagTimes Leader
This category had 4 entries. We had very strong feelings about this category. First place is not an interesting subject for a series.However, it was photographed very thoughtfully and edited well (though one judge was unsure that we need the photo of the pamphlet) The corn story is second because there was some story line. However, we did not understand the inclusion of the last 2 images as the image at the stand seemed to be a nice ending. Third place was a rare and awesome opportunity. We would encourage the photographer to think through their approach so that they can capitalize on such opportunities in the future. Some thoughts we had were: Isolating the color of the tomatoes on the ground with out distracting back ground elements, a tight image of expression straight on (yes you'd get dirty) to avoid all the distracting colors of the crowd,and incorporating some unique details like a hand with a smashed tomato or stains on clothing. Even not leaving until you'd captured a moment. I bet you a million dollars couples kissed at some point. A big event like that often needs to be brought down to it's parts to become manageable visually. Images do not always need a person's whole body, or a person's face, we can create images that have more feeling by photographing something in a less obvious manner.Something I need to remind myself of often as well. Also an image with some emotion and color and intrigue should have been chosen to lead.
Judges: Melissa Sue Gerrits/The Fayetteville Observer, Andrew Craft/The Fayetteville Observer