Alton StruppThe Courier-Journal
Mykal McEldowneyThe Indianapolis Star
Mark ZaleskiThe Tennessean
First – The simplicity of this image creates immediate impact. The harsh lighting really makes the tears pop out of the composition. Exceptional use of color. Second – Beautifully lit, simply composed and full of energy and emotion. The continuity of lighting and skillfully captured personality make this series much more than a sum of its parts. Third – While at first we were unimpressed by the lighting of this image, the moment kept us coming. The caption adds another layer of information that makes the image even more powerful.
Judges: Derek Gee/The Buffalo News, Sharon Cantillon/The Buffalo News