Felipe DanaThe Associated Press
Jason HunterWatertown Daily Times
Amanda MorrisonWatertown Daily Times
First Place: We liked the way the foreground and background worked together. The differing facial expressions and poses gave us the sense that each child had a story to tell. Second Place: We liked the graphic composition, the facial expressions, and the photographer's resourcefulness in finding a unique point of view. Third Place: We admired the composition and the photographer's ability to get a good photo out of the type of event that can be tough to make interesting. Also important to note is that one disqualified entry contained selective color. This level of digital manipulation violates both contest rules and the NPPA Code of Ethics.
Judges: Sean Work/Freelance Photographer, Deb Jacques/C&G News, Laura McDermott/Freelance Photographer