Region 1 – August 2015 – General News

Judges Comments

First Place: The photo of the owner of the burned home/restaurant shows a private moment of grief. The photo has a good sense of place, which almost makes it an environmental portrait. Second Place: It is a sad photo of a very young child's funeral. The caption said Ava, the two-year-old girl, lived in foster care. The white color and lacy texture of the little casket, and the roses on it almost alludes to a wedding, heightening the sense of loss of her future. Compositionally, the repetition of the heads of the men surrounding the casket and their almost identical expressions add to the pictorial quality. Third Place: The not-so-enthusiastic looking owl might be questioning the idea of being released back to nature. The thought of an imaginary quote like "are we sure about this, guys?" put a smile on our faces.

Judges: Sait Serkan Gurbuz/Freelance Photographer, Beverly Denny/Freelance Photographer