Kevin RivoliThe Citizen
Robert KirkhamThe Buffalo News
Only five entries and only two selected. Both winners could have been helped by tighter edits eliminating redundant photos. First place is a b&w essay on Bingo. Well-worked by a skilled photographer using a variety of compositions. Second place is a weightier situation of the Khaleel family. They escaped Isis controlled sections of Iraq and now live in Buffalo. Fifteen photos. Too many hands. With a better edit could have been first. An essay on cutting ice blocks to build an ice castle has some strong singles.
Judges: Alan Berner/The Seattle Times, Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times, Angela Gottschalk/The Seattle Times, Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times