Shawn GustYakima Herald-Republic
Bob HallinenAnchorage Daily News
Don SeabrookThe Wenatchee World
1st: The caption set this image apart. Finding out she was receiving her son's ashes as she's outside her house that's burning... wow. That's emotional and powerful. Well done. 2nd: Great moment. Really good job by the photographer on the scene to get this image. We wish we could have been in the newsroom during the decision-making process to publish this image. Many papers have a "no body bag" policy. 3rd: Good job getting to the scene quickly. Wish we could see the woman still in the car, but knowing that she's in there (from the caption) makes this a strong spot news image. You can see the urgency in the first responders working to get her out.
Judges: Matt Stamey/Santa Fe College, Joel Axon/University of Florida