Thomas R CordovaSouthern Californa News Group
Mindy SchauerThe Orange County Register
Kent NishimuraLos Angeles Times
Andrew Stanfill/The New York Times, Sherman Zent/The New York Times, Noelle Campbell/The New York Times
The first place photojournalist found peak emotion at a widely-covered event and captured it well. The second place frame found the right spot to capture perfectly a planned event. The third place leads with an expression as well, and is a very human moment.