Michael CiagloHouston Chronicle
Mitchell Pe MasilunArkansas Democrat-Gazette
Roberto E. RosalesAlbuquerque Journal
First place - Opening day - Pretty easy call in a very weak category. Great variety of images, not so much any focus on the game, but the people there enjoying the day. Great series as well as many great photos that could have worked as standalone features. Second place - Derby day - Well done, could have had more of an emphasis on the spectators and the culture of the horse races. Third place - Rio Rancho - We couldn’t quite figure out what this story was about, we think maybe crime in Rio Rancho, the images are very nice, it’s a nice package, but even after reading the captions, more could have been said to tie it all together.
Judges: Joe O'Connal/The Canadian Press, Jesse Johnston/The Canadian Press