West – July 2018 – Photo Story/Essay

Judges Comments

We had a hard time with this category. A number of entries felt like it should have been in the General News category. First place was a great job with a difficult assignment. The photographer got many different aspects of the wildfire fight and demonstrated how much time he or she spent covering the story. The burning embers photo is really unique. Second place had some pretty images and a tight edit. The photographer showed the tremendous impact the volcano had on the island and its residents. What separated the two is that first place felt like it had more of a narrative arc to the photos.

Judges: Robin Chan/Wicked Local, David Sokol/Wicked Local