Howard OwensThe Batavian
Mark GutmanThe Batavia Daily News
Frank Becerra Jr.The Journal News
Spot News – A good combination of accidents, trees down and more. “Dog Rescued” got first because of the woman’s expression of being reunited with her pet. We debated whether or not the photo would be better with the blurry fireman cropped off the left side. Second place was “Stabbing,” showing two policeman dealing with a suspect. Photo had excellent sharpness and rim light added to the scene. Third place was almost a pictorial scene of firemen framed by the charred aftermath of a structure fire. The dark edges added to the drama. We debated a bit about “Left Lane Ends,” where a damaged school bus was framed by a highway sign. It was well-done, but probably sat that way for a while, making the “moment” not so special. Still, nice seeing.
Judges: Prof. John Freeman/University of Florida, Prof. Daron Dean/University of Florida