John HartWisconsin State Journal
Francis GardlerLincoln Journal Star
In our opinions, all story/essay entries needed a tighter edit and focus (less duplicate moments, more shot variety, etc). Since category was weak, we only awarded a first and second. First place entry about band leader told a story with most emotion, photog worked the angles well. Appreciated the effort and variety. Football story is strong daily coverage. The two entries about single mothers featured some strong singles that stood out, but other images didn’t hold up for an essay or story.
Judges: Jenna Watson/The Indianapolis Star, Kelly Wilkinson/The Indianapolis Star, Robert Scheer/The Indianapolis Star