John HartWisconsin State Journal
Andy SharpWilliamson County Sun
Paul BersebachOrange County Register
Judges: Martin Smith-Rodden/Ball State University, Kevin Moloney/Ball State University, Ryan Sparrow/Ball State University, Gabriel Tait/Ball State University
The judges were drawn to the simplicity and graphic composition for the first place image. Lots of discussion about the second place image, compared against another similar and very nice image made at the Memphis Comic Expo. This one edged out against the simpler composition with the interaction and different moments and interactions playing out within the same frame. The weather picture had great body language with the surfer’s visible struggle against the wind, although the judges all agreed that we would have handled that crop much differently.