Tyler GraefSoutheast Missourian
Jessica GallagherMoline Dispatch
Andy AbeytaQuad-City Times
The inspirational collection of images about a drummer born without hands was nice and we all agreed that we need to see more things like this. Stories about individuals that conquer obstacles and rise above limitations will never get old. In a close second place we find a touching story about a lost dog who ran away for three weeks after a fire in its home. When the family is reunited with the dog, some nice moments were recorded. The edit was tight and each picture was better than the last one. Good job! Third place stood out showing the turmoil folks endure when they are forced to vacate their home. The photographer did a good job of catching moments and staying far enough away from the confusion and heart ache and still tell their story. Usually judges chime in about now, claiming that they would like to see more details. This is not the case with this project.
Judges: Robert Kirkham/The Buffalo News, Cathaleen Curtiss/The Buffalo News, Derek Gee/The Buffalo News