Grace Beahm AlfordThe Post & Courier
Rusty JonesMorganton News-Herald
Bruce AckermanOcala Star-Banner
Judges: Meg Vogel/Cincinnati Enquirer, Kareem Elgazzar/Cincinnati Enquirer, Madeleine Hordinksi/Cincinnati Enquirer, Amanda Rossman/Cincinnati Enquirer
First place stood out as a peak action moment with a clean background a good faces. Second place was especially pretty and well composed– it's clear this photographer was ready for this place and prepared to make a more clean photo despite a busy background. Third place had great action but needed to be more clean.