Scott UtterbackCourier Journal
The first place image was just so well-composed and cropped and every player in the celebration shot added to the image which brilliantly captured the moment. Much like sports action, this category led to much debate about choosing between well-captured images of excitement and heartbreak, but with two of the winning images doing so in a more quiet and pensive way. The second place photo displayed a loneliness as the caption revealed it was the athlete coming to terms with their last time playing on the field. Including the scoreboard in the frame was clearly a great decision. The third place photo was also a quiet kind of reflective image and was helped by the great play between the heavy shadows and pop of yellow color. This was a deeper category than most this month with many really good images from which to choose.
Judges: Matt Smith/Independent, Saed Hindash/NJ Advance