Ryan SoderlinOmaha World-Herald
Matt GadeThe Daily Republic
Joe AhlquistRochester Post Bulletin
There were a lot of really strong entries that have room for significant development. The first place entry we felt had the most layers out and brought us deep into the story. The variety of different images indicated that the photographer spent significant time with the people they were photographing. The second entry had many images with nice light and moments but didn't have a focus that actually tells us the story aside from general coverage. The third entry had a section of nice images, however there were a few that were repetitive. Some wider moments and establishing environment would be helpful in telling the story.
Judges: Shuran Huang/NPR, Emily Elconin/The News & Advance