Dana JensenThe Day
Peter PereiraThe Standard-Times
Sean D. ElliotThe Day
The first-place entry captured the strong reaction of teenage girls to the return of a local celebrity. Nice composition by layering with the singer. The second-place photographer composed a strong frame from a serious moment, and got close, making it more personal. The third place photo is a traditional moment wisely compressed with a long lens. The rare case where a vertical is preferred as well. The honorable mention entry of the police funeral had several strong moments, but was hampered by a large edit that could have been tightened. With the multi-day coverage, it may even been better placed in feature multiple.
Judges: Andrew Stanfill/The New York Times, Matt Stamey/The Gainesville Sun, Sherman Zent/The New York Times