Katharine LotzeGetty Images
Mindy SchauerOrange County Register
Cindy YamanakaThe Press-Enterprise
Maybe it's because we don't see big waves on the East Coast, but the surfing pictures were striking. First place stood out because it's a great action shot and the surfer's board seems to be parallel to the pier in the background. Second place the photographer captured peak action and big surf. Third place was nice light, color, and a clean image. Some discussion on whether it is a bit more sports feature or not. Some entries appeared in both photo essay and this category so be mindful of the instructions.
Judges: Robin Chan/Wicked Local, Alyssa Stone/Brockton Enterprise, Matt Lee/Boston Globe