National – July 2019 – Spot News

Judges Comments

Overall, not a super strong category this time around. First place was a very nice moment that captured the mood and the scene well despite a hoard of media at the airport. We were struck by the second-place image because the photographer saw something different from a news scene and write a very thorough caption to describe what was going on. We can’t stress enough how important captions are to help the judging process. And NAMES. Get names! We felt like we had seen third place many times over, but it captured the news pretty well.

Judges: Sue Morrow/NPPA Magazine, Michael Rondou/Retired San Jose Mercury News, John Agnone/Retired National Geographic