Dan BuseyDecatur Daily
Ronald ErdrichAbilene Reporter-News
Kelly PresnellArizona Daily Star
First - beautiful light with graphic appeal; very nice composition and pleasing to look at. Second - gaining access to behind the scenes is everything AND capturing an unexpected moment between clergy made this an unexpected feature picture. Third - we enjoyed looking at this picture very much. It’s fun. It’s got peak action as the bottle rocket takes off. A nice picture from (probably) a mundane assignment.
Judges: Sue Morrow/NPPA Magazine, Michael Rondou/Retired San Jose Mercury News, John Agnone/Retired National Geographic