Brett CoomerHouston Chronicle
Ronald W. ErdrichAbilene Reporter-News
Hilary ScheinukThe Advocate
Barbara J Perenic/The Columbus Dispatch, Maddie Schroeder/The Columbus Dispatch, Fred Squillante/The Columbus Dispatch
A lot of images here that might have fared better in other categories. First place is a delight, pure emotion that benefitted from the high angle. Second place simplifies a busy scene and its many layers with a tight crop. Third place showed a photographer thinking outside (or inside?) the box.