New England – January 2020 – Photo Story/Essay

Judges Comments

First place = we felt this story told us the most about the subject, we felt the photojournalist really worked to tell a complete narrative. A couple frames we felt could be omitted for a tighter and more concise feel but nevertheless we recognized it as the most complete story in the entries. Second = very lovely and quiet set of photos. We wanted a couple more moment driven images in the edit and we also felt the story misfired on the fifth frame of the cross and mirror, as it didn't add to the story and also did not fit the mood established by the other frames in the set. Third = we found this a very interesting character and the photographer really worked at the story. Ultimately, we felt the set of images was held back by a loose edit and the out-and-back, process-type narrative, where the viewer leaves with the fisherman and comes back at the end of the day - an all-too-common-trope - we also found some frames hurt the overall package and could be cut (#2, #7 #12, #15, came up in discussion for possible trimming)

Judges: Tyler Tjomsland/The Spokesman-Review, Rajah Bose/Freelance, Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review