Rebecca BensonThe Blade
Jeremy HoganThe Bloomingtonian
Saul YoungKnoxville News Sentinel
Spot news is always a tough category, especially given the nature of the subject matter. The image we chose to award first place to was strong compositionally, and the photographer captured a very emotional moment respectfully, while able to identify important family members involved in the scene. The image we chose to award second place to gives an eerie feel as you see the belongings — especially the shoe — of the fatally hit pedestrian. The image we chose to award third felt very real: the two individuals standing right on the edge of the flooding line and the car buried in the background gives a good perspective.
Judges: Gabrielle Mannino/NBC NEWS CENTER Maine, Kassi Jackson/The Hartford Courant