Julio Cortez AP
STEVEN M. FALK Staff Photographer
Mark Pynes PennLive.com
1st - This was an easy choice in this category. There were several strong images in the series, but the firefighters on the steps with the balloons is incredibly powerful. 2nd - Effective, yet creative way to tell the story. 3rd - You can feel the woman's grief in her expression in this photo.
Judges: Jim Sewastynowicz/ Daily Racing Form, Jose R. Lopez/ Freelance photo editor, Julia Pananon Weeks/ Associated Press