Mike ClarkBillings Gazette
Cayla NimmoCasper Star-Tribune
Christian MurdockThe Gazette
Judges remind entrants that just because 15 photos are allowed in an essay does NOT mean that many are NEEDED. 1) This frame has lovely light, interesting layers and the horse in the foreground is a nice touch. 2) The wackiness of the image made judges laugh and wonder what was going on. More complete caption info would have made this first. 3) The marathoners has highlights like the woman running through water, but redundancy brought it down. Shedding at least three images, including the ender, improves the package immensely.
Judges: Caroline Couig/Independent Visuals Editor, Bradley E. Clift/Independent Photographer