West – April 2022 – Photo Story/Essay

Judges Comments

Of the three entries in this category, only one rose to the level of an essay or story and that one, as charming as it was, had no identifying information of any of the characters in it. It was full of moments and interactions, but without complete captions, it isn’t a story - it’s a collection of snapshots. As educators, we tell our students that we tell stories through people - and those people’s names matter. If there is a reason for not identifying people, then that should be explained in the caption. While limited, there are times where there is a need to protect the identities of those we photograph. The other two entries were more akin to galleries and didn’t have a strong narrative arc to them.

Judges: Mark E. Johnson/University of Georgia, Dr. Kyser Lough/University of Georgia, Dr. Andrea Hudson/University of Georgia