Midwest – January 2023 – Photo Story/Essay

Judges Comments

The judges really liked all three entries in this category. But captions made the difference between the winner and second place. The winning entry went to the dogs...literally! Really, the only criticism the judges had for "hockey dogs" was to lead with image 003 instead of 002. The warehouse fire (second place) would have been the winner; however, the lead image said the fire occurred on Dec. 31, 2022. All other images list the date of the fire as Jan. 31, 2022. Also, image 005 has an incomplete caption. The third-place entry needed a tighter edit (10 images instead of 15) and some sharper action images. All the judges agreed that high school basketball is always tough from a lighting and ISO standpoint.

Judges: Sara Corce/Independent, Pam Jensen/Independent, Brent Powell/Independent, Timothy Hale/Independent