Michael DeMockerThe Times-Picayune
Smiley N. PoolThe Dallas Morning News
Nellie DonevaAbilene Reporter-News
Some of the photographs are not spot news, by definition. Too often the photograph doesn't explain what's going on. The reader needs to see what the caption attempts to describe - someone's rear end and some legs sticking out of a truck cannot do justice to the tragedy and attempted rescue going on. Showing up after the spot news event is over and trying to make something out of nothing doesn't tell a story.
Judges: Loret Steinberg/Rochester Institute of Technology, Christopher Capozziello/Freelance