Ed CrisostomoOrange County Register
Alan BernerThe Seattle Times
First Place: Border patrol was easily our first place story. The category as a whole was supremely weak, but this story was shot very well. Second Place: The story of India Returnees was interesting and had some decent frames, but could have been captioned or explained better. We had a hard time finding the story. We elected not to award a third place, and sadly wished we could have awarded one for the carnival essay, but the captions indicated it was published in September... Not sure why it was in November's entries... The Marines Anniversary set had two decent singles in it but was redundant and really a General News entry. It didn't belong here.
Judges: Katie Schoolov/KPBS, Kyle Grantham/The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal, Luanne Dietz/CNN, Mark Dolan/Southern Illinois University