Chris Baker EvensAlamy News
Tim TaiThe Philadelphia Inquirer
Steph ChambersPittsburgh Post-Gazette
First place: The photo uses striking color, leading lines to highlight its subject, and captures the proportions of the balloon. Second place: It gives a different view of a slice of life and it is a well composed photo. Photo is clean, makes viewer ask question, then answers them in the caption. Third place: A bold composition choice that doesn't overshadow the moment it captures. Caption enhances the photo's charm.
Judges: Regina McCombs/University of Minnesota, HSJMC University of Minnesota Photojournalism class