National – January 2020 – Portrait/Illustration

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This was probably the weakest category overall. The winner was nice, emotional. Its one of the few frames of people holding a photo we actually liked-which is impressive. Second is the wrestler and Bravo on the lighting. This is a hard lighting setup to make great and they did. We opted for the cow photo for 3rd as it brought us all a lot of joy. But overall the lighting was lacking. The cow needs to be toned down and the guy could use a little more of his own personality. He seems a little posed.

Judges: Sammy Jo Hester/La Times, Alisha Jucevic/The Columbian, Isaac Hale/The Daily Herald