(Overall, the toughest category to judge with some very good entries.)
Feature 1st – Meg Vogel/ The Post-Crescent
This rodeo photo was the clear winner. Beautiful composition and nice storytelling of a bit of Americana. Very National Geographic.
Feature 2nd – Matthew Apgar/HTR
Guy upside down on a lift, painting a giant cow sculpture. A slightly difficult read, but enough weirdness and juxtaposition to make it good.
Feature 3rd – Catcher in the Dry (John Hart, Wisconsin State Journal)
Drought photo. Obvious story teller with nice contrast between primary colors. The barefoot guy added a nice human element.
A lot of entries here, but not a lot of real good images.
General News 1st – Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent
We went with this rally photo for the emotion in all the faces and the useful up-angle that helps give the image context for locals who might recognize this location from the unusual ceiling.
General News 2nd – Wm. Glasheen/The Post-Crescent
A photo from a blood drive had good emotion that carried it.
General News 3rd – Scott Anderson
Wife hugging husband (presumably the candidate) from a political rally. Could have cropped the right side to make it stronger.
Only two entries, only one of which was really an illustration.
Illustration 1st – Terry Mayer CSI MEDIA LLC
Illustration about texting and driving worked because photographer used a dented cell phone and a trashed junk-yard car. Worth the extra effort.
Illustration 2nd – Michael P. King, Wisconsin State Journal
Nice food photo; wouldn’t have placed if their were more illustrative options.
We thought there would have been more entrants in this category.
Portrait 1st – Matthew Apgar/HTR
Clear winner. Beautiful composition, light, expression, color in a spontaneous portrait of a glass art vendor.
Portrait 2nd – Wm. Glasheen/The Post-Crescent
Nice expression and composition of a bingo guy.
Portrait 3rd – CRAIG SCHREINER
Intimate image of a guy who helped preserve a historic chapel.
Strong entries in this category.
Sports 1st – Trampoline Competition (John Hart, Wisconsin State Journal)
Strong composition and camera angle on this gymnast sealed the deal for us.
Sports 2nd – Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent
Good reaction photo of baseball players walking off field with the second-place trophy.
Sports 3rd – Wm. Glasheen/The Post-Crescent
Nice action of outfielder falling over fence to make a play, but where’s the ball?
Honorable Mention – Meg Vogel/ The Post-Crescent
Well-done rodeo action photo.
Very weak category.
Spot News 1st – Pat A. Robinson
We gave the top spot to a wide shot from a fire that features an interesting high angle.
Spot News 2nd – Teen Drownings (John Hart, Wisconsin State Journal)
OK reaction to a drowning, but we wish there were some faces/expression.
Third Place -
Nothing else in this category merited a third place vote.
We had hoped to see photo essays here, rather than just collections of photos on a subject.
Multiple 1st – Scott Anderson
Good variety of photos from an extreme running event. A bit too much “Hand-Of-God” burning on at least one image, though.
Multiple 2nd – Bhakti Fest (John Hart, Wisconsin State Journal)
Also some good variety, especially image #7. Image #9 would have been better with an extreme crop down to the subject’s ankles as they went through the door.
Multiple 3rd – Humane Society (John Hart, Wisconsin State Journal)
Good variety on a story about a Humane Society but image #3 and #5 are too similar. Photographer began to try to tell a story with image #8 by going to the home of an client who adopted a pet from the Humane Society. Probably needed something of a happy family leaving the building or loading a pet into a vehicle for a little more context.
|185||Michael P. King|
|50||Pat A. Robinson|