Kyle Robertson, Adam Cairns and Josh Bickel of the The Columbus Dispatch

FIRST: Lathan Goumas, The News & Advance
SECOND:  Shelby Lum, Richmond Times-Dispatch
THIRD:  Kristen Zeis, The Virginian-Pilot
HM:  Jonathan Gruenke, The Daily Press

This was hard because we felt there was really good spot news along with general news photos.  1st and 2nd were the best of the group.  They both show great emotion and good job on the photographers to get names.  2nd place would have had a fighting chance at 1st place but it looks like someone is on the right.  We understand that things like that happen.  1st place is a little cleaner and we love how the little girl is popping up to look on.

FIRST:  Matt McClain, The Washington Post
SECOND:  Jill Nance, The News & Advance
THIRD:  Matt McClain, The Washington Post

The group really loved 1st place, we liked the alignment of the military and also the light on the left and right.  The group liked 2nd place because it looked like the photographer worked to get a good picture.  The group noted that the photographer should of cropped out the yellow sign on the left and the wall on the right out of the photo.  3rd place was a really good layered image.

FIRST:  Jonathan Gruenke, The Daily Press
SECOND:  Rob Ostermaier, The Daily Press
THIRD:  Aileen Devlin, Daily Press

Sports was very weak compared to the others.  We liked the top 2 photos the best and went back and forth on what one we liked the best.  2nd place was a great sports action image and 3rd place was the best of the rest.

FIRST:  Aileen Devlin, Daily Press
SECOND:  Daniel Sangjib Min, Richmond Times-Dispatch
THIRD:  Lathan Goumas, The News & Advance

Wow there was some really good work in this category.  1st place had a great range of photos.  We really liked #9.  2nd place looks like they took their time and had some good access.  3rd place was good but could of cut down the number of images to 6.

***Daniel’s second place story was on a Syrian Refugee family.  The family requested their photos not be published online so it will be absent from the winner’s gallery.


FIRST: Aileen Devlin, Daily Press
SECOND:  Shelby Lum, Richmond Times-Dispatch
THIRD:  Jay Westcott, The News & Advance
HM: Jill Nance, The News & Advance

We really the 1st place winner because it was so different.  2nd was really nice evening portrait with good use of a flash.  3rd just something we haven’t seen before.  HM was the best of the rest.

FIRST:  Kaitlin McKeow, The Virginian-Pilot
SECOND:  Shelby Lum, Richmond Times-Dispatch
THIRD:  Lathan Goumas, The News & Advance