Judged by: Photo Staff at The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, NC
Patrick Schneider – Photographer
Christopher A. Record – Photographer
Jeffery Siner – Photographer
Deirdra Laird – Photographer
Date Clips Received – July 5, 2006
Date Clips Judged – July 5, 2006
Cream of the Crop: A Boy and His Dog – By Matt Detrich – The Indianapolis Star By far the strongest piece of photojournalism across all categories.
1st Place Andrew Laker The Republic – Cinco de Mayo
Great seeing by the photographer, nice use of the high angle and slow shutter speed.
2nd Frank Oliver – Journal and Courier – Sad Deployment
Very emotional moment captured beautifully by the photographer. The young girl’s face in the middle locked this photo into second place.
3rd Justin Rumbach – Courier and Press – Grave Site Birthday
Another nicely framed image of this family mourning the loss of a family member killed in combat in Iraq.
1st Joe Harping – The Republic – New Home Fire
Very different images from a blazing house fire. It was nice to see the photographer looking around when he arrived instead of just focusing a tight shot of the blazing house.
2nd – Jason Clark – Courier and Press – Standoff –
Loved the image, wished that the SWAT member on the left side was doing something more dramatic though. Ã‚ We thought that the photo would have been stronger if it was cropped to just the two SWAT guys.
3rd – Bob Gwaltney – Courier and Press – Victims Lend A Hand –
Nice story-telling image. Again, it was nice to see the photographer step-back from the damage and give us a better sense of place.
As friends and family of the 291 Reitz graduates make their way to their seats, the graduating seniors make final adjustments to their caps and gowns while waiting inside the school Tuesday night.
1st Place Features – Justin Rumbach – Courier and Press – Graduation
-A very striking image that stood out from the other clips. We enjoyed the graphicness of the images.
2nd – Denny Simmons – Courier and Press – Doggone Fashionable
– A very funny image. Made us laugh.
3rd – Jason Clark – Courier and Press – Winding Up
– Loved the face of the little boy and his body language as he moves through the wind up.
1st – Tom Leininger – Journal and Courier – Bull Riding
Great peak action. This is what good sports photography is all about.
2nd – Jim Rider – South Bend Tribune – Diving Catch
Great Peak action. Ã‚ Loved seeing the helmet falling off the catcher as he slides across the grass to make the catch.
3rd – Joe Vitti – The Indianapolis Star – Girls Rugby State Tournament
Great peak action of the two women leaping for the ball. It was nice to see a photo from a sport that doesn’t usually get much coverage.
1st Matt Detrich – The Indianapolis Star – A Boy and His Dog
This was by far the strongest piece of photojournalism across all the categories.
2nd – Denny Simmons – Courier and Press – Clowin Around –
This story was filled with very colorful, fun-filled images. A tighter edit on the photos would have strengthened the overall package.
3rd – Justin Rumbach – Courier and Press – International Incident
– This was the strongest remaining story in the multiple category. Ã‚ However, the story called for a few stronger moments to hold the package together.