2020 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Wildfire Photo ( Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & under)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Salinas Californian
    Entry Title: Salinas wildfire
    Entry Credit: David Rodriguez
    Judge Comment: Dynamic photo with great contrast between the firefighter and blaze burning behind him. The shot is well-framed, with good details including the gnome, vegetation and horizon. The photo captures a moment that tells of destruction, loss and the power of forces in nature. Well done.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Silicon Valley Business Journal
    Entry Title: Big Basin
    Entry Credit: Tomas Ovalle
    Judge Comment: This photo has multiple items of interest including the burned foundation, leaving a compelling frame for the image. The posture and expression of the man also tell a story about the aftermath of a blaze and its destruction. Great job capturing the moment.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Chino Champion
    Entry Title: Brush fire burns 28 acres south of CIW
    Entry Credit: Josh Thompson
    Judge Comment: This capture has interesting contrast with the powerful blaze monitored by firefighters standing nearby. The street signs in the foreground help establish location and add an element of interest. The contrast in this photo also is notable, showing both light and dark. Good job.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Silicon Valley Business Journal
    Entry Title: McHenry Winery
    Entry Credit: Tomas Ovalle
    Judge Comment: The aftermath of a wildfire is captured in this image, with rubble left in its wake. The man shown brings the human element into the picture, and even his mask tells of a moment in time – more loss during a pandemic. A sense of hopelessness is conveyed, which is powerful.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Trinity Journal
    Entry Title: Coming back after a hard day's work
    Entry Credit: Tony Reed
    Judge Comment: I appreciate the colors and contrast in this photo, a moment of beauty created by conditions that also have the power to destroy. The photo tells of the support necessary to fight wildfires, and a landscape that could be ravaged if those resources are not successful. Nice job.