2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Photojournalism ( 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: Petaluma Argus-Courier
    Entry Title: Petaluma Argus-Courier - Crissy Pascual
    Entry Credit: Crissy Pascual
    Judge Comment: The emotions captured so effectively in many of this publication's photos truly stand out. In addition, the composition of each image tells a compelling story on its own, without the need for a caption to explain it. Outstanding photography across the board.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Half Moon Bay Review
    Entry Title: Half Moon Bay Review photojournalism
    Entry Credit: Adam Pardee
    Judge Comment: The 'action" orientation of many of these entries makes them incredibly compelling. Many also displayed an artistic and creative flair that truly elevated the work. These entries exemplify exceptional photojournalism.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Pacifica Tribune
    Entry Title: Pacifica Tribune photojournalism
    Entry Credit: Adam Pardee
    Judge Comment: This entry included an excellent variety of photojournalistic styles, all well-executed. In comparison to competing entries in this category, there may have been fewer opportunities for this publication to capture as many powerful "moments" as the competition. But the photographers maximized the opportunities at hand.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Gilroy Dispatch
    Entry Title: Gilroy Dispatch Photojournalism 2021
    Entry Credit: Erik Chalhoub, Juan Reyes
    Judge Comment: This publication's entries included a number of "environmental portrait" style images. While the composition and overall quality are excellent, the entry includes fewer pictures with the "immediacy" and emotional impact of some other entrants' submissions.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Salinas Californian
    Entry Title: The Californian's year in photos
    Entry Credit: David Rodriguez
    Judge Comment: This was a strong entry, but Part 2 led to a published display of 100 photos which, while excellent, exceeded the contest limit of 20 submitted images. It would not be equitable to judge a collection of 100 photos from one entrant to a limited selection of 20 from another.