2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Wildfire Photo ( Dailies: 50,001 & over) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Sacramento Bee
    Entry Title: Wildfire watch
    Entry Credit: Paul Kitagaki Jr.
    Judge Comment: This photo stood out because it shows how large and overwhelming the flames are compared to the firefighter. It draws the eyes to the flames and is very impactful.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Mercury News/East Bay Times
    Entry Title: Blaze Inches Closer To South Lake Tahoe
    Entry Credit: Karl Mondon
    Judge Comment: This photo is somehow both beautiful and horrifying.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: Nighttime Battle
    Entry Credit: Wally Skalij
    Judge Comment: None
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: Billowing Smoke
    Entry Credit: Luis Sinco
    Judge Comment: The small silhouette compared to the overwhelming plume of spoke is truly impactful.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: Nature, After the Flames
    Entry Credit: Mel Melcon
    Judge Comment: I appreciate that this photo is more unique, capturing the hours following the fire rather than the flames. It reminds viewers that fires impact animals, not just people.