2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Wildfire Photo ( Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Press Democrat
    Entry Title: Backing out of harms way
    Entry Credit: Kent Porter
    Judge Comment: Holy smoke! Very dramatic piece. I think this is what did it for me, the rising flame. Okay, keep safe on your coverage of wildfires. Great composition catching the rising fire and the fire truck on the street, this shows awesome scale! You are a great example for the reason why news outlets should keep their photographers rather than expect reporters to shoot photos. This is great work!
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Ventura County Star
    Entry Title: Scenes from the Country Fire
    Entry Credit: Juan Carlo
    Judge Comment: Great photo here! An aerial photo that depicts the wildfire fight from above. I love this. I doubt you were in an aircraft, likely on a mountain, but way to go, waiting for the right moment to shoot. Composition here is outstanding with the trail of fire repellent from the helicopter, the sun behind the aircraft, and the mountain tops. This is an outstanding photo! Stay safe covering wildfires and capturing these great scenes. Great work!