2022 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Photo Story/Essay ( Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Salinas Californian
    Entry Title: Parents, teachers drive long hours to get Monterey County youth educated
    Entry Credit: David Rodriguez
    Judge Comment: PRO: This is an excellent photo and story package that is a clear winner in this category. Great mood photos in the dark morning, different angles and perspectives, nice use of different lens. Photo of kid's head popping up in the bus is a classic. Photos add to the story making the package come to life. Excellent tight photo editing as each image shows a different situation. CON: I'm being very picky here, I'd like to see one more situation the photographer could work. Add even more variety of images. But again, job well done!
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Lamorinda Weekly
    Entry Title: Season filled with small town charm
    Entry Credit: Jeffrey Heyman
    Judge Comment: PROS: You can tell the photographer spent a lot of time on this project coming up with many excellent candid moments. Photos are technically strong, especially considering the tough lighting situations. Many of the photos could easily stand alone for a section front or jump page. Lots of options. CONS: There doesn't seem to be a strong storyline because so many events were covered. Tighter photo editing would have helped. Less is more.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: San Clemente Times
    Entry Title: Racers Dodge, Weave and Slide at Annual Office Chair Derby
    Entry Credit: Shawn Raymundo
    Judge Comment: PRO: Very good photos of a really fun looking event. No question the photog captured peak action. Each photo gave a clear image what the races were about. Good technically. CON: Needed different perspectives, angles or timing. Something to help show a beginning to end. But this does not take away from the high quality of the photos published.
  • Competition Comment: Overall, each entry included strong images, mostly from live events, for excellent coverage in print editions. They included photos showing peak emotion and happy faces, to mood photos at home before school. First place was the clear winner, as the images paired well with the text, telling a story from beginning to end. 2nd place had an excellent variety of strong images, showing lots of emotion and perspectives. 3rd place did a great job capturing peak action.