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October Photo of the Month Winners Announced


First Place:  Carissa Knight, Salisbury High School SAPAN

Tap It In Play. Natilie Biere (7) squares up for a bunt against the Brookfield Bulldogs in the home game on October 4th. Biere made contact with the ball, placing it down the first base line. While Biere was thrown out at first, she advanced base runner, Anastyn Carter (8), to second base. (Carissa Knight)


Judge’s Comments: It’s not often you get the ball right where you want it and have a crystal clear in focus batter and catcher. I’m impressed by the combination of fast shutter speed, shallow depth of field and perfect exposure. Plus, it’s framed so well with the scoreboard in the background. A face would’ve been the cherry on top, but a great sports action softball photo.

Second Place: Ander Diemler, Van Horn High School

Big Decision. After just finishing a virtual reality naval rescue, senior Cody Krantz contemplates scanning his “dog tag” to receive more information from a Navy recruiter. Two semi-trailers from the USS Nimitz equipped with virtual reality stations occupied the stadium parking lot on Oct. 24. “I’ve been in JROTC for two years now and really thought I’d join the army, but after seeing everything the navy offers, I’m going to have to talk to my parents again,” Krantz said. (Ander Diemler)


Judge’s Comments: Beautiful lighting here, even in a darkened area. We are still able to see his face and what he is doing and I love all the little highlights on his backpack and headphones. Caption added to the story telling, as well.

Third Place: Femi Nilson, Liberty High School

Sophomore Codey Peterson saws through metal as he works on the robotics team’s robot. Peterson has been with the robotics team for the past two years. “We are really focusing on teaching the new members in hopes of it leading to a great robot for our future,” Peterson said.” (Femi Nilson)

Judge’s Comments: Such a unique image for Robotics–the sparks are literally flying in this image and it captures such a cool moment while also have great composition and exposure.

Honorable Mentions


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