FIRST PLACE PORTRAIT/ILLUSTRATION: Rider Charlene Ariza on her horse Vader takes part in the equestrian community’s rally outside the community center in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise
FIRST PLACE PHOTO STORY/ESSAY: Minute Maid Park reflects in Ruben Cardenas' sunglasses during the Houston Astros home opener against the Baltimore Orioles in Houston. Photo by Michael Ciaglo, Houston Chronicle.
FIRST PLACE GENERAL NEWS: Hundreds of surfers come together at the north side of the pier in Huntington Beach, California to pay tribute to their surfing friend, pastor and Hall of Fame inductee Sumo Sato who died from cancer. Photo by Mindy Schauer, The Orange County Register
FIRST PLACE FEATURE SINGLE: Unicyclist Hugh Sharp of Cape Elizabeth is reflected in a puddle at the Eastern Promenade Trail in Portland, Maine, the day after heavy rains. Sharp, who was in the midst of a 20-mile ride from Cape Elizabeth to Falmouth and back, said he is passionate about unicycling. "It's about freedom, fun and exercise," he said. "You're constantly thinking, because if you stop thinking, you fall. For me, it's living in the moment." Photo by Ben McCanna, Portland Press Herald
FIRST PLACE SPOT NEWS: Actress Nicolle Rochelle, who appeared on several episodes of "The Cosby Show," is detained as Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, in Norristown, Pennsylvania. She was charged with disorderly conduct. Photo by Corey Perrine