FIRST PLACE SPOT NEWS- Three women hold each other at the scene of a fatal double shooting in the Washington Park neighborhood of Chicago. 32-year-old Jeanine Dowell and 41-year-old Juliet Washington were driving north when shots were fired from another vehicle, striking both women in the head. They were pronounced dead at the scene. Photo by Erin Hooley, Chicago Tribune.
FIRST PLACE PORTRAIT/ILLUSTRATION: Kai Lightner, a 17-year-old professional climber, photographed with an in-camera double exposure at Smith Rock Park in Bend, Oregon. Photo by Ian Witlen, Red Bull Content Pool.
FIRST PLACE GENERAL NEWS: Charleena Lyles' aunt, Laurie Davis, and oldest sister Monika Williams hold each other as several dozen people attend a vigil outside the apartment building in Seattle where Lyles, a 30-year-old mother of four, was shot by police after she called them to respond to an attempted burglary. Photo by Genna Martin, seattlepi.com
FIRST PLACE FEATURE/SINGLE: Aliyaah Adamson gets a kiss from her grandmother Sonya Robinson after the E.E. Smith High School 2017 commencement ceremony at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Photo by Melissa Sue Gerrits, Fayetteville Observer.
FIRST PLACE PHOTO STORY/ESSAY: Eddie Bolden is greeted by friends and family as he walks out of Cook County Jail in Chicago as a free man after spending 22 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. A Cook County judge threw out murder convictions against Bolden in the fatal shooting of two men in 1994 and prosecutors declined to retry him. Photo by Erin Hooley, Chicago Tribune.
FIRST PLACE SPORTS ACTION: Houston goalie Tyler Garner grabs the ball as Mason Morice of the Jesters tries to head in a goal during the Inter-League Friendly between the Houston Hurricanes and New Orleans Jesters at Pan American Stadium in New Orleans. Photo by Michael DeMocker, The TimeS-Picayune.
FIRST PLACE SPORTS FEATURE: Matt Jenkins Castro from Pittsburgh reacts and his eyeglasses fly off his faces while watching the Nashville Predators with a crowd during a screening of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. Photo by Steph Chambers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.