FIRST PLACE FEATURE SINGLE: Teg is glad to be in the arms of his owner Henok Tewold at A homeless encampment in Santa Rosa, California. Photo by Kent Porter, Santa Rosa Press Democrat.
FIRST PLACE GENERAL NEWS: Karen Franczek, center, and others react to the news that Bob Nodzo unofficially lost to Tim Lattimore by one vote as they gathered at the Democrat's election night party in Auburn, New York. Photo by Kevin Rivoli, The Citizen
FIRST PLACE PORTRAIT/ILLUSTRATION: Kierra Moore embraces two of her boys, Luke, 3, left, and Micah, 4. Moore, after losing her parents in her teens, bounced from shelter to shelter, moving from one abusive relationships to unstable situations. She now hopes to find a job, saying, "I know God has a plan." Photo by Fred Zwicky, Journal Star
FIRST PLACE PHOTO STORY/ESSAY: Fred Shultz gives his wife Patty a kiss and strokes her cheek before she drifts off to sleep in their Newburgh, Indiana home. Patty died in her sleep less than three days later. Photo by Denny Simmons, Courier & Press
dives after a ball during a volleyball match at the Illinois High School Association state final tournament at Illinois State University's Redbird Arena. Marist won the Class 4A state championship match. Photo by Brian O'Mahoney, For the Chicago Tribune Media Group
FIRST PLACE SPORTS FEATURE: Westborough High School players Becky Arena, left, Emma Smallcomb, Mary Kate Lehman and Jackie Latimer celebrate after their comeback win over Melrose for the Divison 2 state championship at Worcester State University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Photo by Ken McGagh, MetroWest Daily News
FIRST PLACE SPOT NEWS: Residents, many in wheelchairs, are evacuated by neighbors from a five-alarm blaze at the Barclay Friends Nursing Home in West Chester, Pennsylvania Four people were killed in the fire. Photo by Steven M. Falk, Philadelphia Inquirer