First place was a standout winner. An unexpected moment from what could have been a very mundane event. The background also helps give a sense of place with out being distracting. Second place showed good emotion from a difficult situation. The story could have been explain better in the caption however. Third place lacked the emotion of the first and second place entries but had great composition, layering, and seeing. Especially coming from the particular event. Honorable mention to the entry "Freshman" which captured a mood and had interesting light.

Grand Island Independent photographers Matt Dixon and Barrett Stinson, and Hastings Tribune photographers Amy Roh and Laura Beahm.