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The judges had a lot of discussion about the images in this category and their placement. First place got the most votes for first due to its well-timed juxtaposition between the fire and the fire fighter. Judges felt second-place was a strong moment but the photograph lacked the impact that a careful crop from the right, bottom and left could have increased.

1. Mark Mirko, Staff Photographer/Photography Editor, Hartford Courant.
2. Mike Piskorski, Chief Photographer/Director of Integrated Photography, Fox CT/Hartford Courant
3. Cloe Poisson, Staff Photographer/Photography Editor, Hartford Courant.
4. John Woike, Staff Photographer/Photography Editor, Hartford Courant.

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