As the category implies, a controlled portrait or illustration should convey strong meaning, emotion and character. Any of the top three images could have won this category, but '"moment'" weighed greatly in our decision. Each image shares a solid, fundamental direction, color and quality of light. They are all compositionally sound. It is the simple storytelling value of the winning photo that outshines the rest. On a side note, the quality and accuracy of the captions also played into the decision-making process '” a picture is worth a 1,000 words, but those extra 50 words are significant.

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