The following is the list of this year’s awards (including comments from the judges):
FEATURE SINGLE ARTICLE CIRCULATION/AUV UNDER 10,000 (PRINT OR ONLINE) 18 entries
My Man o’ War
By Maryanna Skowronski
August 2017 An essay that embraced the larger culture and served its readership better than some of the more pragmatic and practical pieces on this topic.
The Racing Capital
By Eliza McGraw
Well-researched and fascinating.
By Sandra McKee
A well-crafted piece on a good subject and an easy read
EDITORIAL PHOTOGRAPH (PRINT OR ONLINE) 19 entries
Joys of Spring
JoAnn Hayden, Photographer
The misty morning scenario is the perfect canvas for the clearly focused subjects of the image that conveys the serene and often gleeful “Joys of Spring”. The photographer did a marvelous job with exposure and patience, which allowed her to capture this magical moment in all its simultaneous calm and excitement.
PERSONAL COLUMN SINGLE ARTICLE CIRCULATION/AUV UNDER 20,000 (PRINT OR ONLINE) 15 entries
Sundown at Pimlico
By John Scheinman
Lyrical, evocative lede sets up an unusual take on a post-Preakness story. The personal is mixed with the historical, and the sadness over the twilight of a fabled racetrack is felt in every sentence. Good flow from present to past to present again, and perhaps the future.
NEWS REPORTING RELATED FEATURE SINGLE ARTICLE (PRINT OR ONLINE) 10 entries
A Great Loss
By Joe Clancy
The writer has a keen eye for details and an extraordinary way with words. He paints a beautiful picture of the strong bonds between horses and humans. And he shows what we all lose when a great one passes too soon.
EDITORIAL ACTION PHOTOGRAPH (PRINT OR ONLINE) 11 entries
Muddy Black-Eyed Susan
Rick Buckley, Photographer
Talk about getting down and dirty. This photo’s perspective, depth of field help to make this action shot so appealing.
EDITORIAL HUMAN-ANIMAL BOND PHOTOGRAPH (PRINT OR ONLINE) 16 entries
Ben and Fern
Lydia A. Williams, Photographer
Exceptional moment to capture as the horse is truly being consoled by the human. Photo is nicely composed including the rider that is the additional third element in this photo. Everything works well together.
SERVICE TO THE HORSE INDUSTRY SINGLE ARTICLE (PRINT OR ONLINE) 26 entries
By Sandra McKee
This is a well done story citing multiple sources and incidents, including concussion protocols from other sports. The story flows well and wraps with a look to the future. A smart, informative read.