The judges said this was a winner based on timing. Thats really what this picture is all about. The composition isn't anything to speak of, the overall action isn't that great, but the moment is what this is all about.
When I took this picture I was taken shots hoping to get some nice moments of people reacting to the cold water. I remember thinking that this spot wasn't at all what I wanted and only took a few frames from this angle. I didn't see this frame until I was in the car ready to head home. I showed it to writer Ryan Smith and said--thats the one. I had other frames that used my eye as a photographer and they were good, in many ways better photographs than this one, but the timing---you just can't beat that in a photograph when you get it - and they are rare. Meadville Tribune photograph by Richard Sayer