The APME has honored the photograph below as National MBR Photo of the Month for September 2014.
Thanks to Steve Gonzales, Jill Karnicki and Smiley N. Pool at the Houston Chronicle for judging this month.
Here is what the judges had to say about the winning image:
"Judges liked the way this photographer captured the mood of a moment of silence for a Clemson University student who fell from a bridge while on a run with his fraternity brothers. The use of cell phone lights to illuminate the field added to the layering and having the forethought to capture the sunset was a bonus to this winner. Like many of the photos we looked at, it starts with a little bit of "wow” factor from the use of the mobile phones taking the place where we’re accustomed to seeing candles. But what makes it special is the longer you look at it the more effectively it communicates. You get drawn in by the lights, then by the subject’s body language, then you linger on all the faces of the students. The more you look, the more there is to like about the photo – and the more you want to know about the story."
Below is the link to all images entered for September and the winner is slide #25.
In this Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 photo, Jim Clements, president of Clemson University, leads a moment of silence during a vigil for Tucker Hipps as people use their cell phones to illuminate Bowman Field in Clemson, S.C. One day after Hipps fatally fell from a bridge after a run with his fraternity brothers, Clemson University suspended activities for all of its fraternities, citing reports of alcohol abuse and sexual misconduct but stopping short of tying the ban to the death. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent Mail, Nathan Gray)