APME/APPM Photo of the Month March 2016
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Posted by: Laura Sellers-Earl
The APME has honored this photograph as National Member Photo of the Month for March 2016.
Caption: Graham, center, and Lena Kelly, rear, Lexi's foster aunt and uncle, break down on the street after family services came to take Lexi away from her foster family in Santa Clarita, Calif., Monday, March 21, 2016. Lexi, who spent most of her life with California foster parents, was removed from her home on Monday under a court order that concluded her native American blood requires her placement with relatives in Utah. (David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News via AP)
Thanks to Nicole Fruge at the San Francisco Chronicle for judging this month.
Here is what Nicole had to say about the winning image:
"David Crane’s emotional image of a grief stricken family after social services removed their foster child was the clear winner for its gut wrenching immediacy and layered composition. Powerful Work!"
Here's what David had to say about his photograph:
"The Page family continues to fight in the courts for Lexi's return. It was an obvious emotional day, the biggest surprise came when family services actually showed up to remove Lexi from the home on a day in which so much media was present, none of us expected they would do this. Once family services arrived in an unmarked car at the Page's home, the event took only minutes to evolve. When events occur this fast you are just operating on "automatic" or instinct, there is no time to think, you have to shoot and sort it out later. I would like to believe, perhaps naively, that in these situations where even though there are dozens of iPhones in use, the ability, and importance of journalists and journalism still shines through in the long view to help clarify and bring better understanding to a story or event."
Below is the link to all images entered for March and the winner is slide #12.