The Associated Press Media Editors has honored this photograph as National Member Photo of the Month for September 2017.
Thanks to John J. Watkins, staff photojournalist, and Kale Wilk, digital producer, of The Times of Northwest Indiana for judging this month.
Here is what the judges had to say about the winning image:
"The photo captures a loving, human moment in a solemn surrounding. The composition and shallow depth of field nicely depicts and isolates the couple from the destruction they’re surrounded by. Although they appear to have lost everything, they still have each other.”
This is a link to all images entered for October and the winner is slide 28.
Caption: Gordon Easter and fiancee Gail Hale embrace as they return to their home on Hopper Lane in Coffey Park, Friday Oct. 20, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. Northern California residents who fled a wildfire in the dead of night with only minutes to spare returned to their neighborhoods Friday for the first time in nearly two weeks to see if anything was standing. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)