1st Place: Sophie Jucido Johnson, F News, “Air Sex”
The judges said that everything on the page worked well together, starting with the clever headline, the unique illustrations and a clear grid. “You could feel the fun they had putting this together,” Luis Rendon said.
This is an edgy topic, but “you’re looking at the illustrations and you’re thinking what’s going on and you want to read the story,” Joe Greco said.
Honorary mention: Zach Cooper, F News, “Why I miss John Stewart”
Luis Rendon said that he was struck by how original the illustration was, but the judges agreed that the power of the page only came from the illustration.
Honorary mention: Priyoshi Kapur, F News, “Waiting for her to die”
The judges said that although the illustration itself is high quality, they didn’t think it entirely fit the story. They thought the designer efficiently used white space and typography to make the page clean.