Clip Contest Winners: 2013: December: 2013_12_03_01

First Place | FeatureJohn D. Simmons, The Charlotte ObserverIt doesn't get any better than this. The father bears the look of an adult who is about to introduce his children to a fictitious figure. The daughter seems both a bit hesitant, uncertain whether she should be afraid. And then there's the son who can barely contain his excitement. Their differing expressions make for a marvelous photograph. I have no doubt the family cherishes this photograph. That alone is worth more than any 1st place win, but the photographer gets that too. Josh Toole keeps an eye on the reaction of his children Cierra, 3, and Caspian Toole, 5, as they spot Santa at SouthPark Mall on Saturday December 21, 2013. Christmas eve is all about anticipation of what is to come and what is possible.

First Place | Feature 

John D. Simmons, The Charlotte Observer 

It doesn't get any better than this. The father bears the look of an adult who is about to introduce his children to a fictitious figure. The daughter seems both a bit hesitant, uncertain whether she should be afraid. And then there's the son who can barely contain his excitement. Their differing expressions make for a marvelous photograph. I have no doubt the family cherishes this photograph. That alone is worth more than any 1st place win, but the photographer gets that too.  

Josh Toole keeps an eye on the reaction of his children Cierra, 3, and Caspian Toole, 5, as they spot Santa at SouthPark Mall on Saturday December 21, 2013. Christmas eve is all about anticipation of what is to come and what is possible.