Through the viewfinder ⁠— 3rd quarter 2022

Jul 1, 2022

Children, whose faces only hours before were filled with joyful grins as they received certificates for making good grades, exhibiting stellar behavior, and attending school regularly, cry as they sprint across the Robb Elementary School campus. The students were directed to the nearby Hillcrest Memorial Funeral Home, where staff and students remained locked inside, and away from the second- through fourth-grade campus, where a gunman was barricaded in a classroom after killing 19 fourth-graders and two teachers, and causing injury to more than a dozen others. The shooting, presently billed as the second-worst school shooting in United States history, happened May 24, just two days before the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District was set to end classes, and three days before more than 300 seniors were set to graduate from Uvalde High School, Uvalde Early College High School, and Crossroads Academy. (Pete Luna | Uvalde (Texas) Leader-News)
Fort White outfielder Gracie Clemons reacts after making the final out of the Class 1A state championship game against Jay at Legend Way Ballfields on May 25 in Clermont. The Royals won 6-5, holding on after the Indians loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh inning. (Morgan McMullen | Lake City (Florida) Reporter)
Saturday night at the track — Nearly 30 members of Centralia Boy Scout Troop 90 and Centralia Cub Scout Pack 90 packed into the gym at the Centralia First Baptist Church the evening of Saturday, Feb. 26 and raced nearly two-dozen hand-carved wooden cars down a 50-foot aluminum track for the organizations’ annual Pinewood Derby. Shown above, from the left, are Ashlee Adams, Daniel Adams and Garon Stowers eagerly watching their cars come to crashing conclusions at the finish line. (James Smith | Centralia (Missouri) Fireside Guard)

Winning photographs in the Third Quarter 2022 Pub Aux Photo contest, taken from June 10, 2021, to June 10, 2022, captured news of our communities’ youth.


Pete Luna, general manager and photographer of the Uvalde (Texas) Leader-News, photographed police evacuating the children from Robb Elementary School. The Leader-News printed a black front page of the issue following the shooting.

Topping the Sports category, Morgan McMullen of the Lake City (Florida) Reporter captured this shot of an outfielder post-state championship defeat.

James Smith of the Centralia (Missouri) Fireside Guard topped the Features category with this shot of Boy Scouts racing wooden cars.

The first-place winners in each category receive personalized coffee mugs featuring a winning photo or a print of their photo. See past winners and entries here: