From the Nominator
"This shot, taken by Assistant Director of Photography Jay Drowns, shows the student athlete competing through heavy rains and in nearly a foot of mud--demonstrating the competitive spirit of the cowboy. This photograph tells the story of all the students involved in the rodeo, who give their all in difficult situations."
From the Judges
The judges loved the intensity and appreciated the technical success of this image. The eye contact that is lost due to the mud splashing in front of the student athlete's face draws the viewer's attention to the horse's eyes and expression, which, framed by the splashing rain and mud, is unsettlingly captivating and unique.