|For me and for another challenge, the portrait would have been the winner hands down. But I, unfortunately for many entries, took the description too literally (I do HATE those descriptions) and felt as if what was called for was work in the sense of manual labor. Though I gave decent scores to many of the "let's get active" sports shots, I reserved my top scores for photos of people working with their hands.
And yes, I know one goes to the gym for a "workout" and physical activity can definitely be work in one sense of the word. But still, I felt the description was trying to gently interpret the challenge title and nudge us in a particular direction.
Amazing portrait, though, Cory, and I'm very glad to see it at the top.