27 Apr 2016: The winners of the BPPA Pictures of the Year 2015 College Contest have been announced. View the results below.

 

Judges

Jessica Rinaldi, The Boston Globe
Elise Amendola, The Associated Press
Angela Rowlings, The Boston Herald

Rules for the 2015 BPPA College Contest


Best in show

Nicholas Pfosi, Tufts University

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Summary: Samwell Mosota Omaiyo sits up in his bed on Sunday afternoon at the Texas cancer center in patient facility in Nairobi, Kenya on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. He was recently diagnosed with late-stage mandible cancer and is extremely sick. The nurses who take care of him here at the center are trained in palliative care and tend to over a dozen other patients around the clock in this small medical building the outskirts of the city.

Due to a lack of diagnostic technology and a stigma around cancer in kenya patients like Samwell often aren’t diagnosed until their illnesses become terminal.

Here at the center, all the nurses have received specialized training in palliative care and work exclusively with patients who have life-limiting illness. Part of what separates palliative care from other forms of patient care is the holistic approach to treatment. This includes caring for the patient’s emotional and psychological wellbeing as well as their physical needs.

On Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, Samwell Mosota Omaiyo passed away due to organ failure early in the evening. He died peacefully.

A palliative care nurse Carren Asembo, attended to him in his final moments and when his wife called to see how her husband was improving after a particularly lucid visit earlier that day, she had the responsibility of informing his wife of Samwell’s death. When asked about how she felt following his loss she said, “Nursing is not a job, it’s a calling. Those who can’t adjust and handle caring for others come, but they soon leave.”


01 News

1st place – Harrison Hill, Western Kentucky University

More than 200 people marched through Dorchester, MA to call for peace and to honor three city youths who recently died tragically on June 16, 2015. Family members of Jonathan Dos Santos, who was the victim of a shooting on June 10, gathered to mourn at the site of his death and now a makeshift memorial.

More than 200 people marched through Dorchester, MA to call for peace and to honor three city youths who recently died tragically on June 16, 2015. Family members of Jonathan Dos Santos, who was the victim of a shooting on June 10, gathered to mourn at the site of his death and now a makeshift memorial.

2nd place – Harrison Hill, Western Kentucky University

A young girl stands next to the make-shift memorial in front of am Auburn home where a 2-year-old foster child died on Aug 17, 2015.

A young girl stands next to the make-shift memorial in front of am Auburn home where a 2-year-old foster child died on Aug 17, 2015.

3rd place – Dingfang Zhou, Boston University

A participant of Boston Pride Parade dances on top of a float when passing Massachusetts State House. Boston.  June 13, 2015

A participant of Boston Pride Parade dances on top of a float when passing Massachusetts State House. Boston. June 13, 2015

Honorable mention – Alexandra Wimley, Boston University

April 9, 2016 - Brothers of the Sigma chapter of Alphi Phi Alpha (from left) William Belt, Yassine El Yousfi, Jamil Williams, and Ricky Rodriguez stand in front of the Massachusetts State House after leading a march from Marsh Plaza in Boston, Mass. to speak out against Donald Trump.

April 9, 2016 – Brothers of the Sigma chapter of Alphi Phi Alpha (from left) William Belt, Yassine El Yousfi, Jamil Williams, and Ricky Rodriguez stand in front of the Massachusetts State House after leading a march from Marsh Plaza in Boston, Mass. to speak out against Donald Trump.


02 Feature

1st place – Marwa Sameer, Boston University

Boston, November 19, 2015- Nicole Schindler, 10, walks with her oncologist Rachel Bolton in Couture for Cancer Care, a benefit and a fashion show that was organized by the Friends of Massachusetts General Cancer Center. After 9 months of treatment, Nicole, a softball player and jazz dancer, was able to beat brain cancer.

Boston, November 19, 2015- Nicole Schindler, 10, walks with her oncologist Rachel Bolton in Couture for Cancer Care, a benefit and a fashion show that was organized by the Friends of Massachusetts General Cancer Center. After 9 months of treatment, Nicole, a softball player and jazz dancer, was able to beat brain cancer.

2nd place – Nicholas Pfosi, Tufts University

Sisters of Mary of Kakamaga gather to show support for Naliaka Odilia, their friend and fellow congregate of 50 years, who has a brain turmor on Saturday afternoon at the Texas Cancer Center in patient facility in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. Nurses in this facility are trained in palliative care and give round the clock care to over a dozen patients in this small medical building, a privilege the majority of Kenyans don't have access to.

Sisters of Mary of Kakamaga gather to show support for Naliaka Odilia, their friend and fellow congregate of 50 years, who has a brain turmor on Saturday afternoon at the Texas Cancer Center in patient facility in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. Nurses in this facility are trained in palliative care and give round the clock care to over a dozen patients in this small medical building, a privilege the majority of Kenyans don’t have access to.

3rd place – Harrison Hill, Western Kentucky University

Brothers Jose and William Garcia lay on their bed inside their apartment on June 20, 2015. After their mother complained about a lead problem in a previous home they lived in the landlord kicked them out. Soon after Jose, left, was diagnosed with extreme levels of lead poisoning and William also showed signs of the disease.

Brothers Jose and William Garcia lay on their bed inside their apartment on June 20, 2015. After their mother complained about a lead problem in a previous home they lived in the landlord kicked them out. Soon after Jose, left, was diagnosed with extreme levels of lead poisoning and William also showed signs of the disease.

Honorable mention 1 – Andrew Schwartz, Endicott College

Birds fly close to a humpback whale as he surfaces in the waters off the coast of Gloucester, MA

Birds fly close to a humpback whale as he surfaces in the waters off the coast of Gloucester, MA

Honorable mention 2 – Harrison Hill, Western Kentucky University

Pearl Neafsey, 6, walks to her beehives behind her family shed in Newtonville, MA on June 26, 2015. Pearl started beekeeping with her father at the end of spring. Every week Pearl and her father check on the beehive, the honeycombs, the queen, and more. "I like the bees because the they don't sting me," said Neafsey. "The bees don't sting me because I take care of them."

Pearl Neafsey, 6, walks to her beehives behind her family shed in Newtonville, MA on June 26, 2015. Pearl started beekeeping with her father at the end of spring. Every week Pearl and her father check on the beehive, the honeycombs, the queen, and more. “I like the bees because the they don’t sting me,” said Neafsey. “The bees don’t sting me because I take care of them.”

Honorable mention 3 – Dingfang Zhou, Boston University

Bostonians gathered along both sides of Charles River to observe the July 4th fireworks. Dozens of kayaks drifted on Charles River, around west side of Harvard Bridge with spectators looking forward to the Boston Pops Fireworks Septacular. Cambridge. July 4, 2015

Bostonians gathered along both sides of Charles River to observe the July 4th fireworks. Dozens of kayaks drifted on Charles River, around west side of Harvard Bridge with spectators looking forward to the Boston Pops Fireworks Septacular. Cambridge. July 4, 2015


03 Sports Picture

1st place – Conner Grant, Endicott College

Endicott College guard Kamahl Walker goes in for a layup in a game against Nichols College, 2st-half action, Beverly, MA, 1/27/16. Endicott lost to Nichols by a final score 86-77.

Endicott College guard Kamahl Walker goes in for a layup in a game against Nichols College, 2st-half action, Beverly, MA, 1/27/16. Endicott lost to Nichols by a final score 86-77.

2nd place – Harrison Hill, Western Kentucky University

More than 1,000 youngsters gathered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to swim, cycle, and run during the fourth annual New England kids triathlon on July 19, 2015. The first 50 competitors received tons of support as they headed to the pool to start off the games.

More than 1,000 youngsters gathered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to swim, cycle, and run during the fourth annual New England kids triathlon on July 19, 2015. The first 50 competitors received tons of support as they headed to the pool to start off the games.

3rd place – Pankaj Khadka, Boston University

A wet Boylston Street reflects the shadows of the runners as they symmetrically brave past the rain and the cold while approaching the finish line of the 2015 Boston Marathon.

A wet Boylston Street reflects the shadows of the runners as they symmetrically brave past the rain and the cold while approaching the finish line of the 2015 Boston Marathon.

Honorable mention 1 – Parker Fish, Endicott College

A skier jumps high during the Big Air Fenway competition at Fenway Park, Boston, MA, 2/12/16.

A skier jumps high during the Big Air Fenway competition at Fenway Park, Boston, MA, 2/12/16.

Honorable mention 2 – Evan Sayles, Tufts University

The women's basketball team stretches below Bankers Life Fieldhouse before the NCAA Div. III women's basketball championship on Monday, April 4, 2016.

The women’s basketball team stretches below Bankers Life Fieldhouse before the NCAA Div. III women’s basketball championship on Monday, April 4, 2016.

Honorable mention 3 – Evan Sayles, Tufts University

Midfielder Caroline Nowak fights to regain possession of the ball in the game against Castleton on Monday, March 7, 2016.

Midfielder Caroline Nowak fights to regain possession of the ball in the game against Castleton on Monday, March 7, 2016.


04 Portrait

1st place – Nicholas Pfosi, Tufts University

Sheila Kadende,42 leaves for Sunday School which she teaches, in Joubert Park on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. The residents in this building were evicted from their previous building in New Town to make way for a new mall under construction as part of a city-wide gentrification effort.

Sheila Kadende,42 leaves for Sunday School which she teaches, in Joubert Park on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. The residents in this building were evicted from their previous building in New Town to make way for a new mall under construction as part of a city-wide gentrification effort.

2nd place – Pankaj Khadka, Boston University

Rija Sunar, a second grader, is a daughter of a labor migrant. With Dalit men engaging in foreign employment and learning about the importance of education, enrollment of Dalit kids has risen in Kala Bang.

Rija Sunar, a second grader, is a daughter of a labor migrant. With Dalit men engaging in foreign employment and learning about the importance of education, enrollment of Dalit kids has risen in Kala Bang.

3rd place – Michael Schwarz, Boston University

October 18, 2015 - Boston, Massachusetts: Adderall and other assorted academic-stimulant pills fall in front of Lucas Esposito's face. In 2012, over 116,000 people were admitted to rehab for an addiction to amphetamines like Adderall.

October 18, 2015 – Boston, Massachusetts: Adderall and other assorted academic-stimulant pills fall in front of Lucas Esposito’s face. In 2012, over 116,000 people were admitted to rehab for an addiction to amphetamines like Adderall.

Honorable mention 1 – Michael Schwarz, Boston University

October 8, 2015 - Andrea Nazario enjoys the evening light atop an apartment building on Saint Mary's Street in Boston Mass.

October 8, 2015 – Andrea Nazario enjoys the evening light atop an apartment building on Saint Mary’s Street in Boston Mass.

Honorable mention 2 – Pankaj Khadka, Boston University
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Honorable mention 3 – Alexandra Wimley, Boston University

Feb. 9, 2016 - Sen. Marco Rubio's son Anthony Rubio stands on stage as his father speaks to hundreds of supporters at his New Hampshire Primary event at the Raddisson Hotel in Manchester.

Feb. 9, 2016 – Sen. Marco Rubio’s son Anthony Rubio stands on stage as his father speaks to hundreds of supporters at his New Hampshire Primary event at the Raddisson Hotel in Manchester.

Honorable mention 4 – Nicholas Pfosi, Tufts University

Lufuno Nevhulaudzi poses for a picture with her friend, Yanga Mpengu, a two year resident, in her basement room at the Moth building in Joubert Park on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. The residents here were evicted from their previous building in New Town to make way for a new mall under construction.

Lufuno Nevhulaudzi poses for a picture with her friend, Yanga Mpengu, a two year resident, in her basement room at the Moth building in Joubert Park on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. The residents here were evicted from their previous building in New Town to make way for a new mall under construction.


05 Picture Story

1st place – Nicholas Pfosi, Tufts University
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Summary: Samwell Mosota Omaiyo sits up in his bed on Sunday afternoon at the Texas cancer center in patient facility in Nairobi, Kenya on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. He was recently diagnosed with late-stage mandible cancer and is extremely sick. The nurses who take care of him here at the center are trained in palliative care and tend to over a dozen other patients around the clock in this small medical building the outskirts of the city.

Due to a lack of diagnostic technology and a stigma around cancer in kenya patients like Samwell often aren’t diagnosed until their illnesses become terminal.

Here at the center, all the nurses have received specialized training in palliative care and work exclusively with patients who have life-limiting illness. Part of what separates palliative care from other forms of patient care is the holistic approach to treatment. This includes caring for the patient’s emotional and psychological wellbeing as well as their physical needs.

On Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, Samwell Mosota Omaiyo passed away due to organ failure early in the evening. He died peacefully.

A palliative care nurse Carren Asembo, attended to him in his final moments and when his wife called to see how her husband was improving after a particularly lucid visit earlier that day, she had the responsibility of informing his wife of Samwell’s death. When asked about how she felt following his loss she said, “Nursing is not a job, it’s a calling. Those who can’t adjust and handle caring for others come, but they soon leave.”

2nd place – Nicholas Pfosi, Tufts University
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Summary: In 2000 Sheila Kadende moved from Zimbabwe to Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2006 her landlord suddenly evicted her and every other resident of their building in Johannesburg’s Central Business District to make way for new construction: a mall. Kadende is a victim of the city government’s efforts to “rejuvenate” low-income areas with shopping centers and small businesses – an effort commonly known as gentrification. Since her eviction, Kadende, 42, her eight year old daughter Madeleine and her twenty year old nephew Washington have lived in a desperate housing situation, provided by the government that theoretically treats accommodation as a human right but practically is overwhelmed by systemic poverty.

3rd place – Nicholas Pfosi, Tufts University
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Summary: Each morning, Amy Keach milks her dairy goats with the help of her younger son, Andrew. Over the past half decade, the Keach family has expanded their herd to more than 30 animals. Every day, the goats, which Amy often brings to shows and competitions, produce two gallons of milk.

In the rolling hills outside of Frankfort, the goats graze on a small plot of land in Bagdad, Kentucky along the border of Shelbyville and Franklin county. Amy’s husband, Nathan, is serving abroad for the National Guard in Kuwait.

Amy, who grew up in Los Angeles, says she never foresaw owning goats. Her city-bound parents did pay for horseback-riding lessons for her though and unwittingly fostered her love for the countryside. At the age of 17, Amy moved across the country to Kentucky, exiting her Southern California life forever. “I like not having my neighbor two feet from me,” she says. “Once I moved out of L.A., there was no going back.”

Honorable mention 1 – Alexandra Wimley, Boston University
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Summary: Beyond the Podium: Primaries 2016


06 Video/Multimedia

1st place – Nikita Sampath, Boston University – “Out of the Blues”

2nd place – Nicholas Pfosi, Tufts University – “Palliative Care”

3rd place – Nikita Sampath, Boston University – “Being Amina”

Honorable mention 1 – Pankaj Khadka, Boston University – “Leaving Home: The Untouchable Dream”