18 FEB 2016: Judging is finished for the 2015 contest.


Judges

Amy Sancetta – Associated Press
Nick Oza – The Arizona Republic
Mona Reeder – Dallas Morning News

Rules for the 2015 Contest


Best in Show

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Jessica Rinaldi, The Boston Globe


The life and times of Strider Wolf

SIX-YEAR-OLD STRIDER WOLF HAS TRAVELED SO FAR, FROM NEAR-FATAL ABUSE TO HERE, INVISIBLE AMONG MAINE’S POOREST, IN THE CARE OF GRANDPARENTS WHO HAVE LITTLE LEFT TO GIVE BUT LOVE – AND JUST ENOUGH OF THAT.


Photographer of the Year

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1st place – Jessica Rinaldi, The Boston Globe

2nd place – Craig F. Walker, The Boston Globe

3rd place – Brian Snyder, Reuters


01 – Spot News

1st place – Mark Garfinkel, Boston Herald

02/18/2015-Revere,MA A Revere firefighter pulls Thunder to safety after she and her pal Lola ventured onto the thin ice and got stuck in the ice and frigid water. The nearly 2 hour rescue ended when Revere firefighters, in survival suits ,handed the dogs to owner Mary Sheridan.

02/18/2015-Revere,MA A Revere firefighter pulls Thunder to safety after she and her pal Lola ventured onto the thin ice and got stuck in the ice and frigid water. The nearly 2 hour rescue ended when Revere firefighters, in survival suits ,handed the dogs to owner Mary Sheridan.

2nd place – Mark Garfinkel, Boston Herald

June 10, 2015-Boston,MA. USA.  A man who police say was threatening to jump from Boston's Tobin Bridge, is seen climbing the bridge this evening as a police negotiator, bottom left, speaks to him through a microphone bull horn. The distraught man, who was seen by thousands of evening work commuters, climbed down shortly after sunset, after 2 hours atop the bridge.

June 10, 2015-Boston,MA. USA. A man who police say was threatening to jump from Boston’s Tobin Bridge, is seen climbing the bridge this evening as a police negotiator, bottom left, speaks to him through a microphone bull horn. The distraught man, who was seen by thousands of evening work commuters, climbed down shortly after sunset, after 2 hours atop the bridge.

3rd place – Mark Garfinkel, Boston Herald

06/02/2015-Boston,MA. A Boston police detective hold a suspect's knife as he processes the scene of today's fatal police-involved shooting of a reported terror suspect. The man died after being confronted in this parking lot by police and members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

06/02/2015-Boston,MA. A Boston police detective hold a suspect’s knife as he processes the scene of today’s fatal police-involved shooting of a reported terror suspect. The man died after being confronted in this parking lot by police and members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Honorable Mention 1 – Greg Derr, Quincy Patriot Ledger

Waves pound ocean front homes in the Brant Rock section of Marshfield during a winter blizzard. Many homes were damaged or destroyed.

Waves pound ocean front homes in the Brant Rock section of Marshfield during a winter blizzard. Many homes were damaged or destroyed.

Honorable Mention 2 – Mark Garfinkel, Boston Herald

01/15/2015-Milton,MA A Black Lives Matter protester is arrested after blocking this morning's commute on route 93 north at East Milton Square. Several people exited  2 vans, laid down in the street as one of their arms, held in place by concrete, affixed to a large barrel. The morning commute was dramatically slowed for 2 hours.

01/15/2015-Milton,MA A Black Lives Matter protester is arrested after blocking this morning’s commute on route 93 north at East Milton Square. Several people exited 2 vans, laid down in the street as one of their arms, held in place by concrete, affixed to a large barrel. The morning commute was dramatically slowed for 2 hours.


02 – General News

1st place – Jessica Rinaldi, The Boston Globe

After two years of not paying the rent the Grant's landlord had given them 30 days to pack their things and leave. On the night of the eviction as Strider's grandparents, Lanette and Larry, worked to move their possessions into a rented semi-truck parked on a lot Strider and Gallagher were left in the back of the car. Tired and acting out Gallagher bit Strider who recoiled, pressing himself against the car window.

After two years of not paying the rent the Grant’s landlord had given them 30 days to pack their things and leave. On the night of the eviction as Strider’s grandparents, Lanette and Larry, worked to move their possessions into a rented semi-truck parked on a lot Strider and Gallagher were left in the back of the car. Tired and acting out Gallagher bit Strider who recoiled, pressing himself against the car window.

2nd place – Nicolaus Czarnecki, Metro Boston

Dozens of MBTA commuters crowded Kenmore Square station waiting for shuttle buses after green line service was halted. The MBTA reported major delays throughout the system due to the high amounts of snow and low temperatures.

Dozens of MBTA commuters crowded Kenmore Square station waiting for shuttle buses after green line service was halted. The MBTA reported major delays throughout the system due to the high amounts of snow and low temperatures.

3rd place – Pat Greenhouse, The Boston Globe

For months Bella Bond was known only as "Baby Doe."  The 2-year-old's body had been stuffed into a trash bag and washed up on a Deer Island beach June 25, 2015.  Investigators had conducted an international search, and then there was a break in the case.  Her mother, Rachelle Bond, arraigned in Dorchester District Court, on September 21, 2015, is charged with covering up the killing and improper disposal of a body.  Her boyfriend, Michael McCarthy (not shown), is charged with killing the girl because "She was a demon and it was her time to die."  Prosecutors allege the pair dumped her off the South Boston Waterfront and then got high on heroin.

For months Bella Bond was known only as “Baby Doe.” The 2-year-old’s body had been stuffed into a trash bag and washed up on a Deer Island beach June 25, 2015. Investigators had conducted an international search, and then there was a break in the case. Her mother, Rachelle Bond, arraigned in Dorchester District Court, on September 21, 2015, is charged with covering up the killing and improper disposal of a body. Her boyfriend, Michael McCarthy (not shown), is charged with killing the girl because “She was a demon and it was her time to die.” Prosecutors allege the pair dumped her off the South Boston Waterfront and then got high on heroin.

Honorable mention 1 – Craig F. Walker, The Boston Globe

A young boy gathered as much bread as he could hold at an aid station before crossing the Austrian border outside of Hegyeshalom, Hungary. The migrants found a warm welcome from the Red Cross and a group of volunteers from Hungary, Austria and Germany.  The United Nations estimates that more than half of the 4 million Syrian refugees worldwide are women and children. Migrants and refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, and other lands have fled en mass to Europe this year, in search of a better life. Four million refugees have fled Syria alone since a brutal civil war broke out after peaceful prodemocracy protests in 2011.

A young boy gathered as much bread as he could hold at an aid station before crossing the Austrian border outside of Hegyeshalom, Hungary. The migrants found a warm welcome from the Red Cross and a group of volunteers from Hungary, Austria and Germany.
The United Nations estimates that more than half of the 4 million Syrian refugees worldwide are women and children.
Migrants and refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, and other lands have fled en mass to Europe this year, in search of a better life. Four million refugees have fled Syria alone since a brutal civil war broke out after peaceful prodemocracy protests in 2011.

Honorable mention 2 – Ann Hermes, The Christian Science Monitor

Fatheya carries her son Abdullah while traveling with other Syrian refugees on a path near the Hungarian border on June 2, 2015 in Kanjiža, Serbia. The group walked several miles along the Tisza river at sunset to pass through the border with Hungary at night to avoid the police. Refugees seeking asylum rushed through the Serbo-Hungarian border before Hungary erected a border fence.

Fatheya carries her son Abdullah while traveling with other Syrian refugees on a path near the Hungarian border on June 2, 2015 in Kanjiža, Serbia. The group walked several miles along the Tisza river at sunset to pass through the border with Hungary at night to avoid the police. Refugees seeking asylum rushed through the Serbo-Hungarian border before Hungary erected a border fence.

Honorable mention 3 – Dominick Reuter, for AFP

United States Secretary of State John Kerry listens during a meeting with Afghanistan CEO Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, and China Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Palace Hotel on September 26, 2015, during the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

United States Secretary of State John Kerry listens during a meeting with Afghanistan CEO Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, and China Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Palace Hotel on September 26, 2015, during the United Nations General Assembly in New York.


03 – Feature

1st Place – Jessica Rinaldi, The Boston Globe

On the night of the eviction the boys climbed into a rusted Ford behind the horse pasture. Strider held a broken automotive hoses to his eyes like a pair of binoculars. He tipped his head upward. ÒWhatÕs on the moon?Ó Strider asked.

On the night of the eviction the boys climbed into a rusted Ford behind the horse pasture. Strider held a broken automotive hoses to his eyes like a pair of binoculars. He tipped his head upward. ÒWhatÕs on the moon?Ó Strider asked.

2nd Place – Jessica Rinaldi, The Boston Globe

Pedestrians are obscured by snow banks in downtown Boston, Massachusetts February 19, 2015.

Pedestrians are obscured by snow banks in downtown Boston, Massachusetts February 19, 2015.

3rd Place – Jessica Rinaldi, The Boston Globe

Strider reached up to grab high on a sapling revealing a scar that snaked its way up his stomach and a dimple that marked the place where a feeding tube had once been as he climbed a tree in the first of several campgrounds that would come to be home throughout the course of the summer.

Strider reached up to grab high on a sapling revealing a scar that snaked its way up his stomach and a dimple that marked the place where a feeding tube had once been as he climbed a tree in the first of several campgrounds that would come to be home throughout the course of the summer.

Honorable Mention 1 – Pat Greenhouse, The Boston Globe

After attending "PRU BOO" for trick-or-treating at The Shops at Prudential Center," the Morra family heads down Harrison Avenue to another venue.  Dad David is Darth Vader.  Mom Ronda is Princess Leia.

After attending “PRU BOO” for trick-or-treating at The Shops at Prudential Center,” the Morra family heads down Harrison Avenue to another venue. Dad David is Darth Vader. Mom Ronda is Princess Leia.

Honorable Mention 2 – Ken McGagh, MetroWest Daily News

Rusty Varrell, 19, of Holliston, climbs down as steam from the evaporator and smoke from a wood fire pour from the Natick Community Organic Farm sugar shack. After a record slow start to the season, sap finally started to run from maple trees in Natick, Wellesley and Dover in mid-March .  A combination of the heavy layer of snow and cold temperature made  for a very short sugaring season.

Rusty Varrell, 19, of Holliston, climbs down as steam from the evaporator and smoke from a wood fire pour from the Natick Community Organic Farm sugar shack. After a record slow start to the season, sap finally started to run from maple trees in Natick, Wellesley and Dover in mid-March . A combination of the heavy layer of snow and cold temperature made for a very short sugaring season.

Honorable Mention 3 – Faith Ninivaggi, Boston Herald

(Boston, MA 03/21 /15) Chris DeSisto takes a lone dip in the water after everyone has run out during the  2015 Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash on at the BCYF Curley Community Center in South Boston. Support your local beaches. March 21,  2015

(Boston, MA 03/21 /15) Chris DeSisto takes a lone dip in the water after everyone has run out during the 2015 Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash on at the BCYF Curley Community Center in South Boston. Support your local beaches. March 21, 2015


04 – Sports Action

1st place – Barry Chin, The Boston Globe

Boston center fielder Mookie Betts crashes face first into the Red Sox bullpen railing while unsuccessfully trying to track down a hard hit fly ball to deep center field during the second inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park.  Betts was able to finish out the remainder of the inning but left the game before the start of the 3rd with cuts to his face and a lower back strain.

Boston center fielder Mookie Betts crashes face first into the Red Sox bullpen railing while unsuccessfully trying to track down a hard hit fly ball to deep center field during the second inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. Betts was able to finish out the remainder of the inning but left the game before the start of the 3rd with cuts to his face and a lower back strain.

2nd place – Rich Gagnon, freelance

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 29: Jarrid Privitera #19 of the Vermont Catamounts celebrates his goal as Ryan Ruck #41 and John Stevens both of the Northeastern Huskies watch as the puck enters the net during NCAA hockey at Matthews Arena on October 29, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Catamounts won 3-2.

BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 29: Jarrid Privitera #19 of the Vermont Catamounts celebrates his goal as Ryan Ruck #41 and John Stevens both of the Northeastern Huskies watch as the puck enters the net during NCAA hockey at Matthews Arena on October 29, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Catamounts won 3-2.

3rd place – Matt Stone, Boston Herald

New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell dives for the end zone just short of a touchdown over Indianapolis Colts cornerback Greg Toler in the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship Game  at Gillette Stadium on Sunday,  January  18, 2015.

New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell dives for the end zone just short of a touchdown over Indianapolis Colts cornerback Greg Toler in the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, January 18, 2015.

Honorable Mention 1 – Barry Chin, The Boston Globe

Dartmouth's Luke Espindola (25) breaks up a long pass intended for Melrose wide receiver Mike Pedrini in the Division 3 high school Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium.

Dartmouth’s Luke Espindola (25) breaks up a long pass intended for Melrose wide receiver Mike Pedrini in the Division 3 high school Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium.

Honorable Mention 2 – Charlie Krupa, Associated Press

Ottawa Senators right wing Chris Neil and Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid gouge each other's eyes as they fight.

Ottawa Senators right wing Chris Neil and Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid gouge each other’s eyes as they fight.

Honorable Mention 3 – Barry Chin, The Boston Globe

Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. and Boston Celtics center Jared Sullinger dive to the parquet floor while chasing a loose ball during the third quarter of an NBA game at TD Garden.

Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. and Boston Celtics center Jared Sullinger dive to the parquet floor while chasing a loose ball during the third quarter of an NBA game at TD Garden.


05 – Sports Feature

1st place – Rich Gagnon, freelance

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 23: Linesman Marc Sullivan looks for an escape route as Matt Grzelcyk #5 of the Boston University Terriers celebrates his overtime winning goal against the Northeastern University Huskies with teammates Evan Rodrigues #17, Cason Hohmann #7 and Matt Lane #21 during NCAA hockey in the championship game of the annual Beanpot Hockey Tournament at TD Garden on February 23, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.

BOSTON, MA – FEBRUARY 23: Linesman Marc Sullivan looks for an escape route as Matt Grzelcyk #5 of the Boston University Terriers celebrates his overtime winning goal against the Northeastern University Huskies with teammates Evan Rodrigues #17, Cason Hohmann #7 and Matt Lane #21 during NCAA hockey in the championship game of the annual Beanpot Hockey Tournament at TD Garden on February 23, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.

2nd place – Winslow Townson, freelance

The horses leave the starting gate at The Belmont Stakes in New York.

The horses leave the starting gate at The Belmont Stakes in New York.

3rd place – Ken McGagh, MetroWest Daily News

Caroline Rotich of Kenya punches through the tape to win the women's division of the 2015 Boston Marathon.  Mare Dibaba of Ethiopica, right, was just four seconds behind in second place.

Caroline Rotich of Kenya punches through the tape to win the women’s division of the 2015 Boston Marathon. Mare Dibaba of Ethiopica, right, was just four seconds behind in second place.

Honorable mention 1 – Jim Davis, The Boston Globe

03/15/15: Boston MA: After the Westwood players celebrated their victory over Concord-Carlilse for the Division Two Boy's title, Westwood senior forward Patrick Forde faced a tall task as he looks for his discarded equipment amoung the multitudes of items littering the ice surface.

03/15/15: Boston MA: After the Westwood players celebrated their victory over Concord-Carlilse for the Division Two Boy’s title, Westwood senior forward Patrick Forde faced a tall task as he looks for his discarded equipment amoung the multitudes of items littering the ice surface.

Honorable mention 2 – Gabe Souza, Portland Press Herald

Ryley Austin of Lisbon, a sophomore at Mt. Ararat High School, rests on a trainer's table in the locker room at Watson Arena in Brunswick at 4:23 a.m. before the start of his hockey team's practice at 4:55 Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Mt. Ararat is one of many teams in Southern Maine who must practice at odd hours because of a shortage of hockey rinks.

Ryley Austin of Lisbon, a sophomore at Mt. Ararat High School, rests on a trainer’s table in the locker room at Watson Arena in Brunswick at 4:23 a.m. before the start of his hockey team’s practice at 4:55 Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Mt. Ararat is one of many teams in Southern Maine who must practice at odd hours because of a shortage of hockey rinks.

Honorable mention 3 – Winslow Townson, freelance

United States midfielder Jermaine Jones heads the ball away during their game against Brazil at Gillette Stadium.

United States midfielder Jermaine Jones heads the ball away during their game against Brazil at Gillette Stadium.


06 – Portrait/Personality

1st place – Craig F. Walker, The Boston Globe

Randy Detoma poses for a portrait after collecting water from a fire hydrant near Tent City, in Brockton, MA on December 2, 2105. He says heÕs been homeless since 1982, ÒI love the peace and quiet here, and I wake up to the birds in the morning. ThereÕs no regulations out here.Ó After nine years in the woods, Detoma is considered "The Dean" of Tent City.

Randy Detoma poses for a portrait after collecting water from a fire hydrant near Tent City, in Brockton, MA on December 2, 2105. He says heÕs been homeless since 1982, ÒI love the peace and quiet here, and I wake up to the birds in the morning. ThereÕs no regulations out here.Ó After nine years in the woods, Detoma is considered “The Dean” of Tent City.

2nd place – Mark Garfinkel, Boston Herald

April 4, 2015- Cambridge,MA. Sumner Germain is seen in a pub in Harvard Square. Gravely ill, Mr. Germain insisted on flying from his home in Baltimore, to Cambridge, to see his alma mater, for the last time.

April 4, 2015- Cambridge,MA. Sumner Germain is seen in a pub in Harvard Square. Gravely ill, Mr. Germain insisted on flying from his home in Baltimore, to Cambridge, to see his alma mater, for the last time.

3rd place – Jessica Rinaldi, The Boston Globe

Raquel clutched EstrellaÕs giant teddy bear and cried for hours when she returned home after learning that the Department of Children and Families had taken her daughters away while they were at camp. Sitting on the bed she often shares with her daughters, she wailed: ÒI want my babies.Ó

Raquel clutched EstrellaÕs giant teddy bear and cried for hours when she returned home after learning that the Department of Children and Families had taken her daughters away while they were at camp. Sitting on the bed she often shares with her daughters, she wailed: ÒI want my babies.Ó

Honorable mention 1 – Greg Derr, Quincy Patriot Ledger

Brant Rock, Marshfield resident and commercial fisherman Tim Mannix talks about how he was injured in his home while trying to secure sliding doors during the height of a  blizzard. He received dozens of stitches and a broken nose when waves crashed through the doors. His home was severely damaged.

Brant Rock, Marshfield resident and commercial fisherman Tim Mannix talks about how he was injured in his home while trying to secure sliding doors during the height of a blizzard. He received dozens of stitches and a broken nose when waves crashed through the doors. His home was severely damaged.

Honorable mention 2 – Brian Snyder, Reuters

A partially picked field of cotton is reflected in the window of the cab of a picker operated by nineteen year-old Reese Foster at Lee Farm in Bronwood, Georgia October 27, 2015.  When Reese is not attending college, he works for Ronnie Lee, who farms 9,000 acres, of which about 5,500 acres are cotton.

A partially picked field of cotton is reflected in the window of the cab of a picker operated by nineteen year-old Reese Foster at Lee Farm in Bronwood, Georgia October 27, 2015. When Reese is not attending college, he works for Ronnie Lee, who farms 9,000 acres, of which about 5,500 acres are cotton.

Honorable mention 3 – Angela Rowlings, Boston Herald

Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is seen through reflections on the window of her limousine just after she and her husband arrived at Logan International Airport in Boston, Mass., Sunday, April 26, 2015. The prime minister and first lady visited the Boston Marathon Bombing site during their trip.

Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is seen through reflections on the window of her limousine just after she and her husband arrived at Logan International Airport in Boston, Mass., Sunday, April 26, 2015. The prime minister and first lady visited the Boston Marathon Bombing site during their trip.


07 – Pictorial

1st place – Jessica Rinaldi, The Boston Globe

Bubbles from  Giant Beach Bubbles fill M Street Beach as part of Summer on the Waterfront in South Boston, Massachusetts August 18, 2015.

Bubbles from Giant Beach Bubbles fill M Street Beach as part of Summer on the Waterfront in South Boston, Massachusetts August 18, 2015.

2nd place – Christopher Evans, Boston Herald

Colorful participants in an evening yoga appear to be taking a nap in a downtown Boston park on Monday, August 31, 2015.

Colorful participants in an evening yoga appear to be taking a nap in a downtown Boston park on Monday, August 31, 2015.

3rd place – Mark Garfinkel, Boston Herald

August 20, 2015-Boston,MA. USA.  An airliner, departing in heavy fog from Logan International airport, casts a shadow as it passes in front of the sun. The heavy fog caused delays at the airport, for several hours.

August 20, 2015-Boston,MA. USA. An airliner, departing in heavy fog from Logan International airport, casts a shadow as it passes in front of the sun. The heavy fog caused delays at the airport, for several hours.

Honorable mention 1 – John Tlumacki, The Boston Globe

Marshfield-1/27/2015  The Victory Baptist Church in Brant Rock across the street from the ocean, is covered in snow and ice as another band of heavy snow hits the area. Homes along the shore of Brant Rock on the ocean are destroyed by the force of the ocean during the blizzard. Large rocks have filled the parking lot from the ocean.

Marshfield-1/27/2015 The Victory Baptist Church in Brant Rock across the street from the ocean, is covered in snow and ice as another band of heavy snow hits the area. Homes along the shore of Brant Rock on the ocean are destroyed by the force of the ocean during the blizzard. Large rocks have filled the parking lot from the ocean.

Honorable mention 2 – Jessica Rinaldi, The Boston Globe

A member of the Bridgewater-Raynham marching band warmed up before the start of the Thanksgiving day high school football game between Brockton at Bridgewater-Raynham in Bridgewater, Massachusetts November 26, 2015.

A member of the Bridgewater-Raynham marching band warmed up before the start of the Thanksgiving day high school football game between Brockton at Bridgewater-Raynham in Bridgewater, Massachusetts November 26, 2015.

Honorable mention 3 – Mark Garfinkel, Boston Herald

01/23/15-Boston,MA A high altitude jet exits the U.S. East Coast, in front of a crescent moon. Flight tracking software found this to be an Austrian Air Boeing 767, flying from JFK, New York to Austria.

01/23/15-Boston,MA A high altitude jet exits the U.S. East Coast, in front of a crescent moon. Flight tracking software found this to be an Austrian Air Boeing 767, flying from JFK, New York to Austria.


08 – Animal

1st Place – Cheryl Senter, freelance

Sitting in a freshly plowed parking lot, Bella, a female husky mix , bends her head away from a cold gust of wind.

Sitting in a freshly plowed parking lot, Bella, a female husky mix , bends her head away from a cold gust of wind.

2nd Place – Barry Chin, The Boston Globe

Caribbean Flamingo's at the Stoneham Zoo

Caribbean Flamingo’s at the Stoneham Zoo

3rd Place – Greg Derr, Quincy Patriot Ledger

A tufted titmouse drinks dripping sap from a tree that had frozen into an icicle.

A tufted titmouse drinks dripping sap from a tree that had frozen into an icicle.

Honorable Mention 1 – John Blanding, The Boston Globe

An angry peregrine falcon swopes over the head of Tom French as he returns her chicks to their rooftop box on the eighteen story Fox Hall at U-Mass Lowell in Lowell, Mass. June 2, 2015.  The chicks had just been banded.  French is an assistant director of Mass. Fish and Wildlife.

An angry peregrine falcon swopes over the head of Tom French as he returns her chicks to their rooftop box on the eighteen story Fox Hall at U-Mass Lowell in Lowell, Mass. June 2, 2015. The chicks had just been banded. French is an assistant director of Mass. Fish and Wildlife.

Honorable Mention 2 – Ken McGagh, MetroWest Daily News

A three day-old cygnet rests its head on top of the mother swan in a nest on Gleason Pond in Framingham on June 2, 2015.  Four baby swan eggs were still underneath the mother, waiting to hatch.  Passersby and neighbors in that neighborhood had been following the construction of the nest and the growing swan family for weeks.

A three day-old cygnet rests its head on top of the mother swan in a nest on Gleason Pond in Framingham on June 2, 2015. Four baby swan eggs were still underneath the mother, waiting to hatch. Passersby and neighbors in that neighborhood had been following the construction of the nest and the growing swan family for weeks.

Honorable Mention 3 – John Wilcox, Boston Herald

A baby western lowland gorilla, just 1 day old, cuddles against the mother Kiki as she looks for food at forage time at the Franklin Park Zoo.

A baby western lowland gorilla, just 1 day old, cuddles against the mother Kiki as she looks for food at forage time at the Franklin Park Zoo.


09 – Politics

1st place – Rick Friedman, Polaris

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaking during the opening of  his Manchester NH headquarter in Manchester, NH on June 5, 2015.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaking during the opening of his Manchester NH headquarter in Manchester, NH on June 5, 2015.

2nd Place – Brian Snyder, Reuters

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush listens to a question during an interview with Reuters at Nonie's Restaurant in Peterborough, New Hampshire October 13, 2015.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush listens to a question during an interview with Reuters at Nonie’s Restaurant in Peterborough, New Hampshire October 13, 2015.

3rd Place – Gretchen Ertl, freelance

Attendees to a campaign rally for U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gather around an illuminated sign of the candidate before the event in Atkinson, New Hampshire, October 26, 2015.

Attendees to a campaign rally for U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gather around an illuminated sign of the candidate before the event in Atkinson, New Hampshire, October 26, 2015.

Honorable Mention 1 – Keiko Hiromi, Polaris

July 28, 2015  Hopkinton NH USA:  Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaigning at Beech Hill Farm in Hopkinton, NH.

July 28, 2015 Hopkinton NH USA: Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaigning at Beech Hill Farm in Hopkinton, NH.

Honorable Mention 2 – Pat Greenhouse, The Boston Globe

After moving through a crowd of supporters and well wishers inside, outgoing Governor Deval Patrick takes his Lone Walk out of the State House and back into private life.

After moving through a crowd of supporters and well wishers inside, outgoing Governor Deval Patrick takes his Lone Walk out of the State House and back into private life.

Honorable Mention 3 – Cheryl Senter, freelance

Republican presidential candidate George Pataki pauses  before responding to a question being posed during a Q&A at a Portsmouth, NH  business leaders luncheon.

Republican presidential candidate George Pataki pauses before responding to a question being posed during a Q&A at a Portsmouth, NH business leaders luncheon.

Honorable Mention 4 – Brian Snyder, Reuters

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson (C) waits for his order at a Burger King restaurant in Concord, New Hampshire November 20, 2015.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson (C) waits for his order at a Burger King restaurant in Concord, New Hampshire November 20, 2015.


10 – News Picture Story

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1st place – Jessica Rinaldi, The Boston Globe[foogallery id="3264"] A Life Unraveling

HEROIN AND OTHER OPIOIDS HAVE DEVASTATED MASSACHUSETTS FAMILIES. BUT, OFTEN, THE TOLL REMAINS LARGELY UNSEEN UNTIL TRAGEDY STRIKES. BRAVE, BROKEN, LOVING, AT A LOSS, THIS IS RAQUEL AND HER STORY.

2nd place – Pat Greenhouse, The Boston Globe [foogallery id="3277"] GOVERNORS TRANSITION – THE DAYS SINCE THE NOVEMBER ELECTION HAVE BEEN FULL OF PUBLIC POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE FOR THE OUTGOING GOVERNOR, DEVAL PATRICK, AND HIS SUCCESSOR, CHARLIE BAKER. PATRICK UNVEILED HIS OFFICIAL PORTRAIT AND TOOK THE FAMOUS LONE WALK OUT OF THE STATE HOUSE AND BACK TO PRIVATE LIFE. BAKER GOT TO WORK CHOOSING HIS NEW TEAM, VISITING CONSTITUENTS ACROSS THE STATE, CELEBRATING WITH SUPPORTERS. BUT BEHIND THE SCENES WERE QUIETER MOMENTS TOO, DURING THIS SIGNIFICANT TRANSITION FOR MASSACHUSETTS.

3rd place – Brian Snyder, Reuters [foogallery id="3287"] REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES CAMPAIGN TO BE THEIR PARTY’S NOMINEE

Honorable mention – Craig F. Walker, The Boston Globe [foogallery id="3301"]DESPERATE JOURNEY

IN SEPTEMBER THE UNITED NATIONS ESTIMATED ALMOST 500,000 MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES FROM SYRIA, AFGHANISTAN AND OTHER LANDS HAVE FLED TO EUROPE THIS YEAR, WITH HOPES OF MAKING A BETTER LIFE. AND FOUR MILLION REFUGEES HAVE FLED SYRIA ALONE SINCE A BRUTAL CIVIL WAR BROKE OUT AFTER PEACEFUL PRODEMOCRACY PROTESTS IN 2011. ABOUT HALF FLED TO NEIGHBORING TURKEY, 6 NAUTICAL MILES ACROSS THE AGEGEAN SEA FROM LESBOS, GREECE.


11 – Feature Picture Story

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1st place – Jessica Rinaldi, The Boston Globe[foogallery id="3212"] The life and times of Strider Wolf

SIX-YEAR-OLD STRIDER WOLF HAS TRAVELED SO FAR, FROM NEAR-FATAL ABUSE TO HERE, INVISIBLE AMONG MAINE’S POOREST, IN THE CARE OF GRANDPARENTS WHO HAVE LITTLE LEFT TO GIVE BUT LOVE – AND JUST ENOUGH OF THAT.

2nd place – Pat Greenhouse, The Boston Globe [foogallery id="3225"] “Fuller Brush Man!”
“FULLER BRUSH MAN!” AL COHEN ANNOUNCES AS HE RINGS A DOORBELL. THE 64-YEAR-OLD HAS BEEN SELLING THE CLEANING PRODUCTS FOR 40 YEARS. HE ESTIMATES THAT HE STILL HAS ABOUT 1,000 REGULAR CUSTOMERS. DURING THE COMPANY’S PEAK, THERE WERE UP TO 35,000 SALESPEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. COHEN IS ONE OF THREE REMAINING IN MASSACHUSETTS. NEVER MARRIED, HE ALSO LOOKS AFTER HIS 104-YEAR-OLD MOTHER. FOR NOW, HE PLANS TO KEEP AT THE JOB. HE DOESN’T WANT TO LET DOWN SOME OF HIS CUSTOMERS. “SOME OF THEM DEPEND ON ME,” HE SAID.

3rd place – Jessica Rinaldi, The Boston Globe [foogallery id="3238"] Saving Leo

WHEN LEO WAS 2 HE FELL INTO AN OPEN COOKING FIRE AT HOME IN RURAL BURUNDI. THROUGH A NETWORK OF MISSIONARIES AND CHANCE ENCOUNTERS HE MET ALEX WHO ACCOMPANIED HIM TO THE UNITED STATES TO GET THE LIFE SAVING TREATMENT HE NEEDED AND BECAME SOMETHING OF A FATHER FIGURE ALONG THE WAY.

Honorable mention – John Tlumacki, The Boston Globe [foogallery id="3250"] Conquering the mountain
NINETY YEAR OLD RICHARD DRESELLY FROM TOPSHAM, MAINE IS THE OLDEST MAN TO CLIMB THE 6200 FOOT MT. WASHINGTON. HE HAS CLIMBED THE MOUNTAIN DOZENS OF TIMES SINCE HE WAS A TEENAGER, BUT THIS WAS HIS BIGGEST CHALLENGE EVER.


12 – Sports Portfolio

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1st place – Charlie Krupa, Associated Press

2nd place – Barry Chin, The Boston Globe

3rd place – Winslow Townson, freelance


13 – Video Multimedia

1st place – John Tlumacki, The Boston Globe

2nd place – Amelia Kunhardt, Portland Press Herald


14 – Team

The Boston Globe – Susanne Kreiter, John Tlumacki, Keith Bedford, Craig F. Walker, Pat Greenhouse

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Acknowledgements

On behalf of our President, Stephan Savoia, the BPPA wants to congratulate our Photographer of the Year, Jessica Rinaldi, and all of the winners in every category. The work speaks for itself – take a look on www.bppa.net

Thank you to our outstanding panel of judges – Mona Reeder, Nick Oza and Amy Sancetta – if you stopped by Bunker Hill to watch any of the judging you will know they were thorough and offered thoughtful and insightful commentary about the photographs they saw.

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest – the judges consistently remarked about the quality and depth and talent of the photographers. If you did not enter, please consider adding to this wealth of great photographs next year.

And definitely, a big thank you to everyone who made the contest run smoothly, especially CJ Gunther and Scott Brauer.