2016 Pictures of the Year Winners

16 FEB 2017: The judges have made their decisions. See the full results below. Rules and Guidelines for the 2016 Contest.

Contest results

Jump to: Photographer of the YearBest in Show

01. Spot News02. General News03. Features04. Sport Action

05. Sport Feature06. Portrait/Personality07. Pictorial08. Animal09. Politics

10. News Picture Story11. Feature Picture Story12. Sports Portfolio

14. Team

The Judges


Photographer of the Year

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1st: Brian Snyder – Reuters

2nd: Jessica Rinaldi – The Boston Globe

3rd: Craig F. Walker – The Boston Globe

Honorable Mention: John Tlumacki – The Boston Globe


Best in Show

John Tlumacki – The Boston Globe

A funeral Mass was held at St. Patrick Church for Falmouth High School Hockey player James Lavin, 17, who died last week in a car accident along with his best friend, another hockey player. His  teamates lined the outside of the church as FHS football players carried the casket from the church at the end of the Mass.

A funeral Mass was held at St. Patrick Church for Falmouth High School Hockey player James Lavin, 17, who died last week in a car accident along with his best friend, another hockey player. His teamates lined the outside of the church as FHS football players carried the casket from the church at the end of the Mass.


01 – Spot News

1st: Mark Garfinkel – The Boston Herald

December 16, 2016-Boston,MA. Firefighters battle fire and ice during this morning's frigid 6 alarm fire in Boston's Charlestown neighborhood.

December 16, 2016-Boston,MA. Firefighters battle fire and ice during this morning’s frigid 6 alarm fire in Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood.

2nd: Jeffrey Hastings – Freelance

MPD SWAT attempted to talk a barricaded subject out of a house. The suspect was making threats to Fire, EMS and Police and mentioned he had several weapons and chemicals. MPD deployed tear gas in the window and the suspect quickly jumped out the window on to the bearcat where he was taken in to custody.

MPD SWAT attempted to talk a barricaded subject out of a house. The suspect was making threats to Fire, EMS and Police and mentioned he had several weapons and chemicals. MPD deployed tear gas in the window and the suspect quickly jumped out the window on to the bearcat where he was taken in to custody.

3rd: Keith Bedford – The Boston Globe

Family and friends of Kyzr Willis, a 7 year old boy who went missing, comfort one another after finding out the boy had drowned near a command center set up to search for him at Carson Beach in Boston, MA, July 26, 2016.

Family and friends of Kyzr Willis, a 7 year old boy who went missing, comfort one another after finding out the boy had drowned near a command center set up to search for him at Carson Beach in Boston, MA, July 26, 2016.

Honorable Mention 1: Mark Garfinkel – The Boston Herald

07/26/2016-Boston,MA. An occupant of 87 Sawyer Ave. arrives home to find it in shambles after a fire devastated the building.

07/26/2016-Boston,MA. An occupant of 87 Sawyer Ave. arrives home to find it in shambles after a fire devastated the building.

Honorable Mention 2: Mark Garfinkel – The Boston Herald

12/03/2016-Cambridge,MA. Everett firefighters, working at the 10 alarm fire in Cambridge, stretch a hose line in the fight to save one of the dozen buildings burning in today's  fire on and around Berkshire street.

12/03/2016-Cambridge,MA. Everett firefighters, working at the 10 alarm fire in Cambridge, stretch a hose line in the fight to save one of the dozen buildings burning in today’s fire on and around Berkshire street.


02 – General News

1st: John Tlumacki – The Boston Globe

A funeral Mass was held at St. Patrick Church for Falmouth High School Hockey player James Lavin, 17, who died last week in a car accident along with his best friend, another hockey player. His  teamates lined the outside of the church as FHS football players carried the casket from the church at the end of the Mass.

A funeral Mass was held at St. Patrick Church for Falmouth High School Hockey player James Lavin, 17, who died last week in a car accident along with his best friend, another hockey player. His teamates lined the outside of the church as FHS football players carried the casket from the church at the end of the Mass.

2nd: Craig F. Walker – The Boston Globe

Robert Lawler says a prayer over the casket of Jeanne Kirby in the "City Poor Lot" at Fairview Cemetery in Boston, MA. Lawler said Jeanne Kirby was homeless and she died on the streets in Boston on October 20, 2015. She was 39 years old. Her body remained at the medical examiners until Lawler buried her on March 25, 2016. The state medical examiner’s office, concerned that it could run out of room to store corpses, has nearly doubled the amount of money it offers funeral homes to bury unclaimed bodies. The office must hold unclaimed bodies until a funeral home can be found that is willing to bury them, but that process has been increasingly delayed, the medical examiner’s office said. The $1,100 fee that the state used to offer to funeral homes to perform the burials was insufficient. Just three funeral homes had handled such burials recently, and most were done by Lawler, the office said.

Robert Lawler says a prayer over the casket of Jeanne Kirby in the "City Poor Lot" at Fairview Cemetery in Boston, MA. Lawler said Jeanne Kirby was homeless and she died on the streets in Boston on October 20, 2015. She was 39 years old. Her body remained at the medical examiners until Lawler buried her on March 25, 2016.
The state medical examiner’s office, concerned that it could run out of room to store corpses, has nearly doubled the amount of money it offers funeral homes to bury unclaimed bodies.
The office must hold unclaimed bodies until a funeral home can be found that is willing to bury them, but that process has been increasingly delayed, the medical examiner’s office said.
The $1,100 fee that the state used to offer to funeral homes to perform the burials was insufficient. Just three funeral homes had handled such burials recently, and most were done by Lawler, the office said.

3rd: Nancy Lane – The Boston Herald

Sophia Bernadeau,a junior at Boston Day and Evening Academy, uses a megaphone as she chants with other students from Boston schools as they protest proposed budget cuts by staging a walkout and marching on the State House

Sophia Bernadeau,a junior at Boston Day and Evening Academy, uses a megaphone as she chants with other students from Boston schools as they protest proposed budget cuts by staging a walkout and marching on the State House

Honorable Mention 1: Pat Greenhouse – The Boston Globe

After his arraignment in Charlestown Municipal Court, defense attorney M. Barusch, center, talks to Lenny Quintero-Flores in the prisoner lockup, in Boston, MA, on June 22, 2016.  Charged with manslaughter, he admitted to pushing his friend Mitchell Harrison into the Charles River the day before, but said it was just a joke, and was devastated to learn of his best friend's death.  Police said the two were heavily intoxicated and a nearly empty bottle of vodka was later recovered from the scene.

After his arraignment in Charlestown Municipal Court, defense attorney M. Barusch, center, talks to Lenny Quintero-Flores in the prisoner lockup, in Boston, MA, on June 22, 2016. Charged with manslaughter, he admitted to pushing his friend Mitchell Harrison into the Charles River the day before, but said it was just a joke, and was devastated to learn of his best friend’s death. Police said the two were heavily intoxicated and a nearly empty bottle of vodka was later recovered from the scene.

Honorable Mention 2: Pat Greenhouse – The Boston Globe

Germaine Vincent is helped back to her seat after her victim impact statement was read, in a Suffolk Superior courtroom, in Boston, MA, by her sister, Andrea Volcy, second from right.  She is flanked by former victim's advocate Majorie Tynes, left, and her husband, Julce Vincent, on January 27, 2016.  Her son's girlfriend, Vayola Vilma, covers her face, right.  Shabazz Augustine changes his plea to guilty in the 2004 killing of Vincent's 26-year-old daughter Julaine Jules, his former girlfriend.  He admitted to asphyxiating her, wrapping her body in plastic, weighing it down with free weights and throwing her into the Charles River in Cambridge.

Germaine Vincent is helped back to her seat after her victim impact statement was read, in a Suffolk Superior courtroom, in Boston, MA, by her sister, Andrea Volcy, second from right. She is flanked by former victim’s advocate Majorie Tynes, left, and her husband, Julce Vincent, on January 27, 2016. Her son’s girlfriend, Vayola Vilma, covers her face, right. Shabazz Augustine changes his plea to guilty in the 2004 killing of Vincent’s 26-year-old daughter Julaine Jules, his former girlfriend. He admitted to asphyxiating her, wrapping her body in plastic, weighing it down with free weights and throwing her into the Charles River in Cambridge.


03 – Feature

1st: Susanne Kreiter – The Boston Globe

Worcester, MA.,  Rudy Martinez makes horseshoes at the St. Pierre Manufacturing Corporation in Worcester. It is the lone mass manufacturer of recreational (or throwing) horseshoes left in the US. It produces ''hundreds of thousands'' of shoes per year, according to Peter St. Pierre. The shoes are produced on three massive machines on the premises. Each machine is operated by one individual and each shoe is produced one at a time. Each shoe is glowing red hot as it leaves the machine and drops unceremoniously on the floor.

Worcester, MA., Rudy Martinez makes horseshoes at the St. Pierre Manufacturing Corporation in Worcester. It is the lone mass manufacturer of recreational (or throwing) horseshoes left in the US. It produces ”hundreds of thousands” of shoes per year, according to Peter St. Pierre. The shoes are produced on three massive machines on the premises. Each machine is operated by one individual and each shoe is produced one at a time. Each shoe is glowing red hot as it leaves the machine and drops unceremoniously on the floor.

2nd: Rose Lincoln – Freelance/Harvard University

Richard Montague, '56 and Sonja Fischer celebrate 60 years at the 365th Commencement Exercises in Tercentenary Theatre at Harvard.

Richard Montague, ’56 and Sonja Fischer celebrate 60 years at the 365th Commencement Exercises in Tercentenary Theatre at Harvard.

3rd: Sam Goresh – Freelance

From left: Jasper Datta, 12, Will Henneghan, 11, and Gabriel Klaris, 12, prepare for a snowball fight  in front of the Newton City Hall after the snow storm, February 5, 2016.

From left: Jasper Datta, 12, Will Henneghan, 11, and Gabriel Klaris, 12, prepare for a snowball fight in front of the Newton City Hall after the snow storm, February 5, 2016.

Honorable Mention: Angela Rowlings – The Boston Herald

Members of the Huaxia Chinese Cultural Association of Malden rehearse in the shade prior to performing at the Quincy August Moon Festival, Sunday, August 21, 2016.

Members of the Huaxia Chinese Cultural Association of Malden rehearse in the shade prior to performing at the Quincy August Moon Festival, Sunday, August 21, 2016.


04 – Sports Action

1st: Matthew Healey – Freelance

2016 BPPA PICTURES OF THE YEAR CONTEST IPTC CAPTION TEMPLATE  Brazil's Hugo Parisi takes practice at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Center at 2016 Rio Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 13, 2016.

2016 BPPA PICTURES OF THE YEAR CONTEST IPTC CAPTION TEMPLATE
Brazil’s Hugo Parisi takes practice at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Center at 2016 Rio Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 13, 2016.

2nd: Rich Gagnon – Freelance

Landon Smith #16 of the Quinnipiac University Bobcats scores a goal against Thatcher Demko #30 of the Boston College Eagles as his teammates Tim Clifton #11 and Travis St. Denis #26 celebrate during the Bobcats 3-2 victory in the 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Frozen Four Championship Semifinal at the Amaile Arena on April 7, 2016 in Tampa, Florida.

Landon Smith #16 of the Quinnipiac University Bobcats scores a goal against Thatcher Demko #30 of the Boston College Eagles as his teammates Tim Clifton #11 and Travis St. Denis #26 celebrate during the Bobcats 3-2 victory in the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Frozen Four Championship Semifinal at the Amaile Arena on April 7, 2016 in Tampa, Florida.

3rd: Matthew J. Lee – The Boston Globe

Boston  MA      11/25/16  Boston Celtics Avery Bradley battles for a loose ball with San Antonio Spurs Davis Bertans (top) and Danny Green during fourth quarter action at the TD Garden.

Boston MA 11/25/16 Boston Celtics Avery Bradley battles for a loose ball with San Antonio Spurs Davis Bertans (top) and Danny Green during fourth quarter action at the TD Garden.

Honorable Mention 1: Elise Amendola – The Associated Press

Pairs silver medalists Sui Wenjing and Han Cong skate during the exhibition program at the World Figure Skating Championships in Boston.

Pairs silver medalists Sui Wenjing and Han Cong skate during the exhibition program at the World Figure Skating Championships in Boston.

Honorable Mention 2: Barry Chin – The Boston Globe

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz snaps his bat over his head in anger after grounding out stranding base runners at second and third during the sixth inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park in Boston.

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz snaps his bat over his head in anger after grounding out stranding base runners at second and third during the sixth inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park in Boston.


05 – Sports Feature

1st: Matt Stone – The Boston Herald

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz raises his hat in an impromptu goodbye to his fans after his last regular season game at Fenway Park on Monday, October 10, 2016.

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz raises his hat in an impromptu goodbye to his fans after his last regular season game at Fenway Park on Monday, October 10, 2016.

2nd: Michael Ivins – Boston Red Sox

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 23: Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox and NESN reporter Guerin Austin are doused in Powerade after Bogaerts hit a game-winning single against the Chicago White Sox in the tenth inning on June 23, 16  at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.

BOSTON, MA – JUNE 23: Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox and NESN reporter Guerin Austin are doused in Powerade after Bogaerts hit a game-winning single against the Chicago White Sox in the tenth inning on June 23, 16 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.

3rd: Christopher Evans – The Boston Herald

Steam rises off members of the Brandeis University soccer team as they practice for the NCAA Division 3 finals

Steam rises off members of the Brandeis University soccer team as they practice for the NCAA Division 3 finals

Honorable Mention 1: Adam Glanzman – Freelance

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 19:  A naked Yale fan is scolded by a police officer for taking his clothes off as part of a long-standing tradition of mooning the field of play during the football game between the Yale Bulldogs and the Harvard Crimson at Harvard Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 19: A naked Yale fan is scolded by a police officer for taking his clothes off as part of a long-standing tradition of mooning the field of play during the football game between the Yale Bulldogs and the Harvard Crimson at Harvard Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Honorable Mention 2: Dina Rudick – The Boston Globe

1/17/2016 - Boston, MA - TD Garden - UFC fighter Matt Mitrione, reeled from a nasty blow to the eye that left him temporarily blinded and disfigured. His opponent, Travis Browne, won the match. They faced off during UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz on Sunday evening, January 17, 2015 at the TD Garden in Boston, MA.

1/17/2016 – Boston, MA – TD Garden – UFC fighter Matt Mitrione, reeled from a nasty blow to the eye that left him temporarily blinded and disfigured. His opponent, Travis Browne, won the match. They faced off during UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz on Sunday evening, January 17, 2015 at the TD Garden in Boston, MA.


06 – Portrait/Personality

1st: Jessica Rinaldi – The Boston Globe

Sana Hamze is making history at Norwich University, the country’s oldest private military college. She is the first student at the school to ask for a religious accommodation to wear the headscarf that is central to her Muslim faith, a request the school granted.

Sana Hamze is making history at Norwich University, the country’s oldest private military college. She is the first student at the school to ask for a religious accommodation to wear the headscarf that is central to her Muslim faith, a request the school granted.

2nd: Stephanie Mitchell – Harvard University

Solveig Smiles crosses a bridge in Hobbitland, a magical trail where the imagination thrives in the Vaughan Woods outside of Hallowell, Maine. She pauses to traces a heart around her feet.

Solveig Smiles crosses a bridge in Hobbitland, a magical trail where the imagination thrives in the Vaughan Woods outside of Hallowell, Maine. She pauses to traces a heart around her feet.

3rd: Adam Glanzman – Freelance

11/04/16 - BOSTON, MA. - Northeastern University alum Andy McCarty who served in the US Air Force poses for a portrait on Nov. 4, 2016. "Veterans Day is an opportunity for the nation to show that they see what we’ve done, what we continue to do," says McCarty. "Hopefully they recognize that we did it all, at least in part, for them." poses for a portrait on Nov. 4, 2016.

11/04/16 – BOSTON, MA. – Northeastern University alum Andy McCarty who served in the US Air Force poses for a portrait on Nov. 4, 2016. “Veterans Day is an opportunity for the nation to show that they see what we’ve done, what we continue to do,” says McCarty. “Hopefully they recognize that we did it all, at least in part, for them." poses for a portrait on Nov. 4, 2016.

Honorable Mention: Dina Rudick – The Boston Globe

6/5/16 - Newton, MA - Identical twins Ed (purple tie) and Rich (pink tie) Reynolds, have shared every job they’ve ever had. They're now bankers, but from the age of 14, when they mowed lawns at the same golf course near their native Worcester, 31-year- olds Ed and Rich have lead identical careers.

6/5/16 – Newton, MA – Identical twins Ed (purple tie) and Rich (pink tie) Reynolds, have shared every job they’ve ever had. They’re now bankers, but from the age of 14, when they mowed lawns at the same golf course near their native Worcester, 31-year- olds Ed and Rich have lead identical careers.


07 – Pictorial

1st: Christopher Evans – The Boston Herald

Members of the Massachusetts State Police march in formation as they participate in a walk-by at the the wake for Trooper Thomas Clardy in Hudson on Monday, March 21, 2016. Clardy was killed in the line of duty as a result of an accident on the Massachusetts Turnpike

Members of the Massachusetts State Police march in formation as they participate in a walk-by at the the wake for Trooper Thomas Clardy in Hudson on Monday, March 21, 2016. Clardy was killed in the line of duty as a result of an accident on the Massachusetts Turnpike

2nd: John Tlumacki – The Boston Globe

A full harvest moon rises over the ocean as  Scituate Lighthouse rises in the foreground, as a crowd stood on the breakwater next to it  to watch it.

A full harvest moon rises over the ocean as Scituate Lighthouse rises in the foreground, as a crowd stood on the breakwater next to it to watch it.

3rd: Jessica Rinaldi – The Boston Globe

A woman pausing on Boylston Street is seen in the reflection of an advertisement on a bus stop in Boston, MA  March 13, 2016.

A woman pausing on Boylston Street is seen in the reflection of an advertisement on a bus stop in Boston, MA March 13, 2016.

Honorable Mention: Susanne Kreiter – The Boston Globe

A student runs over the chalk Boston Strong ribbon created by the students  at the Oliver Hazard Perry School in South Boston to mark the third anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing.

A student runs over the chalk Boston Strong ribbon created by the students at the Oliver Hazard Perry School in South Boston to mark the third anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing.


08 – Animal

1st: Winslow Townson – Freelance

A rancher leads a pack of white horses in the Camargue region of France, April 29, 2016.

A rancher leads a pack of white horses in the Camargue region of France, April 29, 2016.

2nd: John Tlumacki – The Boston Globe

Winnie, a two-year old Labrador retriever stood at the podium  at the Mass. State Police Headquarters before a throng of media cameras and reporters as she was introduced as the newest State Police member. The dog is specially trained to sniff out items associated with computers and cell phones, including storage devices , SD cards and USB drives.

Winnie, a two-year old Labrador retriever stood at the podium at the Mass. State Police Headquarters before a throng of media cameras and reporters as she was introduced as the newest State Police member. The dog is specially trained to sniff out items associated with computers and cell phones, including storage devices , SD cards and USB drives.

3rd: Jessica Rinaldi – The Boston Globe

Wendy Cook poses for a portrait with Kunsang aka Papa Bear, a rabbit she bought as a religious act of mercy at her home in Lincoln, MA, September 14, 2016.

Wendy Cook poses for a portrait with Kunsang aka Papa Bear, a rabbit she bought as a religious act of mercy at her home in Lincoln, MA, September 14, 2016.

Honorable Mention: Cheryl Senter – Freelance

Early morning rays of light, accentuated by fog rising from melting ice, shines down on a dog fetching a stick.

Early morning rays of light, accentuated by fog rising from melting ice, shines down on a dog fetching a stick.


09 – Politics

1st: Brian Snyder – Reuters

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane sit down to eat at Van Dam Diner in Queens, New York April 9, 2016.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane sit down to eat at Van Dam Diner in Queens, New York April 9, 2016.

2nd: Brian Snyder – Reuters

U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton greets diners at Cedar Park Cafe in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania November 6, 2016.

U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton greets diners at Cedar Park Cafe in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania November 6, 2016.

3rd: Nancy Lane – The Boston Herald

Former President Bill Clinton shushes people in the crowd as they call out to him while his wife, Democratic candidate for President Hillary Clinton speaks at a town hall event in Nashua, NH  The former President introduced his wife before stepping off the stage.

Former President Bill Clinton shushes people in the crowd as they call out to him while his wife, Democratic candidate for President Hillary Clinton speaks at a town hall event in Nashua, NH The former President introduced his wife before stepping off the stage.

Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Frantz – The Concord Monitor

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush (center) waits to be introduced at a campaign event at New England College in Henniker on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Sen. Lindsey Graham (right) attended in support of the former Florida governor.

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush (center) waits to be introduced at a campaign event at New England College in Henniker on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Sen. Lindsey Graham (right) attended in support of the former Florida governor.


10 – News Picture Story

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1st: Dina Rudick – The Boston Globe


SUMMARY: Once, this church on in Medford pulsated with activity and hundreds of congregants. But as the decades passed, the Congregational Church of West Medford began to wither. They hired a transformative and passionate pastor, and under her guidance, sold the old church and moved into a storefront. They called the new church ‘Sanctuary.’ These pictures show that painful transition and the two years that followed.

2nd: Brian Snyder – Reuters


SUMMARY: Hillary Clinton tried, and failed, to become the first female President of the United States, leaving it to future generations to make history.

3rd: Brian Snyder – Reuters


SUMMARY: U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders campaigned unsuccessfully to be the Democratic nominee for president, but tapped into a movement.


11 – Feature Picture Story

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1st: Craig F. Walker – The Boston Globe


SUMMARY: As the sun sets for the night on Palace Playland in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, owner Joel Golder says, "Once this amusement park is gone … it’s gone. We’re the only beachfront amusement park left in New England." It’s said that the boardwalk atmosphere and nostalgic slices of Americana are disappearing from our shores. But if one looks closely, remnants of the past can still be found the coast of New England.

2nd: Adam Glanzman – Freelance


SUMMARY: Standing at a mere 5’7" and 155 lbs., 75-year old Norm Devio of Hopkinton, Mass. doesn’t look like the godfather of arm wrestling that he is, dominating the little known sport for much of the last 40 years. Devio has won more than 25 national arm wrestling titles in the 150 lbs. class, and has represented the US globally in the 1996 world championship in Virginia. There have been plenty of great arm wrestlers over the years, but what makes Devio a sensation is his longevity in the sport. No other arm wrestlers have been as competitive as Norm for so long. To this day he can enter a tournament anywhere and still be a top competitor capable of beating opponents twice his size and 50 years his junior.

3rd: John Tlumacki – The Boston Globe


SUMMARY: When Lindsey Straus, father of three from Brewster, Massachusetts transitioned from a man to a woman fifteen years ago, she risked losing her family and career. She rebuilt some of her important relationships, and learned to adapt. Straus is a well-respected lawyer on Cape Cod. “In the first 25 years of my legal practice, I wore a suit and tie, I feel perfectly comfortable now.” Straus said about wearing a dress in the courtroom. She stays in touch with her ex-wife Brooke. Of her three sons, Taylor visits most often. Lindsey does find herself lonely at times, but stays active by being a member of the choir at First Parish Church in Brewster. She will admit though that there are times where she doesn’t want to make a situation akward for others, and that is why she still dresses as a man when she plays golf at the nearby course. “You learn through life to adjust. I have to do that to protect myself. “I am who I am. Everybody is a unique individual.” Straus said.

Honorable Mention: Jessica Rinaldi – The Boston Globe


SUMMARY: With the world’s attention focused on the Olympic Games in Brazil, a decidedly different type of competition was held in a small corner of New England, as farmers took to the field for the second annual Farmer Olympics in Vershire, Vt. After taking part in warm-up events that included a hay bale toss, the crowd gathered for an opening ceremony where a quartet performed the Olympic theme song on kazoo. When the competition began, 60 farmers sprinted up a hill, empty bins and shovels in hand, for the manure relay. In the end it was a team from Cedar Circle Farm in East Stepford who took the gold. Their team’s name? Soil’d.


12 – Sports Portfolio

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1st: Billie Weiss – Boston Red Sox / Freelance

2nd: Charles Krupa – The Associated Press

3rd: Matthew Healey – Freelance

Honorable Mention: Winslow Townson – Freelance


14 – Team

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NOTE: Only one place is awarded in this category.

Winner: The Boston Globe – Keith Bedford, Barry Chin, Jessica Rinaldi, Pat Greenhouse, John Tlumacki


SUMMARY: Kyzr Willis, a sunny, rambunctious 7-year-old, drowned in July at Carson Beach in South Boston after going missing from a city-run day program. He slipped away unnoticed from two dozen teenage counselors, eight lifeguards, and three adults employees at the Curley Community Center and was found underwater about four hours later, some 20 yards from the shore. Kyzr’s death prompted a host of new oversight measures at summer drop-in programs, from stricter staffing requirements to hourly head counts of children.

Judges

Allison Shelley
Allison Shelley is an independent documentary photographer and multimedia journalist based in Washington D.C.

She is acting director of the Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW) and adjunct faculty at the graduate programs of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and at the Corcoran College of Art and Design at George Washington University. Previously, Allison worked as director of photography for Education Week newspaper and as a staff photographer for The Washington Times. Her long term work focuses on the cultural barriers to maternal health care for women.

Allison’s work has received awards or financial support from organizations including the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the National Press Photographers Association, the White House News Photographers Association, the International Women’s Media Foundation, and the International Reporting Project.

Louis DeLuca
Photojournalist Louis DeLuca has spent his 30-year career capturing memorable moments in history and individual people’s lives. He has covered 12 Super Bowls, the NBA Finals, the Stanley Cup Finals, the Summer Olympics and the baseball World Series, as well as a variety of youth, high school and college sports events both in the north Texas area and nationwide.

DeLuca has five times been named the Regional Photographer of the Year for the National Press Photographers Association, and has finished as runner-up five other times.

Eli Reed
Eli Reed was born in the US and studied pictorial illustration at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts, graduating in 1969. In 1982 he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. At Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, he studied political science, urban affairs, and the prospects for peace in Central America.

Reed began photographing as a freelancer in 1970. His work from El Salvador, Guatemala and other Central American countries attracted the attention of Magnum in 1982. He was nominated to the agency the following summer, and became a full member in 1988.

Reed has lectured and taught at the International Center of Photography, Columbia University, New York University, and Harvard University. He currently works as Clinical Professor of Photojournalism at the University of Texas in Austin.

Reed’s awards include: Eugene Smith Grant in Documentary Photography, Overseas Press Club, Kodak World Image Award for Fine Art Photography, Leica Medal of Excellence, POY Nikon World Understanding Award, World Press, Pulitzer Prize Finals, and Visa pour L’image Festival Du Photoreportage.