PICTURE OF THE WEEK: September 14, 2016

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s Photo of the Week! Meg Oliphant placed first, Erin Gallagher placed second, Daniel Vasta placed third, and Mikey Owens won an honorable mention!

First Place: Meg Oliphant

Mark Stuart climbs up the stairs at the Rochester Cyclocross course at Genesee Valley Park in Rochester, N.Y. on Sept. 11, 2016. Stuart placed first in his division.

Mark Stuart climbs up the stairs at the Rochester Cyclocross course at Genesee Valley Park in Rochester, N.Y. on Sept. 11, 2016. Stuart placed first in his division.

Second Place: Erin Gallagher

Jahdiel Marrero, 8, of Rochester, covers his ears as fire trucks blare their horns during the annual Rochester Labor Day parade along East Avenue in Rochester, N.Y., on Sept. 5, 2016. The parade featured union workers, public officials, and local first responders, among others.

Jahdiel Marrero, 8, of Rochester, covers his ears as fire trucks blare their horns during the annual Rochester Labor Day parade along East Avenue in Rochester, N.Y., on Sept. 5, 2016. The parade featured union workers, public officials, and local first responders, among others.

Third place: Daniel Vasta

Paul and Susan Kucera, both 75, of Binghamton, N.Y. walk back to their car after spending the day together at the Great New York State Fair, on the New York State Fairgrounds, in Syracuse, N.Y. on Aug. 29, 2016. ÒWe try to come every year" said Mrs. Kucera, "We have been coming since the fair [re]opened after World War TwoÓ. The fair grounds were used as a military base until the war ended, and the fair reopened in 1948. The Great New York State Fair is the largest annual event in New York State, this year attracting just over one million visitors during its 12 days running.

Paul and Susan Kucera, both 75, of Binghamton, N.Y. walk back to their car after spending the day together at the Great New York State Fair, on the New York State Fairgrounds, in Syracuse, N.Y. on Aug. 29, 2016.
We try to come every year” said Mrs. Kucera, “We have been coming since the fair [re]opened after World War Two. The fair grounds were used as a military base until the war ended, and the fair reopened in 1948.
The Great New York State Fair is the largest annual event in New York State, this year attracting just over one million visitors during its 12 days running.

Honorable Mention: Mikey Owens

Tony Harrison looks on at the ring girl in between rounds at the Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, N.Y. on July 31, 2016.

Tony Harrison looks on at the ring girl in between rounds at the Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, N.Y. on July 31, 2016.

Picture of the Summer: August 31, 2016

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s Photo of the Summer! Daniel Vasta placed first, Meg Oliphant placed second, Brittainy Newman placed third and Meg Oliphant won an honorable mention!

First Place: Daniel Vasta

Lumnije Citaku holds her 1-year-old daughter, Ilirjana, in their home on July 16, 2016, in Gurrakoc, Kosovo. Mr. and Mrs. Citaku, and their four children live in the former Dubrava Correctional Center, a prison that was shut down after NATO bombing during the Kosovo War. Being their only option for shelter, Mrs. Citaku and several other families have made their homes within the prison walls.

Lumnije Citaku holds her 1-year-old daughter, Ilirjana, in their home on July 16, 2016, in Gurrakoc, Kosovo.
Mr. and Mrs. Citaku, and their four children live in the former Dubrava Correctional Center, a prison that was shut down after NATO bombing during the Kosovo War. Being their only option for shelter, Mrs. Citaku and several other families have made their homes within the prison walls.

Second Place: Meg Oliphant

Ed Skarlem, 7, devours his watermelon piece in the watermelon-eating contest held in Larimore, N.D. as part of the Larimore Days celebration on July 16, 2016.

Ed Skarlem, 7, devours his watermelon piece in the watermelon-eating contest held in Larimore, N.D. as part of the Larimore Days celebration on July 16, 2016.

Third Place: Brittainy Newman

Albanian soccer fans celebrate after their country won the Group A match against Romania in Tirana, Albania on Sunday June 19, 2016. Albania defeated Romania 1-0.

Albanian soccer fans celebrate after their country won the Group A match against Romania in Tirana, Albania on Sunday June 19, 2016. Albania defeated Romania 1-0.

Honorable Mention: Meg Oliphant

Theo Sum gets sprayed down after participating in International Mud Day at the University Children's Learning Center at the University of North Dakota on June 29, 2016 in Grand Forks, N.D.

Theo Sum gets sprayed down after participating in International Mud Day at the University Children’s Learning Center at the University of North Dakota on June 29, 2016 in Grand Forks, N.D.

PICTURE OF THE WEEK: APRIL 14, 2016

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s Photo of the Week! Michael Owens placed first, and Joseph Ressler won both second place and honorable mention!

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Bernie Sanders speaks at the Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex on the Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y. on April 12, 2016.

First Place: Michael Owens

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Competitors warm up before the start of the second day of the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, P.A. on Mar. 19, 2016.

Second Place: Joseph Ressler

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Cory Allen reclines on the couch as he watches TV at his home in Strasburg, P.A. on Mar. 25, 2016. At the age of five, Cory was diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis, a genetic disorder which causes benign tumors to form on the brain and other organs. With severe autism, Cory experiences the world around him differently than other people.

Honorable Mention: Joseph Ressler

PICTURE OF THE WEEK: MARCH 17, 2016

Congratulations to the winners of week 8’s Picture of the Week! Kim Bubello won first place, Jordan Roth won second, and Joey Ressler won an honorable mention. Thank you all for your great submissions!

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Zahara Moore, 2, and Poseidon Moore, 3, rest on a church pew as they wait for their mother, Rashara Sutton, after church services at the New Hope Fellowship House of Praise in Rochester, N.Y. on March 6, 2016.

First Place: Kim Bubello

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Jessie Sanchez (24) combs her daughter, Carmen Sanchez’s (6) hair on the morning of Mar. 9, 2016 before school. “It’s like this every morning,” says Jessie.

Second: Jordan Roth

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Bonnie Callaghan weeps with joy after her grandson, Dillon Callaghan of Superior Wrestling Academy, won first place in his weight class at the NYWAY State Championships at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, N.Y. on Mar. 13, 2016. Dillon, a freshman, was the youngest in his bracket and won first place for the second year in a row.

Honorable Mention: Joey Ressler

PICTURE OF THE WEEK: MARCH 3, 2016

Congratulations to the winners of POTW of week 6! First place went to Dominique Hessert, Second place went to Kim Bubello, and Kristen McNicholas won Honorable Mention! Thank you to everyone who submitted!

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Sarah Clemens reacts when her son Chris Clemens, 21, mouths “good morning” at the Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. on Mar. 3, 2016. Chris was hit by two cars on Feb. 13, 2016 and suffered a Diffused Axonal Injury in his brain and was in a coma until Mar. 2. He is part of the 10% of DAI patients that wake up.

First Place: Dominique Hessert

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Rashara Sutton, 23, scolds her 3-year-old son Poseidon after he wouldn’t listen to her in her home in Rochester, N.Y. on February 20, 2016.

Second Place: Kim Bubello

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Kristen McNicholas poses for a portrait with her mother, Barb Geraghty on Feb. 27, 2016. Barb suffered from a heart attack in 2012 that resulted in partially amputated foot.

Honorable Mention: Kristen McNicholas

PICTURE OF THE BREAK: FEBRUARY 11, 2016

Welcome back to a new semester and the new year, and congratulations to all of the winners of this semester’s Picture of the Break! Santiago Zurbía placed first, Jackie Molloy came in second, Brittainy Newman placed third, and Kristen McNicholas won an honorable mention! Thank you to everyone who submitted!

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Bill Mull vacuums his funeral home in preparation for a funeral service in Waterloo, N.Y. on December 7, 2015. Since Bill works mostly by himself his responsibilities include preparing the deceased for the viewing, acquiring the necessary permits and paperwork for transport and burial, as well keeping the house clean.

First Place: Santiago Zurbía

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(From L-R) Maddie Holmes, Chrissy Hops, Schuyler Westfall, Robin Rider, and Camryn Burrel of Victor High School’s varsity cheerleading team celebrate after winning best in their division on Feb. 13, 2016 at a compeition held at Pittford-Mendon High School. The team also won best overall performnce of the day.

Second Place: Jackie Molloy

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Juan Carlo Rodriguez Martinez, 49, cuts Kean Leroy Umpierre’s, 9, hair on January 22, 2016. Since 2011, Cuba has recently been able to open many forms of private enterprises, like this makeshift barber shop located in Juan Carlos’ home in Old Havana, Cuba. Posted prices at state barber shops and salons mandate that standard haircuts cost 80 centravos — about 4 American pennies — for men and 1.20 pesos, or a U.S. nickel, for women. Instead, barbers typically charge 10 pesos, nearly 50 cents U.S., then pocket the difference. Some small enterprises worry however that even if they can charge whatever customrs are willng to pay, they won’t be able to make enough to cover their new expenses.

Third Place: Brittainy Newman

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A young boy asks for money from American students in Havana, Cuba on Jan. 22, 2016.

Honorable Mention: Kristen McNicholas

PICTURE OF THE WEEK: DECEMBER 8, 2015

Congratulations, Kaitlyn Dolan, for winning Picture of the Week for the second week in a row! Thank you to everyone who submitted!

 

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“Sometimes we have days where she sleeps all day, that was yesterday, other days she’s stressed out all day- like this.” Brenda Forster (left) comments as she watches her mother (name withheld) exclaim from stress in Webster, N.Y., on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. Forster’s mother is in the sixth stage of Alzheimer’s, meaning she is not aware of her surroundings and cannot typically communicate with words, coupled with physical impairment, confining her to a wheelchair.

First Place: Kaitlyn Dolan

PICTURE OF THE WEEK: NOVEMBER 17, 2015

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s POTW! First place went to Kaitlyn Dolan, and a tie in Second place went to Michael Owens and JuliAnna Patino! Thanks for all of the great submissions this week!

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Connie Albert, an at-home caregiver of her own business, Affordable In Home Care, aids her patient (name withheld) in drinking a protein smoothie on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in Webster, N.Y. Albert’s patient, 84, is in stage six in the progress of Alzheimer’s. The disease progresses from stage one to stage seven, starting with frequent memory loss of recently occurring events and ending with losing all awareness of experiences and surroundings, coupled with physical degredation. The patient’s daughter, Brenda Forster (not pictured), commented “We haven’t lost mom . . . she’s lost us.” Forster has a unique understanding of her mother’s disease, and wants to become an at-home caregiver after her mother passes, and Forster moves back to her home in Cary, N.C.

First Place: Kaitlyn Dolan

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Imogem Hollowell (cq), 7, listens on as the Director of French House speaks outside of the French House on the Nazareth College campusin Rochester, N.Y. on Nov. 14, 2015.

Second Place: Michael Owens

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Hayden Wagner of Rochester Institute of Technology’s Club Rugby team gets lifted by his teammate Jack Burruto on Thursday, November 5th, 2015. They are practicing a play that happens when the ball goes out of bounds.

Second Place: JuliAnna Patino

PICTURE OF THE WEEK: NOVEMBER 3, 2015

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s POTW contest! Tom Brenner won first place, Bryan Bennett won second place, and Maridelis Morales won honorable mention! Thank you to everyone who submitted!

Cody McCormick (8) of the Buffalo Sabres hands a puck to Lawson Zlotek (cq) during warmups before a game against the Ottawa Senators at the First Niagara Center on Oct. 8, 2015 in Buffalo, New York.

Cody McCormick (8) of the Buffalo Sabres hands a puck to Lawson Zlotek (cq) during warmups before a game against the Ottawa Senators at the First Niagara Center on Oct. 8, 2015 in Buffalo, New York.

First Place: Tom Brenner

Daniella Reyna, a second year Business student at the Rochester Institute of Technology, participates in her first keg stand in a parking lot before RIT's Homecoming Game versus Bowling Green at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y. on Oct. 17, 2015.

Daniella Reyna, a second year Business student at the Rochester Institute of Technology, participates in her first keg stand in a parking lot before RIT’s Homecoming Game versus Bowling Green at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y. on Oct. 17, 2015.

Second Place: Bryan Bennett

The Fairport High School Cheerleading team sits in a circle around their lucky stuffed unicorns waiting for the results of the Section V Cheerleading Fall Sectionals held at Rochester Institute of Technology's Gordon Field House Oct. 31, 2015 in Henrietta, N.Y. The team has had their lucky unicorns for around 10 years, and they refuse to wash them. The Fairport High School cheerleading team won first place in the Division I Large category.

The Fairport High School Cheerleading team sits in a circle around their lucky stuffed unicorns waiting for the results of the Section V Cheerleading Fall Sectionals held at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Gordon Field House Oct. 31, 2015 in Henrietta, N.Y. The team has had their lucky unicorns for around 10 years, and they refuse to wash them. The Fairport High School cheerleading team won first place in the Division I Large category.

Honorable Mention: Maridelis Morales