Congratulations to the winners of Picture of the Summer! Brittainy Newman won 1st place, Daniel Vasta won 2nd place, Erin Gallagher won 3rd place, and Matteo Bracco, Bryan Bennet and Brittainy Newman won Honorable Mention! Congratulations to all!
1st Place: Brittainy Newman
A clown is reflected in a mirror while circus performers wait backstage during the International Circuba Festival in Havana Cuba, on June 27, 2017. The International Circuba Festival is considered among the ten most important of its kind in the world and was attended by 34 acts of representatives from different countries like Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Spain, United States, France, Peru, United Kingdom, Russia, Italy , Uruguay and Vietnam.
2nd Place: Daniel Vasta
Elvedine, 8, oldest son of Gentiane Qakolli, reaches to change the television channel in his new home within the Gurrakoc Prison, July 26, 2017, in Gurrakoc, Kosovo. In Kosovo, a small Balkan state of just under 2 million people, there is a former war prison that was closed during the Kosovo war in 1999. The dilapidated, burnt, and crumbling walls have now become home to several families; whose personal and cultural history have placed them in dire need of shelter. Family sizes rang from 1 to 6 children. Most living quarters per family consist of 1 or 2 rooms.
3rd Place: Erin Gallagher
A young man explores “Katena,” an inflatable luminaria sculpture presented by the Architects of Air, during Musikfest in Bethlehem, Pa., on Aug. 10, 2017. Musikfest is a ten-day outdoor music festival with more than 1 million visitors annually.
Honorable Mention: Matteo Bracco
New York State Track official Ray Quinn starts a race during the Section XI State Qualifier on the campus Port Jefferson High School in Port Jefferson, N.Y. on June 2, 2017.
Honorable Mention: Bryan Bennet
UFC Fighter Chris Weidman leaves the arena after defeating Kelvin Gastelum by third round submission in the UFC Fight Night Long Island main event in his hometown at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. on July 22, 2017.
Honorable Mention: Brittainy Newman
“I never forget that day. April 15th, 1945, Sunday, 3 o’clock. It was a beautiful day. The British came with tanks and we were free. I was 18 years old and weighed 79 pounds.” Theodore Lapinski, 90, recounts the day he was liberated by British soldiers at Bergen-Belsen, a Nazi concentration camp in northern Germany in his home on August 16, 2017. The soldiers discovered 60,000 prisoners inside, most of them half-starved or seriously ill, and another 13,000 corpses lying around the camp unburied. In 1960, Lapinski returned to Belsen with his wife and son to visit the Bergen Belsen concentration camp memorial. “I made a lot of friends, I’m lucky I survived.”