Picture of the Week: January 31, 2017.

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s Picture of the Week! Erin Gallagher won first place, Brittainy Newman won second place, Bryan Bennett won third place, and honorable mention went to Kaitlyn Dolan and Bryan Bennett!

First Place: Erin Gallagher

Hassan Abdikadir, 5, pushes his sister, Khadijo, 2, across the living room floor in a cardboard box, as she holds a paper crown from their first ever visit to a Burger King earlier in the day, on Dec. 9, 2016, in the family's newly settled apartment in Rochester, N.Y. The Abdikadir family moved to Rochester in November of 2016 from a refugee camp in Kenya, after leaving their native home of Somalia nearly ten years prior.

Hassan Abdikadir, 5, pushes his sister, Khadijo, 2, across the living room floor in a cardboard box, as she holds a paper crown from their first ever visit to a Burger King earlier in the day, on Dec. 9, 2016, in the family’s newly settled apartment in Rochester, N.Y. The Abdikadir family moved to Rochester in November of 2016 from a refugee camp in Kenya, after leaving their native home of Somalia nearly ten years prior.

Second Place: Brittainy Newman

Scott Newman, 48, poses for a portrait in his bedroom in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Dec. 22, 2016. ÒThis is a christmas miracle, I never thought this day would come,Ó said Newman after having met his biological daughter for the first time since she was born. Newman has been in and out of rehabilitation centers for alcoholism for the past twenty years. He currently works as a hairdresser and is lead vocalist in his  punk band Skitzopolis.

Scott Newman, 48, poses for a portrait in his bedroom in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Dec. 22, 2016. “This is a Christmas miracle, I never thought this day would come,” said Newman after having met his biological daughter for the first time since she was born. Newman has been in and out of rehabilitation centers for alcoholism for the past twenty years. He currently works as a hairdresser and is lead vocalist in his punk band Skitzopolis.

Third Place: Bryan Bennett

Wisconsin Badgers running back Corey Clement (6) holds the Cotton Bowl trophy after defeating Western Michigan 24-16 in the 81st Annual Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic between Western Michigan and Wisconsin at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on January 2, 2017.

Wisconsin Badgers running back Corey Clement (6) holds the Cotton Bowl trophy after defeating Western Michigan 24-16 in the 81st Annual Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic between Western Michigan and Wisconsin at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on January 2, 2017.

Honorable Mention: Kailyn Dolan

Three divers enter Hermano Pequeno cenote at Chauc Mool, on Jan. 11, 2017, in Quintana Roo, MX.  Cenotes are sinkholes made from collapsed limestone and filled with water, which contain caverns and well as caves.

Three divers enter Hermano Pequeno cenote at Chauc Mool, on Jan. 11, 2017, in Quintana Roo, MX. Cenotes are sinkholes made from collapsed limestone and filled with water, which contain caverns and well as caves.

Honorable Mention: Bryan Bennett

Western Michigan linebacker Robert Spillane (10) is greeted by teammates after a game winning interception  during the second half of the NCAA college football Mid-American Conference championship game against Ohio at Ford Field in Detroit, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. WMU defeated Ohio 29-23 and is 13-0 on the season.

Western Michigan linebacker Robert Spillane (10) is greeted by teammates after a game winning interception during the second half of the NCAA college football Mid-American Conference championship game against Ohio at Ford Field in Detroit, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. WMU defeated Ohio 29-23 and is 13-0 on the season.

PICTURE OF THE WEEK: NOVEMBER 30, 2016.

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s Picture of the Week! Michael Owens won first place, Joseph Ressler won second place, Kaitlyn Dolan won third place, and Bridget Fetsko won honorable mention!

First Place: Michael Owens

Referee Steve Campbell stands in the end zone for the National Anthem at the Bob Boozer Field on the college of Brockport campus in Brockport, N.Y. on Nov. 12, 2016.

Referee Steve Campbell stands in the end zone for the National Anthem at the Bob Boozer Field on the college of Brockport campus in Brockport, N.Y. on Nov. 12, 2016.

Second Place: Joseph Ressler

Paige Sulay tries on her heels in the dressing room before competing in the Miss Gay Rochester pageant at the Harro East Ballroom in Rochester, N.Y. on Nov. 13, 2016. The pageant is a competition for drag queens to perform and raise money for HIV research.

Paige Sulay tries on her heels in the dressing room before competing in the Miss Gay Rochester pageant at the Harro East Ballroom in Rochester, N.Y. on Nov. 13, 2016. The pageant is a competition for drag queens to perform and raise money for HIV research.

Third Place: Kaitlyn Dolan

Patrick McFadden, a freshman from Alfred State University, yawns while Madeline Wolters, a Sophomore from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), performs a one meter dive at Judson Pool on the RIT Campus, on Nov. 19, 2016, in Henrietta, N.Y. RIT won the meet, with a women's score of 148-96, and a men's score of 186.5-103.

Patrick McFadden, a freshman from Alfred State University, yawns while Madeline Wolters, a Sophomore from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), performs a one meter dive at Judson Pool on the RIT Campus, on Nov. 19, 2016, in Henrietta, N.Y. RIT won the meet, with a women’s score of 148-96, and a men’s score of 186.5-103.

 

Honorable Mention: Bridget Fetsko

Josh Nodine, 8, watches as his parents setup christmas lights and Caleb Nodine, 6, runs into a leaf pile on Friday, November 18, 2016. Josh was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy as an infant.

Josh Nodine, 8, watches as his parents setup christmas lights and Caleb Nodine, 6, runs into a leaf pile on Friday, November 18, 2016. Josh was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy as an infant.

Picture of the Week: November 9, 2016.

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s Picture of the Week! Joseph Ressler won first place, Erin Gallagher won second place, Joseph also won third place, and Justin Scalera won honorable mention!

First Place: Joseph Ressler

Voters place their stickers on Susan B. Anthony's grave in Mount Hope Cemetery after being able to vote for a woman on a major party ballot for the first time in Rochester, N.Y. on Nov. 8, 2016.

Voters place their stickers on Susan B. Anthony’s grave in Mount Hope Cemetery after being able to vote for a woman on a major party ballot for the first time in Rochester, N.Y. on Nov. 8, 2016.

Second Place: Erin Gallagher

Amy Stuart, 23, tapes her feet in order to switch from ballet flats to pointe shoes for the Rochester City Ballet (RCB) rehearsal of The Nutcracker, in Rochester, N.Y., on Oct. 26, 2016. Stuart has been dancing since she was 3-years-old and has been with the RCB for two seasons, where she began her professional ballet career.

Amy Stuart, 23, tapes her feet in order to switch from ballet flats to pointe shoes for the Rochester City Ballet (RCB) rehearsal of The Nutcracker, in Rochester, N.Y., on Oct. 26, 2016. Stuart has been dancing since she was 3-years-old and has been with the RCB for two seasons, where she began her professional ballet career.

Third Place: Joseph Ressler

Victor Santiago, of Rochester, reacts to the Election Day news on the TV at 140 Alex Bar and Grill in Rochester, N.Y. on Nov. 9, 2016.

Victor Santiago, of Rochester, reacts to the Election Day news on the TV at 140 Alex Bar and Grill in Rochester, N.Y. on Nov. 9, 2016.

Honorable Mention: Justin Scalera

RIT Men's Swimming practices on October 27, 2016 in the Gordon Field House in Henrietta, NY.

RIT Men’s Swimming practices on October 27, 2016, in the Gordon Field House in Henrietta, NY.

Picture of the Week: October 26, 2016.

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s Picture of the Week! Kaitlyn Dolan won first place, and Matt Bracco won second place!

 

First Place: Kailyn Dolan

Alex Perron-Fontaine (#27) of the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers fights for a puck against a member of the University of Connecticut Huskies hockey team, at Blue Cross Arena, on Oct. 15, 2016, in Rochester, N.Y. The game ended in an overtime tie, 1-1.

Alex Perron-Fontaine (#27) of the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers fights for a puck against a member of the University of Connecticut Huskies hockey team, at Blue Cross Arena, on Oct. 15, 2016, in Rochester, N.Y. The game ended in an overtime tie, 1-1.

 

Second Place: Matt Bracco

Grant Salk (424) of the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers talks to teammates moments before starting the men's 8K varsity race on the West campus of Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J. on Oct. 15, 2016.

Grant Salk (424) of the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers talks to teammates moments before starting the men’s 8K varsity race on the West campus of Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J. on Oct. 15, 2016.

PICTURE OF THE WEEK: October 12, 2016.

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s Picture of the Week! Brittainy Newman won first place, Michael Owens won second place, Brittainy also won third place, and Boris Shirman won honorable mention!

 

First Place: Brittainy Newman

Phyllis Kitt, 87, looks down at her wedding ring from her most recent marriage at her home in Pittsford, N.Y. Phyllis has been married twice before, and spends most of her time either home or at the Pittsford Community Library reading books. Kitt works on a volunteer basis to tutor refugees at the Pittsford Community Library in Pittsford, N.Y. on Oct. 5, 2016.

 

Second Place: Michael Owens

Elias Ghantous (4) of the Robert Morris Colonials catches the puck against the RIT Tigers during the regular season opener at Gene Polisseni Center on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus in Henrietta, N.Y. on Oct. 7, 2016.

 

Third Place: Brittainy Newman

Oct. 5, 2016. Phyllis Kitt shops for a ‘get better’ card for her nephew at the supermarket Wegman’s in Pittsford, N.Y.

 

Honorable Mention: Boris Shirman

Carmen Kendall shakes a team mates hand to secure a pact not to share their new nicknames during an Upstate New York Diving training at the RIT swimming pool in Henrietta, N.Y. on Oct. 10, 2016. Upstate New York Diving is a program led by RIT diving coach Clifford Devries.

PICTURE OF THE WEEK: September 28, 2016.

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s Picture of the Week! Daniel Vasta placed first, Mikey Owens won both second and third place, and Daniel also won an honorable mention!

 

First Place: Daniel Vasta

Joanna Wilson, of Mount Royal, N.J., consoles her five-month-old son, Micah Wilson, while looking for a private place to feed him on Sept. 23, 2016, in Arden, Del.

 

Second Place: Mikey Owens

Daron Roper (8) of the Brockport Golden Eagles and William Coon (18) of the St. John Fisher Cardinals battle over a bobbled catch which ended in an incompletion on the Bob Boozer Field on the College of Brockport campus in Brockport, N.Y. on Sept. 24, 2016. The Cardinals rallied from a 28-7 halftime-deficit, as they battled back for a 42-38 win over the Golden Eagles.

 

Third Place: Mikey Owens

Khari Demos (72) of the St. John Fisher Cardinals locks arms with his teammates during the final seconds of the game against Brockport on the Bob Boozer Field on the College of Brockport campus in Brockport, N.Y. on Sept. 24, 2016. The Cardinals rallied from a 28-7 halftime-deficit, as they battled back for a 42-38 win over the Golden Eagles.

 

Honorable Mention: Daniel Vasta

Cody Kroll, a Buddhist priest, poses for a portrait in the Enkyoji Buddhist Temple, located in the Hungerford building, in Rochester, N.Y., on Sept. 18, 2016. As a Buddhist priest, Kroll assumes the name and tittle Shami Kanyu Kroll while leading services, and teaching the dharma at the Enkyoji Buddhist Temple. During the day Kroll also works as a high school photography teacher.

Cody Kroll, a Buddhist priest, poses for a portrait in the Enkyoji Buddhist Temple, located in the Hungerford building, in Rochester, N.Y., on Sept. 18, 2016.
As a Buddhist priest, Kroll assumes the name and tittle Shami Kanyu Kroll while leading services, and teaching the dharma at the Enkyoji Buddhist Temple. During the day Kroll also works as a high school photography teacher.

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