Picture of the Week: Oct. 3, 2017

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s Picture of the Week! Bryan Bennett (Getty Images) won 1st place, Matteo Bracco won 2nd place, Jediah Plumley won 3rd place and Brittainy Newman won Honorable Mention! Congratulations to all!

First Place: Bryan Bennett (Getty Images)

ORCHARD PARK, NY – SEPTEMBER 24: LeSean McCoy #25 of the Buffalo Bills kneels during the national anthem before an NFL game against the Denver Broncos on September 24, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. (Getty Images)

Second Place: Matteo Bracco

Officer Christopher Secash (cq) of the Rochester City Police Department poses for a portrait in front of his patrol vehicle in Rochester, N.Y. on Oct. 3, 2017. Secash says he works ,” to help make a better community” and uphold the motto, “protect and serve”.

Third Place: Jediah Plumley

Rochester Institute of Technology’s Dean Kouroupas and Clarkson University’s James Homan (19) (cq) jumps for the ball but Kouroupas kicks Homan, at Rochester Institute of Technology, Henrietta, N.Y. Sept. 30, 2017. Rochester Institute of Technology won against Clarkson University in the 100th minute 2-1.

Honorable Mention: Brittainy Newman

Jamie Strussenberg, 46, gets ready to pose for a portrait with her reborn dolls in Corbett Pond Park, while a family in the background climbs a tree in Brockport, N.Y., on Sept. 24, 2017. Jamie has been collecting and creating Reborn dolls since 2016 as a way to help cope with her anxiety. To date, she has sold 20 dolls across the country and continues her craft on a daily basis. A reborn doll is a manufactured skin doll that has been transformed by an artist to resemble a human infant with as much realism as possible.

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Picture of the Week: September 19, 2017

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s Picture of the Week! Mustafa Hussain won 1st place, Cassidy Keith won 2nd place, Brittainy Newman won 3rd place and Matteo Bracco and Eakin Howard won Honorable Mention! Congratulations to all!

First Place: Mustafa Hussain

Adam Baker (cq), an animal care taker for Coronas of Hollywood, a Florida circus performing at The Great New York State Fair in Syracuse, N.Y., tends to a group of Bactrian camels waiting for their performance on Sept. 2, 2017. Baker has worked with Coronas for just over a year and is said to have a strong bond with many of the animals in the circus.

Second Place: Cassidy Keith

Dan Murphy, on the right, face his punching bag during one of his workouts. He had been with the workout program at the Boxing Boot Camp since it started in Novemer 2016. The camp specialized for those who are battling Parkinson’s Disease.

Third Place: Brittainy Newman

Dave Paskell, 56, poses for a portrait in the backyard of his home in Rochester, N.Y., on Sept. 10, 2017. “Sometimes I feel as though I was born at the wrong time. My mannerisms, sensibilities and moral compass seem those of the past. Yet at the same time, I’m inexorably part of the present looking through an open door to the future,” said Dave.

Honorable Mention: Matteo Bracco

Jerry Tusch drives a train back to Industry Station during the “Diesel Days” event at the Rochester and Genesee Valley Railroad Museum in Rush, N.Y. on Sept. 16, 2017.

Honorable Mention: Eakin Howard

RIT’s Connor Gill (4) and Elmria College’s Yaniv Kogan (11) try to get a head on the ball in the last minuets of play. RIT Men’s Soccer defeated Elmira College 3-0, on Sept. 13, 2017 at Tiger Stadium in Rochester, N.Y.

Picture of the Summer: September 5, 2017

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 Bennett 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 Bennett

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.”

PICTURE OF THE WEEK: MAY 9, 2017.

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s Picture of the Week! Traci Westcott won first place, and Jed Plumley second place!

 

First Place: Traci Westcott

Judith Jordan, 6, leans in to her mom, April Jordan during her last appointment at Welcome Home Midwifery in Pittsford, NY. Judith has accompanied her mom to most appointments during the pregnancy, and plans to cut the babies umbilical cord after he arrives.

Second Place: Jed Plumley

Ryan Ortiz pulls a truck during the men’s under 200 lbs category held by the RIT Weightlifters club, April 6, 2017, at Rochester Institute of Technology, in Henrietta N.Y. This was the tenth annual strong man competition during Rochester Institute of Technology’s ImagineRIT Festival.

 

PICTURE OF THE WEEK: APRIL 25, 2017.

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s Picture of the Week! Traci Westcott won first and second place, and Brittainy Newman won third place!

 

First Place: Traci Westcott

Anita Manuele comforts her daughter, Catherine Kwiecien (cq) after Easter Sunday mass at Trinity Reformed Church in Brighton, NY. Kwiecien’s 5-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer of muscle tissue, for the third time in January of 2017 “Church is always really hard for me…it’s just one of those places…” says Kwiecien.

Second Place: Traci Westcott

Kailee Kwiecien (cq), 5 braces herself for a cold mist of adhesive remover while her nurse begins to peel back the bandage over her tubular catheter attached to her access port. Kwiecien just completed 5 days of inpatient chemotherapy in her sixth cycle of her treatment at Golisano’s Children Hospital.

Third Place: Brittainy Newman

Justin Leuws Cruz, aka Velvet Remmedii, 19, poses for a portrait at the 13th annual Tora-Con event put on by RIT’s Student Anime Club on Apr. 23, 2017. Anime enthusiasts attended the two-day event, which featured discussion panels, celebrity appearances, a concert, live action performances and countless costumed characters.

PICTURE OF THE WEEK: APRIL 11, 2017.

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s Picture of the Week! Dominique Hessert won first place, Michael Owens won second place, Bryan Bennett won honorable mention, and Daniel Vasta won honorable mention! Special thanks to the WKU NPPA student chapter for judging this week’s POTW and offering great feedback!

 

First Place: Dominique Hessert

Aidan Pollack and his mother Megan Pollack sit and watch for turkeys while hunting at 5:30 in the morning in Gloucester, VA on April 2, 2017.

Second Place: Michael Owens

Kyle Harbour of the SUNY Oswego Lakers reacts after competing in the men 800 meter run at the ROC City Classic on the Nazareth College campus in Pittsford, N.Y. on April 9, 2017.

Honorable Mention: Bryan Bennett

Christopher Skeldon (cq), Hamilton College, left, and Kelly Vincent, State University of New York at Fredonia, participate in the men’s and women’s 10000 meter run during the SUNY Geneseo Early Season Invitational at SUNY Geneseo on April 2, 2017, in Geneseo, N.Y. Skeldon placed second in the men’s division and Vincent placed third in the women’s division.

Honorable Mention: Daniel Vasta

Majied Lafleur removes shaving cream from his ear, during RIT’s annual Relay for Life cancer fundraising event, in the Gordon Field House, on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus, April 8, 2017.
The Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity hosted a fundraiser where participants paid a dollar to have a plate of shaving cream thrown in their face.

PICTURE OF THE WEEK: MARCH 28, 2017.

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s Picture of the Week! Daniel Vasta won first place, Michael Owens won second place, and Dominique Hessert won third place!

 

First Place: Daniel Vasta

“Life can change so fast,” said Vincent Vasta, “In one day I was diagnosed with kidney failure and I lost my job. All in one day”. Vasta rests in the living room of his home. in Swedesboro, N.J., March 13, 2017.
Last year Vasta began treating the kidney failure with home dialysis, a process that requires him to hook up to a machine each night that does the work of his kidneys. The treatment is extremely taxing on his physical, mental and emotional health. “If I stopped doing the dialysis I’d have two weeks to live”.

Second Place: Michael Owens 

Ryan Jeter, a Rochester Institute of Technology 3D Design student, gets air off a make-shift jump while Amir Baghdadi (L), University of Buffalo Mechanical Engineering student and Alec Burns, RIT New Media Design student studies inside Java’s coffee shop on the RIT campus in West Henrietta, N.Y. on March 20, 2017.

Third Place: Dominique Hessert

Eddie Linehan, an Irish folklorist, poses for a portrait in his home in Cusheen, Ireland on Mar. 16, 2017. “When I think of the people I collected the stories from, it’s a way of passing on their knowledge,” said Linehan. “When I’m telling their stories, those people aren’t dead. That’s why I collect stories from old people. The knowledge of stories they have is vital, and once that’s gone you can’t revive that.”

PICTURE OF THE WEEK: FEBRUARY 28, 2017.

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s Picture of the Week! Bryan Bennett won first place, Michael Owens won second place, Kaitlyn Dolan won third place, and Byran Bennett won honorable mention!

 

First Place: Bryan Bennett

USA’s Justin Schoenefeld, top, and Megan Smallhouse participate in training at the NorAm freestyle aerial competition at Lake Placid Olympic Ski Jumping Complex in Lake Placid, N.Y. on Feb. 19, 2017. Schoenefeld placed 13th in the men’s division with a score of 53.23 and Smallhouse places second in the women’s division with a score of 52.20.

Second Place: Michael Owens

Nicolas Marchand in action during training at the Olympic Jumping Complex in Lake Placid, N.Y. on Feb. 19, 2017.

Third Place: Kaitlyn Dolan

Kelsey Otto, of Greece Athena High School, cries after her team won the New York Section Five Championships, held in Gordon Field House, on the Rochester Institute of Technology Campus, on Feb. 25, 2017. Rush Henrietta and Webster Thomas placed second and third in the competition, with only four points separating the top teams.

Honorable Mention: Bryan Bennett

USA’s Michael Lillis participates in training at the NorAm freestyle aerial competition at Lake Placid Olympic Ski Jumping Complex in Lake Placid, N.Y. on Feb. 19, 2017. Lillie placed fifth in the men’s division with a score of 54.81.

PICTURE OF THE WEEK: FEBRUARY 14, 2017.

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s Picture of the Week! Michael Owens won first place, Bryan Bennett won second place, and Daniel Vasta won third place.

 

First Place: Michael Owens

Matthew Derse competes in the long jump event during the 2017 Tiger Invitational at the Gordon Field House on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus in West Henrietta, N.Y. on Feb. 3, 2017.

Second Place: Bryan Bennett

Houghton’s Malik Bullock lands in the sand pit while participating in the men’s triple jump at Rochester Institute of Technology’s invitational track and field meet in Gordon Field House in West Henrietta, N.Y. on Feb 3, 2017. Bullock placed second in the triple jump.

Third Place: Daniel Vasta

Kaylee Steiner, a member of the Rochester Institute of Technology women’s softball team, holds ice to her face, after being struck by the softball during a practice scrimmage, at the Monroe County College Field House, in Brighton, N.Y., Feb. 11, 2017.

 

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.