Picture of the Week February 26, 2015.

Congratulations to Tom Brenner for winning first place in this weeks Picture of the Week contest! Congratulations to Jaclyn Molloy as well for placing with honorable mention.

First Place:

Dan Nagele, center, lays in bed while on hospice care, as Kyra Nagele, left, Yvonne Guest, middle, and daughter Shanna Cunningham, right, console Dan during his final hours shortly before passing away on Monday, February 16, 2015 in Avon, N.Y. Dan suffered from Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis disease, (NASH) which is a fatal liver disease that resembles alcohol liver disease, but occurs in people who drink little or no alcohol.

Dan Nagele, center, lays in bed while on hospice care, as Kyra Nagele, left, Yvonne Guest, middle, and daughter Shanna Cunningham, right, console Dan during his final hours shortly before passing away on Monday, February 16, 2015 in Avon, N.Y. Dan suffered from Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis disease, (NASH) which is a fatal liver disease that resembles alcohol liver disease, but occurs in people who drink little or no alcohol.

Image by: Tom Brenner

 

Honorable Mention:

10-year old, Gigi Prinsen lies on her father, Steve Prinsen when he laid down to take a nap in their home in Rochester, N.Y. on Feb. 22, 2015.  Gigi says, "I am like my Dad more than my mom, we have so many more things in common and he understands me way better. "

10-year old, Gigi Prinsen lies on her father, Steve Prinsen when he laid down to take a nap in their home in Rochester, N.Y. on Feb. 22, 2015. Gigi says, “I am like my Dad more than my mom, we have so many more things in common and he understands me way better. “

Image by: Jaclyn Molloy

Picture of the Week 2-12-15

Congratulations to Maridelis Morales for winning first place and Jaclyn Molloy for winning second place  for this weeks Picture of the Week. Also congratulations to Tom Brenner for placing with honorable mention.

First Place:

Rochester local and Polar Plunge observant, Gloria Weyerts, kisses one of the police men's horses at the Polar Plunge on February 8, 2015 in Rochester, N.Y.

Rochester local and Polar Plunge observant, Gloria Weyerts, kisses one of the police men’s horses at the Polar Plunge on February 8, 2015 in Rochester, N.Y.

Image by: Maridelis Morales

Second Place:

Marivi Howell-Arza gets zipped into her dress at the Miss Flower City Beauty Pageant. A pageant that is a preliminary round for the young woman to become Miss New York and then hopefully Miss America on January 31, 2015.

Marivi Howell-Arza gets zipped into her dress at the Miss Flower City Beauty Pageant. A pageant that is a preliminary round for the young woman to become Miss New York and then hopefully Miss America on January 31, 2015.

Image by: Jaclyn Molloy

Honorable Mention:

Plungers jump into the icy water during the Rochester Polar Bear Plunge at Charlotte Beach in Rochester, New York on February 8, 2015.  Hundreds attended the event to raise money for the Special Olympics.

Plungers jump into the icy water during the Rochester Polar Bear Plunge at Charlotte Beach in Rochester, New York on February 8, 2015. Hundreds attended the event to raise money for the Special Olympics.

Image by: Tom Brenner

POTW January 29, 2015

Congratulations to Tom Brenner on winning both first and second place for this weeks pictures of the month!

Firefighters of the Ramsey fire department project water onto the Avalon apartment complex during a 5-alarm fire on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2015 in Edgewater, N.J.  The fire, which displaced some 1,000 people was caused by a plumbing repair that ignited a fire in the wall which then spread through the building.  No fatalities were reported.

Firefighters of the Ramsey fire department project water onto the Avalon apartment complex during a 5-alarm fire on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2015 in Edgewater, N.J. The fire, which displaced some 1,000 people was caused by a plumbing repair that ignited a fire in the wall which then spread through the building. No fatalities were reported.

 Rumson- Fair Haven regional high school Boy's Varsity head coach Chris Champeau pulls his jacket off in frustration after Jackson Reid #24, right, missed a foul shot that would tie the game, on January 6, 2015, in Rumson, N.J.

Rumson- Fair Haven regional high school Boy’s Varsity head coach Chris Champeau pulls his jacket off in frustration after Jackson Reid #24, right, missed a foul shot that would tie the game, on January 6, 2015, in Rumson, N.J.

Images by: Tom Brenner/ Findaballer

Junior Flannery Allison Photographs World Curling Championship

In November junior photojournalism student Flannery Allison was chosen as a photography media trainee by the World Curling Federation and was flown to Champéry, Switzerland to photograph the 2014 Le Gruyère European Curling Championships. Here are her thoughts on the experience.


Maile Moelder, the Estonian Skip, watches a stone she threw travel down the ice at the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships on 11/25/2014. Estonia ended up in 8th place with a record of 2 and 7.

Maile Moelder, the Estonian Skip, watches a stone she threw travel down the ice at the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships on 11/25/2014. Estonia ended up in 8th place with a record of 2 and 7.

Going to Switzerland to Work for the World Curling Federation as a part of their media trainee program was an experience I will never forget. I learned a lot through the experience and improved as a photographer. Although I have been a part of the curling world for the past five years as a competitor I have not had a chance to practice photographing it. It is a difficult sport to photograph because there is no contact so you can’t get the moment when two people go for a header and bang heads which is an image carried by action. You must focus much more on the emotions that are playing out in front of you. These emotions range from the more subtle like the look of anticipation as a player waits to see where there stone ends to the more dramatic of a player yelling their heart out to their teammates to sweep so that they can make it past a stone. Along with the fact that there is less action I was also photographing the same sport for 9 days so by the second day you start to get antsy and need to find new angels and ways to shoot. Trying new things was vital to creating sucseful images while there.

Maile Moelder, the Estonian Skip, watches a stone she threw travel down the ice at the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships on 11/25/2014. Estonia ended up in 8th place with a record of 2 and 7.

Maile Moelder, the Estonian Skip, watches a stone she threw travel down the ice at the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships on 11/25/2014. Estonia ended up in 8th place with a record of 2 and 7.

I worked long days starting as early as 8 in the morning and going as late as 11 at night. Although the days were long they did not feel that way because I was busy the entire time. We would get there before the games began to prepare for the day and would shoot for the first half or three quarters of the games and then would leave to process our images and put them on the server and the WCF website so that people could see images from that day. This cycle would repeat for every draw. Being able to process the images quickly was imperative in order to keep up with the demand from our viewers. This mentality is common in world of photojournalism so it was good to learn how to work under tight deadlines. I also learned that preparation for post-processing is imperative; having all the names of the players in the system before shooting makes editing ten times faster.

Lene Nielsen, the Denmark Skip, watches a stone she threw travel down the ice at the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships on 11/23/2014. Denmark ended up in 4th place after losing to Scotland 8 to 4 in the bronze medal game.

Lene Nielsen, the Denmark Skip, watches a stone she threw travel down the ice at the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships on 11/23/2014. Denmark ended up in 4th place after losing to Scotland 8 to 4 in the bronze medal game.

Through the whole process we had some really helpful people guiding us through the adventure. My mentor’s name was Richard Grey. He is the official photographer for the WCF. He was able to find errors in my photographs that I couldn’t see. Seeing the life that is offered by a job like the one I was able to do in November made me want to come back to school and work harder so that one day I could live that life.

Amos Mosaner the Vice Skip for Italy yell at his team to sweep during the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships on 11/27/2014. Italy ended up in fourth place with a record of 7 and 4.

Amos Mosaner the Vice Skip for Italy yell at his team to sweep during the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships on 11/27/2014. Italy ended up in fourth place with a record of 7 and 4.

Maile Moelder, the Estonian Skip, watches a stone she threw travel down the ice at the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships on 11/25/2014. Estonia ended up in 8th place with a record of 2 and 7.

Maile Moelder, the Estonian Skip, watches a stone she threw travel down the ice at the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships on 11/25/2014. Estonia ended up in 8th place with a record of 2 and 7.

Week 13 Picture of the Week

The winners of the week 13 Picture of the Week were Emily Kask and Bryan Bennett with an honorable mention going to Meg Oliphant. Congratulations to all three of you!

 

Kolton Montague, right, 5, jumps on a trampoline in the backyard of his home in Avon, N.Y., with his  siblings Kellan, top, and Kaelyn, left, both 2, on Nov. 16, 2014.

Kolton Montague, right, 5, jumps on a trampoline in the backyard of his home in Avon, N.Y., with his siblings Kellan, top, and Kaelyn, left, both 2, on Nov. 16, 2014.

Captains of Ithaca and Cortland football teams  watch the coin toss before the football game on November 15, 2014.

Captains of Ithaca and Cortland football teams watch the coin toss before the football game on November 15, 2014.

Sara Taylor mounts Cora, the horse she is taking care of while her owner is in the process of moving, at Wehle Farms, on November 16th, 2014.

Sara Taylor mounts Cora, the horse she is taking care of while her owner is in the process of moving, at Wehle Farms, on November 16th, 2014.

Week 11 Picture of the Week

Week Eleven’s POTW first place winner is Jaclyn Molloy and second place goes to Jessica Plance. Congratulations to both of you!

 

First Place:

1st: Matthew Pronko assists Daniel Lim in firing off their slingshot during the Pumpkin Chunkin’ with their teammate Adam Pries on October 18, 2014. Students, family, and friends attend Pumpkin Chunkin', an event where Mechanical Engineers create slingshots to launch pumpkins. The event took place at Rochester Institute of Technology during RIT's Brick City Weekend on October 18, 2014.

Matthew Pronko assists Daniel Lim in firing off their slingshot during the Pumpkin Chunkin’ with their teammate Adam Pries on October 18, 2014. Students, family, and friends attend Pumpkin Chunkin’, an event where Mechanical Engineers create slingshots to launch pumpkins. The event took place at Rochester Institute of Technology during RIT’s Brick City Weekend on October 18, 2014.

Second Place:

Laura Poulette embraces her son, Isaac Deaver, before leaving him at his grandmother's home for formal home-schooling.

Laura Poulette embraces her son, Isaac Deaver, before leaving him at his grandmother’s home for formal home-schooling.

Picture of the Week 9-26-14

Congratulations to Jessica Plance for winning first place for POTW.

Andi (cq) chants and plays a drum on a stick during the People's Climate March in New York City, N.Y. , Sep. 21, 2014.  400,000 people from around the world gathered. to stand up against climate change

Andi (cq) chants and plays a drum on a stick during the People’s Climate March in New York City, N.Y. , Sep. 21, 2014. 400,000 people from around the world gathered. to stand up against climate change

Second Place: Bryan Bennett

Members of Delta Phi Epsilon celebrate after winning the womens bracket at Mud Tug XIX on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Mud Tug is an annual event hosted by Zeta Tau Alpha and Phi Kappa Psi to raise money for Hillside Family of Agencies in Rochester, N.Y.

Members of Delta Phi Epsilon celebrate after winning the womens bracket at Mud Tug XIX on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Mud Tug is an annual event hosted by Zeta Tau Alpha and Phi Kappa Psi to raise money for Hillside Family of Agencies in Rochester, N.Y.

Third Place: Maridelis Morales

Maris Breaton waits for her turn to model in the From the Ground Fashion Show, on September 12, 2014 in Highland Falls Garage in Rocheste, N.Y.

Maris Breaton waits for her turn to model in the From the Ground Fashion Show, on September 12, 2014 in Highland Falls Garage in Rocheste, N.Y.

 

Tied for Honorable Mention: Bryan Bennett and Emily Kask

Rochester Institute of Technology Rugby players participate in Mud Tug XIX on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Mud Tug is an annual event hosted by Zeta Tau Alpha and Phi Kappa Psi to raise money for Hillside Family of Agencies in Rochester, N.Y.

Rochester Institute of Technology Rugby players participate in Mud Tug XIX on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Mud Tug is an annual event hosted by Zeta Tau Alpha and Phi Kappa Psi to raise money for Hillside Family of Agencies in Rochester, N.Y.

Marilyn McKenny is thrown from her horse, "Galeton Bay", over the third jump of a triple line combination during her trip on course in the Low Adult Jumper division at the Devon Fall Classic in Devon, P.A., on Sept. 12, 2014. McKenny was immediately disqualified from the competition after her fall.

Marilyn McKenny is thrown from her horse, “Galeton Bay”, over the third jump of a triple line combination during her trip on course in the Low Adult Jumper division at the Devon Fall Classic in Devon, P.A., on Sept. 12, 2014. McKenny was immediately disqualified from the competition after her fall.

Picture of the Week 9-12-14

Congratulations to Jessica Plance for winning First place for POTW and Tom Brenner for winning second place and honorable mention!

First Place:

Wheeler Law leans his head back into a water fall to cool off. Groups gathered at Grimes Glen in Napels, NY on September 5th, 2014, when temperatures reached a high of 92 degrees Fahrenheit.

Wheeler Law leans his head back into a water fall to cool off. Groups gathered at Grimes Glen in Napels, NY on September 5th, 2014, when temperatures reached a high of 92 degrees Fahrenheit.

Second Place

Kelly Melzer, left, is yelled at by her mother, Katy, right, after Kelly had a screaming tantrum on the fairgrounds, on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at The Great New York State Fair in Solvay, N.Y.

Kelly Melzer, left, is yelled at by her mother, Katy, right, after Kelly had a screaming tantrum on the fairgrounds, on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at The Great New York State Fair in Solvay, N.Y.

 

Honorable Mention:

From left to right: Laura Dell, Michelle Shaud, and Laura Haney use q-tips to feed nectar to various types of butterflies, inside the Butterfly Walkthrough-exhibit, on Sunday, August 31, 2014 during The Great New York State Fair in Solvay, N.Y.

From left to right: Laura Dell, Michelle Shaud, and Laura Haney use q-tips to feed nectar to various types of butterflies, inside the Butterfly Walkthrough-exhibit, on Sunday, August 31, 2014 during The Great New York State Fair in Solvay, N.Y.

Picture of the Summer 2014, August 29, 2014

Congratulations to Emily Kask for winning First and Second place and Tom Brenner for winning third place.

Kayti Stadler, 28, lead vocalist with Key West Express and Lucky Dog, sings "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Erie Playhouse in Erie, Pa., on June 26, 2014.

Kayti Stadler, 28, lead vocalist with Key West Express and Lucky Dog, sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Erie Playhouse in Erie, Pa., on June 26, 2014.

 

Pfeiffer-Burleigh School seventh-grader Quintyn Rogers, 13, volunteers for a methane bubbles experiment during Chemistry Day at Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy in Erie on May 29. About 25 chemistry teachers and students from Collegiate hosted the annual event to teach chemistry through hands-on demonstrations and experiments to about 120 seventh graders from six city schools. EMILY KASK/

Pfeiffer-Burleigh School seventh-grader Quintyn Rogers, 13, volunteers for a methane bubbles experiment during Chemistry Day at Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy in Erie on May 29. About 25 chemistry teachers and students from Collegiate hosted the annual event to teach chemistry through hands-on demonstrations and experiments to about 120 seventh graders from six city schools. EMILY KASK/

 

Pilot Brooke Owen inflates his balloon using propane during the Saratoga County Fairgrounds Balloon Glow Show in Ballston Spa, N.Y. on Friday, June 20, 2014. Owen was among several other balloons that participated in the presentation.  (Tom Brenner/ Special to the Times Union)

Pilot Brooke Owen inflates his balloon using propane during the Saratoga County Fairgrounds Balloon Glow Show in Ballston Spa, N.Y. on Friday, June 20, 2014. Owen was among several other balloons that participated in the presentation. (Tom Brenner/ Special to the Times Union)

 

Honorable Mentions:

Photos of Week Thirteen 5/2/14

Congratulations to Tom Brenner for placing First and to David Falconieri for placing second!

Rochester Institute of Technology student Sachin Gawande (cq) gets soaked by a garden hose during the Indian Holi Festival of Color on April 26, 2014 in Henrietta, New York.

Rochester Institute of Technology student Sachin Gawande (cq) gets soaked by a garden hose during the Indian Holi Festival of Color on April 26, 2014 in Henrietta, New York. Photo by Tom Brenner

JBain DaStar (Center), of Rochester, NY, performs with group members Ricardo Murray (Left), of Rochester, NY, and Marcus Montreal (Right), of Rochester, NY, at the Thirsty Frog, in Irondequoit, NY, on April 28, 2014.  They are members of New Tren Gang, an aspiring hip-hop group founded in Rochester, NY, and this was their second live performance. Photo by David Falconieri

JBain DaStar (Center), of Rochester, NY, performs with group members Ricardo Murray (Left), of Rochester, NY, and Marcus Montreal (Right), of Rochester, NY, at the Thirsty Frog, in Irondequoit, NY, on April 28, 2014. They are members of New Tren Gang, an aspiring hip-hop group founded in Rochester, NY, and this was their second live performance. Photo by David Falconieri

Honorable Mentions: