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.

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.