2015 What We Do

The 2015 What We Do photojournalism competition was judged on Saturday, April 11, 2015 in Frank E. Gannett Hall on the RIT campus. The judges were selected by the RIT NPPA from a pool of alumni who have distinguished themselves in the photojournalism industry. The 2015 What We Do judges were Karen Cetinkaya, a photo editor at the New York Times, Leila Navidi, a staff photographer at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Seth Gitner, an assistant professor in the Newspaper and Online Journalism department at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.

The competition is produced and sponsored by the RIT NPPA and the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences; prizes have been sponsored by The Gitner Family, Nikon Professional Services, The Kalish Visual Editing Workshop, and White House News Photographers Association.

Winning work will be on display at Booksmart Studio in the Neighborhood of the Arts in Downtown Rochester beginning May 1, 2015. The opening reception and awards ceremony will be held at Booksmart Studio on the evening of Friday, May 1.

 

The Gitner Family


 

Nikon Portfolio Award – Jaclyn Molloy

 

Gitner Family Award – Tom Brenner

Kalish Award for Picture Editing Portfolio – Flannery Allison

Flannery Allison’s portfolio can viewed here as a PDF

 

Picture Story

A candid, un-posed story or essay that reflects the human experience, celebrates life, or chronicles a cultural trend, important social, economic, or political issue.

First Place – Sarah Ann Jump

Second Place – Tom Brenner

Third Place – Jaclyn Molloy

Honorable Mention – Jaclyn Molloy

Honorable Mention – Jordan Roth

Honorable Mention –Kelly Jo Smart

Feature

A candid, un-posed photograph that reflects the human experience, celebrates life, or chronicles a cultural trend. Respect for the dignity of the subject is important.

First Place – Tom Brenner

Dan Nagele, center, lays in bed while on hospice care, as adopted daughter 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's wife, Loretta passed away in 2009 to cancer, leaving Kyra and Shanna orphaned.  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.

Yvonne Guest strokes the forehead of her brother-in-law Dan Nagele as he lies in bed at his home in in Avon, N.Y. Nagele’s adopted daughters Kyra Nagele, 18 (left) and Shanna Cunningham, 25 (right), console Dan shortly before he died on Monday, February 16, 2015. 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. Because Dan’s wife, Loretta died in 2009 from cancer, his death left Kyra and Shanna with no parents.

Second Place – Zack DeClerck

Robert Langley, of Andover, Mass., holds the hand of his daughter Sarah, 9, as they hang in a web of  hammocks, being sold by a vender, that they came across while walking down the the Charles River Esplanade in Boston, Mass. on June 14, 2014. "We're not telling your mother about this", Robert said to Sarah.

Robert Langley of Andover, Mass. holds the hand of his daughter Sarah, 9, as they hang in a web of hammocks. “We’re not telling your mother about this”, Robert said to Sarah. The hammocks were being sold by a vendor on the Charles River Esplanade in Boston, Mass. on June 14, 2014.

Third Place – Jaclyn Molloy

The Larson quadruplets (Left to Right) Ashlyn, Brody, Cooper, and Kylie watch television as Courtney prepares a snack for them in the kitchen. Courtney often turns on the television to distract the children while she prepares food or does chores around the house. Nov. 16, 2014.

The Larson quadruplets (Left to Right) Ashlyn, Brody, Cooper, and Kylie watch television while their mother Courtney Larson prepares snacks in the kitchen. Courtney often turns on the television to distract the children while she prepares food or does chores around the house.

Honorable Mention – Tom Brenner, Evan Ortiz

 

News

A photograph from a news event, social issue for which planning was possible, or breaking news or unplanned event taken in the course of daily coverage.

First Place – Tom Brenner

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.

Ramsey (NJ) Firefighters 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 nearly 1,000 people was caused by a plumbing repair that ignited a fire in the wall which quickly spread through the building. No fatalities were reported.

Second Place – Rugile Kaladyte

Vilnius police officers Zilvinas Adomaitis and Andrey Gubanov react to a man resisting arrest in an apartment stairwell. The drunk man's wife, who claimed her husband threatened to kill her, made the call for police; however, she did not want to press charges. This was one of two calls that day involving a drunk man threatening his wife. He was legally drunk based on the breathalyzer test. Based on figures from the World Health Organization's recent "Global Report on Alcohol and Health 2014," Lithuania is listed as the third heaviest drinking country in the world. Among other things, alcoholism is seen as a contributing factor to Lithuania's suicide rate.

Vilnius police officers Zilvinas Adomaitis and Andrey Gubanov subdue a drunk and disorderly man who he resists arrest in an apartment stairwell. The drunk man’s wife, who claimed her husband threatened to kill her, made the call for police. However, she did not want to press charges. He was legally drunk based on a breathalyzer test. This was one of two calls that day involving drunk men threatening their wives. According to figures from the World Health Organization’s recent “Global Report on Alcohol and Health 2014,” Lithuania is listed as the third heaviest-drinking country in the world. Among other things, alcoholism is seen as a contributing factor to Lithuania’s suicide rate.

Third Place – Tom Brenner

Francesca Cesare kisses her late husband's tombstone  on Thursday, August 14, 2014 in Saratoga National Cemetery in Saratoga, N.Y.  Robert died in 2014 of three different types of cancer related to exposure to Agent Orange while serving in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

Francesca Cesare kisses her husband Robert’s tombstone on Thursday, August 14, 2014 in Saratoga National Cemetery in Saratoga, N.Y. Robert died in 2014 of three different cancers allegedly related to exposure to Agent Orange during his combat tour in Vietnam for the United States Army.

Honorable Mention – Zack DeClerk

 

Sports Action

A photograph that captures peak actions of individual or team sports. 

First Place – Michael Owens

Anka Parzych, 24,  (Niskayuna, NY / Niskayuna) goes for a shot on goal as Allie Supranowic, 2,  (Pittsfield, MA / Pittsfield) leaps to block the shot at the Tiger Stadium on the RIT campus on October 25, 2014. The RIT Tigers later went on to defeat Union

RIT’s Anka Parzych (#24) makes a shot on goal as Union’s Allie Supranowic (#2) leaps to block the shot at the Tiger Stadium on the RIT campus in Henrietta, NY on October 25, 2014. The RIT Tigers later went on to defeat Union, 2-1.

Second Place – Flannery Allison

Martin Snitil and Jindrich Kitzberger sweep a stone down the ice at the  Le Gruyre European Curling Championships on 11/22/2014. The Czech Republic ended up in 5th place after losing a tie break game to Norway.

The Czech Republic’s Martin Snitil and Jindrich Kitzberger sweep a stone down the ice at the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships on 11/22/2014. The Czech Republic ended up in 5th place after losing a tie-breaker to Norway.

 

Third Place – Michael Owens

Josh Mitchell, 25, takes a hard check to the boards from Dan Weissenhofer, 11, during the 3rd period of game 1 of the quarterfinals on March 13, 2015 at the Gene Polisseni Center. The RIT Tigers later defeated the Air Force Falcons 2-1.

RIT Tiger Josh Mitchell (#25) takes a hard check to the boards from The Air Force Academy’s Dan Weissenhofer (#11) during the 3rd period of game 1 of the quarterfinals o f the Atlantic Hockey Conference quarterfinal series on March 13, 2015 at the Gene Polisseni Center. The RIT Tigers defeated the Air Force Falcons 2-1 and went on to eventually win the Conference Champsionship.

Honorable Mention – Kyle Hofsass, Michael Owens

 

Sports Feature

A photograph that increases understanding and appreciation for individual and team sports or celebrates the role athletics play in the lives of amateur and/or professional athletes and fans.

First Place – Bryan Bennett

Brad Mayville, Rochester Institute of Technology, celebrates after winning the 149 pound bout by pin during senior night at RIT on Jan. 28, 2015. Mayville is a senior.

RIT senior Brad Mayville celebrates after pinning Brockport’s Jordan Dyer to win the 149 pound bout during RIT senior night in Henrietta, NY on Jan. 28, 2015.

Second Place – Tom Brenner

Hamburg Varsity competitive cheer teammates Maya Fagnan, below, and Ava O'Hara, above look through curtain holes at another team's performance during the  NYSPHAA State Cheerleading qualifiers cheer competition on March 7, 2015 in Henrietta, N.Y.

Hamburg Varsity competitive cheer teammates Maya Fagnan, below, and Ava O’Hara, above, peer through curtain holes to watch another team perform during the NY State Public High School Athletic Association State Cheerleading qualifiers cheer competition on March 7, 2015 in Henrietta, N.Y.

Third Place – Joanna Graham

(From left) Shanley and her teammates, Lexi Firkins and Serena Angelo rest during half time after the second period of their first game against Troy-Albany on March 6, 2015. The Rochester Grizzlies were losing 0-1 at the end of the second period and came back to win the game 2-1 in a shootout.

(From left) Rochester Grizzlies players Shanley, Lexi Firkins and Serena Angelo rest after the second period of their first game against Troy-Albany on March 6, 2015. The Grizzlies were losing 0-1 at the end of the second period but came back to win the game 2-1 in a shootout.

Honorable Mention – Tom Brenner

 

Portrait/Illustration

A photograph that is contrived, posed or otherwise set-up in any way. Digital and photographic manipulation is allowed. A photograph may be used as source material for the conceptual illustration, or the photograph may be totally artificially produced.

First Place – Maureen MacGregor

Brittney, 16, waits for her OB/GYN in Brighton, NY on June 27th, 2014. Rochester has the highest rates of teen pregnancy and birth in upstate New York

Brittney, 16, waits for her OB/GYN during one of her prenatal check-ups in Brighton, NY on June 27th, 2014. Her doctor thought Brittney was in danger of delivering early, so she put Brittney on weekly check-ups during the last six weeks of her pregnancy. She delivered a healthy boy, Dylon James Hendricks, four days early after going through 30 hours of labor. Rochester has the highest rates of teen pregnancy and birth in upstate New York.

Second Place – Jessica Plance

Nevaeha (cq) Nelson, 11, poses for a portrait at the Future Boxing Club Gym in Rochester on November 24, 2014. Ya Ya, as she is called, had been boxing with Future Boxing Club for ten months.

Third Place – Evan Ortiz

This is a portrait showing Rochester Institute of Technology students Jackie Spaventa and Sarah Zuckerman with the intimacy they share for one another. The two students have been in a relationship about one year, and have found comfort in each other.

RIT students Jackie Spaventa and Sarah Zuckerman have been in a relationship for about one year and have found comfort in each other. This portrait was made on Oct. 25, 2014.

Honorable Mention – Sarah Ann Jump

Multimedia

First Place – Heather Casey

Second Place – Rugile Kaladyte

Third Place – Maureen MacGregor

Honorable Mention – Tom Brenner

Honorable Mention – Kim Bubello

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Honorable Mention – Sarah Ann Jump

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