2011 Year in Pictures (2012 Contest)

Results of the 2011 Year in Pictures and Multimedia Contest. These photos will appear in the NYPPA 2012 Annual | Meet the Judges | Multimedia results

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Hail to the Chief by Craig RuttleBEST IN SHOW

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Best in Show for 2012 is Freelance Craig Ruttle's "Hail to the Chief"

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

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Photographer of the Year for 2012 is ARISTIDE ECONOMOPOULOS OF THE STAR-LEDGER

Spot News

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1st Place - James Messerschmidt - New York Post - "Untitled"

2nd Place - Todd Maisel - Daily News - "Hands Raised High"

3rd Place - Norman Y. Lono - Contract Photographer for the Daily News - "Whyyy???"

HM - Julio Cortez - AP - "DSK ARREST"

HM - Joe Marino - Freelance, Daily News - "Bloody Thanksgiving"

EA - Aristide Economopoulos - The Star-Ledger - "Photographing Crime Scene"

EA - Aristide Economopoulos - The Star-Ledger - "Relative Dragged"

EA - Debbie Egan-Chin - Daily News - "Bewildered"

EA - Saed Hindash - The Star-Ledger - "Indoor Parking"

EA - Peter J. Smith - The Wall Street Journal - "Up in Smoke"

General News

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1st Place - Aristide Economopoulos - The Star-Ledger - "A Community Mourns"

2nd Place - Justin Lane - European Pressphoto Agency - "A Father's Grief"

3rd Place - James Keivom - Daily News - "Wake for Choking Victim"

HM - Debbie Egan-Chin - Daily News - "Cop Shot"

HM - Jefferson Siegel - Freelance, Daily News - "Kenneth Minor Murder Sentencing"

EA - Michael Appleton - Freelance - "Osama Bin-Laden is Dead"

EA - Richard Drew - AP - "It takes a worried Man"

EA - Thomas A. Ferrara - Newsday - "Waterfront Property"

EA - David Handschuh - Daily News - "Gay Marriage"

EA - Todd Maisel - Daily News - "Which way should he go?"

Editorial Illustration

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1st Place - Chad Rachman - NY Post - "WTC Footprint"

2nd Place - Allan Tannenbaum - Polaris Images - "Red Mermaid"

3rd Place - Allan Tannenbaum - Polaris Images - "WTC 2 Construction Workers"

HM - Pat Carroll - Daily News - "Jewel in The Crown"

HM - Charles Wenzelberg - New York Post - "Mo's Motion"

EA - Allan Tannenbaum - Polaris Images - "9/11 Memorial and WTC 1 Under Construction"

EA - Allan Tannenbaum - Polaris Images - "Mermaid Parade Red Hot Rod"

Occupy Wall Street

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1st Place - Craig Ruttle - Freelance - "Hail to the Chief"

2nd Place - Mike Segar - Reuters - "Occupy Arrest"

3rd Place - Mario Tama - Getty Images - "Untitled"

HM - Rob Bennett - Independent, Wall Street Journal - "Untitled"

HM - Bryan Smith - Freelance, Daily News - "Arrest of Activist Brandon Watts"

EA - Rob Bennett - Independent, Wall Street Journal - "Untitled"

EA - Andrew Burton - Freelance - "Untitled"

EA - Andrew Burton - Freelance - "Untitled"

EA - David Goldman - AP - "Occupy Tree"

EA - John Minchillo - Freelance - "The Scrum"

Animal

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1st Place - Andrew Burton - Freelance - "Untitled"

2nd Place - Robert Bennett - Independent, Wall Street Journal - "Untitled"

3rd Place - Justin Lane - European PressPhoto Agency - "Dog Show"

HM - Robert Bennett - Independent, Wall Street Journal - "Untitled"

HM - Robert Bennett - Independent, Wall Street Journal - "Untitled"

EA - Robert Bennett - Independent, Wall Street Journal - "Untitled"

EA - David Goldman - AP - "Preacher"

EA - Todd Maisel - Daily News - "Stuffed Hot Dog"

EA - Craig Ruttle - Freelance - "Urban Legend"

EA - Robert Sabo - Daily News - "WESTMINSTER"

International/National News

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1st Place - Andrew Burton - Freelance - "Untitled"

2nd Place - Mario Tama - Getty Images - "Home"

3rd Place - Michael Appleton - Freelance - "Untitled"

HM - Hiroko Masuike - Freelance, NY Times - "A Ship on the Roof"

HM - Mario Tama - Getty Images - "Deserted Desert"

EA - Andrew Burton - Freelance - "Untitled"

EA - Andrew Burton - Freelance - "Untitled"

EA - David Goldman - AP - "Rotorwash"

EA - Stan Honda - Agence France-Presse - "Final Landing"

EA - Justin Lane - European PressPhoto Agency - "Tornado Damaged Church"

Face of New York

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1st Place - Mario Tama - Getty Images - "NYC Prepares for 10th Anniversary of September Attacks"

2nd Place - Jeanne Noonan - Freelance, Daily News - "Labor Union United"

3rd Place - Shannon Stapleton - Reuters - "Heat Wave"

HM - Todd Maisel - Daily News - "Yo Mama Can't Leave"

HM - Mario Tama - Getty Images - "Gay Marriage Finally"

EA - Bruce Cotler - Freelance - "Patriotic"

EA - Anthony Delmundo - Freelance, Daily News - "Neighborhood Spectacle"

EA - David Handschuh - Daily News - "Rabbis"

EA - Philip Montgomery - Freelance - "Summer Cool Off South 2nd"

EA - Mike Segar - Reuters - "I Love a Parade"

News Picture Story

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1st Place - Aristide Economopoulos - The Star-Ledger - "A week in the killing cycle"

2nd Place - Mario Tama - Getty Images - "Joplin Tornado"

3rd Place - Mario Tama - Getty Images - "Final Convoy"

HM - Andrew Burton - Freelance - "Untitled"

HM - Jefferson Siegel - Freelance, Daily News - "Occupy Wall Street erupts onto World Stage"

EA - Robert Bennett - Independent, Wall Street Journal - "Hurricane Irene"

EA - Andrew Burton - Freelance - "Untitled"

EA - David Handschuh - Daily News - "Same Sex Marriage"

EA - Tony Kurdzuk - The Star-Ledger - "Death of a Station"

EA - Todd Maisel - Daily News - "Dog Day Afternoon"

Feature

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1st Place - Jennifer Brown - The Star-Ledger - "Flight 93"

2nd Place - Aristide Economopoulos - The Star-Ledger - "Water to the Face"

3rd Place - Kristen Luce - Freelance, NY Times - "La Matadora"

HM - Susan Stava - Freelance, NY Times - "Memorial Day"

HM - Alejandra Villa - Newsday - "A Mothers Love"

EA - Jennifer Brown - The Star-Ledger - "Remembrance Room"

EA - David Goldman - AP - "Drum Solo"

EA - Saed Hindash - The Star-Ledger - "Never Forget"

EA - Hiroko Masuike - Freelance, NY Times - "Off the Runway"

EA - Mike Segar - Reuters - "Rider in the Storm"

Pictorial

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1st Place - Craig Ruttle - Freelance - "Lines of Communication"

2nd Place - Bryan Derballa - Wall Street Journal - "Story Collider"

3rd Place - Uli Seit - NY Times - "April Shower in NYC"

HM - Aristide Economopoulos - The Star-Ledger - "Heatwave Handstand"

HM - Debbie Egan-Chin - Daily News - "Hurricane"

EA - Robert Bennett - Independent, Wall Street Journal - "Untitled"

EA - Andrew Burton - Freelance - "Untitled"

EA - David Goldman - AP - "Firing Mission"

EA - David Goldman - AP - "Onion Farms"

EA - Mario Tama - Getty Images - "Mississippi Rising"

Portrait

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1st Place - Allison Joyce - Freelance - "Chowkri"

2nd Place - Alejandra Villa - Newsday - "Marisa"

3rd Place - Allison Joyce - Freelance - "Muhammed"

HM - Thomas A. Ferrara - Newsday - "The Musician"

HM - Chris Ware - Newsday - "Mothers Loss a 9/11 Story"

EA - Anthony Delmundo - Freelance, Daily News - "The Visual Artist"

EA - Aristide Economopoulos - The Star-Ledger - "99 and Still Painting"

EA - Allison Joyce - Freelance - "Crab Fishing"

EA - Allison Joyce - Freelance - "Freedom"

EA - Mario Tama - Getty Images - "Tent City Children"

Feature Picture Story

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1st Place - Aristide Economopoulos - The Star-Ledger - "9/11 Then and Now"

2nd Place - Alejandra Villa - Newsday - "A little girl's fight to live"

3rd Place- Mario Tama - Getty Images - "9-11 Ten Years On: The Regeneration of Ground Zero"

HM - Bryan Derballa - Wall Street Journal - "Half here: Life Along the Amazon River"

HM - Allison Joyce - Freelance - "Sex Workers of Faridpur"

EA - Robert Bennett - Independent, Wall Street Journal - "Inge The Prize Poodle"

EA - Robert Bennett - Independent, Wall Street Journal - "Dressed to Sell"

EA - Debbie Egan-Chin - Daily News - "Same Sex Marriage"

EA - Allison Joyce - Freelance - "Life and Death in the Sundarbans"

EA - Hiroko Masuike - Freelance, NY Times - "Remaining where he belongs"

Sports Action

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1st Place - Mario Tama - Getty Images - "Calgary Stampede"

2nd Place - Julio Cortez - AP - "Defender Save"

3rd Place - Robert Sabo - Daily News - "CRUNCH IS CALLING"

HM - Chris Faytok - The Star-Ledger - "Sandy"

HM - Charles Wenzelberg - NY Post - "Hit Hard"

EA - John Angelillo - UPI - "Power Serve"

EA - Al Bello - Getty Images - "Chasing His Shadow"

EA - Bill Kostroun - Freelance - "Raked"

EA - Bill Kostroun - Freelance - "Nose to Nose"

EA - Tony Kurdzuk - The Star-Ledger - "Look out Below!"

Sports Feature

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1st Place - Al Bello - Getty Images - "Knocked Out"

2nd Place - Chris Faytok - The Star-Ledger - "Champ"

3rd Place - Ray Stubblebine - Reuters - "Bat Basher"

HM - David Handschuh - Daily News - "World Pond Hockey Championship"

HM - Ray Stubblebine - Reuters - "The Captain"

EA - David Goldman - AP - "Flying Bat"

EA - Saed Hindash - The Star-Ledger - "Pile on"

EA - Hiroko Masuike - Freelance, NY Times - "Winning the World Cup"

EA - Noah Murray - The Star-Ledger - "Greeting at Home"

EA - Robert Sabo - Daily News - "HOME RUN BALL"

Sports Picture Story

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1st Place - Aristide Economopoulos - The Star-Ledger - "Worlds Toughest Mudder"

2nd Place - Andrew Theodorakis - Daily News - "VFC in New Jersey"

3rd - David Goldman - AP - "Spring Training Baseball"

HM - Mario Tama - Getty Images - "Talladega Speedway"

HM - Al Bello - Getty Images - "Umpire Academy"

EA - Aristide Economopoulos - The Star-Ledger - "Demolition Derby"

EA - Robert Sabo - Daily News - "GIRLS WRESTLING"

EA - Ray Stubblebine - Reuters - "3000th Hit"

EA - Alejandra Villa - Newsday - "Fan Love"

EA - Daniela Zalcman - Independent, Wall Street Journal - "Hanoi Capitals"

Multimedia Long Form

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The videos with the strongest and most emotional storytelling rose to the top. “Fear in the camps,” and “State of Reflection,” are exceptional videos that rose well above the group.

The category overall was filled with videos that were interview based. When interviews are shot on the scene, we’d like to see greater attention to the photographic composition.  We encourage photographers to use their documentary skills to tell the story and save the interviews for explaining what can’t be shown.

The quality of the audio and cinematography varied greatly in the category.

1st Place: Fear in the camps - Nadav Neuhaus, Independent

The judges awarded 1st place to “Fear in the Camps” because of strong storytelling - a journey through the traumatic experience of rape, the disgrace and disrespect felt by victims, squalid birthing experiences, shattered dreams and a future void of hope. It was a strong mix of interviews and documentary footage. Viewers can feel a very personal connection to these women, and the struggle they face now living with children conceived from rape.

For a story that requires subtitles, the video is easy to follow and emotional. The pacing was well done with adequate breaks provided. The story was edited for brevity without repetition in content. Music was effective, but not overbearing. 

2nd Place: State of Reflection: New Jersey Ten Years After 9/11 - Adya Beasley, The Star-Ledger

The judges awarded 2nd place to State of Reflection because of its ability to tell an in-depth story about the impact of 9/11 on a community with a specific point of view. One can clearly understand that loss and healing are not buffeted by geographical separation, but rather how the two regions are connected. The interviews are well done, and documentary footage of the main subjects was included effectively. The scene of the dad riding beside the empty seat that would have been filled by his son and the dinner held on a daughter’s birthday are both powerful examples.

The start of the project is beautiful. Good use of music. The video is poetic and brilliant in many places yet lacks the overall cohesion in storytelling for a half-hour project. With tighter editing and a more clearly defined script this video could contend for first place. 

3rd Place: New Jersey teen in weight loss camp - Andre Malok, The Star-Ledger

The judges awarded 3rd place to Weight Loss Camp because of strong journalistic ethic and complete storytelling. This story gives an overarching view of youth obesity through one character; kudos to the photographer for seeing the story through from start to finish. Editing was technically flawless. This video could have risen to 1st or 2nd place if there was more of a personal connection to the subject We see her and we hear her in interview situations, but we never really feel the story through documentary shooting. We’d also like to have seen greater attention to the setup for interviews. Think of interviews as portraits that talk.

Multimedia Short Form

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Top videos stood with strong storytelling, cinematic style, and editing. Each photographer had a clear vision going into the making of the video and it showed through the concise editing and strong visuals. 

To help create a better narrative strong characters are essential. Clear audio, different perspectives and paying attention to details like points of view, the length of the video, and cutting out repetition can also strengthen the narrative.

1st Place: Children of the Fallen - David Goldman, Associated Press

Very powerful storytelling! Good choice of music and beautiful visuals. Edited really nicely -- the pacing, sequencing were fantastic. 

A great cinematic style and the choice of reporting on this issue is something that is not often looked at or covered in newspapers.

2nd Place: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 10 Years later - Julia Xanthos, Daily News

By its nature this story was not visual but this photographer made it very interesting with their storytelling. 

Right from the start the strong opening was a sign of building up the small community in this church. From the sights and sounds of the Greek Orthodox religion we were pulled into a special place that suffered during 9/11.

The interviews between the subjects flowed well and for something that happened in the past this video made it current with attention to details from items pulled from the church, used in a symbolic way to paying attention and actively listening to what people were saying. 

3rd Place: Camping out with NASCAR fans at Talladega - David Goldman, Associated Press

A really nice style to this video gave us great racecar culture and made it entertaining to watch. 

Visually it held our attention throughout the piece. This photographer was smart in comparing racecar fans to cars -- giving us humor in many different ways. The opening scene of fans coming out of their tents and cutting to NASCAR cars coming out of their garages is a great example.

The choice of music was perfect and helped move the piece along. For a viewer not familiar with NASCAR culture this video gives them a great look and feel to what it can be like. 

HM: Young Matthew Whitaker demonstrates his musical gifts - John Munson, The Star-Ledger

Interesting story, well told. It could have benefited from a more visual variety throughout the piece.

HM: New York Mets Spring Training - Alejandra Villa-Newsday

The video is a very stylized portrait of the beauty of baseball. The strength of the video is the visual journey the viewer takes through the photographer’s artistic interpretation of the Mets spring training.  

Judges: Detroit Free Press Staff Photographers – Eric Seals, Kimberly P. Mitchell, Brian Kaufman and Romain Blanquart with Managing Editor/Digital Media Nancy Andrews.

Bill Eppridge, David Burnett, and Melanie Burford continue their efforts during late night judging.

Melanie Burford during late night judging.

Bill Eppridge during late night judging of the NYPPA Annual contest.

David Burnett during late night judging of the NYPPA Annual contest.