2016 Photos of the Year Virginia. Multimedia Category…

1st Place: Heather Rousseau, Roanoke Times


2nd Place: Kristen Zeis, Virginian-Pilot


3rd Place: Shelby Lum Cousino, Richmond Times-Dispatch


HM: Erica Yoon, Roanoke Times


2016 Photos of the Year. Sports Picture Story Category…

2016 Photos of the Year. News Picture Story…

2016 Photos of the Year. Feature Picture Story…


2016 POY Virginia Winners. Singles Categories…

POY-VA 2016 Judges


Christian Tyler Randolph is a California native and current staffer at the Tribune-Review in western Pennsylvania.  A Hearst finalist during his time at Western Kentucky University, he has accumulated a spectrum of experience from working as an intern and staffer at seven newspapers across the country covering everything from small fairs and fires to national politics and disasters. A self-described “impulsive” photographer, he seeks to build complex images and narratives starting from the smallest details of everyday life.


Michael DiBari Jr. is currently the Endowed Professor at Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, Hampton University. He teaches a variety of visual communications courses including: Visual Media, Photojournalism and Web Design.

DiBari holds a Master’s degree in Visual Communications and a Ph.D. in Journalism from Ohio University’s Scripps School of Communication.

Prior to graduate school, DiBari worked as a photojournalist at a variety of news organizations, from the small community newspaper in Milledgeville, Georgia (the Union-Recorder), to The Washington Post and the Associated Press as a freelance photographer.

In February 2017, his first book titled “Advancing the Civil Rights Movement: Race and the Geography of Life Magazine’s Visual Representation, 1954-1965,” was published by Lexington Books.


Kyle Grantham is a staff photographer with The News Journal in Wilmington, Del. where he joined the staff in January of 2013. Before joining The News Journal, Kyle worked for the Casper Star-Tribune on Casper, Wyo. and the Evansville Courier & Press in Evansville, Ind..
Kyle serves on the National Press Photographers Association’s board of directors as the treasurer. He’s previously held roles as a national director and regional chair for the Mid-Atlantic Region. In addition to his duties as treasurer, he also manages the NPPA’s clip contest as National Clip Chair.
Kyle is a graduate of Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication in Athens, Ohio and currently lives in Wilmington.



Shawn Gust – chief photographer
Sofia Jaramillo – staff photographer
Jake Parrish – staff photographer
Yakima Herald-Republic

FIRST: Rob Ostermaier, The Daily Press
SECOND: Jonathan Gruenke, The Daily Press
THIRD: Rob Ostermaier, The Daily Press
HM: Heather Rousseau, Roanoke Times

Submissions were really solid in the features category. The first place image was chosen for its whimsical, “slice of life” quality. Good color and quiet moment in the second place image was pleasing. Third place image was a success by making an ordinary moment stand out through a unique perspective. We give honorable mention the military students eating pizza while cheering because, although a good image, there was a bit more potential for that moment.

FIRST: Lathan Goumas, The News & Advance
SECOND: Shelby Lum, Richmond Times-Dispatch
THIRD: Jonathan Gruenke, The Daily Press

We felt this category could’ve been stronger. The first place image was a good example of a telling moment in a courtroom setting that conveyed the judge’s emotion. The image of the diver was unique, but prompted too many questions and lacked context,therefore not strong enough to place.

FIRST: Jonathan Gruenke, The Daily Press
SECOND: Rob Ostermaier, The Daily Press
THIRD: Shelby Lum, Richmond Times-Dispatch

The winning image in this category shows creativity in the approach. Good use of light and the reflection highlighted both the subject and her craft in a unique way. The second place image shows resourcefulness in the way the photographer utilized technical skill to deal with a difficult background effectively. Third place images was clean and aesthetically pleasing, but try to avoid cutting off limbs, i.e. feet.

FIRST: Aileen Devlin, Daily Press
SECOND: Daniel Lin, Daily News-Record
THIRD: Kristen Zeis, The Virginian-Pilot

First place image shows great peak action, capturing the competitiveness of the game. Great field position by the photographer went a long way in being able to capture the second place photo. We felt this was a unique football photo. The third place image was humorous and broke some of the traditional rules of sports photography. Bravo!


FIRST: Kristen Zeis, The Virginian-Pilot
SECOND: Daniel Lin, Daily News-Record
THIRD: Kristen Zeis, The Virginian-Pilot

First place story has full narrative arch with strong moments. Photographer was able to gain access on an intimate level that helped in making compelling images. Second place story showcased an interesting annual community event that included lots of emotion. Good variety of images. Third place was a nice story — good moments, nice portraits, and uniquely made images.


Kyle Grantham, Danial Sato, Suchat Pederson
The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal
FIRST: Rob Ostermaier, The Daily Press
SECOND: Jill Nance, News & Advance
THIRD: James Diem, Eastern Shore News
HM:  Austin Bachand, Daily News-Record
Strong category with some great frames. Lots of pictorials, of which the strongest rose to the top quickly. First place was well balanced and a good moment captured in silhouette. Second place another solid moment though we missed the kid’s leg. Third place another nice silhouette that needed some more room at the top of the frame to give the paddleboarder space to breath. Honorable mention to the Sunflower Bee. It needed something, we weren’t sure what – whether reframing or getting higher or lower. Just wasn’t quite there. Work that frame a little more.
FIRST: Jonathan Gruenke, The Daily Press
SECOND: Rob Ostermaier, The Daily Press
THIRD: Jonathan Gruenke, The Daily Press
Surprisingly weak category that featured a LOT of routine photos. First place had nice light and was a good moment with good expression. Second place was a nice silhouette with great light but needed to give some room to breath to the subjects. Third place was a different angle on a biker and had strong graphic quality but needed a little more separation.
FIRST: James Diem, Eastern Shore News
SECOND: Kristen Zeis, The Virginian-Pilot
Very weak category with few entries. Was easy to knock down when looking for actual portraits to award. First place was well executed from a number of angles – framing, different viewpoint, lighting. It was very well done. Second place was well executed and framed as well but needed something in that second layer of reflection. We did not award a third place image.
FIRST: Austin Bachand, Daily News-Record
SECOND:  Kristen Zeis, The Virginian-Pilot
THIRD: Lathan Goumas, News & Advance
Surprisingly weak category here. First place quickly rose to the top for it’s great moment and terrific execution. Well done. Second place has great light and a good moment but we cannot figure out where the focus point is. Looks like a hail mary that might have just missed. Third place was a good moment of an exhausted firefighter but we were hoping for a little more scene around him.
FIRST: Jill Nance, News & Advance
SECOND: Aileen Devlin, Daily Press
THIRD:  Rob Ostermaier, The Daily Press
HM. Lathan Goumas, News & Advance
Lots to choose from here but the winners rose to the top quickly. The Elvis tribute story was well worked, good moments and good execution. Tangier Island needed a tighter edit and a little more focus but the photographer really worked the assignment and gave us a sense of the place. The story on James was a good story to tell. Definitely needed a tighter edit, it got a little repetitive, but it was unique and executed well nonetheless. Honorable Mention to drag racing which just needed to be cut in half. Some great frames and some REALLY weak ones and unfortunately you’ll always be judged more by what you did include than what you didn’t.