I chose this picture as my favorite photo because it reminded me of the contemplative nature of change and the uncertainty that change brings. I like how all the elements came together. The thank you sign above Tod, who is framed in the garland rimmed kitchen window and the reflection of his fellow participants on the wall to the left at the Hattie's Cafe and Gifts in Hudson which opened seven years ago is going to close. Mike Cardew has been a staff photograph and picture editor at the Akron Beacon Journal for 20 years.
The story of these two seemingly dissimilar athletes brought tears to my eyes as they completed their challenging race. Zeke Petrie (right) and Andre Travis celebrate as they near the finish line of the Akron Marathon at Canal Park. Michael Chritton has been a staff photograph and picture editor at the Akron Beacon Journal for 17 years.
I was really glad I waited out the rain delay after capturing Duane Munk trying not to blow away. The fans are the heart and soul of high school sports. We all knew it was iffy at best for the event to take place. This dedicated grandfather went anyway to see his twin grandsons Nicholas and Zachary Murray of Tallmadge. Phil Masturzo has been a staff photographer for the Akron Beacon Journal for 18 years.
I love the look of wonder and joy on the faces of Max and Bella as they react to seeing their sister Charli for the first time. Reporter Cheryl Powell and I had followed the story of their mother Michelle Lang-Schock, a breast cancer patient, who endured chemotherapy during her pregnancy. She gave birth to Charli, a happy and healthy baby girl, in May. Karen Schiely has been a staff photographer and picture editor for the Akron Beacon Journal for 16 years. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal)
The saying goes in sports photography if you see it happen in the viewfinder, you've already missed the shot. That's why this is my favorite shot of the year, taken during a playoff soccer match between Revere and University school, because it was such a surprise to see it when I was editing my take for the story in the paper. Perfect peak action, the ball is in the photo, both players are off the ground and the background is clean. Can't ask anything more in a sports photo. Ed Suba Jr. has been a staff photographer for the Akron Beacon Journal for 29 years.