2021 Eyes of History: Still Contest: Domestic News

A picture of a spot news, general news or issue reporting event taken in the United States and its territories.

First Place

Julio Cortez, The Associated Press
America In Distress: A protester carries a U.S. flag upside down, a sign of distress, next to a burning building, on May 28, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody on May 25, broke out in Minneapolis for several nights.

Second Place

Jonathan Ernst, Reuters
Smoke: Protesters confront police amid tear gas and rubber projectiles during demonstrations in the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, near the White House in Washington, on May 31, 2020.

Third Place

André Chung, Independent
Fist of Freedom: Ismail Bronson raises his fist in solidarity with others after arriving at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, on June 2, 2020. In Washington, protests were peaceful a day after President Donald Trump had federal police clear Lafayette Park with tear gas and rubber bullets for a photo op. Protestors marched throughout the city, stopping for nine minutes every nine blocks to mark the time George Floyd spent with a knee on his neck.

Award of Excellence

Astrid Riecken, Freelance for the Washington Post
DC Protest: An interracial coalition of Black Live Matter activists lay down to blockade Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, on June 5, 2020. Despite the violent police response and the risk of being infected by the corona virus, the social activists kept fighting to bring an end to the systemic racism in the U.S.

Award of Excellence

Cheryl Diaz Meyer, Freelance for Das Bild
George Floyd Protests: “I think it's important for me to do this now so my daughter doesn't have to do this in 15 years,” said Twana Buck who brought her one-year-old daughter Bonita Buck-Parker to the George Floyd protests near the White House on June 2, 2020 in Washington. Buck was hoping that her daughter's presence would calm the protesters and law enforcement, but within minutes after arriving to the front line, she found herself and her daughter sprayed with chemical gas. Trembling, Buck backed away with her daughter protectively tucked under her shirt. After yesterday's aggressive tactics by law enforcement to clear Lafayette Park so President Donald Trump could have a photo op, the day passed relatively peacefully with several thousand demonstrators chanting and taunting the officers.

Award of Excellence

Drew Angerer, Getty Images
Activists vs Andrew Jackson: Activists attempt to topple a 168-year-old bronze statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square across the street from the White House on June 22, 2020, in Washington. The iconic park has been the scene of anti-racism protests following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, in late May. President Donald Trump denounced the actions against statues as part of a “left-wing cultural revolution” to “wipe out our history.”

Award of Excellence

Tasos Katopodis, Getty Images
Protesters Clash with Park Service Police: A woman reacts to being hit with pepper spray as protesters clash with U.S. Park Police officers after they attempted to pull down the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square near the White House on June 22, 2020, in Washington.