2021 Eyes of History: Still Contest: Picture Story: News

A series of news pictures that depicts a story line or single theme. 12 photos maximum per story. A picture story depicting the President of the United States, other U.S. politicians, or U.S. politics is NOT eligible in this category.

First Place

Drew Angerer, Getty Images
Washington's Summer of Protest: Throughout late spring and summer, Washington, saw a frequent series of protests against police brutality and racism following the death of George Floyd, who was killed while being restrained by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Second Place

André Chung, Independent
We Keep Us Safe: As protests continued throughout 2020 in Washington, protestors became tight knit. Protestors believe that police, entrusted to protect and serve, do neither, and ask, “Who keeps us safe?” The response, “We keep us safe!” They protect and defend each other, not just from police but from opposition activists, the media, and anyone who would do harm. The dedicated group of several dozen activists have been hardened by the protests, but have become close. They determine the community here, and it defines a generation.

Third Place

Andrew Harnik, The Associated Press
The Funeral of RBG: Over two days, thousands of mourners came to pay their respects for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, arguably one of the most famous and adored justices to ever sit on the Supreme Court.

Award of Excellence

Andrew Caballero-Reynolds, AFP
The Funeral of George Floyd: The funeral after the police killing of George Floyd. Initial outrage over the death of the unarmed Floyd led to street protests across the county and calls for police reform and social justice.

Award of Excellence

Alex Edelman, AFP
COVID-19 First Responders: I was diagnosed as Maryland’s 11th COVID-19 case in early March 2020. After recovering, I was given access to ride along with firefighters and paramedics as they respond to COVID-19-911 emergency calls. I covered the same crew for their entire 24-hour shift. I was permitted only to photograph on calls. I continue to document their efforts.

Award of Excellence

Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images
Schools Close To Help Stop Spread Of Coronavirus: About 200 school buses are parked at the Montgomery County Schools Clarksburg Bus Depot, idled by the closing of schools across Maryland in response to the coronavirus pandemic March 16, 2020, in Clarksburg, Md. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan ordered schools closed until March 27 to reduce exposure and the spread of the COVID-19.

Award of Excellence

Tasos Katopodis, Freelance for Getty Images
Unrest in Nations Capital: Across country, protests against George Floyd's death have set off days and nights of rage as the most recent in a series of deaths of black Americans by the police. On May 29, 2020, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was taken into custody and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. This story gives you a look at the events in Washington, since the charges against the police officer were announced Friday afternoon.