Laura Seitz – Photographer of the Year, Second Place

Judged by Sean Proctor, photographer in Michigan. Has won NPPA photographer of the year for smaller markets.

Ebony Brown and her son, Jamon Jones, 3, sit on the curb outside the Road Home family shelter and the St. Vincent de Paul dining hall on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. Brown holds her toilet paper roll in case her son needs to use the restroom. Toilet paper is not provided at the shelter. Crossroads Urban Center has released an ambitious new plan for reducing homelessness in Salt Lake City called Our City Leads. A highlight of the plan includes building a separate shelter for families away from the men's shelter that is located across the street.
Ebony Brown and her son, Jamon Jones, 3, sit on the curb outside the Road Home family shelter and the St. Vincent de Paul dining hall on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. Brown holds her toilet paper roll in case her son needs to use the restroom. Toilet paper is not provided at the shelter. Crossroads Urban Center has released an ambitious new plan for reducing homelessness in Salt Lake City called Our City Leads. A highlight of the plan includes building a separate shelter for families away from the men’s shelter that is located across the street.
Boy Scouts participate in the third annual American Flag Retirement and Military Tribute at the Davis County Fairgrounds in Farmington on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. American Legion Post 27 disposed of hundreds of flags no longer worthy to be flown.
Boy Scouts participate in the third annual American Flag Retirement and Military Tribute at the Davis County Fairgrounds in Farmington on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. American Legion Post 27 disposed of hundreds of flags no longer worthy to be flown.
Cousins Wyatt Brown, 10, and Kaden Brown, 17, do backflips on the lawn during the Tulip Festival in Lehi on Friday, April 10, 2015. 250,000 tulips are on display in the 55-acre gardens of Thanksgiving Point.
Cousins Wyatt Brown, 10, and Kaden Brown, 17, do backflips on the lawn during the Tulip Festival in Lehi on Friday, April 10, 2015. 250,000 tulips are on display in the 55-acre gardens of Thanksgiving Point.
Members of Mormons Building Bridges receive high-fives while marching in the 2015 Utah Pride Festival Parade in Salt Lake City on Sunday, June 7, 2015. The Mormons Building Bridges community is made up of faithful Latter-day Saints who are dedicated to conveying love and acceptance to all who identify as LGBTQ and those who experience same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria.
Members of Mormons Building Bridges receive high-fives while marching in the 2015 Utah Pride Festival Parade in Salt Lake City on Sunday, June 7, 2015. The Mormons Building Bridges community is made up of faithful Latter-day Saints who are dedicated to conveying love and acceptance to all who identify as LGBTQ and those who experience same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria.
Marakus Gaines, 6, asks for $1 from passersby to sign a poster of Jesus outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015.
Marakus Gaines, 6, asks for $1 from passersby to sign a poster of Jesus outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015.
Rhiannon Wells, 7th-grader, gets her newly-shaved head rubbed by her friends at Mount Logan Middle School in Logan on Friday, April 17, 2015. More than 25 students shaved their heads in support of The St. BaldrickÕs Foundation. Wells shaved her head to honor her grandmother who has been battling cancer for 15 years. The St. BaldrickÕs Foundation's signature head-shaving event raises funds and awareness for lifesaving childhood cancer research.
Rhiannon Wells, 7th-grader, gets her newly-shaved head rubbed by her friends at Mount Logan Middle School in Logan on Friday, April 17, 2015. More than 25 students shaved their heads in support of The St. BaldrickÕs Foundation. Wells shaved her head to honor her grandmother who has been battling cancer for 15 years. The St. BaldrickÕs Foundation’s signature head-shaving event raises funds and awareness for lifesaving childhood cancer research.
Dick Williams dances with his girlfriend Lou Fisher at the Tenth East Senior Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. The couple met at the center and have been "going steady" for a year.
Dick Williams dances with his girlfriend Lou Fisher at the Tenth East Senior Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. The couple met at the center and have been “going steady” for a year.
Jacinda Hunter falls while competing in the 3rd Annual Psicobloc Masters Series competition at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. ÒPsicobloc,Ó coined by Miguel Riera, is a Spanish term meaning Òcrazy bouldering.Ó The competition wall, designed by Walltopia, reaches 50 feet above the pool and overhangs roughly 25 feet. The climbers do not use ropes nor harnesses, creating a thrilling plunge into the one million gallon pool below, if they fall.
Jacinda Hunter falls while competing in the 3rd Annual Psicobloc Masters Series competition at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. ÒPsicobloc,Ó coined by Miguel Riera, is a Spanish term meaning Òcrazy bouldering.Ó
The competition wall, designed by Walltopia, reaches 50 feet above the pool and overhangs roughly 25 feet. The climbers do not use ropes nor harnesses, creating a thrilling plunge into the one million gallon pool below, if they fall.
Perrin Henriksen, a senior at Pleasant Grove High School, hugs his mother after being released from a lockdown at the high school on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. A false report of a man with a gun inside the high school resulted in a massive response of more than 200 officers who went classroom to classroom with their guns drawn.
Perrin Henriksen, a senior at Pleasant Grove High School, hugs his mother after being released from a lockdown at the high school on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. A false report of a man with a gun inside the high school resulted in a massive response of more than 200 officers who went classroom to classroom with their guns drawn.
Kyle Guerra, left, and his sister, Mariah Guerra, right, cheer on runners in The Classic 10K race in Salt Lake City on Friday, July 24, 2015.
Kyle Guerra, left, and his sister, Mariah Guerra, right, cheer on runners in The Classic 10K race in Salt Lake City on Friday, July 24, 2015.
Carolina Madrueno naps while waiting for Pope Francis to arrive at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, PA, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. Pope Francis made his first visit to the United States meeting followers and dignitaries in Washington, New York and Philadelphia. Hundreds of thousands of Roman Catholics and non-Catholics swooned over Francis, the ÒPeopleÕs Pope,Ó who asked the downtrodden and the mighty alike to pray for him.
Carolina Madrueno naps while waiting for Pope Francis to arrive at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, PA, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. Pope Francis made his first visit to the United States meeting followers and dignitaries in Washington, New York and Philadelphia. Hundreds of thousands of Roman Catholics and non-Catholics swooned over Francis, the ÒPeopleÕs Pope,Ó who asked the downtrodden and the mighty alike to pray for him.
Jaeda Batin, 5, of Toms River, NJ, walks past Pope Francis dolls during the Pope's visit to Philadelphia, PA, on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. The Batin's made the trip in hopes of recharging their Catholic faith and strengthening their family's spirituality.
Jaeda Batin, 5, of Toms River, NJ, walks past Pope Francis dolls during the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia, PA, on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. The Batin’s made the trip in hopes of recharging their Catholic faith and strengthening their family’s spirituality.
A secret serviceman hoists a child up to receive a blessing from Pope Francis along the parade route on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, PA, on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015.
A secret serviceman hoists a child up to receive a blessing from Pope Francis along the parade route on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, PA, on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015.
Dominican Sisters from Houston, TX, who are attending the World Meeting of Families say hello to Wally as they tour Philadelphia on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015.
Dominican Sisters from Houston, TX, who are attending the World Meeting of Families say hello to Wally as they tour Philadelphia on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015.
People wait in a security line to get into the secured zone during Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia, PA, on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015.
People wait in a security line to get into the secured zone during Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia, PA, on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015.
Jennifer Briseno, 8, of Philadelphia, reads prayers written on ribbons in the Knotted Grotto, a public art installation, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. Each struggle, submitted by an individual with a problem or prayer, was hand-written on ribbons.
Jennifer Briseno, 8, of Philadelphia, reads prayers written on ribbons in the Knotted Grotto, a public art installation, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. Each struggle, submitted by an individual with a problem or prayer, was hand-written on ribbons.
A passerby high-fives a cardboard cutout of Pope Francis on the streets of Philadelphia, PA, on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. The city is bustling with energy as the Pope's arrival nears.
A passerby high-fives a cardboard cutout of Pope Francis on the streets of Philadelphia, PA, on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. The city is bustling with energy as the Pope’s arrival nears.
People recite the Lord's Prayer with Pope Francis as they watch a Mass on the Jumbotron TV at City Hall in Philadelphia, PA, on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015.
People recite the Lord’s Prayer with Pope Francis as they watch a Mass on the Jumbotron TV at City Hall in Philadelphia, PA, on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015.