Benjamin Zack – Photographer of the Year, First Place

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

Doug Aldridge of Carthage, Missouri heads out of the chute during the saddle bronc riding competition as the Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo kicks off at Pioneer Stadium on Monday, July 20, 2015.
Doug Aldridge of Carthage, Missouri heads out of the chute during the saddle bronc riding competition as the Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo kicks off at Pioneer Stadium on Monday, July 20, 2015.
Walker Barrett, listens to suggestion from his dad, Bob Barrett, during Walker's first pheasant hunt at Salt Creek Waterfowl Management Area on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. Bob listed the number one rule of hunting as "be safe", followed by "have fun." He also had three rules specifically for pheasant hunting with Walker: follow the dog, follow the dog and follow the dog.
Walker Barrett, listens to suggestion from his dad, Bob Barrett, during Walker’s first pheasant hunt at Salt Creek Waterfowl Management Area on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. Bob listed the number one rule of hunting as “be safe”, followed by “have fun.” He also had three rules specifically for pheasant hunting with Walker: follow the dog, follow the dog and follow the dog.
Rev. Brandee Mimitzraiem cries during a prayer vigil on Friday, June 19, 2015 for the men and women killed at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. Rev. Mimiztraiem hosted the service with fellow ministers and members of the community at the Embry Chapel AME Church in Ogden.
Rev. Brandee Mimitzraiem cries during a prayer vigil on Friday, June 19, 2015 for the men and women killed at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. Rev. Mimiztraiem hosted the service with fellow ministers and members of the community at the Embry Chapel AME Church in Ogden.
Austin Davis reinforces fencing in order to keep the livestock out of the hay. Davis and his brother are the fourth generation pair of brothers to work in the family farm or tractor business.
Austin Davis reinforces fencing in order to keep the livestock out of the hay. Davis and his brother are the fourth generation pair of brothers to work in the family farm or tractor business.
Jarriesse Blackmon leads Layton High School in a cheer before their game against Bingham during the State 5A Basketball Tournament at Weber State University on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015.
Jarriesse Blackmon leads Layton High School in a cheer before their game against Bingham during the State 5A Basketball Tournament at Weber State University on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015.
Larry Housley coils rope after packing supplies up Ben Lomond Peak on Thursday, July 10, 2015. Members of the Wasatch Front Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen Association carried gear into remote areas of the Northern Wasatch Range in order to supply aide stations for an upcoming race.
Larry Housley coils rope after packing supplies up Ben Lomond Peak on Thursday, July 10, 2015. Members of the Wasatch Front Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen Association carried gear into remote areas of the Northern Wasatch Range in order to supply aide stations for an upcoming race.
Abraham Chavez waits beneath his father, Victor's, latter while he picks cherries in Perry on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Abraham, 4, plays in the orchard during the morning while his parents and teenage siblings work.
Abraham Chavez waits beneath his father, Victor’s, latter while he picks cherries in Perry on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Abraham, 4, plays in the orchard during the morning while his parents and teenage siblings work.
Danny Pitcher crochets a lap blanket at the Utah State Prison in Draper on Friday, Dec. 22, 2015. Around a dozen inmates meet every day to crochet blankets, hats, scarves and other goods that are donated to hospitals and service groups around Utah. Pitcher is working on a blanket with military designs in it to be donated to a veteran's hospital.
Danny Pitcher crochets a lap blanket at the Utah State Prison in Draper on Friday, Dec. 22, 2015. Around a dozen inmates meet every day to crochet blankets, hats, scarves and other goods that are donated to hospitals and service groups around Utah. Pitcher is working on a blanket with military designs in it to be donated to a veteran’s hospital.
Brothers Jordan, left, and Jerry Morales unload early season peaches from the back of a truck at Grammy's Fruit & Produce in Willard on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. More than 30 varieties of peaches are grown along Fruit Way. The majority of them aren't ripe until later in the fall, though they have been coming in early this summer.
Brothers Jordan, left, and Jerry Morales unload early season peaches from the back of a truck at Grammy’s Fruit & Produce in Willard on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. More than 30 varieties of peaches are grown along Fruit Way. The majority of them aren’t ripe until later in the fall, though they have been coming in early this summer.
Calvin Grant grew up on a cattle ranch in West Ogden near the old Ogden Union Stockyards. In the 1960's, his father, Dave Grant, was the last person to trail drive cattle to the yard where they were sold all over the western United States. Today, Calvin is 84 and still keep the books for Grant Range Bull Co. and is helping Weber State University students compile a history of the old stockyards.
Calvin Grant grew up on a cattle ranch in West Ogden near the old Ogden Union Stockyards. In the 1960’s, his father, Dave Grant, was the last person to trail drive cattle to the yard where they were sold all over the western United States. Today, Calvin is 84 and still keep the books for Grant Range Bull Co. and is helping Weber State University students compile a history of the old stockyards.
Wind picks up dust, sand and particulates off the dried up lakebed of the Great Salt Lake and blows it towards the Wasatch Front on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. As the lake dries up, more light sand and minerals are open and exposed to the open air.
Wind picks up dust, sand and particulates off the dried up lakebed of the Great Salt Lake and blows it towards the Wasatch Front on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. As the lake dries up, more light sand and minerals are open and exposed to the open air.
Biologists Chalese Hafen, left, and John Neill count birds on the Great Salt Lake on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 during a survey count. Millions of birds from around the Western Hemisphere rely on the Great Salt Lake ecosystem as they migrate.
Biologists Chalese Hafen, left, and John Neill count birds on the Great Salt Lake on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 during a survey count. Millions of birds from around the Western Hemisphere rely on the Great Salt Lake ecosystem as they migrate.
Runoff forms small streams that trickle across the dried up shoreline and into the north arm of the Great Salt Lake. The north arm is physically separated from the rest of the lake by a railroad causeway. The water in the north arm is twice as salty as the rest of the lake with a salinity of over 25%. Almost no fresh water enters this area and all that can survive in the water are halophile bacteria which give the water a reddish hue. This photo was shot from the air above the shoreline.
Runoff forms small streams that trickle across the dried up shoreline and into the north arm of the Great Salt Lake. The north arm is physically separated from the rest of the lake by a railroad causeway. The water in the north arm is twice as salty as the rest of the lake with a salinity of over 25%. Almost no fresh water enters this area and all that can survive in the water are halophile bacteria which give the water a reddish hue. This photo was shot from the air above the shoreline.
A coyote walks through the shallow waters of the Great Salt Lake about half a mile from the average shore of Antelope Island on Wednesday, August 5, 2015. As the lake levels drop, it becomes easier for predators to reach islands and other areas where birds used to be safely isolated.
A coyote walks through the shallow waters of the Great Salt Lake about half a mile from the average shore of Antelope Island on Wednesday, August 5, 2015. As the lake levels drop, it becomes easier for predators to reach islands and other areas where birds used to be safely isolated.
A visitor to Antelope Island State Park watches the sun set over the Great Salt Lake on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Despite the fact that the Great Salt Lake borders a major metropolitan area, relatively few people visit the giant inland sea.
A visitor to Antelope Island State Park watches the sun set over the Great Salt Lake on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Despite the fact that the Great Salt Lake borders a major metropolitan area, relatively few people visit the giant inland sea.
Salt and mineral deposits build up on rocks as the Great Salt Lake dries up. As the lake decreases in size, the water becomes more highly concentrated with minerals. The change in water composition can impact the small creatures that live in the lake.
Salt and mineral deposits build up on rocks as the Great Salt Lake dries up. As the lake decreases in size, the water becomes more highly concentrated with minerals. The change in water composition can impact the small creatures that live in the lake.
The docks of the Antelope Island Marina sit on dry cracking ground on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. The marina has been unusable due to low water for the past two years.
The docks of the Antelope Island Marina sit on dry cracking ground on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. The marina has been unusable due to low water for the past two years.
The Bear River cuts through Bear River City and Box Elder County before dumping into the Great Salt Lake several miles to the south. The Bear River is the largest river emptying into the lake. A plan is currently in place to dam the river in Utah and Idaho which would further limit the amount of water reaching the lake.
The Bear River cuts through Bear River City and Box Elder County before dumping into the Great Salt Lake several miles to the south. The Bear River is the largest river emptying into the lake. A plan is currently in place to dam the river in Utah and Idaho which would further limit the amount of water reaching the lake.
Thousands of phalaropes take off in flight from the Great Salt Lake on Wednesday, August 5, 2015. The small shore birds are among the hundreds of species of birds that live in, or migrate through, the Great Salt Lake ecosystem.
Thousands of phalaropes take off in flight from the Great Salt Lake on Wednesday, August 5, 2015. The small shore birds are among the hundreds of species of birds that live in, or migrate through, the Great Salt Lake ecosystem.
Briggs Madsen kisses his horse, Gus, at his Honeyville home on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. Madsen is a nationally ranked high school rodeo star, but he shattered five vertebrae and was temporarily paralyzed when he was smashed in a rodeo chute in August.
Briggs Madsen kisses his horse, Gus, at his Honeyville home on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. Madsen is a nationally ranked high school rodeo star, but he shattered five vertebrae and was temporarily paralyzed when he was smashed in a rodeo chute in August.
Briggs Madsen, left, walks up a ramp with the assistance of physical therapist Matt Carter at Nueroworx in Sandy on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. Madsen spent several months at Nueroworx learning to walk again after the accident.
Briggs Madsen, left, walks up a ramp with the assistance of physical therapist Matt Carter at Nueroworx in Sandy on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. Madsen spent several months at Nueroworx learning to walk again after the accident.
Raschel Abbott measures the growth in Briggs Madsen's legs following a physical therapy session at Nueroworx in Sandy on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015.
Raschel Abbott measures the growth in Briggs Madsen’s legs following a physical therapy session at Nueroworx in Sandy on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015.
Briggs Madsen does his schoolwork surrounded by rodeo trophies at his Honeyville home on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. Madsen began attending Bear River High School online while he was going to physical therapy every day in Sandy. For now, he is continuing classes at home in order to avoid further injury at school.
Briggs Madsen does his schoolwork surrounded by rodeo trophies at his Honeyville home on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. Madsen began attending Bear River High School online while he was going to physical therapy every day in Sandy. For now, he is continuing classes at home in order to avoid further injury at school.
Briggs Madsen waits to enter a pool during a physical therapy session at Nueroworx in Sandy on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. When Madsen was injured, he was left temporarily paralyzed and was told he would never ride again.
Briggs Madsen waits to enter a pool during a physical therapy session at Nueroworx in Sandy on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. When Madsen was injured, he was left temporarily paralyzed and was told he would never ride again.
Rodeo photos and prizes fill the Madsen family's Honeyville home. Briggs Madsen's parents and all of his siblings rodeo as well.
Rodeo photos and prizes fill the Madsen family’s Honeyville home. Briggs Madsen’s parents and all of his siblings rodeo as well.
Briggs Madsen hopes a fence at his Honeyville home on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. Madsen is hoping to be riding broncs and bulls by the one-year anniversary of his injury.
Briggs Madsen hopes a fence at his Honeyville home on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. Madsen is hoping to be riding broncs and bulls by the one-year anniversary of his injury.