Archive for the '2015 Photo of the Year' Category

01
Jan
16

Your Photo of the Year

The Winner

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama join hands with Rep. John Lewis as they lead the walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches, in Selma, Ala. Malia and Sasha Obama join hands with their grandmother, Marian Robinson (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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Second

First Lady Michelle Obama snuggles against President Barack Obama before a videotaping for the 2015 World Expo, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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Third

President Obama kisses Vice President Biden after delivering the eulogy during funeral services for Biden’s son Beau at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington, Del. (Photo by Kevin Lamarque/AP)

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Fourth

President Obama’s wave aligns with a rainbow as he boards Air Force One at Norman Manley International Airport prior to departure from Kingston, Jamaica (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Fifth

First Family Portrait (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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The Result

See the final 14 here and all the monthly contenders here

31
Dec
15

Photo of the Year

(1) President Obama with Akira Cooper at the Community Children’s Center in Lawrence, Kan. (Photo by Doug Mills)

(2) President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama listen to the DC Youth Orchestra in the Diplomatic Reception Room prior to a reception celebrating Black History Month in the East Room of the White House (Photo by Pete Souza)

(3) First Lady Michelle Obama snuggles against President Barack Obama before a videotaping for the 2015 World Expo, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House (Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

(4) President Obama’s wave aligns with a rainbow as he boards Air Force One at Norman Manley International Airport prior to departure from Kingston, Jamaica (Photo by Pete Souza)

(5) The President and First Lady with their alma mater t-shirts on College Signing Day (Photo by Pete Souza)

(6) President Obama kisses Vice President Biden after delivering the eulogy during funeral services for Biden’s son, Beau at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington, Del. (Photo by Kevin Lamarque/AP)

(7) Dancing with sister Auma Obama, President Kenyatta, and others at the State Dinner in Nairobi (Photo by Pete Souza)

(8) President Obama and daughter Malia arrive at the White House on the first family’s return from vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard (Photo by Olivier Douliery/Getty)

(9) President Obama and the First Lady wait on the North Portico for the arrival of President Xi and Madame Peng (Photo by Pete Souza)

(10) The President and First Lady react to a child in a pope costume and mini popemobile as they welcomed children during a Halloween event on the South Lawn of the White House (Photo by Pete Souza)

(11) President Obama smiles next to his daughters Sasha and Malia at the pardon of the National Thanksgiving Turkey event (Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters)

(12) The First Family attend the national Christmas tree lighting ceremony on the Ellipse south of the White House (Photo by Olivier Douliery/Getty)

(13) Family Portrait (Photo by Pete Souza)

(14) President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama join hands with Rep. John Lewis as they lead the walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches, in Selma, Ala. Malia and Sasha Obama join hands with their grandmother, Marian Robinson (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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31
Dec
15

Photo of the Year: Wildcards (Part 2)

(1) President Obama leads mourners in singing “Amazing Grace” as he delivers a eulogy in honor of the Reverend Clementa Pinckney during funeral services in Charleston, South Carolina (Photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters)

(2) Pete Souza: “While visiting the Whitney Museum in New York City, the President hugged his daughter Malia as they looked at the art work.”

(3) Pete Souza: “The President and his national security staff are all smiles shortly after being notified of the nuclear agreement with Iran.”

(4) Pete Souza: “’Show us the Jeremy dance,’ the President said to departing Social Secretary Jeremy Bernard, during a farewell ceremony for Jeremy in the State Dining Room of the White House.”

(5) Pete Souza: “The President carries the twin boys of Katie Beirne Fallon, Director of Legislative Affairs, into the Oval Office just a few months after they were born.”

(6) Pete Souza: “The President greets the cast and crew of ‘Hamilton’ after seeing the play with his daughters at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City.”

(7) Pete Souza: “Members of the Senate Democratic Caucus applaud the Vice President after the President acknowledged their partnership during a meeting and reception in the State Dining Room.”

(8) President Obama listens to inmates during their discussion at the El Reno Federal Penitentiary in Oklahoma (Photo by Pete Souza)

(9) Pete Souza: “The culmination of years of talks resulted in this handshake between the President and Cuban President Raúl Castro during the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama.”

 (10) President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama join hands with Rep. John Lewis as they lead the walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches, in Selma, Ala. Malia and Sasha Obama join hands with their grandmother, Marian Robinson (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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There ends the list of contenders for pic of the year (click here to see them all) – a gazillion thanks to VC for all the help!

I’ll post your monthly choices after tomorrow’s Early Bird Chat, and then you’ll have until 8.0 EST to make the HUUUUUUGE decision!

31
Dec
15

Photo of the Year: Wildcards (Part 1)

(1) President Obama in Kotzebue, Alaska (Photo by Mark Seliger/Rolling Stone)

(2) Pete Souza: “The President’s daughter Malia stopped by the Oval Office one afternoon to see her dad and, while they were talking, she wiped something from his face.”

(3) Family Portrait (Photo by Pete Souza)

(4) Pete Souza: “The President greets nine-month-old Josephine Gronniger, whose father, Tim Gronniger, brought his family by the Oval Office for a family photo.”

(5) Pete Souza: “An amusing moment as the President made a last minute plea with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., following their meeting at the White House.”

Continue reading ‘Photo of the Year: Wildcards (Part 1)’

31
Dec
15

Photo of the Year: December

(1) President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama join Gold Star families, R2-D2 and two storm troopers from Star Wars for a group photo in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

(2) First Lady Michelle Obama gives a little girl a kiss after she finished decorating her cookie at the White House (Photo by Doug Mills)

(3) The President addresses the nation on the mass shootings in San Bernardino and defeating terrorism (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

(4) The President snuggles with his niece Savita Ng after his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, and her family dropped by the Oval Office (Photo by Pete Souza)

(5) Pete Souza: The President acquiesced to a selfie with 11-year-old Jacob Haynes and four-year-old James Haynes after taking a family photograph with departing White House staffer Heather Foster

Continue reading ‘Photo of the Year: December’

31
Dec
15

Photo of the Year: November

(1) At dusk, the President boards Marine One at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J. (Photo by Pete Souza)

(2) With a Russian security guard at left, the President meets with President Putin of Russia on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey. National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice and a Russian interpreter sit alongside the two leaders. (Photo by Pete Souza)

(3) After arriving in France to attend the Climate Change Summit, the President, with French President François Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, made an unannounced stop just after midnight at the memorial in front of le Batacian, the site of a Paris terrorist attack. (Photo by Pete Souza)

(4) President Obama smiles next to his daughters Sasha and Malia at the pardon of the National Thanksgiving Turkey event (Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters)

(5) With the U.S. Marine Band playing the score from the movie, ‘E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,’ the President feigns riding a bicycle in the sky as happened in the 1982 movie directed by Steven Spielberg, who had just been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. (Photo by Pete Souza)

Continue reading ‘Photo of the Year: November’

30
Dec
15

Photo of the Year: October

(1) Pete Souza: “The President was playing golf at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, Calif. As he was finishing his round, he began to shake hands with guests waiting for a wedding ceremony about to begin. The bride and groom were waiting inside but when they looked out the window and saw the President, they decided to make their way outside. I made a grab shot as the bride, Stephanie Tobe, and her soon-to-be husband, Brian Tobe, came running to greet the President.”

(2) Vice President Joe Biden, Dr Jill Biden and President Obama walk towards the Oval Office after Biden announced that he won’t seek the presidency in 2016 (Photo by Mike Theiler)

(3) President Obama hugs a young girl as he greets family members and coworkers of fallen firefighters during the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg (Photo by Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)

(4) “The Bear needs his space. @POTUS gestures for the press to move along during his walk back to the White House” (Photo by Doug Mills

(5) President Obama meets with Vice President Biden in the Oval Office prior to the Vice President announcing that he will not be a candidate in the 2016 presidential campaign (Photo by Pete Souza)

(6) President Obama visits with Ella Harper Rhodes, daughter of Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, in the Oval Office. Ella is in costume for the White House Halloween celebration event (Photo by Pete Souza)

(7) First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden react after Prince Harry of Wales hands the First Lady a ball that came to him while watching a wheelchair basketball game in the field house at Fort Belvoir, Va. (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

(8) The President and First Lady react to a child in a pope costume and mini popemobile as they welcomed children during a Halloween event on the South Lawn of the White House (Photo by Pete Souza)

(9) President Obama talks with 14-year-old Ahmed ‘Clock Boy’ Mohamed during Astronomy Night on the South Lawn after inviting him to the event at the White House. Mohamed was handcuffed and questioned by police when he brought a homemade clock to class at MacArthur High School in Irving, TX, and officials mistook it for a bomb (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

(10) The President greets families of firefighters during the reading of names at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md.” (Photo by Pete Souza)

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30
Dec
15

Photo of the Year: September

(1) President Obama and the First Lady wait on the North Portico for the arrival of President Xi and Madame Peng (Photo by Pete Souza)

(2) Pope Francis laughs with President Obama on his arrival at Andrews (Photo by Doug Mills)

(3) President Obama joins children during a cultural performance at Dillingham Middle School, Dillingham, Alaska (Photo by Doug Mills)

(4) Greeting a young girl at the Snow City Cafe, Anchorage, Alaska (Photo by Pete Souza)

(5) President Obama looks at a display outside the office of Amb. Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at the United States Mission to the United Nations in New York. The display refers to a campaign launched by Amb. Power that raises awareness and highlights cases of twenty women political prisoners and other prisoners of concern from around the world, and calls for their release (Photo by Pete Souza)

(6) President Obama looks from his boat at Bear Glacer during his tour of Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska (Photo by Doug Mills)

(7) President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry talk with President Vladimir Putin of Russia after a bilateral meeting at the United Nations in New York (Photo by Pete Souza)

(8) President Obama kisses Wynetta Beamer, grandmother of SPC Heidi Sanders, directly behind the President, during a greet with wounded warriors and their families during their tour of the White House (Photo by Pete Souza)

(9) Bear and Barack

(10) President Obama meets 4-year-old Malik Hall during departure photos with Malik’s uncle, Maurice Owens, center, in the Oval Office (Photo by Pete Souza)

(11) Meeting a young resident at the N & N Market, Alaska (Photo by Pete Souza)

(12) President Obama greets Alya Dorelien Bitar, the one-year-old daughter of Maher Bitar, the outgoing National Security Council Director for Israeli and Palestinian Affairs, and his wife, Astrid Dorelien, during a family photo in the Oval Office (Photo by Pete Souza)

(13) Pope Francis meets Bo and Sunny (Photo by Pete Souza)

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(September was so impossible to narrow down, you have 13 choices in your top 10 😕 )

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29
Dec
15

Photo of the Year: August

(1) President Obama greets five-month-old Davida Asen and her mother Rebecca Watson in the Outer Oval Office. Rebecca’s brother-in-law, Jonathan Asen, Office of Legislative Affairs, brought his family to have departure photos taken with the President (Photo by Pete Souza)

(2) President Obama thanks Grace Jerry who introduced him at the YALI Town Hall, Washington DC

(3) President Obama holds a little girl during a walking tour of the rebuilt Treme neighborhood in New Orleans (Photo by Doug Mills)

(4) Poldine Carlo, founding member of the Fairbanks Native Association, wipes away a tear after meeting President Obama at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska. Carlo sang the President a song about Denali to mark the day he restored Mount McKinley to its original name of Denali (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

(5) President Obama greets a young boy on his tour of New Orleans on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina (Photo by Pete Souza)

(6) Rep. John Lewis makes remarks on 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act as the President and AG Lynch listen

(7) President Obama greets residents in the the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Tremé is one of the oldest black neighborhoods in America, which borders the French Quarter just north of Downtown (Photos by Andrew Harnik/AP)

(8) President Obama smiles as he sits in a cart while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha’s Vineyard (Photo by Steven Senne/AP)

(9) President Obama and daughter Malia arrive at the White House on the first family’s return from vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard (Photo by Olivier Douliery/Getty)


(10) President Obama greets residents in the the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans (Photo by Andrew Harnik)

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28
Dec
15

Photo of the Year: July

(1) Vice President Joe Biden, Dr Jill Biden, Sasha Obama and members of the Biden family pose on the pitch with Mia Hamm after the U.S. team’s 5-2 victory against Japan in the World Cup Final (Photo by Ronald Martinez)

(2) President Obama arriving in Kenya (Photo by Pete Souza)

(3) The President takes a selfie with his half-sister Auma Obama at the Safaricom Indoor Arena in Nairobi (Photo by Pete Souza)

(4) Dancing with sister Auma Obama, President Kenyatta, and others at the State Dinner in Nairobi (Photo by Pete Souza)

(5) Viewing the remains of “Lucy,” the 3.2 million-year-old fossilized bones of a human ancestor, at the National Palace in Addis Ababa (Photo by Pete Souza)

(6) President Obama arriving back at Joint Base Andrews (Photo by Pete Souza)

(7) President Obama smiles with Emma Didlake, the oldest known World War II veteran at 110 years old, in the the Oval Office of the White House. Didlake was a Private during the course of her service and her decorations include the Women’s Army Corps Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, and World War II Victory Medal (Photo by Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

(8) President Obama shakes hands with a vendor while walking in Central Park, NY (Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

(9) President Obama became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison in El Reno, Oklahoma (Photo by Pete Souza)

(10) President Obama walks down the Cross Hall with Vice President Biden after he delivered a statement on the Iran nuclear agreement (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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