SOJ Alum Carolina Hidalgo wins photojournalism award

Carolina Hidalgo won an award from Photo of the Year International for a shot she took while working on a piece for the Tampa Bay Times.

Carolina Hidalgo was awarded second place in the category Sports Picture Story by Pictures of the Year International, a prestigious photojournalism contest.

Stony Brook University School of Journalism alumna Carolina Hidalgo was awarded second place in the category Sports Picture Story  for her shot “One of the Team” by Pictures of the Year International (POYi).

POYi is an annual contest administered by The Missouri School of Journalism that began in 1947. Each year, the contest receives tens of thousands of entries and selects a new panel of judges, who are working journalists themselves.

Hidalgo took the shot for a piece published at The Tampa Bay Times, where she is an intern, about Greggory Chandler, a student at Henry B. Plant High School in Tampa, Florida. Chandler dreamt of playing football with the school’s championship-winning team, but his Down Syndrome prevented him from doing so.

Hidalgo documented part of the football season of Chandler’s senior year, when the team allowed him to practice with them and serve as an honorary varsity player.

She graduated from Stony Brook with degrees in journalism and sociology in 2011 and interned at the N.Y. Daily News before moving to Florida.

The photograph, titled "One of the Team," Hidalgo was awarded for. Her original caption follows.

The photograph, titled “One of the Team,” Hidalgo was awarded for. Her original caption follows.
“Greggory Chandler takes a breather and chats with his mom during his first time on the field with the Plant Panthers. The practice wore on Greggory, whose had two open-heart operations among a dozen major surgeries.”