POY RJI | Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

Category: Online News & Issue Reporting—Visual Editing

First Place

Guy Wathen, Nicole Frugé, Lizzie Johnson, and the San Francisco Chronicle Digital and Design teams / San Francisco Chronicle
“150 Minutes of Hell”

Second Place

Christine Chan, Elizabeth Culliford, Alister Doyle, Travis Hartman, Lucas Jackson, Jillian Kitchener, Ashlyn Still, Jeong Suh, Brian Thevenot, Richard Valdmanis, Matthew Weber and Adam Wiesen / Reuters
“Project Greenland”

Third Place

Kurt Mutchler / National Geographic Magazine
“Katie's New Face”

Award of Excellence

Morrigan McCarthy / The New York Times
“Despair, Love and Loss: A Journey Inside West Virginia’s Opioid Crisis”

Award of Excellence

Jeffrey Furticella / The New York Times
“Baby Antonio: 5 Pounds, 12 Ounces and Homeless From Birth”

Award of Excellence

Deb Pastner, Renee Jones Schneider, Jenni Pinkley and Anna Boone / The Star Tribune
“When Rape is Reported and Nothing Happens”

Award of Excellence

David Furst, Craig Allen and Meghan Peterson / The New York Times
“Kidnapped as Schoolgirls by Boko Haram: Here They Are Now”

Award of Excellence

Kainaz Amaria and Alexia Underwood / Vox.com
“Photos: US Jerusalem embassy opening and Gaza border protests”

Award of Excellence: Mark E. Trent and Campbell Robertson / New York Times

Award of Excellence

“Despair, Love and Loss: A Journey Inside West Virginia’s Opioid Crisis”

People suffering from drug addiction are commonly depicted at their most vulnerable — nameless refugees from a world of misery, washed up on city sidewalks or huddling beneath an overpass.

But the lives of these people, like all lives, are more than their lowest points; there is boredom, laughter, fatigue, friendship, scheming, desperation, love, loss and death. The addiction just lies beneath it all.

Since 2012, Mark E. Trent has been recording this life in his native Greenbrier County in West Virginia, the state with the country’s highest death rate from opioid addiction.