Photos of the Year: 2016 Winners: POY: Runner Up: 2017_poy_12_02_14

POY: Runner UpMadeline Gray, North State Journal Mason Griffin, right, makes peanut butter cookies with the help of his nieces Kailey Walters, 7, left, and Brilynn Walters, 5, center, who he watches most days after school. Mason came out as transgender over a year ago and has since been adjusting to life back home in a rural community after he left culinary school at the Art Institute of Charlotte due to health reasons.

POY: Runner Up

Madeline Gray, North State Journal

Mason Griffin, right, makes peanut butter cookies with the help of his nieces Kailey Walters, 7, left, and Brilynn Walters, 5, center, who he watches most days after school. Mason came out as transgender over a year ago and has since been adjusting to life back home in a rural community after he left culinary school at the Art Institute of Charlotte due to health reasons.