Photos of the Year: 2016 Winners: POY: Runner Up: 2017_poy_12_02_40

POY: Runner UpMadeline Gray, North State Journal Chad and Katie Coleman, center, hug their adopted daughters Safi, 6, left, and Sifa, 5, right, for the first time at the Charlotte airport. The Coleman family has been waiting over three years for the girls to be allowed to leave the Democratic Republic of the Congo to join their new family in North Carolina.

POY: Runner Up

Madeline Gray, North State Journal

Chad and Katie Coleman, center, hug their adopted daughters Safi, 6, left, and Sifa, 5, right, for the first time at the Charlotte airport. The Coleman family has been waiting over three years for the girls to be allowed to leave the Democratic Republic of the Congo to join their new family in North Carolina.