Chavez's image "Death at Birth" won first place for both the Feature Picture Story and General News categories, and his photograph “Airborne” won third place in the Portrait/Personality category. Suarez’s photograph “Mourning the Lion” won first place in the News Picture Story category, and he received an honorable mention for "Mirror Dance" in the Feature category.
The annual contest, put on by the Boston Press Photographers Association (BPPA), is judged by a panel of three working photojournalists and awards prizes in fifteen categories of news photography. The winners are listed on the BPPA website.
Suarez is a staff photographer at the Boston Globe and teaches Photojournalism: The Chameleon’s Approach at MMW June 13-19. Chavez photographed for twenty years at the Denver Post and the Boston Globe, and is now a freelance photographer. This summer, he returns to MMW to teach Photographing the Human Condition from August 15 – August 21.