Katie Manning, who submitted the winning image, told us about this moment:

“The picture is of my husband, Brian, and our son Michael, who was 7 months old at the time.  It was taken in September 2013 upon our arrival at the Oklahoma City airport.  We had spent two weeks in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, to wrap up the adoption of our two sons, Caleb and Michael.  Our adoption process took 15 months to complete.  The trip back to the US was over 24 hours of travel — Kinshasa to Brussels to Newark to Denver to OKC — but our boys did great.  It was a relatively low key arrival; just our parents and siblings and my long-time friend Alicia Blackburn, who took the picture.  The picture perfectly captures Michael’s sweet spirit — he still has that infectious smile.”

Caleb (now 2/12 years old) and Michael (now 22 months).
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A current Manning family photo.
Recent Photos taken by Dottie Millwater in Washington DC.