Paducah, Kentucky, KY
Oct 18-22 2016
More than 70 visual journalists from across the country trained their lenses on Paducah and surrounding McCracken County, telling the stories of this Western Kentucky river city and its people.
Paducah: Where the Spirit Flows
by Mountain Workshops
Artists strive to make it beautiful while the port hustles to make it strong.
by Weston Kenney
Joe major Nick Beeney prefers growth to coasting through his senior year at Paducah Tilghman High School.
A Unique Bond
by Jeffrey Brown
Ryan Riley, 25, learns to accept himself and meets the girl of his dreams.
Catching up With Life
by Taylor Irby
Challenges for a pair of premature babies binds a family closer together.
Treasuring the Flight
by Katie Roberts
Butterfly enthusiast Bill Black Jr. doesn't let cancer keep him from collecting little pieces of hope.
A Good-Hearted Woman
by Tim Galloway
Dixie Lynn, mother of two young children and wife of a traveling musician, says she finds her identity and role within her family fulfilling.
by Michelle Lotker
Andrew Neal sacrifices time with his family to keep their unique grocery delivery business afloat.
by Terray Sylvester
Big Mike's Barbershop serves as a hub for Paducah's black community.
The Spirit to Carry On
by Mike Clark
Distiller Jay Rogers overcomes injuries and the loss of a friend after a moonshine still explosion.
by Tori Schneider
Vaysa Burton is a 55-year-old transgender woman and recovering alcohol and drug addict living in Paducah. She is isolated from others and those like her.
A Binding Thread
by Kelsey Kremer
When a friend asked Diane Thompson to stitch a quilt, she knew she had sewn up her spot at the table.
Passport to Paducah
by Steven Anselm
Robert Worden is one of Paducah's red-coated ambassadors who greet and assist dignitaries and others who visit the city.
An Entrepreneurial Spirit
by Rachel Aston
Allen Dossey's competitive nature led him to cultivate a major winery in bourbon country.
Just a Wheelchair
by Srijita Chattopadhyay
A car crash left Josh Heine in a wheelchair, but he refuses to be limited by his disabilities.
A Second Act
by Josh Newell
Janice Peterson was searching for appreciation and found it in a place she didn't expect.
Called to Serve
by Skyler Ballard
Sister Lucy Bonifas, 78, has dedicated her life to serving God and her community. Retired from Lourdes Hospital, she still comforts those in need.
Bridge of Love
by Forrest Briggs
After her husband died, Martha Kallaher started playing bridge, found Jim and new meaning in life.
The Apron and the Sash
by Nathaniel Y. Downes
Nina Brown is a candidate for homecoming queen at Paducah Tilghman High School, but winning or losing doesn't define who she is.
by Hanna Wallis
Shanetha Donaldson always knew she'd open her home to kids facing the struggles she had growing up.
by Nathan Papes
Horse enthusiast Sandy Lipford passes her knowledge of horses on to the next generation.
Ride to Holiness
by Mie Hee Christensen
After a hard life, Dennis Lawrence founded Free Spirit Biker Church where people like him feel welcome.
The Art of Balance
by Morgan Hornsby
A devoted mother and professional artist, Lily Liu makes space for everything that matters to her.
A Notable Family
by Ashley Cooper
A fourth generation is ready to continue the lifelong jam session at Allen Music.
At Home on the Stage
by Michelle Seivers
For Laney Yancey, a junior at McCracken County High School, performing in theatre is therapeutic.
by Stephanie Strauss
Two artists nurture creativity in their daughter so she learns what it is to be nice.
Vine of Faith
by Michaela Miller
Martha Bell woke up in the night 27 years ago and decided she wanted to help people in Paducah. That was the beginning of Martha's Vineyard, a food pantry.
A Bittersweet Rise
by Emilie Milcarek
Tonya Loyd's loyalty to the family shop keeps customers coming back for more than doughnuts.
Living a Dream Boyhood
by Masao Okano
The Medley family bought a 61-acre farm with wild turkey and deer, ponds and woods. It's the perfect place to raise two teen-age boys.
by Nadeen Shaker
Billie Preston is trying to prove to herself and to others that she is ready to raise her two young children.
It's Not About Football
by Mary Mathis
For Paducah Tilghman football coach Kurt Barber, coaching football is about more than the game.
A Passion Renewed
by Veasey Conway
After 20 years nurturing preschoolers, Ginny Hutson risks chance and dives into lifelong interest.
A Lost Leg, a Helping Hand
by Lisa Guerriero
After losing her leg in an accident, Terry Ross cleans up donated medical equipment and gives it to people in need.
by Sophia Germer
Chuck and Tonya Walter live a normal life with their complex son. A different normal life.
A Commanding Presence
by Lydia Thompson
Principal Art Davis never planned to be an educator, but he fell in love with teaching and the community.
by Michael Noble, Jr.
The loss of a puppy led April Griggs to discover her therapy in beekeeping.
by Kelsea Hobbs
After living in Paducah for almost 7 years, Martha Emmons finally found a way to immerse herself in her community through opening "BikeWorld."
Confidence from Compassion
by Matthew Long
Tracy Defreitas eases the burden of hair loss, giving people strength to face life's challenges.
A Little Ice in Her Tea
by Kelly Doering
Retta Folsom's life is filled with books and music and a lot of gratitude for the little things in life.
Paducah: Life in a River Town
by Lex Selig and Mindy Miller
TIME-LAPSE Creating a vibrant culture built on local traditions and fueled by international trade.
Taking the Reins
by Kathryn Boyd-Batstone
Working with horses has helped veterinarian Bambi Fox cope with the death of her husband, a horse trainer.
Historic Heart of Paducah
by Sarah Pompeii
Home to gorgeous old homes and the site of a Civil War fort, Lower Town is now a thriving center for artists.
A Locomotive is Not a Train
by Katherine Emery
National Railway Equipment is rich with history and innovation.
Portraits of Paducah
by Sarah Pompeii and Adam Lau
Nestled on the border of Illinois and Western Kentucky, Paducah witnesses where the Tennessee River flows into the Ohio.
An Unlikely Family
by Joseph Xu
Regulars at Side Pockets Billiards have formed a legacy of relationships with each other.
A New Life in America
by Jordan Putt
A teenager from Ethiopia begins to embrace her new family in Kentucky.
A Family Affair
by Jodi Camp
To Kim Atwood, owner of Precious Paws Pet Grooming, dogs, their owners, and her staff are family.
Baking is Heavy Lift
by Jennifer Tai
Filling ovens with Kirchhoff's famous bread means long nights and back-breaking work.
by Jennifer King
At 78, Jean Thetford has spent most of her life raising three generations of children. Now she is devoted to bringing up her 3-year-old great-grandson.
Healing on Horseback
by Jeffrey Zide
Cassidy's Cause provides therapeutic horse rides to build strength and confidence for children with special needs.
A Neighborhood Blessing
by James Buck
The neighborhood center created by Sherry Golightly has led Tim Walls to find faith and sobriety.
From Mom to Manufacturer
by Haiyun Jiang
In 2011, Ashley Graham set out to find a cure for her daughter's skin condition. Chloe couldn't use commercially produced soap. Ashley started experimenting with natural ingredients to create a mild soap.
A Family Dance
by Gabriel Scarlett
Jack and Daniele Johnson balance managing a dance studio with caring or their extended family.
The Wilson's Wild House
by Emmet Kowler
A Paducah family embraces diversity, chaos, learning, and love.
by Deidre Pulley
Teen runaway Maggie Alcantara struggles to find her identity.
A Custom Life
by Deanna Del Ciello
Brad Starks will not leave Paducah and his family, even though his custom hot rod shop would thrive elsewhere.
All or Nothing
by Cassaundra Jackson
Deputy sheriff and SWAT team leader Michael Wray is a commanding presence at his CrossFit gym. But at home, his daughter brings out his vulnerable side.
Choosing a New Life
by Caitie McMekin
A Paducah businessman turned his life around, and he's not taking it for granted.
A Respect for Wildlife
by Brook Joyner
Howard Hicks views his work, taxidermy, as an art and a science.
Their Retirement Job
by Boris Shirman
Grandparents juggle a horse carriage business and the challenge of raising a 10-year-old boy.
by Anna Clare Spelman
Entering Creatures of Habit feels like walking into an enormous walk-in closet of an incredibly cool grandma. You can be anything you want here.
A Hand to Hold
by Andrea Noall
All her life, Haley Smith has struggled with severe autism. Her family and others have created a safe environment where she finds comfort and happiness.
The Beautiful Stairway Out
by Amy Nelson
The Nichols' Worth Diner is more than a breakfast joint for owner Charlie Nichols.
Bonding Over Barbecue
by Alyssa Keown
Dairyette restaurant dishes up hometown feeling with servings of barbecue and ice cream.
Love Away From Home
by Alycia Kravitz
Drew Vanderford is a volunteer tutor at Clark Elementary School, serving as a mentor, role model and surrogate grandfather for student and teachers alike.
by Alex Ledet
A gunshot wound to the head changed everything, but somehow, Beau Mathis has recovered to become a great sports fan for Tilghman -- and a great inspiration for everyone else.
A Mother's Life Mission
by Abigail Igoe
Inspired by a difficult adoption experience, Laura Roberts founded Starfish Orphan Ministry to support other families.