Photos of the Year: 2012 Winners: Student POY: 2012poy14_02_14

Student POY: Runner UPMelissa Melvin-RodriguezAlicia Torres Don, “La Aguila Dorada”, back, triumphantly raises the mask of Brooke Jenkins, “La Bomba de Sexo”, bottom front, after she successfully removed it during their wrestling match. Masks are considered “sacred” and directly connected to the wrestler’s identity. To remove the mask is to also remove their identity, which can either signify the end of a wrestler’s career or the end of a gimmick for that wrestler. For Jenkins, her character’s story will change to incorporate the search for a new mask.

Student POY: Runner UP 

Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez 

Alicia Torres Don, “La Aguila Dorada”, back, triumphantly raises the mask of Brooke Jenkins, “La Bomba de Sexo”, bottom front, after she successfully removed it during their wrestling match. Masks are considered “sacred” and directly connected to the wrestler’s identity. To remove the mask is to also remove their identity, which can either signify the end of a wrestler’s career or the end of a gimmick for that wrestler. For Jenkins, her character’s story will change to incorporate the search for a new mask.