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Published: June 3, 2012 at 08:11 p.m.
Updated: June 4, 2012 at 02:36 a.m.

44th Annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Photo Contest

The prestigious contest is open to professional photographers on assignment to cover NFL games. Photos taken during the 2011 NFL season, that included Super Bowl XLVI and the 2012 Pro Bowl, were eligible. Take a look at some of the great moments of the 2011 season as seen through the lens of NFL Photographers.

17 Photos Total

  • 1st Place-Action 17

    Christopher Horner/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review / Christopher Horner

    1st Place-Action

    Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller catches apass with a little help from the Texans' Brian Cushing during the second quarter Sunday October 2, 2011 at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

  • 2nd Place-Action 16

    Heinz Kluetmeier/Sports Illustrated

    2nd Place-Action

    Tight End Aaron Hernandez (81) of the New England Patriots losing his helmet on a hard tackle by Linebacker David Harris (52) of the New York Jets Jets.

  • 3rd Place-Action 15

    Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press / ASSOCIATED PRESS

    3rd Place-Action

    Kansas City Chiefs free safety Kendrick Lewis (23) runs past a diving Oakland Raiders quarterback Kyle Boller (7) on a 59-yard interception for a touchdown in the first quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011.

  • Honorable Mention-Action 14

    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images / Getty Images

    Honorable Mention-Action

    Malcom Floyd #80 of the San Diego Chargers jumps up for a pass in the endzone at Coliseum on January 1, 2012 in Oakland, California.

  • Honorable Mention-Action 13

    Matt Detrich/Indianapolis Star

    Honorable Mention-Action

    Chiefs fans scream for a penalty as Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe stretches to pull in a touchdown against Colts defensive back Jacob Lacey while the referee prepares to throw a pass interference flag in the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday, October 9, 2011. The Colts lost 28-24.

  • Honorable Mention-Action 12

    Jeff Roberson/Associated Press

    Honorable Mention-Action

    Green Bay Packers cornerback Pat Lee, right, attempts to tackle Indianapolis Colts running back Delone Carter during the third quarter of an NFL preseason football game in Indianapolis, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011.

  • Honorable Mention-Action 11

    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    Honorable Mention-Action

    Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers runs in for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the fourth quarter of their NFC Divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California.

  • Honorable Mention-Action 10

    Matt Stone/Boston Herald

    Honorable Mention-Action

    Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu tackles New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker as quarterback in the fourth quarter of a NFL game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field Sunday, October 30, 2011.

  • Honorable Mention-Action 9

    Brian Snyder/Reuters

    Honorable Mention-Action

    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (top) scores a touchdown over Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson in the second half of their NFL football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts November 21, 2011.

  • 1st Place-Feature 8

    David Maialetti/Philadelphia Daily News

    1st Place-Feature

    Eagles' quarterback Michael Vick pauses in the player's tunnel during player introductions as they prepare to face the Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. on October 30, 2011.

  • 2nd Place-Feature 7

    Harry Scull Jr./Jacksonville Jaguars

    2nd Place-Feature

    Jacksonville Jaguar kicker Josh Scobee is carried on the back by linebacker Daryl Smith thru the tunnel at Bank of America Stadium prior to second half action against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, September 25, 2011 .

  • 3rd Place-Feature 6

    David J. Phillip/Associated Press / AP

    3rd Place-Feature

    Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing, right, reacts after being hit by Cleveland Browns' Shawn Lauvao, as T.J. Ward, left, holds him off, in the second quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, in Houston.

  • Honorable Mention-Feature 5

    Mike Nowak/San Diego Chargers

    Honorable Mention-Feature

    United States Marine Corps personnel unveil a large American flag before the San Diego Chargers play against the Minnesota Vikings on September 11, 2012 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.

  • Honorable Mention-Feature 4

    Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette

    Honorable Mention-Feature

    Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews stares down Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Kyle Orton during the game on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

  • Honorable Mention-Feature 3

    Peter Read Miller/Sports Illustrated

    Honorable Mention-Feature

    NFL referee Terry McAulay (77) during the coin toss with the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos players before their preseason game at Cowboys Stadium.

  • Honorable Mention-Feature 2

    Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images

    Honorable Mention-Feature

    Head coach Hue Jackson of the Oakland Raiders tries to hold back tears during a moment of silence for Oakland Raiders owner, Al Davis . The Raiders played the Houston Texans on October 9, 2011 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Raider owner, Al Davis died at age 82 at his home Saturday morning. The Raiders won 25 to 20.

  • Honorable Mention-Feature 1

    Christian Petersen/Getty Images

    Honorable Mention-Feature

    Wide receiver Jesse Holley #16 of the Dallas Cowboys warms up before the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 4, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.