A fledgling rapper…Knee-high flood waters…The housing crisis. What do these things have in common? They’re all subjects of Suffolk student videos and photos nominated for this year’s Rammy Awards.

The Rammy Awards, named for Suffolk’s beloved mascot, honor exceptional student work in video and photography. A record 200 entries were received this year in nine categories, and the winners are:

Fiction Short

Benign Indifference – Nicholas Jones, Joseph Shacar, Mason Marino and Brendan Flanagan

Music Video

My Mistake – Mason Marino, Tyler Fisk and Nicholas Jones

In-Depth Reporting/Documentary

Changing Fate – Alexander Ortiz, Athanasios Armenis and Jessica Bard

Photography: Color

Breath of Fresh Air – Moss Lynch

Photography: Black & White

Aamnah – Leidy Restrepo

Photography: Spot News

Drugs: All Ages – Jennifer Wong

Photography: Photo Essay

The Streets of Italy – James McMasters

Feature News

Suffolk Alum for Japan Relief – Katie Sampson

Hard News

Occupy Boston Students – Andrew Scheinthal and Katie Sampson

Each category was evaluated by an expert panel of judges, including professional journalists, producers, and photographers across the country. The judges had their work cut out for them this year. Competition was so fierce that one category – feature news – was expanded to four finalists instead of the usual three.

Winners were announced at the 5th Annual Rammy Awards Ceremony on April 12 in the Modern Theatre. Assistant professor Dana Rosengard once again brought a touch of Hollywood showmanship as master of ceremonies. The event also featured Miss Boston 2012, Kelsey Beck, and performances by Suffolk's a cappella group, the Ramifications and faculty member Vicki Karns.

This year’s entries featured a strikingly diverse array of subjects, tones, and perspectives, and showcased the talent and creativity of students in many majors.

“The selection was incredible,” says associate professor Shoshanna Madmoni-Gerber, who helps to organize the event each year. “We saw everything from an amusing portrait of Renaissance fair culture -- to a thought-provoking documentary about the challenges of being a young Muslim American woman -- to a truly poetic piece on ice-skating in Boston.”

The Rammy Awards are hosted each year by the Department of Communication and Journalism in the College of Arts & Sciences. Students from all majors may enter the competition, and the entire Suffolk community is invited to the ceremony.