I’ve worked as a photojournalist for 34 years, joining The Omaha World-Herald in 2000. Of the 2,000-plus images I submitted for publication in 2011, my favorite came together while covering the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
In 2001, as reports and images of the attacks on the East Coast rolled in, I raced from event to event, failing to capture anything memorable, let alone representative of the attacks’ impact on my community. When I was assigned to cover the Omaha metro’s 9/11 10th anniversary events, I saw it as an opportunity to do better. The first image below came at the beginning of a very emotional 12-hour day. Knowing I had this image in camera made the rest of the day that much more enjoyable.
Assistant Omaha Fire Marshal James Gentile supports an American flag as it is raised before the start of a 9/11 remembrance service at the Kroc Center in south Omaha.
Here are more of my favorite photos from 2011.
Seward's Hannah Tvrdy breaks the girls Class B 3,200-meter relay state record as McCook's Jessa Sughroue falls at the finish line during the Nebraska state track meet.
The Nebraska team captains take the field as the Huskers take on Tennessee-Chattanooga at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, on Sept. 3, 2011.
Six-month-old Aubrey Harrel of Omaha hangs out with the Easter Bunny at Oak View Mall in Omaha.
John Jordan salvages Christmas decorations in the bedroom of his burned-out Plattsmouth, Neb., home.
Zach Pruhs, a member of the Omaha Rowing Association, prepares for an afternoon glide on Carter Lake.
Owen Moeller, 6, and Bei Warner, 6, both of Omaha, take in the Durham Museum's presentation of "With Malice Toward None."
Ten-month-old Barrett Gerdes in the end zone at Husker Fan Day at Memorial Stadium.
Students hold a vigil in front of Millard South High School for slain Vice Principal Vicki Kaspar.
Lincoln Southeast's Hannah Jurgens, left, and Millard North's Bailey Dervin go head to head during the state soccer tournament at Morrison Stadium in Omaha.
Mohamed Abdullahi, 8, casts for the sun while fishing Benson Park Lagoon during the Omaha Police Department's Cops 'N Bobbers event.
Shadow dancers glide across a banner on the front of the stage during Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing.
Ethan Boukal, 3, of Omaha gets an up-close look at the Husker Legacy statue in its temporary location on northwest corner of Memorial Stadium.
Characters in the mural "Fertile Ground" watch the 2011 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park.
Gyoza dumplings at the Okinawa Sushi Grill in Omaha.
Scrapers work to remove what Missouri River flooding left on once good land on Lee Westergaard's farm near Whiting, Iowa.
Baseball fans honor the American flag during the national anthem before Creighton takes on Nebraska in the new TD Ameritrade Park in downtown Omaha.
University of Nebraska at Omaha wrestling coach Ron Higdon reacts to the Board of Regents voting to move his school to Division I, effectively eliminating the wrestling program.
Nebraska offensive lineman Jermarcus Hardrick with a sign of things to come.
Floodwaters race toward Hamburg, Iowa, after breaching a levee on the Missouri River.
A runner glides past a line of mailboxes in Arlington, Neb.
Friends pay their respects at the site of a crash that killed 16-year-old Kylie J. Remmereid and injured Cassidy L. Collier, 17, and Samantha L. Steffes, 16, near 180th and State Streets.
Amanda Hathaway of Council Bluffs watches an American flag being raised outside the funeral for Iowa National Guardsman Sgt. Brent Maher, 31. Services were held at Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
About Kent Sievers
A working photojournalist since 1978, I joined the Omaha World-Herald in 2000. Before moving to Omaha in 1990, I was the photo editor for the Scottsdale Arizona Progress and a staff photographer at the Mesa Tribune and Arizona Republic newspapers. About a third of my career has been spent outside newspapers, twice building commercial/editorial photography businesses catering to local/national commercial clients and national/international magazines.
I was born in Storm Lake Iowa, but raised in Phoenix Arizona. I'm married to the World-Herald's Money section editor, Deborah Shanahan. We have a daughter who graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and a son who is a Sophomore at Wayne State College.