2011 OWH Year In Pictures — Jeff Beiermann

Ice floats down the Missouri River in late January.


In my mind, the years don’t really start and stop on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Sports are big at The World-Herald, so for me the year seems to coincide with the beginning or ending of some season. Of course, this year the first big news was the first College World Series at the new TD Ameritrade ballpark in downtown Omaha.

The 2011 College World Series moved to downtown Omaha.

While the physical aspects were different because of the new location, the main element of the CWS remained the same: good, and sometimes great, baseball. Capturing emotion is what makes a really good sports photo, and it was there just like Rosenblatt Stadium.

South Carolina pitcher Matt Price celebrates his team's 2-1, 11th inning victory over Florida.


Weather is the other constant in our lives, and this year the Missouri River flood took an enormous toll on the people and the landscape. As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, it was truly amazing to watch the power of water. And it was somewhat odd that the flooding did not come from endless rains. The water just came. And lots and lots of it. It is unfathomable that something so powerful just flows through your fingers.

Interstate 680, looking west toward the Mormon Bridge, lies in chucks after a summer of Missouri River flooding.


Nebraska Army National Guard soldiers hook three large sandbags to one of three Blackhawk helicopters ferrying the bags to North Platte River in North Platte, Neb.

Jonathan McDonald clears the sidewalk outside of his father's business in Neloa, Iowa.


But when I look back on my year’s “take,” it is the simple moments that I am lucky enough to capture that have the most meaning. And, more importantly, it’s the chance to meet the people I am photographing. I’ve been doing this more than two decades and am still surprised by how nice and welcoming most people are when you tell them that you want to tell a little bit of their story.

Mark Lyon of Bennington shows his roping skills at a celebration of National Day of the Cowboy at the Durham Museum.


Millard West High School football fans "green up" for the game against Millard North.


Jeff Beiermann

About Jeff Beiermann

I'm from Clarkson, Neb., a small farming town 100 miles northwest of Omaha, where I started my first career at a OW-H as a paperboy. I'm a 1984 graduate of Midland Lutheran College, and my first job was as a staff photographer at the Fremont Tribune. I left the paper after five years to freelance for The Associated Press in Omaha, and on Jan. 1, 1994, I joined the Omaha World-Herald. I am married to Julie Anderson, a World-Herald reporter, and we have two boys. I love to take nature and scenic photos and, like most of the staff, anything that gets us out into the state. One of the most interesting facets of being a photojournalist is watching history unfold. It's also one of the most challenging aspects, as it's important to be an observer only and record what is happening, most times in split seconds. 
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