Once again, this has been an interesting year. I met some inspiring people and witnessed some great moments. For a showcase of my favorite images from this year, click here.
It’s always exciting at the end of a state tournament basketball game. But when the Omaha Central boys wrapped up their seventh title in eight years with Akoy Agau on the past four teams, it felt a little extra special. In one of my favorite moments of the year, Akoy jumped into the arms of screaming student fans to celebrate.
The Bessmer family has 16 children. I don’t know what I expected going into their home, but what I found was amazing. The older children help the younger ones, and everyone has their own list of daily chores. I would describe the scene as controlled chaos. But everyone was so sweet and happy; it was a pleasure to get to know them. Read more about them here.
Jamus Hovseth, 3, suffers from food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES), and his only source of nutrition comes from formula administered by a tube hooked up to his stomach. His allergic reactions to other formulas and food are severe and painful. But when he feels good, Jamus looks like any other kid – playful and happy. Read more about Jamus here.
For the Thanksgiving Day edition of The World-Herald, we featured people we’re thankful for. One person is SuZanne Rogers, who, with the help of her therapy dogs, visits special education students in schools and patients in hospitals. Together they offer the unique comfort that only a sweet dog can provide. I loved watching students light up with joy as they pet and read to Bo, a 135-pound Bernese mountain dog. Read more about Suzanne here.
Omaha hosted the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in January, and I enjoyed photographing the action on and off the ice. We don’t see much figure skating in Nebraska, so it was fun to photograph something different. I loved the combination of athleticism and theatrics.