2013 OWH Year in Pictures – Chris Machian

2013, the year of the lion.

I felt this most of the this year both personally and professionally.

To see my entire take of images that I will remember 2013 by, click here.

The year began with me visiting the lion cubs born in the last week of December 2012.  When I got the assignment, I was convinced they would let play with them.  That was obviously a bit foolish on my part.  I followed the lion cubs from shortly after birth up to the present time.


Nicole Linafelter holds a sleepy African lion cub, later named Zuri, at the Henry Doorly Zoo on January 4, 2012. Linafelter, a veterinary technician, was one of the people caring for this cub, who was the runt of the litter and was removed from her mother’s care. CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD

One of those memorable moments was when the cubs were let into the outside part of the lion exhibit for the first time. The lion keepers told me the order he thought they were going to come out in based on their personalities; the last cub would have to be pushed out by his mother. The thought of them all having individual personalities stuck with me. Within a few weeks I had thought of and then pitched a children’s book to The World-Herald.

I am happy that the book, “The Littlest Lion,” is selling out all over Omaha. Buy it online here.


In 2013 we also took our readers along with Linda Nelson’s journey with bariatric surgery for weight loss. 


Adrian Nelson comforts his wife, Linda, as she recovers from bariatric surgery at Methodist Hospital in January 2013. CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


The year had its fair share of ferocious weather. I photographed the largest tornado ever recorded while in Oklahoma, and I bared witness to a tornado’s aftermath in Wayne, Neb.


A tornado on the ground near El Reno, Okla., just south of Interstate 40 on May 31, 2013. CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


A plane was tossed into field a quarter mile north of the airport after a tornado hit  Wayne, Neb., on Oct. 4, 2013. CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


This fall I heard the roar of Husker fans as I photographed four games. The crowd was never louder than when Nebraska’s Jordan Westerkamp caught a tipped pass for a score in the closing seconds to help beat Northwestern.

LINCOLN --  Nebraska's Jordan Westerkamp catches a tipped pass in the end zone for the game winning touchdown against Northwestern.  at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb., on November 2, 2013.  CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD

Nebraska’s Jordan Westerkamp catches a tipped pass in the end zone for the game-winning touchdown against Northwestern at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln on Nov. 2, 2013. CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


I saw Nebraska hold its first major outdoor hockey game and the warm temperatures that complicated the event.

Omaha goalie Alex Lyon (left) looks for the puck as it sails into the deep blue sky above Lincoln's Connor Chatham, No. 9, and Dominic Racobaldo, No. 10, at the TD Ameritrade park on Saturday February 09, 2013.  This was The Mutual of Omaha “Battles on Ice” . CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD

Omaha goalie Alex Lyon looks for the puck as it sails into the deep blue sky at TD Ameritrade Park on Feb. 9, 2013, during the Mutual of Omaha “Battles on Ice.” CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Some of my favorite little moments from the year include:

This one that reminded me of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

 People take advantage of the cold temperatures to play on the ice before the fireworks in the Gene Leahy Mall for the annual celebration of New Year's Eve in downtown Omaha, Neb.,  on Monday December 31, 2012.  CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD

People take advantage of the cold temperatures and play on the ice before the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks at the Gene Leahy Mall on Dec. 31, 2012. CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


The few seconds the smoke cleared in a way to frame a beautiful image of an Omaha firefighter fighting a massive apartment blaze.

Omaha firefighters battle a fire at the Applewood Pointe apartments at 9506 s Plaza on Friday June 28, 2013.  CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD

Omaha firefighters battle a fire at the Applewood Pointe apartments at 9506 S Plaza on June 28, 2013. CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Finally, this runner who tripped just before the finish line but still managed to crawl across for third place.


Friend’s Mariah Hulse trips just before the finish line as she was neck and neck with St. Mary’s Alejandra Kersenbrock during the Class D 3,200 meter relay event at the Nebraska state track and field championship at Omaha Burke on May 17, 2013. CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD

Look out, 2014. I am coming for you.

Chris Machian

About Chris Machian

I was born in Omaha, graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a journalism degree in 2004 and have spent most of my life here. I was a photo intern with the Omaha World-Herald in 2003 and had various roles with the company before becoming a staff photographer. I love to shoot UNO hockey and last year placed video and still cameras inside the goal to provide our readers with another unique perspective. My goal is to use available technology in ways that help our readers understand the stories we cover. For instance, in 2011 I used Gigapan technology to provide a wide view of flooded areas while allowing users to zoom in on the smaller details. My love of this job extends beyond disasters and sporting events; I also enjoy covering the events that help define Omaha's cultural landscape.
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