In short, 2016 was a roller coaster.
Many of us will remember 2016 as a tumultuous one. Donald Trump was elected president. Great Britain left the European Union. The deadliest massacre in United States history took place. The world slowly began to open its eyes toward the war in Syria. Arnold Palmer, Prince, Alan Rickman, Antonin Scalia, Gwen Ifill and Carrie Fisher, amongst dozens of others, passed away. But the Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years. The National Parks Service turned 100. Team USA took home 121 medals from the Rio Olympics, 46 of them gold. Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. The Giant Panda is no longer endangered. Hillary Clinton became the first ever woman to the presidential nominee for a major party. I truly believe that more good happened than bad.
As for myself, 2016 was one of the best years of my life. It was a year of firsts. My first time covering a Trump rally. My first Bernie rally. My first Hillary rally. My first time riding in a hot air balloon. My first time breaking two bones at once. I photographed my first (and second and third) wedding.
I met some incredible people and was given opportunities that I could've only dreamed of.
Here's a glimpse into some of the major moments of my 2016, the year that will go down as the fastest, most rewarding, yet most challenging year of my life.