Year in Photos 2016

To commemorate this wild year, I've put together some of my favorite images I have made. A lot has changed this past year, including myself as a photographer. Some months were harder to choose from than others, but doing this project did make me nostalgic. 2016 had its moments.

JANUARY

At the start of 2016 I was finishing up my first internship at the Lincoln Journal Star. After six months of working there I had developed a lot of skills and was on a roll. I got to photograph my first Olympic sports event, which was something I had dreamed of for a long time. Winter sports kept me busy for a while.

USA outside hitter Kelsey Robinson (23) and setter Alicia Glass (1) celebrate the match winning point against the Dominican Republic at the NORCECA Continental Olympic Qualification tournament on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at Pinnacle Bank Arena
Lincoln Pius X's Sean Stonehocker controls Millard North's Cody Stremick during the 152 pound match at the Gator Invitational on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at Lincoln North Star High School.
(right) Lincoln Stars forward Ludvig Hoff (17) punches Tri-City Storm right wing Carson Meyer (18) in a fight during the second period on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, at the Ice Box

FEBRUARY

Nebraska swimmer Jordan Ehly poses for a portrait on Feb. 5, 2016 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Lincoln Christian center Emily Hollenbeck (35) goes for a basket with Malcolm center Jaela Zimmerman (34) looking for a rebound in the C1-3 district tournament on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, at Waverly High School

MARCH

Guardian Angels Central Catholic's team jubilates after winning a Class C-2 girls state tournament semifinal game at the Bob Devaney Sports Center, on Friday, March 4, 2016.

APRIL

In April I competed in the Omaha World-Herald's college shootout. Running around Kearney on foot was stressful, but I ended up finding a mother and son at a park dropping parachutes. This pair of images won me the contest.

Polhemus Coen-Walker, age 6, and his mother Christa Walker watch their parachutes fall from the top of the Gottschalk Tower at Yanney Park in Kearney, Neb. on Friday, April 22, 2016.
Christa Walker throws a parachute off of the Gottschalk Tower at Yanney Park in Kearney, Neb. on Friday, April 22, 2016. Walker and her son come to the tower often to get exercise and have fun simultaneously. "It started when I got him a parachute last Easter," Walker said. "I thought that buying him more would have saved us from going up the stairs as much, but it just got more fun."

MAY

In May I shot the Lincoln Marathon. I biked at least 20 miles in the rain that day following the runners (which I deem to be insane). I will never forget that assignment, and I will never run a marathon.

Reyna and Brock Clouse hold hands while running the half marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.

I also spent three weeks in Nepal on my final Global Eyewitness trip. Kathmandu was a great city, with some unforgettable views. My story was about cremation ceremonies. In those three weeks I saw dozens (if not hundreds) of cremations, as well as watching a person take their last breath. Those three weeks were emotionally challenging, but well worth the experience.

An undertaker cremates a body as family members pass by on May 24, 2016 at Pashupati in Kathmandu, Nepal. Pashupati complex is built on the banks of the Bagmati River. The complex is a place where Hindus come to pray, worship, as well as cremate loved ones.
Family members and nurses surround the body of Suvandra Parajule shortly after her death on May 16, 2016.

JUNE

After Nepal, I was back on the saddle at the Lincoln Journal Star as a full-time intern. It was unforgettable summer.

Three-year-old Quinn Skoda shades herself while walking through the Trago Spray Park on Thursday, June 9, 2016.
Friends of Marlene Rashidi gather for a candlelight vigil held in her remembrance on Monday, June 27, 2016, at Arnold Heights Park.
Saltdogs pitcher Ryan O'Sullivan (32) winds up a pitch against the Kansas City T-Bones on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at Haymarket Park in Lincoln, Neb.

The highlight of my year was covering the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials. The combination of doing what I love with another one of my passions, and in my own backyard, couldn't have been more of dream come true.

Two-time Olympian Matt Grevers pushes off the wall in the start of the men's 200-meter backstroke preliminaries during the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials on Thursday, June 30, 2016, at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.
Michael Phelps swims the breaststroke leg of the men's 200-meter individual medley preliminaries during the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials.

JULY

Cheer Xpress ages 9-15 practice their routine before the opening ceremonies of the Cornhusker State Games on Friday, July 15, 2016, at Seacrest Field.
Nitro Circus performers jump over the cauldron during the opening ceremonies of the Cornhusker State Games on Friday, July 15, 2016, at Seacrest Field.
Ella Wieczorek, 10, holds the leash to Bella the chiweenie's Queen Bee truck during the dog parade at Hickman's Hay Day on Saturday, July 30, 2016, at Hickman City Park.

AUGUST

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets crowd members at a rally on Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, at Omaha North High School.
Noah Quintero, 12, backflips off the platform during the last day of the season on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, at Woods Memorial Pool.
Nate Berks of Berks Barber Shop gives Da'Vion Bland, 10, a free back-to-school haircut to on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, at Oasis Barber Shop.

SEPTEMBER

With school back into full swing I was back at The Daily Nebraskan as photo editor. I didn't shoot much, but I did travel to the Northwestern football where I got this image with my phone.

Nebraska's Micheal Rose-Ivey (15), DaiShon Neal (9) and Mohamed Barry (7) kneel during the national anthem before the game against Northwestern on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at Ryan Field.

It was an unexpected moment. I was on the field with the 400mm lens, and three players dropped to their knees for the national anthem. The story lent itself to a great opportunity for The Daily Nebraskan to use an interactive.

I also began working on a project for my in-depth reporting class. The story of Colonel Tom Brewer is just one of the projects to come out of the class, which is focused on Whiteclay, Neb.

The Brewer Army rides on muleback across a field near Fort Robinson in Western Nebraska on Sept. 14, 2016. Brewer rode with a group of veterans on a Freedom Ride across the 43rd Congressional District as part of his campaign for legislature.
Badlands National Park in South Dakota.

NOVEMBER

What would this year be without a Husker football photo.

Nebraska wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp (1) reaches for a pass with Maryland defensive back RaVon Davis (21) blocking on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.

DECEMBER

More sports to end the year.

Penn State's Kendall White (3) celebrates a point on Nebraska during the the regional semifinal on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Penn State fell to Nebraska in five sets (25-23, 25-23, 26-24, 25-19, 15-6).
Nebraska forward Isaiah Roby (15) goes for a basket during the first half against South Dakota on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Lincoln Southwest's Kaitlyn Witt breaks out during the backstroke leg of the girls 200-yard individual medley at the Knight Invitational on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, at Northeast High School

It's been a good one. Excited to see what 2017 has in store.

Thanks for looking.

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