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To the Finish Line

November 2015

Loren Holmes/Alaska Dispatch News

Lead dogs charge down Broadmoor Avenue in Fairbanks, Alaska during the start of the 2015 Iditarod Trail.

  • To the Finish Line

    To the Finish Line

    November 2015

    Loren Holmes/Alaska Dispatch News

    Lead dogs charge down Broadmoor Avenue in Fairbanks, Alaska during the start of the 2015 Iditarod Trail.

  • Leap of Faith

    Leap of Faith

    October 2015

    Dave Eulitt/Kansas City Star

    Major Alastair Macartney, an officer in the British Army and a BASE jumping world champion, leaps off the 217-foot-high observation deck of the Liberty Memorial at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo.

  • Upside Down Fun

    Upside Down Fun

    September 2015

    Stuart Villanueva /The Galveston (Texas) Daily News

    Lacey Byrket, 11,(left) and Madison Raanes, 13, both of Santa Fe, N.M., hang upside-down momentarily while riding the Ring of Fire at the Galveston, Texas County Fair and Rodeo.

  • Stars and Stripes Forever

    Stars and Stripes Forever

    August 2015

    Mindy Schauer/Orange County (Santa Ana, Calif.) Register

    Marines lower the stars and stripes after a posthumous Navy Cross ceremony for Staff Sgt. Sky R. Mote and Capt. Matthew P. Manoukian at Camp Pendleton.

  • Vital Signs

    Vital Signs

    June 2015

    Joe Amon/The Denver Post

    Zoey Johnson takes the vitals of Hailey McGuire as she rests between seizures. Both children have Dravet Syndrome, and for a short time lived together with their moms in Colorado Springs, Colo. There seems to be a deep understanding between Dravet children when they are in seizure mode as Haileys mom calls it.

  • Snow City

    Snow City

    May 2015

    Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times

    Surfer Derek Peters of Huntington Beach, Calif. heads out to surf across a rare blanket of hail covering the beach after a thunderstorm passed over the area in early March. The event made Huntington Beach (Surf City) look more like snow city and brought crowds to the beach to witness the spectacle.

  • Fire and Ice

    Fire and Ice

    April 2015

    Karl Ferron/The Baltimore Sun

    A duck decoy remains frozen in a manmade pond outside of a late-18th century mansion after a 3-alarm fire destroyed the home in Baltimore, Md. The cause of the fire was unknown. Damage to the Civil War era mansion was estimated at more than a million dollars.

  • Inverted Flight

    Inverted Flight

    March 2015

    Greg Gilbert/Seattle Times

    Aerobatic performers show off their skills over Lake Washington during Seattles annual Seafair Weekend festival. Copyright 2014, Seattle Times Company. Used with permission.

  • Intense Cheering

    Intense Cheering

    February 2015

    Denny Simmons/Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press

    The annual students-versus-faculty tug-of-war match at the Evansville Day School in Indiana fires up the enthusiasm of one particular pupil.

  • Honest Selfie

    Honest Selfie

    January 2015

    John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal

    University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate Sarah Dreifke takes a self-portrait atop a statue of Abraham Lincoln, continuing an annual post-commencement tradition of posing for pictures at the memorial on the campus.

  • Impactful Advertising

    Impactful Advertising

    December 2014

    Doug Finger/Gainesville (Fla.) Sun

    Emergency crews in Gainesville, Fla. tend to an accident scene involving a bus and a Ford Explorer. The Gainesville Sun reported that the victim pictured here sustained non-life-threatening injuries. No word if he contacted the attorney.

  • Big Air

    Big Air

    November 2014

    Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman

    BMX freestyler Kevin Robinson takes flight off the vert ramp during the June X Games in Austin, Texas

  • Dividing Line

    Dividing Line

    October 2014

    David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Polaris

    St. Louis County sheriffs officers meet a crowd of protestors on the first night of unrest in Ferguson, Mo. following the police-involved shooting death of Michael Brown in August.

  • Over the Rainbow

    Over the Rainbow

    September 2014

    Michael Ciaglo | The Colorado Springs Gazette

    A rainbow lights up a field outside Hartsel, Colo. as a spring storm passes through the area on May 22, 2014.

  • Need a Lift?

    Need a Lift?

    August 2014

    Tom Dodge | Columbus Dispatch

    David Jackson, with Smoot Construction, backs his truck to load a Tyrannosaurus Rex behind the Manatee Coast at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Copyright: Dispatch Printing Company

  • Clean Hit

    Clean Hit

    July 2014

    Doug Duran | Bay Area News Group

    While trying to protect a bull rider, bullfighter Eric Layton is launched into the air by a bull named "Crystal Clean" during the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, Calif., on Sunday, June 9, 2013.

  • Submerged


    June 2014

    John Kim | Chicago Tribune

    Ashley McMillan, 22, gets immersed into the water during the New Year's Day Polar Bear Plunge at North Avenue Beach, Jan. 1, 2014, in Chicago.

  • Storm Chasers

    Storm Chasers

    May 2014

    Matt Detrich | The Indianapolis Star

    Members of the M.E.S.O. Storm Chase team perch themselves on the peak of a country road to get the best vantage point to hopefully watch a tornado form out of the gigantic clouds that surround them in Iowa on May 12, 2013.

  • Polar Vortex

    Polar Vortex

    April 2014

    James Neiss | Niagara (N.Y.) Gazette

    Prospect Point at Niagara Falls State Park is a winter wonderland as a result of the frigid temperatures this past January.

  • Cramped Quarters

    Cramped Quarters

    March 2014

    Michael Robinson Chavez | Los Angeles Times

    This photo, taken on Oct. 25, 2013, shows the Pavaozinho favela, or slum, sitting above two of the most expensive and desirable neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro: Copocabana and Ipanema. Rios police force has pacified all of the favelas in this wealthy and tourist-filled area by forcing the drug lords out.

  • Electrical Storm

    Electrical Storm

    February 2014

    Larry Steagall/Kitsap Sun (Bremerton, Wash.)

    Storm watchers look at lightning strikes from Bachmann Park in Manette, Wash., early on Aug. 10, 2013.

  • Star-Spangled Banner

    Star-Spangled Banner

    January 2014

    K.C. Alfred | U-T San Diego

    Army soldiers unfurl a giant flag during the national anthem prior to an NFL Monday Night Football game on Sept. 9, 2013 between the San Diego Chargers and Houston Texans at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.



    December 2013

    Marc Lester | Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News

    Staff Sgt. Otis Lee watches from the grounds as other Army paratroopers come down onto the Malemute Drop Zone. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise.

  • Fragile World

    Fragile World

    November 2013

    Michael Chow | The Arizona Republic

    Lizzy Hendrickson hangs on a fence while playing during recess at Prince of Peace Preschool in Phoenix, Ariz. The four-year-old suffers from Epidermolysis Bullosa, a rare genetic skin disease that causes the skin to be so fragile that the slightest friction can cause severe blistering. There is no cure.

  • Window Washing Hero

    Window Washing Hero

    October 2013

    Cherie Diez | Tampa Bay Times

    Sao Doan,5, right, watches as her mom, Tiffany Ringer, snaps a photo of Spider-Man (aka Merrill Hunt) as he washes her window at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Jan. 10, 2013.