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2014: A Year of Change and Photojournalism

Cirque Du Soleil Amaluna performer, Luliia Mykhailova, practices her hand balancing act as her trainer, Mikhail Galkin, sits on the steps leading to the “water bowl” during a rehearsal under the Grand Chapiteau at Atlantic Station on Wednesday in Atlanta.

What a year. So many unbelievable experiences, stories, and opportunities. For me, 2014 was a year full of change. I worked on new projects for new clients. I was published locally, regionally, and nationally. I went to a workshop that I have longed to attend for years. I moved halfway across the county and found a new job, new skills, new friends, and began chasing new dreams. 2014 was good. To me at least.

Providence’s Ben Ellison (55) sits in the grass outside the locker room during halftime of Friday’s high school football game against the George Walton Bulldogs at Shiloh High School in Snellville.

Here is a brief look into some of my favorite/best work from 2014. Click the Headers to each section to see a gallery of my favorite work (i.e.- Click “Best of Sports”)

BEST OF NEWS/FEATURES

Lawrenceville Police Officer, Michael Inot, pushes the casket of Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk into a hearse on Wednesday in Snellville. Van Kirk was the only remaining crew member of the Enola Gay, which dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945 at the height of World War II. Theodore Van Kirk was the navigator on that flight.

Loren Minnis, 48, is illuminated by the light of the welder as he welds two pieces of metal together in the Ozarks Barge & Dock Service workshop on April 7, 2014 in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. Minnis was part owner of Menace Bar & Grill in Lake Elsinore but had to close down in part because of a lawsuit against the bar in 2010. He now works as a welder in Missouri.

Brooke Isabella, right, lays on top of her mom, Sally, in the living room at their home in Lawrenceville on Thursday. Brooke suffers from LGS, a severe form of epilepsy that causes her to have a large number of seizures per day.

Darnell Morgan and other family members of Alcenti Sweeting gather for a short prayer together after the annual homicide victims vigil hosted by the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office Victim Witness Program at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville.

BEST OF PORTRAITS

Loren Minnis, 48, sits for a portrait in the Ozarks Barge & Dock Service workshop on April 7, 2014 in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. Minnis was part owner of Menace Bar & Grill in Lake Elsinore but had to close down in part because of a lawsuit against the bar in 2010. He now works as a welder in Missouri.

Lanier High School running back, Tario Fuller, stands in for a portrait on Tuesday at Lanier High School in Buford. Fuller, the team’s top running back, recently committed to the Purdue University football program.

Gwinnett County Police Aviation unit member, Lou Gregoire, stands with one of the unit’s helicopters at Gwinnett Airport at Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville after returning from duty on Wednesday.

Norcross volleyball player, Sammie Baker, stands in for a portrait at Norcross High School on Tuesday. Although her siblings thrived in athletic careers at Greater Atlanta Christian, Baker decided to blaze her own trail through the public school system and has been dominating on the court.

BEST OF SPORTS

Wrestlers from Class 1 and Class 2 stand for the National Anthem prior to the first round of the 2014 MSHSAA Wrestling Championships at Mizzou Arena on February 20, 2014 in Columbia.

A runner prepares to start the 400 meter dash during the 2014 MSHSAA Track Championships at Lincoln University on May 23, 2014 in Jefferson City.

Clemson Tigers running back D.J. Howard (22) leaps into the end zone for a touchdown during Saturday’s college football game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium in Athens.

Lawrenceville’s Jahmel Jackson (1) excitedly runs onto the field prior to Saturday’s Gwinnett Football League eight-year-old Championship game against the Buford Wolves at Norcross High School in Norcross.

Archer’s Callaway Burton (72) reacts on the field after the Archer Tigers lost 28-24 to the Colquitt County Packers in Saturday’s GHSA Class AAAAAA state championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Members of the Springfield Catholic Fighting Irish celebrate after winning Wednesday’s Class 3 championship game over the Christian Eagles during the 2014 MSHSAA Baseball Championships at T.R. Hughes Stadium on June 4, 2014 in O’Fallon, Mo.

Georgia Bulldogs running back Nick Chubb (27) is tackled by a group of Tennessee Volunteers defensive players during Saturday’s college football game at Sanford Stadium in Athens.

I don’t want to focus on what was 2014, because I only look forward to the progress made for new changes in 2015.

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