Favorite Photos of 2013

By Herald Staff Photographers

At the end of every year, we ask our photojournalists to pick their favorite photographs and write about what makes them memorable. Here are their choices for 2013.

THE PHOTOGRAPH: Cameron Wolf of Jasper, 5, blushed when Kate Yarbrough of Jasper, 5, wrapped her arm around him during the Feb. 12 homecoming basketball game at Cabby O’Neill Gymnasium in Jasper. By Dave Weatherwax/Herald Staff Photographer

COMMENTS: This moment brings back some memories from when I was about the same age as Cameron and was selected to be the ring bearer in a cousin’s wedding. I was uncomfortable from Minute One, when I had to be fitted for a penguin suit days before the wedding, and my discomfort was made worse when I had to hold the hand of the flower girl. It was topped off by my first ride in a limousine with the wedding party to the reception hall. During the entire ride to the hall, the driver honked the horn of the limo and I thought we were going to get in trouble when we arrived. The moment we arrived at the hall, I was out the door as quickly as possible. There is a photo somewhere in my family’s photo album of me leaping over a puddle right below the door of the limo.

A photograph, by its very nature, is a frozen moment in time. But the thing I love about it is its power to remind us of our own frozen moments in our memories, both the good and the bad. I feel for Cameron in this photo. I was basically in his shoes once. I’m thankful that he reminded me of that. And I hope 25 years from now, he will enjoy the memory, too.
THE PHOTOGRAPH: Several members of the Southridge football team gathered at midfield as they celebrated after claiming the Class 2A sectional championship by defeating Evansville Mater Dei at Raider Field in Huntingburg on Oct. 11. The Raiders won 21-19. By Dave Weatherwax/Herald Staff Photographer

COMMENTS: Oftentimes in the world of professional sports, the athletes are scrutinized for the type of role models they are to their young fans. This photograph and moment reminds me that role models are all around us, and sometimes they don’t even know it. After the Raiders knocked off their top-ranked opponent in their class, several of them took in the moment at midfield. Just as years before they likely looked up to those whom they watched put on a Raiders uniform, these Raiders set the bar for those to come after them who were at the game witnessing the upset and gave them something to dream for.

As I step out of the role of chief photographer and into a new role with The Herald, one of the things I’ll miss the most is being there on the sidelines and in the locker rooms documenting the action of our local schools. It’s been one of my favorite parts of the job.
THE PHOTOGRAPH: Forest Park’s Cody Tempel held the championship trophy as Forest Park students piled on the soccer team after the Rangers won the Class 1A boys soccer sectional by defeating Heritage Hills in Lincoln City on Oct. 12. The Rangers won 2-1 in overtime to defend their sectional title. The Ranger girls team joined the boys as sectional champs.  By Ariana van den Akker/Herald Photo Intern, Fall 2013

COMMENTS: Photojournalists try our best not to affect the situations in our photos; we try to observe life as it happens and to freeze fleeting moments all while remaining unnoticed, which is why we rarely choose for publication photos where someone is looking directly at the camera. But this photo of Cody is one of my favorites from my time at The Herald. Somehow, in the chaos of Forest Park students piling onto the newly named boys soccer sectional champions, Cody found my camera and stuck his tongue out at it just for a second before continuing with the celebration. At The Herald, we cover sports all the time, which can get repetitive. Though I was sure the Rangers would give everything on the field, I never knew what to expect on the sidelines or from their celebrations, which is why it was so fun to follow them throughout their longest postseason ever. To me, this photo represents the incredibly animated personality of the team. The players knew when they needed to be serious and when they could goof off, but everything they did, they did together.
THE PHOTOGRAPH: Karen Kolb, right, received a hug from friend Luke Buchta, both of Jasper, after some of Kolb’s friends, family and co-workers gathered for a party to shave their heads at Snaps in Jasper on May 8. Nine people, mostly co-workers from surgical services at Memorial Hospital, including Linda Hoffman, Beth and Dave Head, Jim Eades, Adam LeClere, Shawn Knotts, Kolb’s husband, Charles, and their son, Chris, all of Jasper, decided to shave their heads to support Karen, who began chemotherapy May 9 after being diagnosed with breast cancer March 14. By Rachel Mummey/Herald Staff Photographer

COMMENTS: A friend recently asked me, ”˜“Why are photographs so important?” My response to her included that photographs are important because they capture fleeting moments and make them a permanent visual documentation of our time. This image was captured in a brief second but carries with it the significance of a moment. The reason this particular photo is one of my favorites of the year is because it represents the best of human nature and community, people reaching out and caring for friends and neighbors. It represents how happiness and joy can prevail despite harrowing circumstances. It represents an issue that cries for more forthcoming discussion: breast cancer. But most of all, this photo represents to me the beautiful face of courage.
THE PHOTOGRAPH: Wrought with laughter, Lorena Gil entertained guests during daughter Maddie’s birthday celebration at their house in Huntingburg on June 22. By Rachel Mummey/Herald Staff Photographer

COMMENTS: Photography allows me to experience many different things. It takes me someplace new almost every day. That sense of exploration is one of the things I enjoy most about my career. It’s how I navigate through the community, meet people and build relationships. On the evening this photograph was taken, José and Lorena Gil hosted a birthday party for their youngest daughter, Maddie. I found myself in a room full of the boisterous cadence of various forms of Spanish. At least five countries were represented by the guests at the party. My lackluster Spanish skills could barely keep up with one conversation let alone three or four at the same time. It was overwhelming, and even a little intimidating, not knowing what was being said at every moment. But the entire experience of this gathering also was overwhelming in another way. Regardless of any cultural differences, I was embraced by the warmth and laughter at the Gils’ home; I was accepted as a guest, a friend. This photograph reminds me that compassion doesn’t always need to be understood, it can just be present.
THE PHOTOGRAPH: Adam Niehaus of Huntingburg, 15, laughed as his friends buried him in pebbles on the playground at Holland Park during the Holland Community Fest on Sept. 18. By Ariana van den Akker/Herald Photo Intern, Fall 2013

COMMENTS: When photographing the many summer and fall festivals of Dubois County, it can be difficult to make pictures that Herald readers haven’t seen before. Taking a cue from the people enjoying the Holland fest, I decided to just have fun and try to make that come alive in the photos. I was first drawn to Adam and his friends because they were sitting on top of the swingset in the park, just hanging out and watching the festival from above. As the sun sank below the horizon, they all jumped down and on his descent, Adam slipped on the pebbles and just lay there amused by his own fall. One friend piled some pebbles on him and a few seconds later all of his friends started burying him in them as he laughed. “This is all there is to do on a Saturday night in Holland,” he told me as the pebbles accumulated on top of him. I couldn’t help but be reminded of the years in high school when my friends and I weren’t old enough to drive and would just hang out at our local park trying to make our own fun. Those carefree moments seemed so insignificant as they happened, but years later they became the fondest memories.
THE PHOTOGRAPH: Mark Dittelberger and his granddaughter Jillian, 6, both of Ireland, built a snowman at the gravesite of Mark’s parents, Harold and Anna Mae Dittelberger, at the cemetery of St. Mary Catholic Church in Ireland on Feb. 2. Both parents died last year. Mark’s father used to take him sledding on the hill next to the cemetery, and Mark and Jillian went sledding on the hill after finishing their snowman. By Matthew Busch/Herald Photo Intern, Spring 2013

COMMENTS: Driving back to Jasper from Ireland one day, I began searching the roadsides for a photo opportunity, basically anything that stood out to me visually. I saw Mark and Jillian walking with sleds in the snow near the cemetery. I decided to pull over and hoped that they wouldn’t pack up and leave before I had even parked. I quickly parked, grabbed my camera gear and asked to photograph them sledding. They told me they had just stopped and that they were going to make a snowman instead. “This is great,” I thought to myself. “A weather feature in an unusual place.” Mark told me that he had fond memories of sledding the hill right next to the cemetery with his father. He and Jillian decided to make a snowman there on his parents’ gravesite. After they had made the snowman Mark said that his father had been the subject of a story in The Herald that focused on his military service in World War II and that they had enjoyed the story and photographs. I like to remember my chance encounter with Mark and his family because it puts into context for me how connected to the Dubois County community The Herald is. I’ve worked at various publications, and the community journalism that is at the heart of The Herald’s daily coverage provides a rich living history that serves its community members in a very real and personal way. Families grow, communities evolve, and The Herald reflects those changes through its stories.
THE PHOTOGRAPH: Andrew Franklin, 10, left, and Quentin Lechner, 11, planned out a pass play against Dayton Shelton, 11, not pictured, during a game of football outside Andrew’s home after school Jan. 15. The three friends are from Jasper and attend Tenth Street School together. By Matthew Busch/Herald Photo Intern, Spring 2013

COMMENTS: At The Herald we are asked to find feature photographs on a daily basis to give you, our readers, a sense of what happens every day in your community. A good feature photograph, to me, lets the viewer connect with an ordinary experience in an extraordinary way. In this photograph, watching the boys play football in their backyard reminded me of the times I played football with my friends growing up, and the camaraderie that we shared. We had fun playing together but still had our competitive moments, trying to drum up the perfect pass play. I think Quentin and Andrew showed their competitive sides when they pulled together to map out their next pass play here. I hope that these daily slice-of-life scenes show the Dubois County community how it is connected by shared experiences.


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