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Star photographers share their favorite published and unpublished shots


Moscato, a Maltese-Shih Tzu mix, chases leaves that Charles Schneider tossed in the air in his West Plaza neighborhood. Photo by Jill Toyoshiba.

In sync

Fred Blocher caught Parsons Dance members (from left) Billy Smith, Patty Foster, Zac Hammer and Abby Silva in an energetic performance of “Kind of Blue” in March at the Folly.

A moment

Keith Myers captured Kerry Magana’s grace as she danced with her brother Nelson Ponce at her quinceanera in May. The Dream Factory arranged for the party for Kerry, who died in November after battling leukemia for two years.


Wearing the uniforms of the Doughboys, World War I re-enactors (from left) Dan Fullerton, Richard Faulkner and Rick McClellan participated in activities to commemorate Memorial Day at the Liberty Memorial in May. Photo by Tammy Ljungblad

On the fringe

Allison Long’s moody photo chronicled a performance of the Bric-a-Brac Vintage Vagabond Variety Show for the Fringe Festival in July.

Eye contact

Britney Coody had her hands full with her 2-year-old son, Christopher Williams, when her umbrella collapsed in a gusty wind in April. Fred Blocher recorded the moment at a bus stop near 75th Street and Wornall Road.

Victory lap

Kansas State’s i Michael Beasley and Bill Walker celebrated their team’s victory over Texas A&M in January at Bramlage Coliseum. Photo by Shane Keyser.

Citizenship for all

Shayma Fhadel was one of more than 1,000 people who became U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony at Municipal Auditorium in June. Photo by Shane Keyser.

Fire and lightning

■Jill Toyoshiba captured a bolt of lightning as a huge cloud of smoke rose from the June fire at the Magellan Midstream Partners petroleum distribution terminal in the Fairfax area of Kansas City, Kan.

Field day

Eighth-graders from Westridge Middle School blasted through a puddle on a September Sunday after several inches of rain. Chris Ochsner photo.

Best seat in the house

At the Kearney Fireworks Celebration in July, Rich Sugg found Jimmy Walters and his wife, Anna, in a perfect perch atop a spiderweb-like jungle gym.

Air fair

■ A father-son duo, Sean and Eric Tucker, demonstrated their aerobatic skills before their Team Oracle participated in the Kansas City Air Show in August at Wheeler Downtown Airport. Allison Long photo.

Prairie grass fire

In March, a planned fire consumed prairie grasses on the bull mound in the West Bottoms, where cutouts from the Bull Wall sculpture at Kemper Arena are displayed. Keith Myers recorded the restorative blaze, which fosters growth of native grasses and helps prevent invasive woody plants.

Glory days

A photo illustration by David Pulliam suggested the glories of Benjamin Ranch’s past before its move from 87th Street and Hillcrest Road. The photo shows ranch founder Howard Benjamin and his son, Benny, in the late ’60s.

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