The photography staff of The Kansas City Star had a busy year covering a wide range of sporting events in 2015. The biggest event of course was the Royals' exciting postseason run to the World Series. As big as that was for Kansas City sports fans, there were many more high energy events that made for moments, when caught on camera, seem just as big as winning the World Series. Here's a compilation of images of athletes playing for everything from the Chiefs to recreational leagues, and giving it all while they do so.
Kansas City Star photojournalist John Sleezer had a very busy year in 2015. From February to October nearly all of his time is spent exclusively covering the Kansas City Royals. In 2015 the Royals' season extended into November when they played their final World Series-clinching game in New York. Sleezer was there making historic photos of course. On the subject of Sleezer's amazing ability to make great baseball images one of the Royals television commentators once mentioned that it was never a question of whether or not Sleezer got the shot but the question was how he got the shot. Check out what he picked as his top five photos of 2015.
Kansas City Star photojournalist Rich Sugg has spent a lot of time sitting on the hardwood floors of basketball arenas all over the Midwest. Much of that time has been spent warming the hardwood at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence where the Kansas Jayhawks play. He covers the Big 12 basketball beat for The Star and can be spotted before games setting up remote cameras on the goal and other places around the court. He makes thousands of outstanding shots of collegiate players flying through the air making incredible plays. When asked to pick his five favorite photos of the year you would think it would be all about basketball. Check out what Sugg picked for his top five.
Kansas City Star photojournalist Jill Toyoshiba describes her five favorite photos of 2015 - a "girls day out," a portrait of a former mayor of a town that voted itself out of existence, a young boy going on with life after tragedy struck and images from The Kansas City Royals' postseason run to the World Series.
Kansas City Star photojournalist Joe Ledford has enjoyed covering various assignments over the past 30 years and this year was no exception. He has covered big events throughout his career including the Olympics, Super Bowls, natural disasters and many other big moments in the history of Kansas City. Some things he covers are not such big events but he still strives to make the best possible photo from every assignment. Ledford shows us his five favorite photos from 2015 and talks about why he chose them.
Allison Long has been with The Star for 13 years shooting a wide variety of subjects. She's captured the faces of convicted criminals receiving long sentences, Chiefs players celebrating a sack or musicians wowing crowds at Sprint Center. She's also shot the quiet scenes of small Missouri towns fading into history or families persevering through illness and bad luck. During her career she's photographed World Series wins, hurricane devastation and the aftermath of car bombs in Baghdad.
Kansas City Star Community Faces Coordinator Beth Welsh talks about her favorite images of 2015. She is out and about shooting photos at all sorts of events as part of her job as coordinator for Community Faces. When she is not doing that, she is on the lookout for images that pique her interests and reflect her personal vision.
Streets in Kansas City are icing up this morning as freezing rain and thunderstorms move into the area, including the Brookside area. The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning for the metro area, which is in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Streets in Kansas City are icing up this morning as freezing rain and thunderstorms move into the area. School districts canceled classes, and KCI airport was reporting several flight cancellations and delays. The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning for the metro area, which is in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday.