There's a chance Tammy Ljungblad has your phone number. If she hasn’t already called you, she probably will. That’s how this veteran Kansas City Star photojournalist works. Most of her outstanding photos start with a few phone calls as she turns over every stone to uncover the best photo opportunity she can find. Some great photos are made by chance, but if you’re a professional like Ljungblad, and you want to give readers the outstanding photos they deserve, you don’t base your work off of luck.
All of those minutes Ljungblad has burned through on her cell phone shows in her work for The Star where hundreds of her images were published in 2015. The Star’s photo editors asked her to put down her cameras, and her cell phone, for a few moments to pick her five favorite photos and let people know why she chose them. Here is what she picked.