Goalie Stefan Frei of the Seattle Sounders blocks away a shot by Toronto’s Jozey Altidore during overtime of the MLS Cup. Frei survived 19 Toronto shots, keeping the game in a scoreless tie until a penalty kick shootout gave the championship to Seattle. Lindsey Wasson also had a great catch, getting this photo. Because the action continues in soccer, Wasson had almost forgotten the athletic save when photo editor Danny Gawlowski asked her if she had anything from what turned out to be the play of the game. Frei earned the MVP. Photo by Lindsey Wasson, The Seattle Times
An elder looks out to Turtle Island at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. Through much of 2016, protesters gather to protest the proposed route of the 1,172-mile Dakota Access Pipeline.
At the center of the protest were “water protectors” who said the pipeline would destroy the local environment. In December, The Army Corps of Engineers denied the permit needed to build the oil pipeline in that area. Photo by Cassi Alexandra, freelance for NPR
Jennifer Allison was 20 weeks pregnant when she learned her daughter would be born with heterotaxy, a complex series of birth defects affecting the child’s organs. Doctors said the child had only a slim chance of surviving the first year. Allison wanted to document what little time she might have with her daughter. She wanted to share the story of the daughter she named Sky.
She contacted photographer Ash Adams who is based in Anchorage Alaska. The photo series was eventually shared on CNN Photos online, including this moment when Allison was monitoring contractions shortly before giving birth. Photo by Ash Adams, freelance
Manalapan High School’s Cody Wiener leads his teammates through fog created by a nearby machine and on to his home field prior to the game against Colts Neck. The Manalapan Braves won 41-8. Photo by Eric Sucar, News Transcript
Sandbags couldn’t keep the swollen Russian River from submerging homes and businesses in Guerneville, California.
Photographer Santiago Mejia donned hiking boots and ski pants, and brought a towel to dry his camera if needed as he covered the flooding.
He found Lorin Doeleman kayaking through the living room inside her mother’s flooded home. She told Mejia she had first made the kayak run to “save the brandy.” Photo by Santiago Mejia, San Francisco Chronicle
The Aksarben Ball is an event honoring philanthropy and influential people in Nebraska. The scholarship ball has been around since the late 1800s and the Omaha World-Herald has covered it for decades.
Sarah Hoffman was assigned the ball for the first time and she knew the “royalty” of the program would be preparing backstage. Once she got to the room with the young “pages,” it was chaos, so she stayed around to find this photo. Photo by Sarah Hoffman, Omaha World Herald