Well, I've finished my contest season editing with a bit (okay, a lot) of help, and have things narrowed down to POYi standards -- that is, my top 15 works from the year. We'll start off with something fun, my favorite features of 2008..
Bailey Wall, 9, does a handstand in her pool on Monday, July 7, 2008, in the backyard of her Southwest Cedar Rapids home. She usually plays softball on Monday evenings, but decided to skip practice to escape the heat in the pool.
Kyle Rouse, 16, of Cedar Rapids, flips over a fence from the top of a pavilion in front of the Veterans Memorial Building on Monday, Oct. 13, 2008, in downtown Cedar Rapids. The group of high school traceurs, or practitioners of parkour, practice tricks and techniques in a gym before trying them outdoors, where they are constantly looking for new locations to practice their techniques.
Lauren Faas, 9 (from left), Gabrielle Vance, 8, Jacob Schropp, 8, and Anton Huedephol, 9, all of Williamsburg, ride the merry go-round during KIND Care after school day care at Williamsburg Elementary School on Friday, May 9, 2008. KIND Care provides a supervised place for children whose parents work before and after school.
Hannah Faber, 4, of Marion swings high on the swing set at Bever Park in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, April 5, 2008, one of the first warm days of spring after a winter of record-setting snowfall.