Brooke Raboutou, a rock climber from Boulder, Colo. competing with Team USA at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, boulders at EVO Rock + Fitness in Louisville, Colo. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. After finishing ninth in the combined Climbing World Championships, the 18-year-old is the first and youngest American climber to qualify for the Olympics.
Ethan Smith (left) and Remi Rose Stavish “absorb the energies” of some freshly-lit mullein stocks, colloquially known as “hag torches” during the Hourglass Kids’ performance at the 18th annual Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival in Pittsboro, N.C. on Thursday, May 5, 2022.
Members of Carolina Black Caucus gather around Hortense McClinton, the first Black faculty member at UNC, at the Hortense McClinton Residence Hall Dedication Ceremony at UNC in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Friday, May 13, 2022.
Taylor Talbot began losing her sight at 2 years old and was legally blind by 8 from a rare degenerative eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa. Now 20 years old, she has lost all sight in her right eye and only has ~5% tunnel vision in her left. And yet her sight has hardly hindered her passions in life nor her determination as an athlete. In 2021, she qualified for the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo, only to have her qualification revoked after a miscalculation. She fought hard for her spot to stay on Team USA and through her athletic grit, emotional perseverance and family support, Talbot ended up competing alongside her teammates in Tokyo in the 100- and 400-meter dashes.
Avery Wyatt Boyer, a 2022 graduate at the School for the Blind in Raleigh, N.C. joins his classmates in prayer before the group's Commencement ceremony at Lineberry Hall on Friday, June 3, 2022. Students such as Boyer come from across the state to the school for its education services for the deaf and visually impaired.
A young swimmer waits at the base of the high dive while someone else prepares to jump from the top at the Vale community pool on June 24, 2021, the hottest recorded June month in Vale, Ore.
Ryley Gibson, Siobhán Gibson's son, scales to the top of his mom's dance pole in the master bedroom. Siobhán stumbled into pole dancing when she saw a new studio in her small town of Novato, Cali. called “Entangled and Sway,” that she thought was for tango classes. After realizing what it really was, she decided to go for it anyway, thinking it’d be a fun way to reclaim her body after such a destructive pregnancy. She became hooked and now dances three times a week in addition to the practice she does on the home pole her husband Jason bought for during the pandemic.
Siobhán Gibson leaves for her pole class as her family bids her goodbye by clucking like chickens. She did this “chicken dance” one day with her oldest son as a joke when her husband was leaving the house, and it stuck. Now, every time someone is leaving, the kids run up and down the driveway flapping their arms and clucking until the person leaving is out of sight.
UNC sophomore Eszter Rimanyi models for a portrait on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. "In high school, modeling took over everything I did but it's been so hard to find gigs in college with such a busy schedule," Rimanyi said.
During a record-breaking heatwave, a young boy leaps from the high dive at the Vale Pool in Vale, Ore. on Thursday, June 24, 2021.
Eugene Cole, 86-year-old resident of Ontario, Ore. on the porch outside his house on June 7, 2021. Over the past five years, the city of Ontario has been disproportionately targeting and fining residents such as Cole in lower-income neighborhoods for code enforcement violations. Many of these fines are of extreme prices (many in the thousands range) for violations as simple as overgrowth. In Cole's case, he worked on junk cars as a career and was fined repeatedly for having said cars in his yard while he was working on them.
Emmie Gates, a Class of 2022 Graduate from Cary High School, talks with her peers before the school’s Graduation Ceremony at the Raleigh Convention Center on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. This is the first “normal” graduation the school has seen since 2019 before the pandemic.
UNC Senior forward Marissa Creatore (33) steals the ball from Boston College player in the NCAA Final Four game against BC at Kentner Stadium in Winston Salem, N.C. on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. UNC won 6-3, advancing the team to the final round of the NCAA Championships.
A Vale Wildfire fighter uses a drip torch to ignite fires inside the "black," the already-burned area, to burn off any remaining hazardous fuel at the Miller Flats fire on July 7, 2021. The fire grew to only about 100 acres before the various crews, including the Rangeland Fire Protection Association, successfully contained it with a combination of all they had learned in training. Everyone at the scene played a role; the engine crews used their hoses and hand tools to contain the fire to a workable perimeter, the Helitack crew dropped water from helicopters and fire retardant from airtankers, and the heavy equipment crew used bulldozers to clear paths and uproot anything flammable at the perimeter of the fire.
Candace Osborne races her horse at the barrell racing event at the Vale Fourth of July Rodeo on July 3, 2021. A cowgirl her entire life, Osborne went on to win first place at the event.
8-year-old Ethan Leeman tosses a golf ball while practicing golf with his dad, Dan Leeman, at 401 Par Golf in Raleigh, N.C. on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022.
Sofia Zografos starts to build a snow man on the normally-sandy beach of Edem in Palaio Faliro, Athens, Greece on Feb. 16, 2021, the first snow snorm in 12 years for Athens. Like many other young Athenians, this was Zografos' first time ever experiencing snow.
A single-engine air tanker spreads fire retardant over the still-smoking black spots to prevent a wildfire from spreading past the perimeter of the Miller Flats fire on Wednesday, July 7, 2021.
An Icelandair plane touches down at Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) for the first time in history in the newly-opened Icelandair gate in Morrisville, N.C. on Thursday, May 12, 2022.
Students at the Salvation Army of Wake County line up to play basketball with NBA star John Wall, a Raleigh, N.C. native, on Aug. 12, 2022. In addition to an $11,000 donation, Wall hosted a series of charitable events at the Salvation Army in honor of his late mother, Frances Pulley, who was a frequent volunteer at the center.
Siobhán Gibson dances at her studio in Novato, Cali. She picked up pole dancing in 2019 as a way to reclaim her post-partum body. It has since been a way for her to stay body positive and break stereotypes since pole dancers are so often depicted as young slender women. “It’s really hard sometimes to not compare myself to other women. But I have to remember that they didn’t have four children,” Siobhán said. “I don’t even weigh myself anymore. It’s not worth it.”
Luis Patino and Sheriff Rj Christie dig through the box of turned-in guns at the Gun Buyback hosted by the Durham County Sheriff’s Office in Durham, N.C. on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022.
Alex Phillips stands with his bike before the 20th Annual Durham Ride of Silence honoring those killed or injured while biking at the Bull Plaza in Durham, N.C. on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Over 50 participants arrived to downtown to bike in silence through the shutdown streets.
Daniela brings in the couple’s haul of plastic pollution into the Galapagos Science Center. All of the plastics from this day came from a small, 30-minute clean-up session in a 50-yard span of the remote beach Puerto Tablas. After their routine beach clean-ups, they take all the contents to the labs to log them and piece together an understanding of where the plastic comes from. Many of the bottles weren’t local, but instead washed up from countries as far away as Japan. “People don’t understand that this is the entire world’s problem. Even if we reach zero waste on the Galápagos, the ocean knows no borders,” Daniela explains.
A boy slips off the wall of the bouncy castle at the Malheur County Fair on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 in Ontario, Ore.