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Miami Herald’s 2015 year in photos

Delemtris Durden, 9, left, shows he’s not a fan of reptiles as Bryan Patton, 9, center, leans out towards Darrell Forbes, 11, right. The boys were visiting Jungle Island for the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project’s Annual Christmas Summit.
Delemtris Durden, 9, left, shows he’s not a fan of reptiles as Bryan Patton, 9, center, leans out towards Darrell Forbes, 11, right. The boys were visiting Jungle Island for the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project’s Annual Christmas Summit.

We asked our Miami Herald staff photographers to submit the image from the past year that meant the most to them, and to share their thoughts about why it mattered


Fear can be a powerful force. Sometimes it manifests itself through irrational behavior and perceptions. Transforming fear of the unknown, of the unfamiliar or of the ‘other’ into an exercise of growth and empowerment is a lifelong challenge that must be learned at the early stages of one’s life. This image captures various levels of fear all in one frame.

Carl Juste

Carl-Phillipe Juste has been a photographer for the Miami Herald for 26 years. Under the threat of persecution, Haitian-born Carl and his politically active family were forced to flee their homeland in 1965. Carl has covered many international and national stories for the Herald, including extensive assignments in such faraway places as Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Carl has earned numerous regional, national, and international awards including POY International, Robert F. Kennedy, and National Headliners Award. He has been a guest lecturer for various national organizations and universities. His work has been exhibited in various prestigious institutions and galleries in Cuba, Dominican Republic and the United States.

Carl is one of the founders of Iris Photo Collective in 1998, a collaboration to create a new context in order to explore and document the relationship of people of color to the world. He recently founded IPC Visual Lab, a new school of thought teaching the art of photojournalism as a visual language.

Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton delivers a speech on Cuba policy at Florida International University on July 31, 2015. PETER ANDREW BOSCH /


I like this picture of Hillary Clinton for its bold graphic quality, something that sets it apart from the usual tight podium shots. Clinton was delivering a speech on Cuba policy at Florida International University. This election year of 2016 will determine which presidential candidate has the vision and wisdom to lead our great nation.

Peter Andrew Bosch

Peter Andrew Bosch is an award-winning photographer, who has spent a large part of his more than three-decade-long career with the Herald, documenting the pleas of humans in disasters and wars.

He started his international career with a trip to Haiti in the early 1980s after the military coup of Baby Doc. Since then, he has covered South Central America, the Caribbeans and made his way back to Haiti many times.

Peter joined the Miami Herald in 1983 and traveled for the Washington bureau for over two decades, making striking images for stories primarily on the Middle East: Israel, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, as well as Egypt and Ethiopia.

Pope Francis is greeted by Cuban President Raul Castro as the pontiff arrives at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba on Sept. 19, 2015. AL DIAZ /


After several hours of waiting and photographing several hundred frames of Pope Francis' arrival at Jose Marti Airport in Havana, Cuba, I still did not have the image I visualized in my mind. As the ceremonies ended, the pope and Cuban leader Raul Castro, surrounded by their entourage, walked past the media platform. Standing precariously on a ladder, I followed focus as I panned with my Canon 400mm f/2.8 Lens. Obscured by hand waving and swaying microphone booms, the sea finally parted where the light, the balance, the moment and the gesture collide for a split second. I captured the image in my mind on the final frame and brought it home to our readers.

Al Diaz

Veteran Miami Herald staffer and award-winning photographer Al Diaz was a member of the Herald news team that won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for the newspaper’s coverage of Hurricane Andrew. Al earned his journalism degree from the University of Florida in 1983 and was hired as a staff photographer by the Miami Herald upon graduation. A first generation Cuban-American, Al and his wife, Cindy Seip-Diaz, make their home in Coral Gables with their children, Angelika and James Bartek, and their dog Amanda.

Kevin Portillo 17, works out with a homemade barbell in a space that will eventually be a gym at a ‘casa loca’ or madhouse on Aug. 11, 2015. In this part of San Pedro Sula, Honduran police reform and security are key to improving life in a violent nation. PATRICK FARRELL /


They call it casa de esperanza — house of hope. One year after a 13-year-old girl was raped and murdered in a drug gang’s house in the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula, Kevin Portillo, 17, lifted homemade weights in the same space. The neighborhood is defiantly turning it into a youth recreation center. I was struck by the teenager’s steely resolve — and the region’s push toward U.S.-supported community policing, parks and street lighting — while working on a Herald/WLRN Migration Maze project. Nobody wants to leave home. Violence, poverty and political corruption drive people out. Improving quality of life is key to changing that.

Patrick Farrell

Patrick Farrell has been a photographer at The Miami Herald since 1987. He is the recipient of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography.

Patrick graduated from the University of Miami in 1981 with a major in film.

He grew up in Miami, the seventh child in a family of 12. He is married to writer Jodi Mailander Farrell and they have two daughters, Annie, 16, and Lucy, 15.

Juan Alberti urges on his dachshund Pixie, who races with wheels for her hind legs, during a Hot Dog Hustle heat race at the 13th Annual South Beach Dachshund Winterfest in Miami Beach on Jan. 24, 2015. MARSHA HALPER/


Pixie did not place among the top racers, but she clearly captured the hearts of spectators. I was taken with her spunk and beautiful carefree spirit. It was uplifting to watch her reach the finish line and bask in cheers and applause.

Marsha Halper

Marsha Halper has been a photographer at the Miami Herald for more than 25 years. She is married to Ry Halper and is the proud mom of 20-year-old Jackson Fadely. CJ, a German shorthaired pointer, rounds out the family.

Oakley and Casey Jones, tourists from Idaho Falls, navigate the flooded streets of Miami Beach as they try to make their way to their hotel on Collins Ave and 30th Street during a King Tide on Sept. 28, 2015. EMILY MICHOT/


On a sunny September morning in Miami Beach, tourists are forced to navigate flooded streets not due to rain, but due to flooding associated with high tides. Miami Beach is battling sea-level rise in its own back yard as it affects residents and tourists alike. These tourists from Idaho Falls didn't know what to make of all the street flooding but were happy for the unexpected sunny skies that came with all of the water.

Emily Michot

Emily Michot has been a staff photographer at the Miami Herald for 20 years. Born in Fairbanks, Alaska, she grew up in an Air Force family. Her dad took pictures for Air Force newspapers as a Public Affairs Officer. Emily graduated from high school in Presque Isle, Maine, and attended college at the University of Florida and the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She is married to staff photographer Walter Michot and they have two sons, Ryan and Michael.

Heavy winds on South Beach bring out the surfers as the cruise ship The World arrives at the Port of Miami on Oct. 19, 2015. WALTER MICHOT/


Hunting for a weather photo to depict wind on an especially blustery day, I found myself looking around South Beach.

Trying hard to avoid the typical surfer-and-wave photo, I positioned myself for an incoming cruise ship anticipating that a surfer and ship would intersect... and they did.

Timing is everything!

Walter Michot

Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Walter Michot attended Chaminade High School and then attended Loyola University and Florida State University. Photography was his hobby, which evolved into a profession.

Walt has been shooting pictures for 42 years in South Florida — 32 of those years with the Miami Herald — with over 1.2 million miles covered in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. He primarily shoots breaking news images.

He is happily married to Emily Michot, also a photographer with the Herald; they have two terrific teenage boys. Walt loves horticulture and is a master gardener.

Miami Dolphins super fans Jen Schultz, Kathleen Noa and Marc Angelo watch as the Fins are defeated by the Buffalo Bills at Sun Life Stadium on Sept. 27, 2015. CHARLES TRAINOR JR./


With high expectations burst by disappointing results, a group of “Super DolFans” showed their feelings as the Miami Dolphins were defeated by the Buffalo Bills. This image also captured my own feelings.

Fellow Herald photographer Al Diaz and I cover every game — away and at home — and we also start the season with high expectations. We both agree: If your team isn't winning, then you’re not getting great pictures, and sometimes that story is better told by turning around and photographing the fans.

Charles Trainor Jr.

Charles Trainor Jr. joined The Miami Herald in 1981 and has covered most of the major news events that have impacted South Florida since. His extensive coverage of Cuba and the rafters’ crisis of 1994 won him awards in national and international photography contests. Charlie covers the Miami Dolphins, Miami Hurricanes and intensely covered the Miami Heat and LeBron James throughout their recent championship seasons.

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