Study Time

Savannah St. Clair, 14, studies her geography homework as she sits in her father, Chuck's booth, St. Clair Taxidermy out of Boswell, PA, at the Allegheny Sport, Travel and Outdoor Show at Monroeville Convention Center on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.

Ice

Ice floats on the frozen Allegheny River near the North Shore on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015.

Jennifer Wen Ma

Artist Jennifer Wen Ma stands in her installation, "A Winter Landscape Cradling Bits of Sparkle" for the Market Square Public Art Program on Tuesday Downtown in Market Square.  The installation will run from Feb. 19 through April 12.

Steamy Installation

Samuel Garland, 51, of North Braddock moves mulch for the installation, "A Winter Landscape Cradling Bits of Sparkle" by artist Jennifer Wen Ma in Market Square on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015.

Perle

David Case, owner of PMI in Market Square, is silhouetted against a wall at Perle in Market Square on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015.

Youth American Grand Prix

Emily Fonville, 15, of Rochester, MI, center, rehearses on  an open stage during the auditions for the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) regional semi-finals on Saturday at the Byham Theater, Downtown, Feb. 14, 2015. Throughout the weekend hundreds of ballet dancers from 9-19 attended workshops, competitions, and dance classes.  YAGP awards more than $250,000 a year in scholarships to send young dancers to leading schools and dance companies to continue their training.  Selected competitors will continue on to the finals in New York.

African American Heritage

John L. Ford Sr. is reflected in a display case as Capt. Darren Rogers, 911th Air Force Reserves, speaks at the 5th Annual African American Heritage Celebration's "Black Veterans With Success, Their History, Health and Commitment to Excellence" event on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland.

The Shipyard

David Crouse, 90, of Allison Park sits in his workshop, "the shipyard," where he builds model ships in his home on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015.

Sister Nyirumbe

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, director of the St. Monica's Girls Tailoring Center in Gulu, Uganda, was presented an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree on Thursday, evening, Feb. 5, 2015 at Duquesne University. Honored by Time Magazine as one of its 100 Most Influential People of 2014, Sister Nyirumbe is the subject of the documentary, Sewing Hope, which chronicles her work at the Gulu vocational school, where she works with survivors of the Ugandan civil war. Many of the young women and girls were kidnapped from their families and forced to be married and child soldiers.  To learn more about Sister Nyirumbe's work and the film, Sewing Hope visit sewinghope.com.

A Flight of Gulls

Gulls flock to Pittsburgh's three rivers near the North Shore on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. The gulls have migrated from the frozen Great Lakes to the open waters of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers of Pittsburgh. Estimates put the flock's size as high as 7,000 and comprising of many different species of gulls including ring-billed, herring gull, Iceland gull, glaucous gull and lesser and greater black-backed gulls and kelp gull. Read more about the visiting gulls in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Snowy Bloomfield

A person walks up a snowy street in Bloomfield on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 after the recent winter weather left several inches of snow throughout the region.

Boyce Park Slopes

Skiers take to the slopes at Boyce Park during their SnowFest 2015 on January 24, 2015 in Plum, PA.  SnowFest 2015 runs from Jan. 23-25 and includes indoor and outdoor games, activities as well as the usual activities offered at the park.

Clemente Statue

Snow clings to the Roberto Clemente statue outside of PNC Park on a frigid Jan. 6, 2015.

Pittsburgh from Troy Hill

Steam rises above the former Heinz plant on the North Side from Troy Hill Road on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014.

Haiti's Earthquake

On January 12, 2010 a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, leaving a death toll that Haiti's government puts at 316,000.  I traveled to Haiti for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in the days that followed the earthquake.  These are a few of my images. 

iPhone Moments of 2014

 Las Vegas, NV
 Las Vegas, NV
 Mardi Gras, New Orleans, LA
 Mardi Gras, New Orleans, LA
 Ocean City, NJ
 Ocean City, NJ
 South Side, Pittsburgh, PA
 Tony Hawk, Carnegie, PA
 Pittsburgh, PA
Ligonier, PA

A collection of some of my favorite iPhone photos from 2014. 

Moments from 2014

A man walks by a billboard in Simferopol, a city in Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula on March 16, 2014, as voting on the referendum began to either join Russia or become an effectively independent state connected to Ukraine.
 A woman feeds the pigeons in Sevastopol, a city in Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, on March 17, 2014, a day after Crimea’s referendum vote to join with Russia. 
 While saluting police officers, soldiers and veterans salute, a soldier is handed the remains of an unclaimed veteran from a hearse as another is presented with a U.S. flag during a ceremony at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Cecil on Thursday.  Twenty-six unclaimed veterans, representing all branches except the Coast Guard, were buried with military honors.  The veterans were identified as part of The Missing in America Project, a national program, that identifies veteran remains.
 As thousands died during the widespread epidemic of the Ebola virus disease in West Africa, in the United States, the Ebola protective suit became a popular Halloween costume. On Pittsburgh's South Side, Janet Brunson of Penn Hills walks out of Spotlight Costumes where two versions of the suit were on display outside the store. 
 A cowboy fixes his hat as he enjoys a cigarette during the North Washington Rodeo in West Sunbury, PA.
 A woman watches from a bus as several thousand pro-Russia demonstrators march past her window from a rally at Lenin Square towards Donetsk's regional administration building in Ukraine on March 23, 2014.
 Dean McMillen, 84, a U.S. Navy veteran who served during the Korean conflict, rides on a motorcycle in the Veteran's Day parade in Butler, PA on Nov. 11, 2014.
 Slim Forsythe, 58, plays his guitar in front of Nieds Hotel, where he lives and performs, in Lawrenceville on Wednesday evening, Sept. 2, 2014.  Forsythe who works in the city's budget office has lived a colorful life, having worked as a lawyer, a self-published author, a volunteer at Mother Teresa's House of the Dying in Calcutta, an anti-nuke protester, a school bus driver, and many other endeavors.  On Aug. 29 Forsythe was inducted into the America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Iowa.
 A.J. Jakub, the father of Serenity Jakub, 3, one of six victims of a deadly fire in McKeesport, PA breaks down in tears as he tries to speak at a candlelight vigil in front of the home.
A woman looks over a memorial at one of the blockaded entrances to Kiev's Maidan, Independence Square on March 10, 2014.

These are some of my personal favorite images from 2014.  As a photojournalist, one must be present not only for the grand moments of life, but also the dark and lonely ones. The images that I chose are ones that I hold closely for my own personal reasons, some, for the moment that I was privileged to be part of, others for their aesthetics or the experience I had in making them, and yet others for the subjects I have had the pleasure of meeting. I take no joy in pressing my lens into tragedy or sorrow, but recognize and understand the importance of cameras in those moments.  I’ve been fortunate not only in 2014, but throughout my career to see with my own eyes so much. I look forward to the year ahead and all that falls before my lens. Happy New Year!

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Justin Merriman, an award-winning photojournalist with the Tribune-Review, has spent more than a decade traveling the world to cover politics, wars, natural disasters and civil unrest. His work has appeared in leading national and international publications and he has received numerous top journalism awards. After covering the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks – including the crash of United Flight 93 in Shanksville – Merriman committed to chronicling the U.S. military and its War on Terror. He has followed this story across the US and into the war zones of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. He also has covered life in Fidel Castro’s Cuba in 2002, India’s efforts to eradicate polio, the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Cuba in 2012, the 2013 conclave and election of Pope Francis in Rome, the second anniversary of Egypt's revolution and subsequent unrest, and most recently, Russia's invasion of Crimea and the international crisis that unfolded in Ukraine. Merriman lives in Oakmont with his fiancĂ©, Stephanie Strasburg.

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