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The Road to Miss Wisconsin

Added on by Kyle Bursaw.

Following her crowning at the Miss Green Bay Area pageant, I've been continuing to follow Jennie Collin's journey as she works toward next week's Miss Wisconsin pageant. The Press-Gazette ran the story and video last week and I photographed her journey through the Miss GBA Pageant back in January

I was most impressed by all the things that she has to juggle. Shopping, mock interviews, two part-time jobs, full-time studies at NWTC, prep meetings for Miss Wisconsin, frequent workouts and all that on top of the appearances she makes as Miss Green Bay Area.

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Draft Town, Illinois

Added on by Kyle Bursaw.

After decades in New York, the NFL Draft is back in Chicago. The close proximity gave me a chance to check out 'Draft Town.' It was an interesting mix of things going on and there were fans of every team mixed in together. If you like these make sure to check out the other coverage from my cohorts here at packersnews.com. Thanks for looking.

Bay Port Wrestling Sectional

Added on by Kyle Bursaw.

Though Bay Port had a tough go of it against Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln, I had a lot of fun catching some interesting moments tonight. Here's a few of my favorites:

For more from the match check out our full gallery at the Green Bay Press-Gazette and follow @GreenBaySports  for all the latest on area sports. Follow me on Instagram and Twitter for more of my favorite moments.

My Favorites from the 2014 Packers Season

Added on by Kyle Bursaw.

With the 2014 NFL season wrapping up tomorrow, I thought I'd look back at what was an amazing season to get to cover in Green Bay. Here are some of my favorites from this year, starting with Family Night and going chronologically. And if you can't get enough Packers and want to see some of the best moments from the road games,  check out my coworker Evan Siegle's favorite action and fan photos too. Thanks for looking.

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Miss Green Bay Area 2015

Added on by Kyle Bursaw.

On Wednesday I got assigned to cover the Miss Green Bay Area pageant at the Meyer Theatre Saturday. Having met a former Miss GBA when I shot a wedding in 2013, I was well aware that former Press-Gazette photographer Corey Wilson had built a lot of goodwill with the organization. He got me in contact with them and talked me up a bit, which was a great help. Thanks Corey! I know form experience that kind of positive relationship can really pave the path for the kind of access that makes for great photos. Plus I thought it would be cool to follow someone as they prep and compete through Miss GBA, win it and then go on to do many more things.

The one issue with that is you can't know who is going to win the competition beforehand and you also can't cover every aspect of every contestant as they are spread out doing different things simultaneously in the hours leading up to the show. Jennie, the first contestant to talk to me, introduced herself as the 'Grandma' of the competition. Grandma apparently translates to being a Miss GBA pageant veteran who will age out of being able to compete and knows this is her last hurrah. I figured Jennie would be a great story because those years of pageantry would either draw to a close or she'd win.

I saw a lot of amazing talents at rehearsal but I got a good vibe. So I made sure to shoot Jennie throughout every aspect of the time I was covering the pageant while getting as much as possible of everyone else too.

I saw a lot of amazing talents at rehearsal but I got a good vibe. So I made sure to shoot Jennie throughout every aspect of the time I was covering the pageant while getting as much as possible of everyone else too.

Getting constructive criticism from Miss GBA 2014 and 2010.

Getting constructive criticism from Miss GBA 2014 and 2010.

Backstage with Bailey Hanson who would later be crowned Miss Green Bay Area's Outstanding Teen 2015.

Backstage with Bailey Hanson who would later be crowned Miss Green Bay Area's Outstanding Teen 2015.

With Miss GBA 2014 Karlee Nimmer before going to her interview with the judges

With Miss GBA 2014 Karlee Nimmer before going to her interview with the judges

Practicing her comedic monologue 'Yma Dream.'

Practicing her comedic monologue 'Yma Dream.'

In the group huddle minutes before the show.

In the group huddle minutes before the show.

During the first introductions.

During the first introductions.

The swimwear portion of the competition.

The swimwear portion of the competition.

Performing her monologue.

Performing her monologue.

Getting ready for the evening gown portion of the competition at intermission. And then she won Miss Congeniality via the votes of her fellow contestants... and then the people's choice from the public.

Getting ready for the evening gown portion of the competition at intermission.

And then she won Miss Congeniality via the votes of her fellow contestants... and then the people's choice from the public.

You guessed it. She was crowned Miss Green Bay Area 2015.

You guessed it. She was crowned Miss Green Bay Area 2015.

"Is this real life?" -- something I heard her say a few times in the hour that followed. I have a full gallery of all the contestants at the Press-Gazette website, but here were a couple other favorites.

"Is this real life?" -- something I heard her say a few times in the hour that followed. I have a full gallery of all the contestants at the Press-Gazette website, but here were a couple other favorites.

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Miss Green Bay Area's Outstanding Teen 2014 Paige Kassner (left) has a pretty amazing story too. A car accident in November of 2014 put the talented dancer through many surgeries and into a wheelchair. But she stood up at multiple points and assured the audience she would yet dance again.

Miss Green Bay Area's Outstanding Teen 2014 Paige Kassner (left) has a pretty amazing story too. A car accident in November of 2014 put the talented dancer through many surgeries and into a wheelchair. But she stood up at multiple points and assured the audience she would yet dance again.

Winning Images

Added on by Kyle Bursaw.

This weekend I was able to listen to 6 very inspiring visual journalists and photographers speak and meet and chat with a few of them at the Midwest Photo Summit put on by the Illinois Press Photographers Association. Several of those speakers also judged professional work in the IPPA's Best of Photography competition and they gave awards to a few of the images and stories I entered.

The winning images are posted on IPPA's website: http://www.ippaonline.org/blog/

My sports picture story about Danika, the 14-year-old fighter took 2nd place in the Sports picture story category. The whole story can be seen here: http://kylebursaw.com/aspiring-champion/

I also took 1st place in general news category with my photo of Matt taking his drug test.

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My photo of the Sycamore volleyball coach reacting to finally besting rival DeKalb after numerous consecutive losses took 2nd place in the sports feature category.

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The recovery of John Hahn

Added on by Kyle Bursaw.

John Hahn is a DeKalb art teacher who suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm on November 21, 2011 just before his morning commute to work. The aneurysm caused him to fall and caused a few other injuries, including a hip injury that required surgery.  These images are from his rehab sessions, his first day driving and his first day back to school.

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Along Lincoln Highway

Added on by Kyle Bursaw.

A reporter at a sister newspaper was writing a story that had a lede describing the main highway running through DeKalb on the way to Huskie Stadium in a longer piece about the Orange Bowl-bound Huskies bursting out of a small town without the greatest of facilities onto this national stage. 

Well, the angle of the story changed after I shot these and most of these never got used, but I wanted to share anyway.

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A season gone

Added on by Kyle Bursaw.

I think in just about any smaller community, high school football reigns supreme. At least in terms of importance of coverage. Since August, I've been shooting portraits, practices and a quarter or two of football each Friday night. (We have an early deadline on Fridays and thus I need to submit my work before the games have ended). Here's a handful of shots from the season.

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