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A woman votes during the Kazakh presidential election at a polling station at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Sunday, April 3, 2011. Polls have opened in Kazakhstan for an election that is expected to overwhelmingly reconfirm the leadership of long-serving President Nursultan Nazarbayev. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

People take to Broad Street in downtown Richmond after VCU's loss to Butler in the NCAA semifinal on Saturday, April 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Eva Russo)

Butler's Khyle Marshall and Virginia Commonwealth's Jamie Skeen grab for a ball during the first half of a men's NCAA Final Four semifinal college basketball game Saturday, April 2, 2011, in Houston. (AP Photo/Chris Steppig/NCAA Photos, Pool)

Connecticut's Alex Oriakhi loses the ball as Kentucky's Josh Harrellson defends during the first half of a men's NCAA Final Four semifinal college basketball game Saturday, April 2, 2011, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Indian cricket fans ride on an Ambassador car as they celebrate their team's win over Sri Lanka in the Cricket World Cup in Kolkata, India, Saturday, April 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

Boys jump into the wather on the first sunny spring day, in Malmo, Sweden, Saturday, April 2, 2011. The temperature in Malmo reached 17 degrees Celsius (63 degrees Fahrenheit), signalling the end of an unusually long and hard winter. (AP Photo/Johan Nilsson, Scanpix Sweden)

Children wave a Libyan pre-Gadhafi flag as they ride a pickup truck in Benghazi, Libya, Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Rebels retreated Wednesday from the key Libyan oil port of Ras Lanouf along the coastal road leading to the capital Tripoli after they came under heavy shelling from ground forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi. (AP Photo / Altaf Qadri)

A female anti-government protestor, bottom left, shelters her son from the sun under an umbrella, while others pray during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, April 3, 2011. Yemen's political opposition on Saturday presented the most detailed outline of how it hopes to see power change hands after nearly two months of protests that have weakened the longtime president but failed to drive him from office. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

National police used their shields during clashes with protesters demonstrating against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's bid to run for reelection in Managua, Nicaragua, Saturday April 2, 2011. Presidential elections in Nicaragua are scheduled for Nov. 6. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

A pro Gadhafi supporter wears a green scarf on his face in Tripoli, Libya, Tuesday March 29, 2011. Libyan government tanks and rockets pounded rebel forces into a panicked full retreat Tuesday after an hours long, back-and-forth battle that highlighted the superior might of Col. Moammar Gadhafi's forces, even hobbled by international airstrikes.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

New Suzuki vehicles, destroyed by tsunami waters from the March 11 massive earthquake, are piled on the Suzuki company lot, Tuesday, March 29, 2011 in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Much of Japan's auto industry, the second largest supplier of cars in the world, remains idle two weeks after a massive earthquake and tsunami hit the country's northeast coast. Though few plants were seriously damaged by the quake, limited supplies of water and electricity have left many unable to reopen. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

A Japanese flag is hoisted at the earthquake and tsunami devastated area in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan Thursday, March 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Steve Buyansky

Steve Buyansky is the photo editor for the Sun-Times Media West Group which includes The Beacon-News, The Courier-News and the Naperville Sun. He started as a photographer for the Beacon-News in 1983, became photo editor for The Herald-News in Joliet in 2000 and moved to the Sun-Times Media West office in 2009. He has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Columbia College in Chicago.

Brian Powers

A native of the western suburbs, Brian Powers attended both the College of DuPage and Western Kentucky University for Photography and is continuing his education at the University of The Aurora Beacon News. His professors continue to push him (See Marianne Mather), but he considers himself one of the lucky few who loves going to work everyday....well, ok, most days.

Michael Smart

Michael Smart has been a photographer at The Courier-News/Sun-Times Media for over ten years. Smart grew up in Elgin before heading West to pursue adventures in photography and zoology, earning a bachelor’s degree in both fields. Upon returning to Elgin, he decided to pursue his true passion of photojournalism.

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