While covering tornadoes that left a path of devastation in the South Georgia communities of Cairo and Camilla on Valentine’s Day 2000, Wallheiser happened upon a state ranger comforting a distraught man whose fiancée had been killed, capturing a compelling, painful moment (opposite bottom). “To me, my strongest work over the years were the (photos) that got the most complaints. And not from the person in the picture, I considered those complaints legitimate, but photos like this, that would draw emotion from the readers. They didn’t like that with their breakfast. When they would call and complain … that told me I’d done what I was supposed to do because I wanted them to see that. This is reality.”