2015 Year In Photos, Presented By UltiPhotos

A look back at 2015 through the lens of the lens.

What better way to capture a wonderful year of ultimate than with a photo essay. This is always one of my favorite articles of the year to compile, both because of the chance to look back over some amazing moments but also to see the depth and the breadth of the work of UltiPhotos, whose photos comprise most of what you will see below. Please support them. You can find UltiPhotos on the web, Facebook, and Twitter.

This is the final post in our 2015 year in review series; we hope you enjoy. All photos in this article are provided courtesy of UltiPhotos unless otherwise specified. No other use is permitted without UltiPhotos’ express permission.


The Toronto Rush prepared to pull in the AUDL semifinals at San Jose’s Avaya Stadium.

Photo: AUDL

Texas A&M had a unique style all season.

Photo: Alex Fraser — UltiPhotos.com

Drag’N Thrust’s Eric VanderMolen celebrated Drag’N’s third straight National title.

Photo: Alex Fraser — UltiPhotos.com

 Pitt’s Tyler Kunsa got an enormous handblock on UNCW’s Xavier Maxstadt.

Photo: Brian Canniff — UltiPhotos.com

Drag’N Thrust’s Brian Schoenrock made an unbelievable catch in the National semifinal.

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Photo: Daniel Thai — UltiPhotos.com

After torrential rain, Centex was a muddy affair this year.

Photo: William Brotman — UltiPhotos.com

Seattle Mixtape’s Khalif El-Salaam was one of the brightest stars of the Mixed Division.

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Photo: Jolie Lang — UltiPhotos.com

Cat Philipps helped Australia’s Ellipsis become the first team outside North America to win the US Open.

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Photo: Jolie Lang — UltiPhotos.com

Cincinnati celebrated clinching a bid to the College Championships.

Photo: Paul Andris — UltiPhotos.com

Franciscan won their first-ever Division III title in their second year as a program.

Photo: Nick Lindeke — UltiPhotos.com

UMass freshman Brett Gramann won Rookie of the Year, but not for this play.

Photo: Christina Schmidt — UlitPhotos.com

Boston Brute Squad celebrated a victory at the National Championships.

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Photo: Daniel Thai — UltiPhotos.com

The San Jose Spiders won their second straight AUDL title.

Photo: AUDL.
Photo: AUDL.

Middlebury stunned the New England region by claiming a bid to Nationals.

Photo: Bob Durling — UltiPhotos.com

A budding star?

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Photo: Jolie Lang — UltiPhotos.com

Philadelphia Patrol threaded the needle to find Matt Glazer.

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Photo: Kevin Leclaire — UltiPhotos.com

Seattle Riot player and high school senior Jaclyn Verzuh burst onto the scene in 2015.

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Photo: Paul Andris — UltiPhotos.com

Seattle Cascades’ Matt Rehder took flight in an iconic 2015 photo.

Photo: Jeff Bell — UltiPhotos.com

Toronto GOAT’s Remi Ojo casually made another jaw-dropping play at Northeast Regionals.

Photo: Paul Rutherford — UltiPhotos.com

Birdfruit’s Luke Jesperson surely won ‘best beard’ at Nationals.

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Photo: Daniel Thai — UltiPhotos.com

Chicago’s The UPA brought all kinds of fun to the National Championships.

Photo: William Brotman — UltiPhotos.com

Pittsburgh’s Pat Earles had a big year.

Photo: Rodney Chen — UltiPhotos.com

Lei Out.

Photo: Rodney Chen — UltiPhotos.com

One of Khalif El-Salaam’s biggest plays at Nationals helped rally Seattle Mixtape to a semis victory.

Photo: William Brotman — UltiPhotos.com

Rice won their second straight DIII title after a dominant season.

Photo: Mark Olsen — UltiPhotos.com

Bay Area Happy Cows and DC Swing Vote played a stellar final at the Youth Club Championships.

Photo: Christina Schmidt — UltiPhotos.com

Revolver’s Lucas Dallmann celebrates the team’s fourth title in six years.

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Photo: Daniel Thai — UltiPhotos.com

UNC’s ‘Towel Squad’ brought some hype to the team’s title run.

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Photo: Jolie Lang — UltiPhotos.com

A U23 Team USA Mixed Division selfie.

Photo: Andy Moss — UltiPhotos.com

Team USA’s Mike Ogren got extended in London.

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Photo: Kevin Leclaire — UltiPhotos.com

Oregon’s Dylan Freechild carried his team to a finals appearance at Nationals.

Photo: Alex Fraser — UltiPhotos.com

Oregon’s Ashley Young and Stanford’s Courtney Gegg battled for the disc in the National final.

Photo: Alex Fraser — UltiPhotos.com

Oregon’s Olivia Bartruff hauled in championship point at College Nationals.

Photo: Alex Fraser — UltiPhotos.com

UNC’s Nick MacLeod shaved with the disc to celebrate a score at Nationals.

Photo: Alex Fraser — UltiPhotos.com

A German player enjoyed the opening ceremonies of the U23 World Championships.

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Photo: Jolie Lang — UltiPhotos.com

The backdrop for Beach Worlds in Dubai was quite something.

Photo: Scott Roeder — UltiPhotos.com

Brute Squad’s Leila Tunnell earned Player of the Year honors from Ultiworld.

Photo: Alex Fraser — UltiPhotos.com

Ultiworld 2015 Player of the Year: Revolver’s Cassidy Rasmussen.

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Photo: Jolie Lang — UltiPhotos.com

The All-Star Tour got some Brooklyn love from the fans.

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Photo: Sandy Canetti — UltiPhotos.com

Scandal’s Jenny Fey had a monstrous 2015, including against the All-Star Tour.

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Photo: Kevin Leclaire — UltiPhotos.com

UNC’s Jonathan Nethercutt won the 2015 Callahan Award.

Photo: Alex Fraser — UltiPhotos.com

Team USA U23’s Erynn Schroeder showed off brilliant body control.

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Photo: Kevin Leclaire — UltiPhotos.com

Florida State’s (and Team USA’s) Chris LaRocque won 2015 College Player of the Year honors.

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Photo: Kevin Leclaire — UltiPhotos.com

Alika Johnston was the 2015 College Player of the Year and Callahan Award winner.

Photo: Alex Fraser — UltiPhotos.com

Jon Nethercutt ripped a backhand for the UNC pull.

Photo: Alex Fraser — UltiPhotos.com

Brandon “Muffin” Malecek was one of many athletes at the first annual Beach Nationals.

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Photo: Paul Andris — UltiPhotos.com

The Boston Whitecaps’ Christian Foster pulled in the team’s MLU Championship win.

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Photo: Kevin Leclaire — UltiPhotos.com

The Boracay Open blends great ultimate with even better beach life.

Photo: Robert Engelbrecht — UltiPhotos.com

Jeff Snader (right) and Nic Darling presented the 2015 MLU trophy together.

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Photo: Paul Andris — UltiPhotos.com

Team Japan stunned Team USA in the Women’s final at the U23 World Championships.

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Photo: Kevin Leclaire — UltiPhotos.com

Team USA’s Qxhna Titcomb did her best to toe the line at the Beach World Championships.

Photo: Scott Roeder — UltiPhotos.com

Ben Van Heuvelen (left) and Jordan Queckboerner battled for the disc at Beach Nationals.

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Photo: Jolie Lang — UltiPhotos.com

A full smoked pig fed players and volunteers alike at the 2015 Elite-Select Challenge.

Photo: Ultiworld.
Photo: Ultiworld.

Lou Burruss won another gold in his farewell season as the coach of Oregon.

Photo: Alex Fraser -- UltiPhotos.com
Photo: Alex Fraser — UltiPhotos.com
  1. Charlie Eisenhood
    Charlie Eisenhood

    Charlie Eisenhood is the editor-in-chief of Ultiworld.You can reach him by email ([email protected]) or on Twitter (@ceisenhood).

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