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Photos of the Year

Looking back at the best photographs of 2012

January 10, 2013 | 12:00 a.m. CST

With elections, SEC football games, the Missouri drought and countless defining moments, 2012 will be a year to remember for Columbia and the surrounding area. Considering all of the things that have happened this year — to our nation, our town and its people — it was difficult to pare such a retrospective down to just 10 images. When culling through the thousands of photos taken this year, it was important to strike a balance between these newsworthy images and the aesthetically beautiful.

I’m glad that my first project as the Vox photo editor is the opportunity to compile this group of photos. The chance to honor the hard work of my friends and peers is such a privilege. I hope that you all enjoy this collection as we take the opportunity to reflect on 2012.

Jekook Chung watches the sun with special goggles at MU's Laws Observatory. The partial solar eclipse was visible in Columbia just before sunset this may. Photograph by PARKER MILES BLOHMConstruction worker Domingo Botello scratches lottery tickets during a break from building the Brookside downtown apartments outside of Hitt Mini Mart convienence store. Botello drives home more than 200 miles every weekend to Aurora and stays in a hotel during the week. Photograph by GRANT HINDSLEYWater drips from Anik Datta during a Holi celebration in Columbia. Holi is a traditional Hindu festival where participants throw pigments and water at each other and welcome spring with a loosening of inhibitions. Photograph by LEAH BEANE Tom Mendenhall puts his ear up to speakers on a television at the Republican election night party in Columbia. Mendenhall got his “Don’t Tread on Me” hat at the Missouri Republican State Convention. Photograph by STUART PALLEY.Hickman linebacker J’den Cox leads the Kewpies in a chant during halftime of their district semi-final game against Rock Bridge. The Kewpies competed in the district championship, losing to Francis-Howell High School. Photograph by KILE BREWER Members of Kappa Alpha Psi get ready to perform at the NPHC step show at MU’s annual fall fest in September. More than 10 organizations participated, most stating the history of their organizations at MU before showing their choreography. Photograph by JAIME HENRY-WHITERay Wertz donates blood for the first time at the 27th annual Homecoming Blood Drive organized by MU in collaboration with the American Red Cross. Photograph by NAVEEN MAHADEVANThe Doggy Drill Team poses for a group portrait before performing at the Doggy Drill Team and Reading to Rover Celebration at the Columbia Public Library. This event celebrated the 10th anniversary of Reading to Rover. Photograph by KAYLA KAUFFMANRylie Garrison, 16, left, hugs her friend outside of her boyfriend, Bryan Rankin’s, funeral. Rankin, who was 17 years old, was kill in the spring, one of several instances of violence that plagued Columbia this year. The community reacted by forming the Silence the Violence initiative. Photograph by ALYSSA GOODMANMissouri’s Steve Moore kisses the Big 12 Championship trophy after Missouri defeated Baylor 90-75 in the Big 12 Tournament Championship in Kansas City. The two-seed Tigers went on the be upset during the first round of March Madness by 15-seed Norfolk State. Photograph by ANDREW MITCHELL

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