PHOTOS OF THE YEAR: Our personal favorites

Each year, the Daily Post photographers go through and pick their favorite moments from the year. These aren't necessarily the best photos, but their personal favorites. It may have been the moment that made it special, the difficulty of getting the perfect shot or a story behind the image.

“A smile — the universal language. The future for Eyasu Minas Woldekirkos, 29, of Gondar, Ethiopia, is now bright. After years of struggling with faulty heart valves, Eyasu is now able to do much more after a triple heart valve replacement surgery at Gwinnett Medical Center. While photographing Eyasu, his translator, Muluken Messele, Dr. Michael Lipsitt and Lipsitt’s wife Jeanne on a walk along the Chattahoochee River, I made this portrait. Although I wasn’t able to have a one-on-one conversation with Eyasu due to the language barrier, I felt we were able to connect. It was so heartwarming to see the Lipsitt couple from Georgia care for this young man from Ethiopia to the point they would invite him back to the United States to have a life-changing surgery.” —Brendan Sullivan

“Alayna Tishey, 6, of Suwanee receives ashes from the Rev. Thomas Zahuta during Ash Wednesday services at The Catholic Church of Saint Monica in Duluth. The moment shown in this photograph is important to me as it captures a young child taking part in a sacrament of her religion. While the church was filled past capacity, this young child displayed a great deal of maturity in presenting herself to her pastor. This was a meaningful moment for the child, her family and myself.” —John Bohn

“President Barack Obama addresses a crowd of supporters during a campaign stop at The Westin Peachtree Plaza in downtown Atlanta earlier this year. An invitation appeared via email for this event and I didn’t think twice. Like him or not, how often does one get an oportunity to photograph the president of the United States of America? I’ve photographed tons of professional athletes, musicians and other famous people in my career, but never the president. I knew right away that I couldn’t pass up this chance. I thought this image was funny because if you look closely, you’ll see almost every person in the audience using a cellphone to take pictures.”—Jason Braverman

“Shooting portraits is challenging to begin with, but when another element like water is added to the equation it adds so much more to think about. Making this portrait of Olympic swimmer Amanda Weir was my first time shooting underwater. Lots of planning and preparation went into this photograph. I used string and four 3-pound weights at each corner to keep the American flag pulled tight under water. With help from photography intern Graham Robson I used his underwater housing to keep my camera dry. I was also able to take a few test shots to make sure the lights (which were set up above the water) looked the way I desired. Once Amanda jumped in the pool at SwimAtlanta she was a pleasure to work with. She made my job much easier with her positive attitude and willingness to make several attempts at the shot.”—Brendan Sullivan

“The moment captured here, shows Colby McClendon, 5, brushing his teeth while under the supervision of his father, Collin McClendon, as Colby prepares for his first day of kindergarten at Cooper Elementary School in Loganville. This image captures part of the special relationship of a father and son, on a momentous day in the life of the son. His first full day of school away from his family for the entire day.”—John Bohn

“Led by kindergarten teacher Kathy King, students put their hands together in a huddle to kick off the first day of class at Buford Elementary School this year. I loved this photo when I took it. So many things going on — shapes, numbers, colors — all bringing the eye to the center of the frame. I recently thought about this image and many others that I have made visiting elementary schools across the county during my career when I was sitting on my couch on Dec. 14 watching the tragic events of Sandy Hook Elementary unfold. Looking through my photos from the year, this one continued to stand out. The joy of young students starting their journey through school is priceless and even more meaningful now.”—Jason Braverman

“As a kid in middle school and high school, I loved to run. I wasn’t the best runner on my cross country and track teams but it was an enjoyable memory of my early years. My interest in photography revealed itself around my freshman year in high school and it wasn’t until the following year that I entertained the idea of making photography a career. During the late part of my junior year in high school I was faced with the decision to either pursue running or photography in college. I chose photography and while shooting this track meet, I found myself reliving my high school years. Brookwood girls 4X800 meter relay runner Danielle Jarnagin, center, celebrates with Payton Wilson, right, alongside teammate Briana Dennie during the Class AAAAA Region 8 Track and Field Championships in April.”—Brendan Sullivan

“This photograph shows Juan Perez, of Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, working to repair storm-damaged walking paths while fog enshrouds Yellow River Post Office Park in Lilburn. A silent and solitary task, it’s quiet work that will positively affect park visitors. While taking this photograph, I felt a great deal of respect for the work that Perez does on the public’s behalf.”—John Bohn

“The story behind this picture is great. When I arrived, I scouted out the room and found Sergey Hamden and Tariq Hassan, quietly waiting for the special lottery to attend the Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology to begin. I decided to stick with them and wait for any type of reaction. Hamden, center, is shocked when his number was the final one drawn. His best friend, Hassan, left, was selected earlier in the process and tried not to get too excited (because his friend hadn’t been picked). I couldn’t believe that Hamden was the very last number to be drawn. It was neat to see two students so excited to have the oportunity to attend this school. Hassan’s father, Zuhair, is congratulating the two students in the image.” —Jason Braverman

“It is unbelievable to see and hear what Aimee Copeland has been through this year. I had been following her story and met her father, Andy, several times prior to shooting this photograph. Andy spoke very highly of his daughter, as most fathers would. I was looking forward to finally meeting her. It was during her first public appearance after contracting the flesh-eating bacteria that claimed her left leg, right foot and both hands that I got to see such a positive young woman. It was such a pleasure to photograph Aimee, she is always smiling and is an inspiration to those she comes in contact with. Seeing the never-ending line of people who came out to meet her that night was priceless. I look at this photo and think about the new chapter in her and her family’s life.”—Brendan Sullivan

“In this photograph, Ron Chapman, parent of Lexi Shy of Peachtree Ridge, gives a hug to Lexi after Peachtree Ridge won the team title in the Region 7-AAAAAA women's cross country race held at River Green in Duluth. At left, Peachtree Ridge runner Laurel Wilson hugs Katherine Yost of Norcross, the first place individual finisher of the race. The moment captured here, resonates with me as both a photojournalist and a former cross country runner. I vividly recall the physical pain and emotional commitment needed to win races such as this. I find that photographing such moments, keeps me in touch with my past.”—John Bohn


Susan 2 years, 9 months ago

Great cross section of our county.


rgranfeldt 2 years, 9 months ago

Fantastic Photography! Looking forward to more great work in 2013...


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