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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.

I’ve attended many games at Bobby Dodd Stadium on the Georgia Tech campus. Several times, I thought about making the trek to the upper deck in order to capture the Atlanta skyline. For one reason or another, I never have — until the Georgia-Georgia Tech game this year. I’m glad I waited until this Fall evening as I was able to capture a beautiful sun setting over the city of Atlanta.

— Jason Braverman


In June, I had the chance to ride along with Crime Suppression Officer Ken Ferguson, of the Norcross Police Department. Officer Ferguson seemed like a very genuine person who is passionate about his job. The reason for this assignment was to illustrate how officers are working to gain the trust of the hispanic community in Norcross, where many incidents and crimes go unreported. We visited the children pictured twice in the course of a few hours, and I witnessed Officer Ferguson do just that. In time, these children who were at first shy and quiet began to talk candidly with Officer Ferguson.

— Brendan Sullivan


Being in the auditorium of the Gwinnett Justice and Administraton Center, I knew the lighting would not be great, so it worked out that the Robertson family of Gavin, 3, his father, Scott, and mother Lindsey positioned themselves under the best lighting in the room. I also enjoyed capturing an important milestone in the life of that family as Scott graduated at the Gwinnett County Fire Department Promotion Ceremony in June.

— Keith Farner


Not only is this a photograph that makes me smile — you’ve got graduate busting a move as he accepts his diploma and a surprised teacher behind him — but it means much more. Jason Howard attended Phoenix High School, an alternative and complement to the traditional high school. For whatever reason, he chose to attend Phoenix. This is more than just a funny photograph. This image captures the excitement and relief of Howard graduating high school.

— Jason Braverman


As a photojournalist, I get to experience lots of unique things and meet lots of wonderful people. This was one of those memorable experiences. During the visit of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, to Duluth in October, I was surprised by his sense of humor. Prior to his talk, he acknowledged each photographer, including me, in the front row with a bowing gesture as seen in the photograph. His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, the spiritual leader of Tibet, spoke to more than 8,000 people at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

— Brendan Sullivan


Many people from the community came out to welcome home a local soldier, U.S. Army Specialist Samuel Walley of Barrow County, back in May. Walley lost his arm and leg in June of 2012 while serving in Afghanistan. It was heartwarming to see so many people come to show their appreciation of all that he sacrificed while serving in Afghanistan.

— Brendan Sullivan


I got pretty lucky with this shot — being in the right place at the right time. The star player, Michigan’s Trey Burke, happened to walk right off the court where I was positioned. I liked this shot because of his yellow jersey popping out of the confetti. However, I felt that too much confetti took away from the celebrating players in the background. The whole experience of photographing the Final Four in Atlanta is what makes this image one of my favorite. As a big college basketball fan, it was a blast.

— Jason Braverman


Zachary Bellier, 18, born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, celebrates at the conclusion of a song he played on his keyboard in his Sugar Hill home in May. I feel like this photo truly captures Zachary’s personality. I only spent a short amount of time with Zachary, but he seemed like such a positive, fun kid who truly appreciates the simple joys of life. He shared with me that his favorite musical artist is Alicia Keys.

— Brendan Sullivan


This year I had the pleasure of working on a long term story my co-worker Christine Troyke came up with. For months, I documented the determination of Madison Mahre (33), center. Mahre is a fourteen year-old girl who competed on the Atlanta Fire 99 Bantam AAA all boys ice hockey team. It was interesting to watch her fit in so well on an all boys team. Mahre, a former 8th grader at Greater Atlanta Christian School, now attends St. Paul’s, a prep school in Concord, N.H. pursuing her hockey and career dreams. It was a joy getting to know her and her family during that time.

— Brendan Sullivan


At the time I took this picture, everyone had known of Aimee Copeland’s story. Our staff had photographed her and we told of her journey throughout. However, I had never met Aimee. I always knew how courageous she was, but not quite until I was able to spend some time with her. Watching her in her daily routine was mind blowing. I couldn’t believe how much she was able to do — in just a year since the zip lining incident that took her hands and leg. I continue to be amazed by Aimee and her positive outlook on life. I’m glad I got to meet her and spend just a little bit of my day with her.

— Jason Braverman


Photographers serve as the eye for the public. When receiving an assignment to document something that is rarely seen it is always exciting. I was surprised by how much fun I had and how much I laughed while photographing women who dedicate their life to prayer. Mother Superior Mary Jane Frances, left, and Sister Josefa Maria, right, laugh while reminiscing at the Monastery of the Visitation in Snellville in April. Frances and Maria have dedicated their life to prayer while living at the Monastery of the Visitation in Snellville for a combine 64 years which is under the Roman Catholic Archdiose of Atlanta.

— Brendan Sullivan


I must admit I am not a fan of the Atlanta Braves, but taking this photo was a flashback into my childhood. From a young age until my late teens I was fascinated with baseball. Throughout those years, my father and I would attempt to get the autographs of professional baseball players. Something as simple as an autograph meant so much to me — and I feel as if Gage Robinson may feel the same. Robinson, 6, of Macon, talks with Hall of Fame pitcher and broadcaster Don Sutton after receiving his autograph on a mini batting helmet during the Atlanta Braves Country Caravan event at the Academy Sports + Outdoors in Snellville in January.

— Brendan Sullivan


I like this photograph because, as the photographer, I was surprised. Going into most educational assignments you can somewhat predict what type of photograph you will capture. This assignment was different. I never would have guessed that I’d capture this moment of students solving a math puzzle. Second graders Blake Burnley, 7, center, and Kirk Siegele, 8, react to completing a Kakooma math puzzle with their classmates at Riverside Elementary School in Suwanee in January. Children’s author Greg Tang, who also created the Kakooma math games, taught the students how to see numbers differently during the lesson.

— Brendan Sullivan


On April 3, I was headed to a basketball game when I saw thick smoke just ahead. It ended up that a passenger van caught in the parking lot of Cinnabon off Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road just east of Interstate 85 in Suwanee. As a news photographer, often times, we arrive after the fact. It gave me a rush to get to the scene before the firefighters. More importantly, no one was injured and the firefighters responded and were able to quickly extinguish the blaze.

— Jason Braverman