Gazette photographers' favorite photos of 2016

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Gazette staff
Friday, December 30, 2016

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Here are some photos Gazette photographers Angela Major and Anthony Wahl chose as their favorites from 2016:


Angela Major

Parker graduates Stephanie Hooker, left, and Kasara Rupp, right, embrace following their graduation ceremony Thursday, June 9, 2016, at Monterey Stadium in Janesville. The ceremony was cut short by a downpour of rain, but the graduates did not let the weather put a damper on their celebration. Prince's "Purple Rain" played from the speakers as graduates abandoned the ceremony for their spontaneous moment of joy.

Denver Schroeder of Rockford, left, holds an anti-Trump sign as a Trump supporter holds out his hand to block a camera Tuesday, March 29, 2016, before the rally for Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Holiday Inn Express in Janesville. The tensions between the two sides led to a protest march in front of the hotel during the rally. If you look closely at this photo, you'll see the message "talk to the hand" written on the Trump-supporter's palm.

A fox yawns and stretches Friday afternoon at Riverside Park in Janesville. Believe it or not, this was my first time ever seeing a fox. I was certain the beautiful animal would run away before I was able to grab my camera, but it actually hung around for quite a while before stretching, yawning and making its way back into the woods.

John Chrobak of Janesville laughs as he passes his wife while driving his 1964 Chevrolet Biscayne down Milwaukee Street on Saturday, June 4, 2016. It was so much fun to ride along with these car-enthusiasts. I got to experience the tradition of cruising the circuit in downtown Janesville first-hand.

Craig's Delaney Schoenenberger, right, and Annie Schumacher, left, hug after the Cougars' 63-45 season-ending loss to Verona on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Parker High School. It's never fun to capture a sad moment on the court, but this photo shows these girls' passion and support for one another. The Cougars' season ended one game before the WIAA state tournament.

View more of Angela's favorite photos.


Anthony Wahl

Alyssa Templeton, of Evansville 4-H, shares a crying embrace with her dairy cow after winning Reserve Supreme Champion Dairy Cow during the Rock County 4-H Fair in Janesville on Saturday, July 30. This photo speaks to the amount of hard work that 4-H members put into preparing for the annual county fair. Crying tears of joys because she did much better than she hoped, Alyssa took second place behind her brother William Templeton.

Jaz Uecker keeps his eyes closed as his takes advantage of a free haircut at the Boys & Girls Club of Janesville on Monday, Jan. 4. I love his expression and the pop of color, that one might not usually find on a gray, January day.

Whitewater High swimmer Benny Liang poses for a portrait underwater during a team practice at the Whitewater Aquatic Center on Wednesday, Jan. 13. I came in with this idea of photographing Liang underwater and he was more than up for it. Using a small aquarium to place my camera in and dunk below the water line, this gives a different look to the standard swimmer portrait.

Luke Bowers and Sydney Carroll lay in the back of a pickup truck while watching the fireworks display at Traxler Park in Janesville on Monday night, July 4. After quickly shooting the fireworks from a couple vantage points, I came across the young couple in the back of the truck. A quiet moment as the two watch, lit by the fireworks.

Ameilia Weger, of Fulton 4-H, reaches back to pet scratch the head Hailey Hanson's Jr. heifer calf while laying in the barn before the start of dairy judging on Saturday at the Rock County 4-H Fair. Throughout the week-long fair I walk countless times through the animal barns waiting for scenes like this. I spent a few minutes with the two, waiting for a moment where they forgot I was there.

View more of Anthony's favorite photos.

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