A collection of Gazette photographer Anthony Wahl's favorite images taken in 2019.
Ashlee Shea is all smiles while riding in the bed of her boyfriend’s pickup truck in Janesville with friends on a Friday night last summer. Each weekend Janesville becomes a hotbed of activity for teens wanting to cruise the strip and show off their trucks. Reporter Neil Johnson and I hopped from truck to truck to meet some of the people who cruise the Milton Avenue strip. In the front seat, I started shooting backwards with my arm out the window. I rattled off several dozen photos, hoping to get one that was in focus that also gave a greater sense of the surroundings.
An ice castle crew member works on an area of the ice structure currently under construction on Riviera Beach in downtown Lake Geneva on Thursday. Noticing the variety of cool tones in the ice and sky, I stopped and framed up a photo. Then realizing an ice castle crew member was slowly working towards an opening, I waited patiently before firing off a few photos. Sometimes you find the composition knowing that you'll have to wait for the extra element.
Bicyclists make their way down Main Street during a race in the second Janesville Town Square Gran Prix on June 25. The newly painted portrait of Black Hawk can be seen on the building wall behind. I was mostly focusing on video of the Gran Prix, but this was one of the few stills I rattled off during the day. I chose to use the bicyclists in silhouette to frame the recently finished portrait of Black Hawk in the background.
People watch from of Traxler Park as the annual Independence Day on the Rock free holiday display takes place overhead on Thursday, July 4. I've taken many photos of fireworks, and some similar to this. What I like about this though are the extra balls of light throughout the sky, helping to give the image a little atmosphere.
Dakota Day, of Plymouth 4-H, takes a short rest draped over his cow's back during barn duties for his club at the Rock County 4-H Fair on Wednesday in Janesville. I've said it every year, but the Rock County 4-H Fair is one of my favorite events to cover. Tasked with wondering the fairgrounds looking for interesting photos, I came across a tired Dakota Day resting over his animal's back.
The sun sets behind an evening practice for Clinton's varsity football team. I was done with my assignment, but noticed this angle while walking back to my car. I stopped, grabbed my longest lens and kneeled down to place the sun directly behind the players.
Elkhorn’s Luke Umnus scores the game-winning layup during their WIAA Division 2 sectional final game against Mt. Horeb at Craig High School in Janesville on Saturday, March 9. It was pretty fun to capture the game-winning layup. After this shot, the team and crowd went crazy.
Janesville Parker rallies around pitcher Casey Stone (7) after defeating crosstown rival Janesville Craig 1-0 in their regional final game on Thursday, May 30. This was the culmination of their celebrating that I captured after defeating the Cougars, an outcome most weren’t predicting.
Snow falls as Evansville takes the field for the second half of a WIAA Division 4 second-round game against Lakeside Lutheran on Nov. 1. This was my first snow game in a long time. The added element offers an opportunity for unique photos.
Elkhorn’s Devon Davey holds up the team’s sectional championship plaque while celebrating with Elkhorn students following their victory over Oregon in a WIAA Division 2 boys soccer sectional final match Saturday, Nov. 2. Simply a fun celebration with the student section after their win to advance to the state tournament. The students created a tunnel for each athlete as they exited. I’m no athlete, but they also made a tunnel and cheered as I exited, too.
The Red Hawk subdivision in Milton will soon be past Phase 1.
An excavator sorts out materials from a large debris pile as demolition continues of the former General Motors facility in Janesville, Wis., on Jan. 16.
Minuscule snowflakes are seen as they fall onto a blue scarf Tuesday morning in Janesville.
Samuel Tearman jokingly throws snowballs at his brother James Tearman, left, and Nathan Tearman while the two shovel the driveway of their home after a winter snowstorm made its way through Janesville, Wis.
Jan White clears snow from his driveway on Monday following a winter snowstorm that made its way through Janesville, Wis., overnight. Dangerously cold wind chills chills of 35 to 55 below zero are expected to arrive Tuesday evening and linger through Thursday morning.
Windblown snow is illuminated by the setting sun near the intersection of West Tripp and South Kessler Road on Tuesday, Jan. 29.
Two-year-old Aidynn holds onto her mothers legs while Ashley works in the kitchen at home following her part-time shift at Adams Elementary School as a paraprofessional in a Preschool 4 Janesville classroom. Friis continues to do everything a young mom needs to do, but she does it while being constantly fatigued from treatment and the toll aHUS takes on her.
Daniel Deegan's business of breeding deer has been at a standstill after his small deer farm was broken into, and the prized buck was illegally killed with a bow and arrow in 2017.
Beloit Turner's Jordan Majeed tries to split the defenders in the air for a layup in the first half of their WIAA Division 3 sectional final game against Martin Luther in Evansville on Saturday, March 9. Martin Luther defeated Turner 76-41.
Jordan Majeed has been named The Gazette's 2018-19 area boys basketball player of the year.
Runners in the Girls 300 Meter high hurdle relay finish their last hurdle before the sprint to the finish line during a track meet at Clinton High School on Saturday, April 6.
Janesville Craig's Bryan Bloomquist, left, and Aaron Leverson compete against each other during the 1600-meter race at a Big Eight Conference track and field meet inside Monterey Stadium on Wednesday, May 1.
Big Foot senior Abigail Peterson
The start of the boys 1600-meter race during the WIAA Division 2 regional track and field meet at Turner High School on Monday.
A great blue heron wades in the edge of the Traxler Park lagoon while a finding a few fish to eat on Friday afternoon.
Nicholas Rockweiler, left, Brayden Marks, behind, and Fin Weber celebrate after defeating Big Foot 13-3 in their Division 2 regional final game in Elkhorn on Wednesday, May 29. Elkhorn will plan McFarland in Baraboo on Tuesday, June 4, at 1 p.m.
Elkhorn celebrates after defeating Big Foot 13-3 in their Division 2 regional final game in Elkhorn on Wednesday, May 29. Elkhorn will plan McFarland in Baraboo on Tuesday, June 4, at 1 p.m.
Janesville Parker celebrates after defeating crosstown rival Janesville Craig 1-0 in their regional final game on Thursday, May 30.
Artist Jeff Henriquez begins to add color to the face of Black Hawk as he continues work on his mural in downtown Janesville on Monday, June 17.
Ellie Peterson, 11, of Evansville 4-H, walks her pig daily around her country home as she prepares the animal for walking in the show ring in the upcoming Rock County 4-H Fair.
The crowd watches a performance of the Rock Aqua Jays on Sunday, July 14. The city is now considering Traxler Park as a potential site where homeless people will be allowed to park overnight.
Kaylin Wisniewski, left, and Morgan Wywialowski laugh together while sharing a hammock hung from a cattle chute outside the beef barn during the Rock County 4-H Fair on Wednesday in Janesville.
4-H participants show their heifers on Saturday during the Rock County 4-H Fair.
Fairgoers swing by as the sun sets behind the midway on Saturday evening at the Rock County 4-H Fair.
A late afternoon pickup game of basketball on Friday at Monterey Park in Janesville. Temperatures reached into the mid-80 degrees on Friday.
The sun sets behind as head coach Jake Sandiford calls out to his team during a drill at a recent evening practice for Clinton's varsity football team.
A member of North American Midway Entertainment places the American flag at the central point of the ferris wheel as it's setup Tuesday morning for the Walworth County Fair. The fair begins today and runs through Sunday at the Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn.
Runners speed by as they compete in the Big Eight Conference Grade Level Challenge cross country meet at Rockport Park in Janesville on Tuesday, Sept. 17.
Milton High senior Danielle Cramer signed a national letter of intent to swim at the University of Minnesota.
Migrating monarchs rest in clusters on the branches of black walnut trees located behind the home of Dave Homan on Hanover Drive on Wednesday. Homan first noticed the butterflies on Monday when the top frame of his mower hit low lying branches causing the insects to take off from their resting spot in the hundreds, hovering all around him.
The Evansville student section cheers as their WIAA Division 4 second-round game against Lakeside Lutheran begins on Friday, Nov. 1.
Evansville High School student Samantha Zuhde volunteers to help shovel snow off the out-of-bounds line surrounding the football field during halftime of their WIAA Division 4 second-round game against Lakeside Lutheran on Friday, Nov. 1. Evansville lost to Lakeside Lutheran 14-6.
Lakeside Lutheran's Ian Olszewski rushes for a touchdown during first half of their WIAA Division 4 second-round game away against Evansville on Friday, Nov. 1.
Devon Davey is all smiles as he walks through a group of Elkhorn students after defeating Oregon 2-0 in their WIAA Division 2 boys soccer sectional final match on Saturday, Nov. 2.
A combine continues to harvest corn as it transfers a load of corn over to a tractor while in a field along West Russell Road, northwest of Janesville on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
The WIAA Division 2 state girls swim meet on Friday night at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium.
Whitewater's Ella Houwers celebrates in the water after winning the 100-yard breaststroke during the WIAA Division 2 state girls swim meet on Friday night at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium.
Four-year-old Ta'nyiah Gonzalez bounces on her newly gifted box spring and mattress from Slumberland Furniture on Monday in Janesville. Gonzalez lives with her Grandmother, who has moved to Janesville after her 30-year-old daughter, Ta'nyiah's mother, was killed in a shooting in Chicago.
Head coach Kevin Bullis leads a team breakdown after their victory over St. John's in their NCAA Division III national semifinal playoff game at home on Saturday, Dec. 14. UW-Whitewater defeated St. John's 35-32 to advance national championship game.
UW-Whitewater's Jordan Brand, left, and Niko Lemke sack St, John's quarterback Jackson Erdmann during their NCAA Division III national semifinal playoff game at Perkins Stadium in Whitewater on Saturday, Dec. 14. UW-Whitewater defeated St. John's 35-32 to advance national championship game.
UW-Whitewater's Max Meylor celebrates a touchdown during their NCAA Division III national semifinal playoff game at Perkins Stadium in Whitewater on Saturday, Dec. 14. UW-Whitewater defeated St. John's 35-32 to advance national championship game.
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