My photos of the year

Every December, photographers at The Spectator gather their favorite images from the past year.

These are a collection of mine.

 

-John Rennison

Denis Crispin's hand has medication applied to it buy nurse Tiffany Thomson.

Denis Crispin’s hand has medication applied to it buy nurse Tiffany Thomson.

I like the look in Steve Rudaniecki's eyes in this portrait I took for a series on his struggle with leukemia.

I like the look in Steve Rudaniecki’s eyes in this portrait I took for a series on his struggle with leukemia.

The 16th annual Dundas International Buskerfest held on the weekend on a closed off section of King STreet West. Lisa Lottie, from the Netherlands, sits and with the help of two men from the crowd would eventually get her legs crossed behind her head. She performed a combination of contortions and tricks with hula-hoops.

The 16th annual Dundas International Buskerfest held on the weekend on a closed off section of King STreet West.
Lisa Lottie, from the Netherlands, sits and with the help of two men from the crowd would eventually get her legs crossed behind her head. She performed a combination of contortions and tricks with hula-hoops.

Garrett Yerigan, of Pryor, Oklahoma, left, and Jack Miller of Lyndsay, Ontario, cool off in their hillbilly hot tub Friday as they relax after setting up for Caledonia Stampede Days taking place this weekend at the Caledonia fair grounds.  Yerigan, the event announcer, and Miller were at the fairgrounds early setting up the ring for the combination rodeo and motocross event. The single hose was only keeping slightly ahead of of the leaks in the tarp lining the pickup truck bed.

Garrett Yerigan, of Pryor, Oklahoma, left, and Jack Miller of Lyndsay, Ontario, cool off in their hillbilly hot tub Friday as they relax after setting up for Caledonia Stampede Days taking place this weekend at the Caledonia fair grounds. Yerigan, the event announcer, and Miller were at the fairgrounds early setting up the ring for the combination rodeo and motocross event. The single hose was only keeping slightly ahead of of the leaks in the tarp lining the pickup truck bed.

Mumford & Sons' Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in Simcoe Saturday at the Simcoe fair grounds a group following the paint toss.

Mumford & Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in Simcoe Saturday at the Simcoe fair grounds
a group following the paint toss.

A McMaster special constable tackles a fan who ran onto the field dressed as a banana during the Marauders game against Waterloo.

A McMaster special constable tackles a fan who ran onto the field dressed as a banana during the Marauders game against Waterloo.

Thirteen-year-old champion climber Ben Whattam hangs upside down in one of his favorite tricks.  It is a move he was happy to perform for the camera.

Thirteen-year-old champion climber Ben Whattam hangs upside down in one of his favorite tricks. It is a move he was happy to perform for the camera.

McMaster's Mike Daly was called for a 15yard penalty for grabbing Waterloo's James Cook's mask on this play.

McMaster’s Mike Daly was called for a 15yard penalty for grabbing Waterloo’s James Cook’s mask on this play.

Pierre Fournier lifts his walker over the snow clogging Hess Street as he walks along the Main Street sidewalk.

Pierre Fournier lifts his walker over the snow clogging Hess Street as he walks along the Main Street sidewalk.

Hamilton Tiger Cats win the CFL Eastern division 36-24 over the Toronto Argonauts at Rogers Centre in Toronto. Argo fan Joel Brown hangs his head at the team's performance.

Hamilton Tiger Cats win the CFL Eastern division 36-24 over the Toronto Argonauts at Rogers Centre in Toronto.
Argo fan Joel Brown hangs his head at the team’s performance.

The Hamilton Santa Claus parade through the downtown Saturday featured 100 participants, 14 of which which were bands. Chase, 4, lays along the side of the parade route sporting a pair of antlers as Mrs. Claus arrives.

The Hamilton Santa Claus parade through the downtown Saturday featured 100 participants, 14 of which which were bands.
Chase, 4, lays along the side of the parade route sporting a pair of antlers as Mrs. Claus arrives.

I spotted Ken Ryan and Mike Loker pushing their shopping cart of metal up Sherman Street on my way to an assignment in the area.  I find the image extremely funny as Ryan weights his haul on a scale meant for transport truck loads. The pair were hoping to score $50.  "We collect everything.  Beer cans, everything," said Ryan.  "The city throws out and we make a living," said Loker.

I spotted Ken Ryan and Mike Loker pushing their shopping cart of metal up Sherman Street on my way to an assignment in the area. I find the image extremely funny as Ryan weights his haul on a scale meant for transport truck loads. The pair were hoping to score $50. “We collect everything. Beer cans, everything,” said Ryan. “The city throws out and we make a living,” said Loker.

Jeff Lang performs contact juggling with an acrylic ball at King and James Wednesday afternoon busking. He is reflected in his ball.

Jeff Lang performs contact juggling with an acrylic ball at King and James Wednesday afternoon busking. He is reflected in his ball.

The Royal Botanical Gardens hired Lands and Forest Consulting to perform at controlled burn in Cootes Paradise at Princess Point Monday. Lauren Grande, an RBG employee, takes pictures of the flames with her cellphone.

The Royal Botanical Gardens hired Lands and Forest Consulting to perform at controlled burn in Cootes Paradise at Princess Point Monday.
Lauren Grande, an RBG employee, takes pictures of the flames with her cellphone.

A woman reacts as a firefighter hands her her cat the family could not find when fire broke out in the house.  I just like the look of joy and relief on her face.

A woman reacts as a firefighter hands her her cat the family could not find when fire broke out in the house. I just like the look of joy and relief on her face.

Stella models her bikini for the bikini contest at this year's SPCA Wiggle Waggle Walk-a-thon.

Stella models her bikini for the bikini contest at this year’s SPCA Wiggle Waggle Walk-a-thon.

A squirrel hangs out of a trash slot in a garbage bin in front of Hamilton City Hall.

A squirrel hangs out of a trash slot in a garbage bin in front of Hamilton City Hall.

A bee crawls across my  lens as beekeeper Brandi MacDonald examines a frame from the colony at the university.

A bee crawls across my lens as beekeeper Brandi MacDonald examines a frame from the colony at the university.

Brock hops into course superientendent Peter Sinuita's golf cart at Copetown Woods Golf Course.  He is one of two goat check at the course to keep the greens trimmed.

Brock hops into course superientendent Peter Sinuita’s golf cart at Copetown Woods Golf Course. He is one of two goat check at the course to keep the greens trimmed.

Diana Lam, of Ottawa, in white tank and blue tights, and Kelly Ceighton, of Paris, France, in green tights and black tank, practice acroyoga in Spencer Smith Park on Sunday.  The pair met through a Facebook page designed to help practitioners meet each other.  Both have family in Burlington and had posted they would be there at the same time.  The discipline combines yoga and acrobatic moves.  It was founded in San Fransico around 2000 and where the larges group of practitioners is located.  The second largest is in Montreal but there are practitioners around the world.

Diana Lam, of Ottawa, in white tank and blue tights, and Kelly Ceighton, of Paris, France, in green tights and black tank, practice acroyoga in Spencer Smith Park on Sunday. The pair met through a Facebook page designed to help practitioners meet each other. Both have family in Burlington and had posted they would be there at the same time. The discipline combines yoga and acrobatic moves. It was founded in San Fransico around 2000 and where the larges group of practitioners is located. The second largest is in Montreal but there are practitioners around the world.

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