Best of Barry Gray, 2014

Spectator photographers take hundreds of photographs each year, myself included. Each year, we choose our favourites as we reflect on the year that was. Here are a few images of mine I’ve chosen from 2014. Onward to 2015! – Barry Gray

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February  20, 2014 - GHAC wrestling, at Bishop Ryan S.S.  BR's Martin Wleh gets a hand in the eyes from Bateman's Nour Issa in the 57.5k division. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 20, 2014 – GHAC wrestling, at Bishop Ryan S.S. BR’s Martin Wleh gets a hand in the eyes from Bateman’s Nour Issa in the 57.5k division. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - Hamilton Aerialists Group kicked off Fringe Festival festivities on Rebecca St. Wednesday night with a display of their skills.  Pamela Gardner performs on a ring. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, July 16, 2014 – Hamilton Aerialists Group kicked off Fringe Festival festivities on Rebecca St. Wednesday night with a display of their skills. Pamela Gardner performs on a ring. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - Hamilton Aerialists Group kicked off Fringe Festival festivities on Rebecca St. Wednesday night with a display of their skills. A Hamilton bike officer catches the show.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, July 16, 2014 – Hamilton Aerialists Group kicked off Fringe Festival festivities on Rebecca St. Wednesday night with a display of their skills. A Hamilton bike officer catches the show. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29, 2014 - Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph.   Lucky gets a kiss from owner Stephanie Desovic following successful treatment. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, September 29, 2014 – Tour of the Animal Cancer Centre in Guelph. Lucky gets a kiss from owner Stephanie Desovic following successful treatment. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, June 6, 2014 - Ongoing demolition of James St. Baptist Church on James St. south.Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, June 6, 2014 – Ongoing demolition of James St. Baptist Church on James St. south.Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, October 26, 2014 - Family members embrace at a visitation for slain Cpl. Nathan Cirillo Sunday evening.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, October 26, 2014 – Family members embrace at a visitation for slain Cpl. Nathan Cirillo Sunday evening. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Monday, April 14, 2014 - The cross at the Devil's Punch Bowl, for Easter illustration. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, ON., Monday, April 14, 2014 – The cross at the Devil’s Punch Bowl, for Easter illustration. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

McMaster's Taylor Black slams one during second quarter action vs. Laurier. - photo by Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator

McMaster’s Taylor Black slams one during second quarter action vs. Laurier. – photo by Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - Desiree Volpini, 11, is dwarfed by massive clouds over Lake Ontario while sitting on the rocks Tuesday afternoon. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, July 29, 2014 – Desiree Volpini, 11, is dwarfed by massive clouds over Lake Ontario while sitting on the rocks Tuesday afternoon. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - Grieving friends gathered near the scene of murder victim Jesse Clarke, who was stabbed to death by an 18 year old male Monday night. Andre Mercuri, 6, is consoled by mom Melissa. Melissa says Jesse taught Andre how to skateboard. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, August 19, 2014 – Grieving friends gathered near the scene of murder victim Jesse Clarke, who was stabbed to death by an 18 year old male Monday night. Andre Mercuri, 6, is consoled by mom Melissa. Melissa says Jesse taught Andre how to skateboard. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, November 15, 2014 -  john Fogerty performed to an enthusiastic crowd at First Ontario Centre Saturday night. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, November 15, 2014 – john Fogerty performed to an enthusiastic crowd at First Ontario Centre Saturday night. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - Lance Russwurm, an aviation artist from Kitchener, Ont., hand paints a design on the Lancaster at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. For the Father's Day weekend only, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's Avro Lancaster will temporarily wear the markings of another 419 Sqdn. aircraft, "R" for Ropey (KB772, 66 missions) and will be flown in those markings with shark teeth on the Merlin cowlings (NOTE:I took this directly from museum site, FYI). Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, June 3, 2014 – Lance Russwurm, an aviation artist from Kitchener, Ont., hand paints a design on the Lancaster at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. For the Father’s Day weekend only, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s Avro Lancaster will temporarily wear the markings of another 419 Sqdn. aircraft, “R” for Ropey (KB772, 66 missions) and will be flown in those markings with shark teeth on the Merlin cowlings. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, August 18, 2014 - McMaster Marauders opened training camp today in preparation for the upcoming 2014 OUA season. Head coach Stefan Ptazek talks to a couple of players doing a drill. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, August 18, 2014 – McMaster Marauders opened training camp today in preparation for the upcoming 2014 OUA season. Head coach Stefan Ptazek talks to a couple of players doing a drill. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, September 13, 2014 - McMaster Marauders vs. Carleton Ravens, OUA football action at Ron Joyce Stadium in Hamilton. Hamilton defeated Carleton, 37-17. Mac running back Chris Pezzetta plays a little smash face football. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, September 13, 2014 – McMaster Marauders vs. Carleton Ravens, OUA football action at Ron Joyce Stadium in Hamilton. Hamilton defeated Carleton, 37-17. Mac running back Chris Pezzetta plays a little smash face football. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, May  18,  2014 - Surrounded by family, including her mother Sonya, Makayla Sault, 11, spoke at an event in Ohsweken Sunday. Makayla and her family have rejected chemotherapy for her cancer, choosing instead traditional native healing. Makayla gets a hug from her mom. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, May 18, 2014 – Surrounded by family, including her mother Sonya, Makayla Sault, 11, spoke at an event in Ohsweken Sunday. Makayla and her family have rejected chemotherapy for her cancer, choosing instead traditional native healing. Makayla gets a hug from her mom. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, June 8, 2014 - The 23rd Canadian International Military Tattoo at the First Ontario Centre Sunday. The silhouette of a piper in the spotlight. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, June 8, 2014 – The 23rd Canadian International Military Tattoo at the First Ontario Centre Sunday. The silhouette of a piper in the spotlight. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, April  27,  2014 - 21st annual Paris to Ancaster bike race. Race winner Anthony Clark, left, and second place finisher Evan McNeely show their exhaustion moments after crossing the finish line. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, April 27, 2014 – 21st annual Paris to Ancaster bike race. Race winner Anthony Clark, left, and second place finisher Evan McNeely show their exhaustion moments after crossing the finish line. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Katie-Lynn Boyd, 5, get her shirt signed by Bulldogs captain Martin St. Pierre at the community skate. Photo by Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator

Katie-Lynn Boyd, 5, get her shirt signed by Bulldogs captain Martin St. Pierre at the community skate. Photo by Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, July 2, 2014 -Hamilton police mounted unit wait to cross on Hughson St. at King St. while a mom and child cross in front of them Wednesday. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, July 2, 2014 -Hamilton police mounted unit wait to cross on Hughson St. at King St. while a mom and child cross in front of them Wednesday. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - Salmon are making their way up Grindstone Creek in Burlington to spawn. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, October 21, 2014 – Salmon are making their way up Grindstone Creek in Burlington to spawn. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April  30,  2014 -A single raindrop on yet another rainy day in Hamilton, as April gives way to May.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 30, 2014 -A single raindrop on yet another rainy day in Hamilton, as April gives way to May. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, April  15,  2014 - A robin in flight against a snowy background. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – A robin in flight against a snowy background. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton ON, Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - A pair of swans enjoy a sunset on Cootes Paradise near Princess Point in Hamilton. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton ON, Tuesday, May 6, 2014 – A pair of swans enjoy a sunset on Cootes Paradise near Princess Point in Hamilton. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 7 , 2014 -Hamilton Wentworth Catholic School Board held their annual city swimming meet at McMaster Friday. over 200 swimmers from 7 school in the city competed in 54 events at the day long competition. Cardinal Newman's Filip Arezina, left, watches Brenden Bartolozzi finish his race. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 7 , 2014 -Hamilton Wentworth Catholic School Board held their annual city swimming meet at McMaster Friday. over 200 swimmers from 7 school in the city competed in 54 events at the day long competition. Cardinal Newman’s Filip Arezina, left, watches Brenden Bartolozzi finish his race. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, January 26, 2014 - A firefighter surveys the damage after an overnight fire caused extensive damage to a home sat 23 Undercliffe Ave. off Aberdeen Ave. in Hamilton Saturday night. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, January 26, 2014 – A firefighter surveys the damage after an overnight fire caused extensive damage to a home sat 23 Undercliffe Ave. off Aberdeen Ave. in Hamilton Saturday night. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 25, 2014 - HHS Urgent Care Centre was created when Mac changed over to a children's hospital, with the objective of dealing with urgent medical needs of patients in the west end of Hamilton. Nicole Power holds daughter Claire, 7 months,  while x-ray and ultrasound technologist Mary Kolich prepares the machine. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 25, 2014 – HHS Urgent Care Centre was created when Mac changed over to a children’s hospital, with the objective of dealing with urgent medical needs of patients in the west end of Hamilton. Nicole Power holds daughter Claire, 7 months, while x-ray and ultrasound technologist Mary Kolich prepares the machine. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, March  12,  2014 - Hamilton was walloped with yet another winter storm that dumped upwards of 15 cm of snow, couple with near blizzard conditions.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, March 12, 2014 – Hamilton was walloped with yet another winter storm that dumped upwards of 15 cm of snow, couple with near blizzard conditions. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, November 15, 2014 -  McMaster Marauders vs. Guelph Gryphons, Yates Cup Championship at Ron Joyce Stadium. Mac won, 20-15 to claim the championship. Defensive star ;Joey Cupido, in his last season, hoists the Cup. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, November 15, 2014 – McMaster Marauders vs. Guelph Gryphons, Yates Cup Championship at Ron Joyce Stadium. Mac won, 20-15 to claim the championship. Defensive star Joey Cupido, in his last season, hoists the Cup. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Brandon Banks collapses to the turf in disbelief after his potential game winning kick return was called back for a penalty. Kicker Justin Medlock consoles. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Brandon Banks collapses to the turf in disbelief after his potential game winning kick return was called back for a penalty. Kicker Justin Medlock consoles. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

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