Our best, from 2014
Each year, Spectator photographers take thousands of pictures, hundreds of which end up in the paper, online, or here, on our photo blog. For the past dozen years, we have held our own ‘in-house’ photo contest, giving us a chance to reflect on the year that was, and prepare to do it all again, bigger and better, in the new year. Here are the photos each of us – Kaz Novak, John Rennison, Gary Yokoyama, Scott Gardner, Cathie Coward, and myself – chose as our favourites, and asked our newsroom colleagues to vote on with us. Have a look. – Barry Gray
News Photo, and Photo of the Year
One of the two dogs Cpl. Nathan Cirillo had adopted looks out from under the fence at Cirillo’s mother’s home as the media watches people stop by the drop off flowers, flags and other mementos to honour the fallen soldier. John Rennison photo The Hamilton Spectator
Hamilton,Ontario,Tuesday, July08, 2014 – Jason Rennalls protects his little 5 month old rescue kitten Stanley from the pouring rain, as he walks along King St. in the downtown core. It was found in an air vent . Photo by: Kaz Novak The Hamilton Spectator.
Hamilton , Ontario, May 16, 2014 – Dharma Evans of Westmount and CJ Trudell from Waterdown collide face to face during peak high school senior girls rugby action. Photo by: Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator
Oct.28, 2014-Kathy Cirillo, mother of Cpl Nathan Cirillo , walks with the casket carrying her son during his military funeral in Hamilton, Ontario Tuesday. Photo by Scott Gardner, The Hamilton Spectator
Hamilton, Ontario, Oct 28,2014 5 year old Marcus Cirillo is watched over by members of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders as he walks behind his father, Cpl Nathan Cirillo’s, casket on route to his funeral. Photo by: Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator
Hamilton, October 28, 2014 – At Christ’s Church Cathedral, FullMilitary honours by the Argyll and Sutherland Regiment for Cpl Nathan Cirillo. PHOTO BY: Gary Yokoyama, The Hamilton Spectator.
Hamilton, Ontario, Tuesday, October28, 2014 – Cpl Nathan Cirillo’s funeral procession. Photo by: Kaz Novak 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, July 8, 2014 – A tale of two countries with Brazil and German soccer fans. At Acclamation Bar, James St North, tears stream down the face of Brazil fans Isabella Gastaldo (L) and a look of disbelief from Lauren Wasielesky after Germany scored the 5th goal.PHOTO BY: Gary Yokoyama, The Hamilton Spectator.
A man get protection under an umbrella as he rides along Barton Street during a recent thunderstorm. Photo by: John Rennison, The Hamilton Spectator
July 9, 2014–Colorful yoga mats and their owners cover the forecourt of Hamilton City Hall at noon for the weekly free yoga class presented by the city and Moksha Yoga Hamilton. The free yoga, which started on June 4, runs every Wednesday at noon until Sept. 10. Photo by Scott Gardner, 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, May 13, 2014 – An osprey flies away with it’s lunch pulled from the Grindstone Creek at Valley Inn Tuesday afternoon. Photo by: Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator
Hamilton, Ontario, Saturday, September27, 2014 – Mac running back Chris Pezzetta gets his lid knocked off after gaining a first down. He ended the day with 155 yards rushing. The McMaster Marauders defeated the Queens Golden Gales 28-19 at Ron Joyce Stadium in an OUA matchup. Photo by: Kaz Novak The Hamilton Spectator.
Hamilton Ticat training camp day 3: #9 Brandon Stewart tries to haul in a pass as he lands on intended receiver #87 Brandon Collins. Photo by: John Rennison, The Hamilton Spectator
Hamilton, March 30, 2014 – 120th Around The Bay Road Race. Paul Kimugul breaks the tape winning the men’s 30k. PHOTO BY: Gary Yokoyama, The Hamilton Spectator.
March 1, 2014-Mohawk’s Jen Abella walks off the court as the Algonquin College Thunder celebrate in the background after defeating Mohawk, 76-65 to win the OCAA women’s basketball championship at Mohawk College Saturday night. Photo By Scott Gardner, 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.