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Toledo Magazine: Images of 2017

Blade photographers pick their best of the year

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    St. John's Jesuit fans cheer prior to a basketball game against St. Francis De Sales Tuesday, February 14, 2017, in Toledo.

    Jeremy Wadsworth/TheBlade

  • KatieRausch2017-9

    Maddie O'Dell, 13, left, and Sophie Twigg, 13, light their sparklers before the start of this year's fireworks display Monday, July 3, 2017, at Fort Meigs in Perrysburg.

    The Blade/Katie Rausch
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  • JeremyWadsworth2017-13

    Pedestrians cross Washington Street as the sun sets Thursday, July 6, 2017, in Toledo, Ohio.

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  • AmyVoigt2017-11

    A senior prays quietly while congregation members sing during Sunday morning service at Worship Center.

    The Blade/Amy E. Voigt
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    Peggy Grant, has surrounded herself in art. At left and lower right, two works by her late husband, artist Adam Grant. At center, a painting by Joan McKee; at upper right, a print by David F. Driesbach.

    The Blade/Jetta Fraser
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  • AndyMorrison2017-13

    Toledo Walleye ice crew member Ian Graves loses his grip as he carries off a walleye thrown to the ice after Toledo scored a goal against the Ft. Wayne Komets in April.

    The Blade/Andy Morrison
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    Faith Kennedy tearfully hugs her dog, Luna, after Toledo firefighters rescued her from the fire at the Andover Apartments on May 18 in Toledo. Luna is a 5-month-old pitfall boxer mix.

    The Blade/Dave Zapotosky
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    Young mud barn swallows open their mouths to receive food from their mother as she flies by the nest at Judith Learner's home in Toledo.

    The Blade/Kurt Steiss
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  • KatieRausch2017-7

    Melody Halsey checks the surgery staples on her foster dog Mekos, a seven-year-old male Bulldog mix, at her home in Toledo. Mekos came to the Halsey family through Planned Pethood with heart worm and needing surgery for a swallowed poker chip.

    The Blade/Katie Rausch
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    Brooke Robbins, 18, right in green tutu, holds a white lantern with other survivors during the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual Toledo Light The Night Walk in October.

    The Blade/Amy E. Voigt
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    From left, Trevon Mathis, Toledo head coach Jason Candle and Logan Woodside hoist the MAC Championship trophy at Ford Field in Detroit.

    Blade/Lori King


Every day, editors decide which photos appear in the newspaper, which images best capture the thrust of a story or, standing alone, convey a heightened mood and context.

Today, we threw out the rule book and asked Blade staff photographers to choose one or two of their favorite photographs from 2017.

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Did they focus on drama and tragedy? The struggle for existence? Hardly. Most chose to zoom in on the small details of life, with an emphasis on inspiration and joy. Be it a mother swallow feeding her brood, cancer survivors brandishing lights against the night, or the exuberance of a woman discovering that her dog had survived an apartment fire, most reflected our capacity for hope.

Individually, each tells a small story. Collectively, they paint a larger portrait of Toledo. Scroll through the images above, or click below to find a gallery from each individual photographer.

Individual galleries for Blade photographers: Jetta Fraser ■ Lori King ■ Andy Morrison ■ Katie Rausch ■ Kurt Steiss ■ Amy E. Voigt ■ Jeremy Wadsworth ■  Dave Zapotosky

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