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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds Central Nova MP Sean Fraser’s infant daughter Molly during a barbeque hosted by Fraser on Aug. 16 in New Glasgow. Also shown are Fraser, right, and his wife Sarah Burton, left.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds Central Nova MP Sean Fraser’s infant daughter Molly during a barbeque hosted by Fraser on Aug. 16 in New Glasgow. Also shown are Fraser, right, and his wife Sarah Burton, left.

At this time each year, I often find myself reflecting over the past 12 months. One of the ways I take myself back is through photographs. They have the ability to capture a moment in a way words can’t, locking in a feeling that was once so vivid. Here are the images I feel best captured some of the news in Pictou County in 2016.

Jan. 11, Cool carving, Kevin Adshade

This photo was chosen for its chilling attributes. You can see the concentration on Gilles Godin’s face as he carves a snowflake out of ice. We have the snowflake’s perspective as Godin comes at us with tools in hand. I’m cold just looking at this.

Jan. 11, Cool carving, Kevin Adshade

This photo was chosen for its chilling attributes. You can see the concentration on Gilles Godin’s face as he carves a snowflake out of ice. We have the snowflake’s perspective as Godin comes at us with tools in hand. I’m cold just looking at this.

Gilles Godin carves up a block of ice and turns into a snowflake during New Glasgow’s annual Chill-out event on Jan. 9.

March 11, Stretch a dollar, Amanda Jess

One of the big stories at the beginning of 2016 was the low loonie. The change in the exchange rate caused several teams behind music festivals in Canada to cancel their events as the cost of booking American headliners went up. Locally, this meant festival organizers had to be more strategic than usual. This is a tough story to illustrate, which meant our team bounced around ideas beforehand. This one was a bit unorthodox, and definitely made Jubilee executive director Carlton Munroe give me a strange look when I suggested it. But I think it worked.

Pictured is New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee executive director Carlton Munroe.

April 2, Fire destroys home, Carol Dunn

News photography is meant to capture the story in an image. A photograph shows the gravity of a situation, which is why we often find ourselves taking photos of terrible moments in people’s lives. This picture taken of a fire in Plymouth shows the loss of someone’s home and the amount of work that went into trying to save it – with five departments on scene that day. It recognizes the exhaustive efforts exhibited by our firefighters and the teamwork required.

Firefighters from five departments wrestled with a stubborn house fire on April 1 in Plymouth. The two-storey house was destroyed.

June 4, Winning form, Carol Dunn

Sports photography is difficult with our subjects in constant motion. Track and field is fun to shoot, capturing speed and agility all the while paying attention to detail like the way the hurdles line up, resulting in a striking and hypnotizing image. Eric Hughes of Northumberland Regional High School won gold in the intermediate boys hurdles at the NSSAF Track and Field championships hosted in Stellarton.

Eric Hughes of Northumberland Regional High School is the provincial champion in intermediate boys hurdles, winning the competition on June 3 at the NSSAF Track and Field Championships in Stellarton at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field.

July 15, Divine thing, Carol Dunn

I don’t think much needs to be said about why I chose this photo taken at the Seafoam Lavender Farm after they were one of 10 regional winners at the 2016 Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards. The colour and composition is stunning. Makes me wish I was in that field right now.

Morrigan Perez harvests some lavender at Seafoam Lavender Farm.

July 25, Tri-ing hard, Amanda Jess

I probably got splashed as I took this shot. You can see the droplets in the air as this triathlete transitioned into the next sport and others prepared for their laps. The Melmerby Triathlon is one of my favourite events to shoot and it’s because of the chance to get photos like this.

A Melmerby Triathlon participant finishes up the swimming portion of the event on July 24. Approximately 140 triathletes took part.

Aug. 2, Those eyes, Amanda Jess

There’s a three-song window during most major headlining sets at music festivals where photographers can get their shot. I’m in competition with myself each year to top last year’s Jubilee headliner shots. I won this year with this capture of Burton Cummings during Sunday night of the New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee.

Burton Cummings performs for thousands of fans during his headlining set at the New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee on July 31.

Aug. 13, Hot spots, Sueann Musick

Fires burned throughout Nova Scotia woods this summer, including in the Perch Lake area of Pictou County. As the fire was deep in the woods, the flames weren’t visible to the public. But after the fire was contained and the Department of Natural Resources and firefighters monitored hot spots, they were able to give us a glimpse at the damage.

Matt Reid, area supervisor for the Department of Natural Resources, looks over a burned-out wood area near Perch Lake. DNR and firefighters had been in the area for five days and the fire was contained.

Aug. 17, All ages event, Carol Dunn

There were plenty of selfies taken during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to New Glasgow (and we captured those being taken, too) but this was, by far, the sweetest photo we took during Trudeau’s pop-in. He’s pictured holding Molly, the infant daughter of Central Nova MP Sean Fraser and his wife Sarah Burton.

Shown above as feature image

Oct. 27, Giant jack-o’-lantern, Adam MacInnis

I’m sure Adam made a few people nervous as he grabbed this photo, standing above all the action to show how truly gigantic this pumpkin was and the mess that came from carving that orange beast.

Chef Jordan Dennis couldn’t avoid getting covered in pumpkin peel as he carved a 941-pound pumpkin at the Aberdeen Sobeys on Oct. 26.

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