2012 Photos of the Year 

From political protests to rooftop honeybees: Capturing Richmond, one frame at a time.

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Into the Woods: Published Sept. 5. Guided by owner Ryan DiMarco, Art and Chain pull logs and brush from Susan Winter's backyard.

Photographer's note: DiMarco controlled the horses with a series of quiet commands. But when he gave the command to move forward, the horses displayed extreme power and continuity of step. I just knelt down low with a wide lens and tried to stay clear of 4,000 pounds of moving beast.

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Honeybees Take the Jefferson by Swarm: Published June 12. Beekeeper David Stover lifts a frame from the hive on the Jefferson Hotel's roof while Lemaire's executive chef, Walter Bundy, watches.

Photographer's note: Cool assignment. The hive is first of its kind in the city. With 50,000 bees inside the hive and no protection I was a little leery, but the situation begged for a wide angle view showing the alien-looking beekeepers' suits, the architecture of the hotel, the hive and the bees. The sun overhead illuminated the translucent frame.

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During a women's rights protest on March 3, hundreds of participants marched up Broad Street with signs and bullhorns.

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Jermione Royster leans on friend and sparring partner Freddie Lee Bell during a practice at an abandoned elementary school in Richmond's North Side.

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During a campaign stop by Mitt Romney on Oct. 31 at Meadow Event Park in Doswell, a man stopped the rally briefly when he held up a sign that said "End Climate Silence." He quickly was ushered from the building.

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On Nov, 5, the night before the election, John Mellencamp played in support of Joe Biden's campaign rally at Tredegar Iron Works.

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Darius Theus gets off a jump shot against Drexel in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Colonial Athletic Association championship victory in March.

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VCU coach Shaka Smart celebrates with his team at the Seigel Center after winning the conference championship in March.

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Sen. Mark Warner addresses a crowd at the Richmond Marriot on election night just after former Gov. Tim Kaine was elected to the Senate.

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Children at the Patrick Henry charter school race outside for recess.

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Protestors are dragged from the steps of the Capitol during a women's rights demonstration on March 3.

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Virginia State Police SWAT officers protect the Capitol during a women's rights protest on March 3.

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A Jamie Radtke supporter follows former Gov. George Allen through the crowd at the Wakefield Shad Planking. Allen was campaigning for a seat in the U.S. Senate.

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Fans of Gwar line up in the front row at the National in Richmond to be sprayed with fake blood, a signature of the band's live show.

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Felix, 85, and Pauline, 84 share a dance at the Chester Hardees. They've been married 65 years. Each Wednesday morning a honky-tonk band plays the fast-food restaurant.

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University of Richmond student Amber Roudette during a silent women's rights protest at the State Capitol.

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With flags whipping in a stiff wind, a couple hundred people gathered Feb. 26, at the Robert E. Lee Monument to celebrate a Sons of Confederate Veterans’ rally.

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Civil War re-enactor Chris Ezelle of Fredericksburg attends the Sons of Confederate Veterans National Heritage Rally at the Robert E. Lee Monument on Feb. 20.

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President Obama greets the crowd after giving a speech at the Carillon in Richmond. Approximately 15,000 people attended the event.

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Wendy May Martin pauses while marching up Broad Street during a women's rights protest March 3.

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Ralph Stanley performed at Ashland Coffee and Tea in support of Wayne Powell, who ran against Eric Cantor for the 7th District seat in the U.S. Congress.

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Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney stopped in Ashland to campaign Aug. 11, the day he named Paul Ryan to the ticket.

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A women’s rights protest at the state Capitol. Published online March 3. Four-year-old Iris meanders onto the Capitol steps. “We were having a peaceful and productive protest until the SWAT team showed up,” says Lynn English, Iris’ mother. “My daughter asked, ‘Why are they here and why are they dressed like that? I was baffled because the picture of them standing there was at odds with what was going on at the protest. But Iris had no fear of the police and was never afraid. She just kept on playing.’”

Photographer’s note: The stark difference between the child’s bright pink shirt and the police’s militaristic, dark clothing caught my eye from a distance. Just when I approached she ran up the steps and turned to look at her mother. She was on the steps only for a moment.

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