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The Pueblo Chieftain is privileged to have four veteran photographers who have been chronicling the news in our community
for years. In 2012, their sharp eyes and top-notch skills again were on full display as the year played out in pictures
for our readers. John Jaques, Chris McLean, Bryan Kelsen and Mike Sweeney regularly brought powerful images to your
doorstep, those that burst with emotion and heart, incredible action or important developments. Each member of the
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quartet selected their own three favorite photos of the year, and they are on display here for your reflection on the best images of 2012.
Branson Burbidge, 4, gets a good looking-over by one of the African penguins at the Pueblo Zoo during the last Halloween season.
Sabrina Sanchez and her son Mark Anthony Sanchez Jr., 17 months, have some fun on a skateboard as they play at the City Park Skate Park last October.
Left to right, Maryssa Romero, 15, Marysue Gonzales, 12, and Savannah Gonzales, 16, enjoy a cold treat last July as they walk Rocky, a Hereford steer, during the Pueblo County Fair.
LeRoy Garcia and Sinbad wait behind a closed door to get the little Chihuahua his shots during a free vaccination clinic at Pueblo Animal Services last January.
Josiah Gonzales, 10, walks along the sidewalk on the 700 block of Elizabeth Street with his sister Aliyona Gonzales, 9, while using a towel to keep the rain off of them on July 16.
Matt Bright of Azle, Texas, grimaces as the horse he drew in the PRCA Rodeo bareback competition at the Colorado State Fair gets up after throwing him in the arena.
Andrew Prince, 7, of Conifer and Diana Miller, director of the Pueblo Raptor Center, release a female red tail hawk at Lake Pueblo State Park last February.
ABOVE: In spite of her health issues, Makenzy Belcher exudes personality with her big, blue eyes and winning smile last December.
Austin Huwa, 10, of Roggen, rests against the ample side of his steer Tex while waiting to sell the animal during the Junior Livestock Sale at the latest edition of the Colorado State Fair.
LEFT: South’s Megan (right) and Shannon Patterson react to their team’s loss as D’Evelyn players celebrate in the background following their Class 4A state semifinal game last March. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning leaves the field after Denver defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-19 Sept. 9 at Sports Authority Field. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney fires up nearly 2,000 of his supporters at Pueblo Memorial Airport leading up to the November election.