The end of the year is a time of reflection, looking back at the highlights from the last year. The visual journalists of Postmedia Calgary took a look back at the most memorable photographs of 2021! From iconic Calgary locations to the most memorable moments of 2021, Postmedia has selected a handful of images that best reflect Calgary over this last year.
“From Gavin Young: The upside down church sculpture officially called “Device to Root Out Evil” is a unique piece of art in Calgary’s East Village. Because of its location though, surrounded by buildings, I have found it tricky to photograph in the past. But a low angle winter sun worked for this photo on Thursday, January 21, 2021. Gavin Young/Postmedia”
“From Al Charest: When looking back at what might be my favourite photos for 2021, it could easily be anything I photographed during this year’s Calgary Stampede. Stampede was the first time since the start of the COVID pandemic that life started feeling normal, as this was the first major event allowed to occur since the start of COVID in Calgary, and also one of the first large events to proceed in Canada. In this photo, a horse called Distilled Whiskey lets Florida cowboy Parker Kempfer know who is the boss in the saddle bronc event at the Calgary Stampede rodeo on Monday, July 12, 2021. Al Charest / Postmedia”
PHOTO BY AL CHAREST /Al Charest / Postmedia”
“From Brendan Miller: Shocking news from Kamloops sent waves of sadness and disbelief across the nation after the remains of 215 children were found buried at a former residential school. Dianna Bernal, who attended a residential school in B.C. as a child, is pictured here during an emotional moment at a vigil and of children’s shoes outside Calgary’s City Hall. I had the opportunity to speak with Bernal for several minutes about her experiences growing up. I will never forget the horrible treatment she described and the inhumane things that she and her classmates endured. Brendan Miller/Postmedia”
“From Brendan Miller: February was cold — cold even for Canadians. For more than a week, temperatures dipped down to around -30 C and that was without the windchill. It was so cold that a heavy fog was lifting from the Bow River, while my eyelids began to freeze shut while snapping a couple frames of the city skyline. Although I could only stand the cold for minutes at a time, I had a blast taking these winter photos on Feb. 7, 2021. Brendan Miller/Postmedia”
“From Azin Ghaffari: Close to 10 p.m. on Calgary’s civic election night (Oct. 18, 2021), the results were in and Jyoti Gondek was Calgary’s mayor-elect. Excited and proud, she took a peek inside the room to look at her family giving celebratory speeches while members of the media and her campaign staff wait for her entrance. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia”
“From Darren Makowichuk: Here, Mike Fred from Hoyt, Kansas, is bucked off while riding Mayhem in the bareback event on Day 7 of the 2021 Calgary Stampede Rodeo in Calgary on Thursday, July 15, 2021. The photo was memorable because it’s a reminder that a version of Stampede was able to occur in 2021 after being cancelled in 2020. Also noteworthy, cowboys had been getting better and better in the saddle each year, resulting in less dramatic “buck offs,” but after a year of no Stampede or other big rodeos occurring, the cowboys were a bit less practiced and that laid the groundwork for a significant “buck off” and standout photo. Thursday, July 15, 2021. Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia”
“From Darren Makowichuk: Team Canada’s Blayre Turnbull shows her excitement, hugging goalie Ann-Renee Desbiens, after they beat Team USA in overtime during the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship Gold medal game at the WinSport arena in Calgary. The jump resulted in Turnbull hurting herself, breaking her leg, and she had to come back to the ice on a stretcher to receive her gold medal. I like this photo for the pure passion it displays as the Canadians beat their rivals once again to set up a classic Olympic rematch. Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia”
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