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Editor’s Picks: The Best Photographs of 2013

Storytelling Through the Lens in the Upper Valley

  • Alan Graves, 51, has lived on the edge of homelessness with low wages from part time jobs since 2011. When he lost his job at B.J. Bricker's restaurant in early summer he found himself homeless for the first time in his life sleeping in abandoned buildings, then in camps he cut from the woods near enough to Washington Street to maintain a job search that has remained fruitless.<br/>(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

    Alan Graves, 51, has lived on the edge of homelessness with low wages from part time jobs since 2011. When he lost his job at B.J. Bricker's restaurant in early summer he found himself homeless for the first time in his life sleeping in abandoned buildings, then in camps he cut from the woods near enough to Washington Street to maintain a job search that has remained fruitless.
    (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

  • Carmen Deuso, 75, at Rogers House in Lebanon, N.H., on July 25, 2013. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

    Carmen Deuso, 75, at Rogers House in Lebanon, N.H., on July 25, 2013. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

  • Rick Goodhue, 69, at Rogers House in Lebanon, N.H., on July 25, 2013. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

    Rick Goodhue, 69, at Rogers House in Lebanon, N.H., on July 25, 2013. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

  • Jacqueline Digby, 83, at Rogers House in Lebanon, N.H., on July 25, 2013.  (Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

    Jacqueline Digby, 83, at Rogers House in Lebanon, N.H., on July 25, 2013. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

  • Bob Todesco, 69, at Rogers House in Lebanon, N.H., on July 25, 2013. Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

    Bob Todesco, 69, at Rogers House in Lebanon, N.H., on July 25, 2013. Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

  • Pearl Corrigan, 87 at Rogers House in Lebanon, N.H., on July 25, 2013. <br/><br/>Valley News - Sarah Priestap

    Pearl Corrigan, 87 at Rogers House in Lebanon, N.H., on July 25, 2013.

    Valley News - Sarah Priestap

  • Hannah. 12, Ella, 10, and Claire, 8, listen while Richard Brewster shows them what the queen bee will be in when her bees arrive for her new hive. The family was visiting his home in Andover, N.H. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)

    Hannah. 12, Ella, 10, and Claire, 8, listen while Richard Brewster shows them what the queen bee will be in when her bees arrive for her new hive. The family was visiting his home in Andover, N.H. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)

  • Marie Esselborn rides the bus in Hanover, N.H. on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Since she stopped driving a few years ago and no longer drives with Al, the bus system is her main mode of transportation. She also relies on getting rides from friends. For short distances, she walks. On a this afternoon she is headed to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center to get lunch at the cafeteria, which she says she does frequently because there are nutritious options and it's cheap, and she also does not have a desire to cook for one.<br/>Valley News - Libby March

    Marie Esselborn rides the bus in Hanover, N.H. on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Since she stopped driving a few years ago and no longer drives with Al, the bus system is her main mode of transportation. She also relies on getting rides from friends. For short distances, she walks. On a this afternoon she is headed to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center to get lunch at the cafeteria, which she says she does frequently because there are nutritious options and it's cheap, and she also does not have a desire to cook for one.
    Valley News - Libby March

  • Mikaela Luke-Currier, right, hangs out with Krystin Skoda, left, and other 4-H-ers, including her sister Addie, in the swine building at the Tunbridge World's Fair on September 12, 2013. Valley News - Elijah Nouvelage

    Mikaela Luke-Currier, right, hangs out with Krystin Skoda, left, and other 4-H-ers, including her sister Addie, in the swine building at the Tunbridge World's Fair on September 12, 2013. Valley News - Elijah Nouvelage

  • Alan Graves, 51, has lived on the edge of homelessness with low wages from part time jobs since 2011. When he lost his job at B.J. Bricker's restaurant in early summer he found himself homeless for the first time in his life sleeping in abandoned buildings, then in camps he cut from the woods near enough to Washington Street to maintain a job search that has remained fruitless.<br/>(Valley News - James M. Patterson)
  • Carmen Deuso, 75, at Rogers House in Lebanon, N.H., on July 25, 2013. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap)
  • Rick Goodhue, 69, at Rogers House in Lebanon, N.H., on July 25, 2013. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap)
  • Jacqueline Digby, 83, at Rogers House in Lebanon, N.H., on July 25, 2013.  (Valley News - Sarah Priestap)
  • Bob Todesco, 69, at Rogers House in Lebanon, N.H., on July 25, 2013. Valley News - Sarah Priestap)
  • Pearl Corrigan, 87 at Rogers House in Lebanon, N.H., on July 25, 2013. <br/><br/>Valley News - Sarah Priestap
  • Hannah. 12, Ella, 10, and Claire, 8, listen while Richard Brewster shows them what the queen bee will be in when her bees arrive for her new hive. The family was visiting his home in Andover, N.H. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
  • Marie Esselborn rides the bus in Hanover, N.H. on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Since she stopped driving a few years ago and no longer drives with Al, the bus system is her main mode of transportation. She also relies on getting rides from friends. For short distances, she walks. On a this afternoon she is headed to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center to get lunch at the cafeteria, which she says she does frequently because there are nutritious options and it's cheap, and she also does not have a desire to cook for one.<br/>Valley News - Libby March
  • Mikaela Luke-Currier, right, hangs out with Krystin Skoda, left, and other 4-H-ers, including her sister Addie, in the swine building at the Tunbridge World's Fair on September 12, 2013. Valley News - Elijah Nouvelage

The Valley News photography staff enjoys a rare luxury in today’s newspaper world — we are given the time and space to tell photo stories. The three staff photographers and intern each produce one photo story per month, with most of them published in the Sunday Valley News.

As their editor, I encourage them to explore the community to not only find stories to tell, but to discover stories that speak to their own interests.

Once we agree upon an idea, a photographer approaches the subject to talk about the story and to negotiate the time needed to work on the story.

Photographers spend anywhere from a day to several months on a story, depending upon what is happening in the story. Once hundreds of photographs for a story have been made, we will look at their edited selection to find the six to 12 that tell the story. I then design the page, using varying sizes of photos to help guide the reader from beginning to end.

I’m proud of the work we produce each day. The photo staff is a talented bunch who are passionate about what they do. These photographs are a selection from my favorite stories of 2013. — Geoff Hansen

The Valley News' three staff photographers and two interns are sharing the stories behind their favorite photographs of the year. Read about their favorites in their own words at this link. More of their favorites can be seen in the Photo Galleries section.

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