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2011's Favorites

Photographer Tom Gralish's favorite photos of 2001

2011's Favorites

Another year, and I'm grateful I'm still a newspaper photojournalist.

In looking back over my photos from the past year, I find most of my favorites are not news or sports photos. As usual, most of the pictures I like best didn't make the front page or won't win any contests. I'm not sure I would even call them my "best" of the year. But they are the ones that made me smile.

They are either a quick moment I was able to capture as it happened right in front of me, or a scene where I waited as a number of elements - composition, lighting, expression -  eventually came together. 

Click on the dinosauar below for a gallery of my dozen favorites, and click here to see favorites from my Inquirer and Daily News photo colleagues.

Tom Gralish Inquirer Staff Photographer
About this blog

Tom Gralish is a general assignment photographer at The Inquirer, concentrating on local news and self-generated feature photos.

He has been at the paper since 1983, photographing everything from revolution in the Philippines to George W. Bush’s road to the White House to homeless people living on the street right outside his newspaper's front door. For his photo essay on Philadelphia’s homeless, he was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Award.

His weekly newspaper column, "Scene Through the Lens," takes a look at Philadelphia's urban landscape.

Gralish, along with Inquirer colleague and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Vitez, spent a year visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art to capture the stories and photos of "Rocky runners" who come from all over the world to climb the steps - just as Sylvester Stallone did in the Academy Award winning film, Rocky. Their book, Rocky Stories: Tales of Love, Hope and Happiness at America’s Most Famous Steps, was published in November 2006.

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