2013: Year in Pictures by Deseret News photographers

Published: Thursday, Dec. 26 2013 11:15 a.m. MST

Updated: Friday, June 27 2014 2:16 p.m. MDT

Ben Johnson, son of Draper Police Sgt. Derek Johnson, places a flower on the casket during the funeral at Larkin Sunset Gardens in Sandy Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. Derek Johnson was shot and killed in the line of duty.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Powerful images showing strength of faith, love of family and care for the poor are reflected in Deseret News photojournalists’ favorite photographs from 2013.

It’s difficult to sift through thousands of moments captured during the year and select just a few for this look back. Through the photojournalist's lens, readers have been able to experience the power of the human spirit and the emotions that accompany life's daily trials and triumphs.

These images have helped Utahns come together in times of tragedy and victory, from honoring fallen Draper police officer Derek Johnson or offering humanitarian aid after a deadly typhoon in the Philippines to helping facilitate the reunion of a Sudanese refugee family separated for years.

As we say goodbye to 2013, we hope these pictures help readers remember the moments we shared during an amazing year.

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