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Tom Smart, Deseret News
George Gray takes his photo with Gov. Gary R. Herbert after Thanksgiving dinner at the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake on Nov. 22.

It was a year of many highs and a few lows across Utah. While some Utah military personnel began overseas deployments, many more were welcomed home. From the agony of sports injuries and miscues, to the joy of triumph and the serenity of nature to the pain of personal loss, our photo editors have picked their favorite pictures from the year 2011.