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Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Shalaya Kipp, 18, of Salt Lake City, exults at finishing the Deseret News 10k race as she has her timing chip cut from her shoe laces near Liberty Park on July 24.

There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera," Henri Cartier-Bresson told the Washington Post in 1957. "That is the moment the photographer is creative," he said. "Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever."

Cartier-Bresson is often considered to be the father of modern photojournalism. He has inspired many news photographers to pursue the "decisive moment."

We are proud of the images of life captured by talented Deseret News photographers in 2009. We hope you enjoy this selection of decisive moments from our staff.

— Ravell Call, photo editor