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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Utah Army National Guard Spc. Curtis Jeffs helps stranded flood victim Hersey Kirk after Tropical Storm Harvey in Rose City, Texas, on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017.

As a photojournalist, you have a front-row seat to history.

Documenting that history, often life’s triumphs and tragedies, is part of the job.

For the photojournalists of the Deseret News, 2017 was a historic year as they traveled around Utah, around the U.S. and even out of the country to cover some of the biggest stories.

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From Houston’s Hurricane Harvey to the Las Vegas mass shooting to the fires of Santa Rosa, our photojournalists brought picture stories of strength and survival, hope and healing to Deseret News readers.

Through their lenses, readers saw the good in humanity as the country tried to come to terms with so many heartbreaking stories.

But there were also some lighter moments life offered this past year that helped bring some of the chaos back into focus and balance us.

Whether covering a STEM conference that saw a girl’s hair stand straight up or an epic eclipse that turned day to night, these moments captured our hearts.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
A home owner tries to put water on the fire at it burns homes and property near Weber Canyon on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Jane Cunningham Otis yells out as she joins hundreds of others at a town hall meeting with Rep. Chris Stewart at West High School in Salt Lake City on Friday, March 31, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke enjoys a horseback ride in the Bears Ears National Monument with local and state representatives on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Nicole Peterson's hair raises from static after touching a Van de Graaff machine during SheTech Explorer Day at Utah Valley University in Orem on Friday, March 3, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Staff Sgt. Travis Brown and Staff Sgt. Austin Aitken of the 75th Force support squadron at Hill AFB, salute the flag before folding it during graveside services for Elder Robert D. Hales in the Bountiful City Cemetery on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News
A Rocky Mountain range ewe is unloaded from a truck on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, for Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship and Festival at Soldier Hollow, which runs Sept. 1-4. The 300 ewes have had only limited interaction with people and dogs. They have two days to settle in before the sheepdog championship and festival.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Stephanie Rodgriguez, 7, tries on glasses during the Friends for Sight SIGHTFEST at the Salt Lake Center for Science Education in Salt Lake City on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Elien Wijns, left, of Brussels, Belgium, and Liam Dorney, of Brisbane, Australia, take in the total solar eclipse at Mann Creek Reservoir near Weiser, Idaho, on their wedding day, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. The couple met while viewing a total solar eclipse in Australia, got engaged while viewing another total solar eclipse in the Faroe Islands and have since seen another in Indonesia. Later on Monday the couple are getting married after viewing this latest total solar eclipse together with family and friends.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Dancers watch as Hunter Hayes performs during Stadium of Fire at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, July 1, 2017.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Ellen Emanuel, Lynae Lytle and Spencer Landis, of Lincoln, Nebraska, walk around and take photos outside the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. The trio came to visit a friend and see the nation's capital for the first time.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
People gather for the March for Science at the Utah state Capitol in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 22, 2017.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Jeff Allen, a deacon aspirant at St. Vincent de Paul, blesses Saundra Shanti, lead staff chaplain at St. Mark's Hospital, during the annual Blessing of the Hands at the hospital in Millcreek on Monday, May 08, 2017.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
A man is taken into custody on an unrelated warrant as law enforcement responds to reports of a gunshot near 700 South and Post Street in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
This composite of seven images taken in less than one second shows the Independent Space Station in silhouette against the sun as it passes above the Deseret News in Salt Lake City on Thursday, July 6, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Traffic moves slowly on I-15 in South Salt Lake on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Molly McClish poses for a photo in an area she and her daughter, Lily, used to come ride horses in Moab on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. McClish hopes to install a memorial in the area for Lily, who died by suicide in January.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
People look at paintings of the First Presidency at the end of the Saturday morning session of the LDS Church’s 187th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Rebecca Houtz, Taylor Heath, Hayley Goen and Marjia Farris comfort each other at a vigil for victims of the Las Vegas shooting at Southern Utah University in Cedar City on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
United States Ambassador to Russia Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., left, hugs his father, Jon M. Huntsman, Sr., after a ceremonial swearing-in at the Utah state Capitol in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Luke L. Adam, a Korean War veteran who served in the U.S. Army Infantry, watches as the Veterans Day parade passes in Layton on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Kylie Walter holds a sign as she and other kids wait for fire crews to return from fighting the Brian Head fire in Southern Utah near the town of Panguitch on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
The Most Rev. Oscar A. Solis waves as he exits the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City after his installation as the 10th bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.
Ravell Call, Deseret News
Jessica Mamey approaches the stage to ask Rep. Jason Chaffetz a question during a town hall meeting in Cottonwood Heights on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017.
Ravell Call, Deseret News
Student Alyssa Potter of Neil Armstrong Academy holds a rabbit as Paul Brewer, 'The STEM Guy," performs a magic show as part of Tech Day on the Hill at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Shane Cathey drags behind his brother Micah's electric chair in South Jordan on Thursday, April 6, 2017.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
A motorist drives through the fall leaves near Sherwood Hills in Sardine Canyon on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Golfers line up a putt at Thanksgiving Point Golf Course in Lehi on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
A cannon smoke ring floats past the crowd during a football game in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Maria Santiago Garcia hugs her son Anthony Fajarado during a rally for Garcia, who has four young U.S. born children and is facing deportation, outside of Salt Lake City Immigration Court in West Valley City, on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Zahra Hassan, a refugee from Afghanistan, holds a balloon that was given to her upon her arrival to Salt Lake City International Airport on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. The family of eight was brought to Utah with the assistance of Catholic Community Services before President Trump's 120-day ban on refugee arrivals could take effect. "We ask President Trump to repeal the ban. … We hope that he will show some kindness," Zahra's father, Ali Hassan said.
Ravell Call, Deseret News
Mutasim Alahmari sits on his mother's legs and plays on a phone while his mother, Sumayyah Alsurayhah has her teeth cleaned by Josi Goodman during Junior League of Salt Lake City's annual CARE Fair at Horizonte Instruction and Training Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, July 7, 2017.
Ravell Call, Deseret News
Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Police Chief Mike Brown leave after a press conference in Salt Lake City on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, concerning a University Hospital nurse who was arrested for not allowing a blood draw by a Salt Lake police officer.
Ravell Call, Deseret News
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sydnee Dickson talks about their names as she greets student Sydney during a tour of Wasatch Elementary School in Clearfield on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017.
Ravell Call, Deseret News
Thomas Clayton adds some excitement as he teaches eighth-grade math at Granite Park Junior High in South Salt Lake, Utah on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. His teacher training was both conventional and unconventional. The Utah Legislature is discussing requirements for teacher training.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Jamie Calder visits her grandmothers burial site with her son Truman at Wasatch Lawn Cemetery Cremation Garden in Millcreek on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Dancers perform as the University of Utah Tanner Dance Program Children’s Dance Theatre present Elfwyn’s Saga in Salt Lake City on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Elfwyn's Saga is a tale of magic, greed and heroism. CDT students range from second grade through high school.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
UVU's Craig Moore has some fun with chemistry experiments as 30,000 students and educators participate in Utah STEM FEST 2017 at the South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Rocky Mountain Power employees line the road during the funeral procession for lineman Jesse Davis in Spanish Fork on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. Davis died Sunday after making electrical contact while troubleshooting a power outage in West Jordan.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
BYU London Center students have an opportunity to see many things including a Skate Jam competition during study abroad in London, England, on June 17, 2017. The story ran July 15.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Crews work to assemble a crane to repair railroad tracks in the Lucin, Nevada, area on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Someone has placed an American flag on a burnt out truck destroyed by fire in Santa Rosa, California, on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, after a fast-moving fire.
Adam Fondren, Deseret News
Aurelia Soter enjoys the fountain at the Gateway during the Festa Italiana in Salt Lake City, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Search crews launch a boat to the river as they respond to a report of a person floating in the Jordan River near 3900 South in Murray on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Traffic moves slowly on I-15 in South Salt Lake on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Utah Highway Patrol trooper involved in a serious accident on southbound I-15 in Lindon on Monday, March 6, 2017.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Fourth-year University of Utah medical student Haleigh Emerson is congratulated by her husband, Brock, after opening her letter of acceptance to McKay-Dee Hospital's family medicine program on Match Day at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Friday, March 17, 2017. The couple is flanked by Haleigh's mother, Janet, and Brock's mother, Jolyn, who were ecstatic to learn that their children would remain in Utah. Match Day is an annual, nationwide event. On this day, graduating medical students across the country find out which specialties, and which hospitals or care centers, they have matched to for their residency training.
Ravell Call, Deseret News
Zane Miller, grandson of Larry Miller, wipes a tear after speaking as the University of Utah receives a gift of $5.3 million by the Larry H. and Gail Miller Foundation in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. The donation will establish a diabetes prevention program called "Driving Out Diabetes: A Larry H. Miller Family Wellness Initiative."
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Rodolfo Sanchez plays with his son Gael at the Liberty Park splash pad as people take in the hot temperatures in Salt Lake City on Monday, July 3, 2017.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Bob Welker poses for a portrait at home in Draper on Thursday, April 27, 2017. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Welker's diagnosis of primary progressive MS. He will be in a wheelchair for most of the MS walk this year but hopes to cross the finish line on foot. His tattoo shows his journey from cane, to walker to wheelchair, features his MS Walk medals and his dog Max, who he got right around the time he was diagnosed.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
UVU President Matthew Holland stands at Christ Church while on a sabbatical at Pembroke College, Oxford University, England, on June 14, 2017. The story ran July 15.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Hope, one of two new polar bears at the Hogle Zoo, swims in the Rocky Shores exhibit at the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City, on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Rowena Ward talks to her son Lota Ward as he slowly wakes up after his fourth brain surgery for a teratoma brain tumor at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City on Thursday, April 2, 2015. Lota had trouble opening his eyes after surgery, so it took a little while for his parents, nurses and doctors to realize he was actually awake, even though his eyes were still closed.
Ravell Call, Deseret News
Toni Lock becomes emotional as she finishes teaching a Qigong class in Salt Lake City on Monday, July 17, 2017, to cancer patients, caregivers and staff of Huntsman Cancer Institute. While serving as the instructor for the class, she too was diagnosed with cancer.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Traffic moves slowly on I-15 in South Salt Lake on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Rasha Hredeen and one of her sons, Omar, wait for the arrival of their Syrian cousins at the Salt Lake City International Airport on Thursday, May 25, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Sandy residents turn out for the Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival at Storm Mountain Park on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017.
Adam Fondren, Deseret News
Jessie Frye a drummer in the Salt Lake Scots Pipe Band during the Th' Kirkin' o' th' Tartan ceremony at the First Presbyterian Church in Salt Lake on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. Th' Kirkin' o' th' Tartan worship service is a chance to Christians to rededicate themselves to the God of their Scottish heritage, it dates back to 1745 when Scottish clansmen were banned from wearing their Tartans.
Adam Fondren, Deseret News
Alexandria Seagroves, Staff Sgt. Aaron Butlers fiancée, clutches her folded flag and weeps during Butlers' funeral in Monticello, Utah, on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. The 27-year-old, a Green Beret assigned to the Utah National Guard 19th Special Forces Group, was killed in action in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, on Aug. 16.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Salt Lake County fair gets underway in South Jordan on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017.
Adam Fondren, Deseret News
Theo Parry-Mclarty is in amazement as he looks at toys while Atticus Bennett points out what he wants at Salt Lake Comic Con in the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Firefighters work on resuscitating a dog retrieved from a burning house near 11400 South and 4000 West in South Jordan on Sunday, March 26, 2017.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Maya Linton holds up a Love Love Love sign at the Solidarity Rally outside of the Salt Lake City and County Building in Salt Lake City, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Smoke covers the area as the wildfire continues to burn near Brian Head, Iron County, on Friday, June 30, 2017.
Ravell Call, Deseret News
Wildlife biologist Tom Becker, left, and Sgt. Jeremy Hansen of the Tooele City Police Department, carry a tranquilized mountain lion from the backyard of a home in Tooele on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. At back center is veterinary doctor Jon McCormick.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Park City Fire District crews battle a house fire in the Summit Park area of Summit County on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017.
Ravell Call, Deseret News
A crashed airplane is seen on the slopes of Red Pine Mountain near Vernon, Utah, on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. The pilot suffered minor injuries in the crash landing Tuesday near the border of Juab and Tooele counties.
Nicole Boliaux, Deseret News
Nate Hall, center, embraces his son, Gabriel, while standing with Alizea Gobel, 5, bottom left, her sister, Haze Hall, 4, bottom right, and other family members in front of Matt Hall's casket during his funeral at Myers Mortuary in Ogden on Saturday, April 15, 2017. Matt Hall was in jail for 15 months until he smashed his head into a wall and jumped off a railing in February. He was paralyzed from the shoulders down until dying from his injuries on April 7.
Ravell Call, Deseret News
Visitors enjoy the Christmas lights near Temple Square in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017.
Adam Fondren, Deseret News
An officer smells a flower that a protestor gave him after the protest downtown against President Donald Trump during his visit to the state Capitol in Salt Lake on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
A memorial grows as people continue to place notes, flowers, and candles as Las Vegas reacts to the mass shooting at Route 91 Harvest Festival on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
R.J. Roush highlines across the Fruit Bowl, near Canyonlands National Park and Moab, Utah, on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Rev. Jason Adams sits with his son Isaac at the Reformation Lutheran Church in Las Vegas praying and singing as they react to the mass shooting in Las Vegas Nevada on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.
Ravell Call, Deseret News
A sequence of photos shows a total eclipse of the sun, as seen from Palisades Reservoir, Idaho, on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Jorge M. Alvarado, second from right, his son, Jorge Daniel Alvarado, right, and John Dougall, left, show off a solar powered light they are donating to Victor Manuel Felix and his mother, Mariana Rivera Sánchez, at their home in Cayey, Puerto Rico, on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.