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Steve Griffin, Deseret News
The Grand America Hotel rises out of a thick blanket of fog that covered the Salt Lake Valley on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018.

Every year, I have the privilege of selecting some of the best photographs the Deseret News photography staff has captured during the previous 12 months. In turn, those photojournalists have the privilege of being your eyes, giving you a spectacular view of the world around us. It’s an honor for them to provide an intimate glimpse into your lives as you invite them into your offices, classrooms and homes.

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They take their work seriously, following a strict code of ethics, always striving to show the good in humanity while remembering their responsibility to document the challenges life often throws our way. The trust we’ve established with you, our readers, wasn't built overnight. We thank you for it, and we'll work to maintain it.

As we look back at 2018, here are a few of the photographs that moved you and made an impact on our community. We hope they will help you remember the joys and struggles, the laughter and tears, of a remarkable year.

More of the year's top photographs can be seen at deseretnews.com.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Latter-day Saint volunteers get a glimpse of the LDS Church president during a luncheon with local government officials in Concepcion, Chile, on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Gloria Bird, 70, and Barbara Sollie, 95, react to Montezuma's Treasure Ride, an Innovative Entertainment virtual reality motion ride, at Cove Point Retirement Community in Provo on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Elvia Hernandez Chile, 11, writes on the steamed window of a van that she and her family are living out of on a frigid morning in South Salt Lake on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017. The van's heater is broken.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Josh Holt's grandmother Linda Holt drapes an American flag around him as he and his wife, Thamy, are swarmed by family and friends as they arrive at the international terminal at the Salt Lake City International Airport to cheering friends and family on Monday, May 28, 2018.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News
Hot air balloons start to launch above Bulldog Field during Provo's Balloon Festival as part of America's Freedom Festival in Provo on Monday, July 2, 2018. Spectators got to experience approximately 25 of the balloons as they inflated before launching around 6:00 a.m. Pilots participated in the Hare and the Hound competition where "hound" balloons drop bean bags onto a target laid out by the "hare."
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
A track team member reacts during the vigil as student-athletes and fellow students gather at the Park Building at the University of Utah for a vigil for Lauren McCluskey on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. McCluskey was killed Monday, Oct. 22, 2018.
Ravell Call, Deseret News
Ryan Luke and his wife, Steph Sheen, look at burned motorcycles that were in a detached garage behind their home in West Valley City on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. Police say Luke and Sheen's neighbor on Thursday shot and killed a West Valley code enforcement officer and burned down their house and the garage.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Orin Voorheis, with his wife, Chartina, by his side, works as a greeter at the Deseret Industries in American Fork on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Sarceño Isolina Corado weeps as she hugs her granddaughter, Sarai Fajardo, goodbye at their home in Jerez, Guatemala, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. Fajardo, 10, and her brother, Patrick, 12, were leaving their mother and grandparents to return to Utah for a better education.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Vanessa Cortes, a first-grader at Newman Elementary School, tries on new eyeglasses during SightFest at Northwest Middle School in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. The event gave full eye exams and prescription eyeglasses to 95 students in the Salt Lake City School District who had failed earlier vision screenings, qualified for free or reduced lunch and did not have health insurance.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hugs children after they rushed to meet him in Asuncion, Paraguay, on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018.