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A Year in Pictures: Chronicle photo staff's favorite images of 2022

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In 2022, the Chronicle’s staff photographers published 8,896 pictures, chosen from tens of thousands of photos that never left the hard drive.

From those thousands of pictures, we’ve narrowed it down to eight that left an impression on us. Some of these images were chosen for their composition. Others, for the emotion they evoked.

These images are a visual record of southwest Montana in 2022. Our goal as photojournalists is to bring the reader to places they’ve never been, to help people understand others in their community, and to provide context for the issues we collectively face.

Freedom Convoy

The crowd is coal rolled as they for the Freedom Convoy to arrive at the Flying J truck stop in Belgrade on March 2, 2022.

Rest area

Joe Erickson, a word-of-mouth auto mechanic in Bozeman, installs a new timing belt on a stranded car at the I-90 rest area in Bozeman on Thursday, March 24, 2022.

Photo Page, Alan Leech

Alan Leech plays a duet with his wife, Karen Leech, at their home on May 19, 2022. Alan is retiring from the symphony at the end of June after 50 years.

Sheep Helle Ranch

Weston Helle, center, calms an injured lamb in the back of a truck as his brother, Evan, left, and herder Dionisio Taype, assist near the Upper Ruby River on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022.

Little Bighorn Reenactment, Photo Page

Solon Moccasin and Tanya Falls Down help Zacchaeus Dust put on his regalia for the Battle of Little Bighorn Reenactment on Sunday, June 26, 2022, along the Little Bighorn River.


Arrowleaf balsamroot plants blow in the wind near the College "M" trailhead on Thursday, June 2, 2022.

Homecoming Parade

Blake and Autumn McKinsey wait for the start of the Montana State University homecoming parade on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022, in downtown Bozeman.

ESPN College GameDay

The Montana State University rodeo team rides horses in front of Bobcat Stadium as the broadcast of ESPN's College GameDay is filmed live from the MSU campus before the 121st playing of the Brawl of the Wild on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.

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