The year 2020 wasn’t all that bad. Really, it wasn’t.

Sure, there was the pandemic that has crippled the economy and uprooted normal life as we know it. There was the outpouring of anger after the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis. There were painful losses, wildfires, balloon crashes, chronic wasting disease and a famous family of bears that came too close to town for comfort.

COVID-19 forced News&Guide photojournalists to rethink how we do our job. We typically like to be close to our subjects, to bring our readers closer as well. But we figured it out. We used telephoto lenses a lot. We wore masks a lot. It was often a whirlwind, and sometimes a blur, but the news doesn’t stop for anything — even a global pandemic. We kept going to public meetings, we covered the elections and the protests. Just like we always do.

Looking back at a year’s worth of photographs, we were reminded of the humanity and resilience tucked into the cracks of the crazy. We found a multitude of timeless moments, the kind that remind you that the world keeps moving and life goes on, no matter how dark and intense the storm might seem.

Seniors graduated, birthdays were celebrated, and we found a little time to get outside for some exercise. Nervous kindergartners donned masks and braved the first day of school. Jackson Hole’s wildlife went about its business, and seemingly out of nowhere a comet dazzled stargazers for several nights at the height of summer. In the year’s darkest days, hope arrived in the form of a vaccine.

These were some of the bright spots that we need to remember in an otherwise turbulent year.

These images are just a small selection of the hundreds we produced in documenting our community during this incredible year. Some are our personal favorites, others are representative of poignant moments. We made our slideshow a little longer this year, because so much happened and we wanted to include as much of it as possible. Watch until the end, and hopefully you’ll remember that 2020 wasn’t that bad after all.

— Bradly J. Boner, Director of Visuals

Ryan Dorgan joined the staff as a photographer in 2016 after two years covering the state of Wyoming for the Casper Star-Tribune and working at newspapers in Vermont and his home state of Indiana. He and his wife live in Kelly with their dog, Dottie.

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