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Gallery: Our photos of the year 2021

A bull rider is frozen in midair as he is tossed about during a rodeo competition. A 9-year-old girl rolls up her sleeve to get her COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up clinic at a McDonald’s restaurant. A cockapoo watches intently as its owner raises a 20 inch pike while ice fishing. The Skowhegan River Hawks celebrate after winning the State A Class Softball Championship.

These are some of the scenes featured in our Photos of the Year gallery for 2021. From sports and reporting to news and portrait development, these stunning images from our staff photographers run the gamut and celebrate people and women. places in central Maine.

We hope you enjoy the collection of images chosen by the photographers themselves: Joe Phelan and Andy Molloy of the Kennebec Journal, and Michael G. Seamans and Rich Abrahamson of the Morning Sentinel.

Joao Paulo Fernandez gets thrown by Wooly Bully during a PBR Velocity Tour rodeo competition at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on July 23. Michael G. Seamans / Morning Sentry

Bert Languet sprays water on the four hockey rinks being set up on February 11 for the Maine Pond Hockey Classic on Snow Pond in Sidney. Joe Phelan / Journal Kennebec

Lily Taylor, 9, of Skowhegan, rolls up her sleeve as Shane Savage of the Oakland Pharmacy prepares to get her vaccinated against COVID-19 at a pop-up clinic at McDonald’s restaurant at 336 Main Street in Waterville, November 23. With Taylor, his father Alan with his little brother Dylan, left, and his mother Makenzee, pictured filling out papers on the right. Makenzee and Alan also received their vaccines during the clinic. This was one of the first opportunities in the region for people as young as 5 years old to be vaccinated against the virus. Rich Abrahamson / Morning Sentry

A red squirrel repels an eastern blue bird that explores a tree cavity where the squirrel nests Jan. 28 in Hallowell. Journal Andy Molloy / Kennebec

Waterville firefighter Matt Adamson comes out of a structural fire with a kitten on King Street in the South Waterville neighborhood on January 11. Michael G. Seamans / Morning Sentry

Parachutist Steve Staub hangs back from the wing of the Cessna 182 which brought it to a jump altitude of 10,000 feet over Waterville on July 28. Michael G. Seamans / Morning Sentry

Isaac Côté, 14, threw himself into Crotched Pond in Fayette on November 10 while fly fishing with his father and brother. Journal Andy Molloy / Kennebec

A deer stops near the puddles at Pine Grove Cemetery in Waterville that were left after rain showers soaked the area on September 26. Rich Abrahamson / Morning Sentry

Coach Karen Magnusson watches the girls practice on November 23 at the M. Burbank Memorial Gymnasium at Maranacook Community School in Readfield. Joe Phelan / Journal Kennebec

Waldo, a 2-year-old Great Dane, pokes his head through the sunroof of Kylie Beaudoin’s car after Beaudoin picks up flowers at Robin’s Nest at Hathaway Creative Center in Waterville on March 30. Michael G. Seamans / Morning Sentry

The Memorial Bridge, on the left, spans the ice-clogged Kennebec River as the sun sets just behind the Hartford Fire Hall and lights up the sky above downtown Augusta on February 4. Joe Phelan / Journal Kennebec

Lightning strikes south of Winslow, as seen from Waterville on July 6. Michael G. Seamans / Morning Sentry

Ron Young uses a tractor to tow his boat along Causeway Road en route to the China Lake landing stage in China on July 27. Rich Abrahamson / Morning Sentry

MDI’s Amelia VanDongen, left, slipped and fell, but Greely’s Annie Reynolds was able to stop before falling over her in a muddy curve during the Class B cross country race on October 30 in Belfast. Joe Phelan / Journal Kennebec

Students at Happy Farm School in Whitefield on March 16 listen to their classmates shout the initials of the words they must guess during a game of “Here We Come”. According to teacher Ada Kroyer, the 15 Amish children enrolled in the school learn to associate words with sounds while playing in the woods. Journal Andy Molloy / Kennebec

Milly, a cockapoo, watches her owner, Patrick Higgins, raise a 20 inch pike while ice fishing with her father Tim in a private pond near their home in Fairfield on January 20. Rich Abrahamson / Morning Sentry

Christina Dorman, STEM librarian at Maine State Library, browses the fiction section as she is dressed as a “Star Wars” stormtrooper at the Waterville Public Library on May 4. Michael G. Seamans / Morning Sentry

Casey Mills, left, and Jon Lettre wrestle on November 23 during wrestling practice at Cony High School in Augusta. Journal Andy Molloy / Kennebec

A fly fisherman casts a line on November 4 into the Kennebec River at its confluence with Cobbosseecontee Creek in downtown Gardiner. Joe Phelan / Journal Kennebec

Tommy Keister approaches part of the Benton Falls Dam on the Sebasticook River in Benton on May 21. Lobster boats like Keister rely on local access to bait to reduce the need to purchase bait imported from China. Michael G. Seamans / Morning Sentry

Monmouth’s Owen Harding slips to second under a throw from Mt Abram’s Tyler Phelps in a Class C South semi-final match on May 12 at Monmouth. Journal Andy Molloy / Kennebec

Gardiner players Megan Gallagher, left, Lizzy Gruber, Piper Lavoie and Taylor Takatsu play zonal defense as Cony senior goalie Julia Reny takes the ball in a game on February 23 at Cony’s Ryan Family Gym in Augusta. Joe Phelan / Journal Kennebec

Windham High School linebacker Tobias Perkins (4) breaks a pass intended for Cony High School tight end Casey Mills in Oakland during a football game on October 9. Michael G. Seamans / Morning Sentry

Darren Doucette, right, and his wife Danielle hold the hands of their daughter Brina Jo, 17, as they walk through the backyard of Wolf Creek Maple Farm in Sidney on March 28. The Sidney family spent time watching steam rise from a maple syrup evaporator inside the farm’s sugar shack. Rich Abrahamson / Morning Sentry

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