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Life through a lens: Northern Ireland's memorable year caught on camera

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Loyalist youths take photographs from Cavehill with their mobile phones of Eleventh night bonfires burning across Belfast

Loyalist youths take photographs from Cavehill with their mobile phones of Eleventh night bonfires burning across Belfast

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Kelly Gallagher shows off her Paralympic gold medal

Kelly Gallagher shows off her Paralympic gold medal

Mark Oliver’s photograph of two members of his church walking group in Tollymore forest was the winner of our One Summer’s Day competition

Mark Oliver’s photograph of two members of his church walking group in Tollymore forest was the winner of our One Summer’s Day competition

A man and dog brave the elements as they walk along the wall at the Barmouth on Castlerock beach

A man and dog brave the elements as they walk along the wall at the Barmouth on Castlerock beach

The funeral takes place of Oscar Knox, the County Antrim boy who died after a long battle against cancer after capturing the hearts of the public

The funeral takes place of Oscar Knox, the County Antrim boy who died after a long battle against cancer after capturing the hearts of the public

The Color Run, which was presented by Dulux, takes place at the Titanic Quarter in Belfast

The Color Run, which was presented by Dulux, takes place at the Titanic Quarter in Belfast

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Loyalist youths take photographs from Cavehill with their mobile phones of Eleventh night bonfires burning across Belfast

It's a well worn adage but true. A picture is worth a thousand words and once again our talented photographers produced some stunning images during 2014 as they chased cyclists, surfers and champions.

One of my favourite photographs of the year was by Charles McQuillan.

He captured the Eleventh night bonfires from a less than traditional angle, looking down on Belfast spread beneath him from the Cavehill. In the arresting picture, youths are seen taking mobile phone images as the fires lit up the clear night sky.

On the sporting front, who can forget Kelly Gallagher's face as she made history by collecting her Paralympic gold medal? Or Carl Frampton's joy at winning the World Title in his native Belfast?

Another great picture that catches the eye is the winner of the Belfast Telegraph photographic competition, One Summer's Day. Mark Oliver shot a great picture in Tollymore forest of his church walking group. On one of the wettest days of the year, photographers had to dig deep and Mark was creative and skillful enough to win the competition.

Our photographs captured moments of history, moments of joy and also great sadness.

There were funerals for young and old this year. Wee Oscar Knox died in May. The five-year-old had captured hearts across Northern Ireland with his determined fight against a rare childhood cancer and the image of his parents following a white coffin was a striking one of unimaginable grief.

One of the biggest events this year was the Giro d'Italia. The race in May produced some amazing photographs and Northern Ireland was magnificently showcased by our skilful photographers.

Another year over and once again we have to marvel at the work of our lensmen. Through adverse conditions, they continue to produce brilliant photographs - bringing us colourful stories and events in one single shot.

Belfast Telegraph


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