Photos: Our favorites from 2022

The year in Alaska was marked by extreme weather, captivating politics and delightful moments of life.

Turnagain Pass
The Ice Maze
BeringSea, Eben Brown, Pinnacle, bering sea, commercial fishing, crab, crab boat, fishing, snow crab
BeringSea, Pinnacle, bering sea, crab, snow crab
BeringSea, Pinnacle, aerial, aerials, bering sea, crab, snow crab
BeringSea, Pinnacle, bering sea, crab, snow crab

[Into the ice: A crab boat’s quest for snow crab in a Bering Sea upended by climate change]

Paul Charvet, Vietnam veteran, Navy, Anchorage Airport, Alaska Airlines
Miss America, Emma Broyles

[The crowning achievement for Anchorage’s Emma Broyles might be challenging assumptions about what it means to be Miss America]

Ukraine vigil
march, housing market
march, downtown, iditarod, anniversary, ceremonial start, mushing, mush, dog sled, mushers
Unalakleet, Iditarod
Unalakleet, Iditarod
basektball, high school sports, tanana, toksook bay, celebration
Ice Skating Westchester Lagoon Spring Equinox
Hiland Road avalanche snow removal
avalanche, eagle river, hiland road
sunset, anchorage, spring
Bishar Hassan, alaska black caucus, rally
Anchorage Baptist Temple, Don Young, funeral
Kobuk 440, dog sled race, mushing, arctic, spring, cold
Kobuk 440, dog sled race, mushing, arctic, spring, cold, village, rural alaska
Kobuk 440, dog sled race, mushing, arctic, spring, cold, village, rural alaska
Anchorage Police, APD
Raechyl Blackshear, Jayla Blackshear, domestic violence, memorial
Barbara Falls on the South Fork of Eagle River

[Into the cold: Strangers find community while plunging into frigid Alaska waters]

Lowell Point, Lowell Point Road, Miller's Landing, landslide, seward
graduaton, West High School
candidate, candidates, politician, politics
Anchorage, anchorage hillside, fire, helicopter, hillside, wildfire, wildland fire
Anchorage Assembly special meeting
Anchorage Assembly special meeting
King salmon fishing at Ship Creek
homeless, Davis Park, camp clearing, abatement, RuralCAP, outreach
Juneteenth, pageant, celebration, downtown

[Miss Juneteenth Pageant empowers Anchorage’s young Black girls as they compete for chance at national crown]

Sundown Solstice Festival, Showdown Productions, electronic dance music, edm, concert, downtown
Wildland fire
Nalukataq, bowhead whale hunt, Utqiagvik
Nalukataq, bowhead whale hunt, Utqiagvik

[The spirit of the whale: Utqiaġvik celebrates Nalukataq with feast and dancing]

abortion, rally, march, downtown anchorage, women’s rights, women’s health
Arctic Terns, Tern, Terns, Potter Marsh, Seward Higheay, Turnagain Arm,, Bird, Birds
downtown, homelessness
Trump Rally
Trump Rally
Trump Rally
Centennial Campground
Centennial Park, bear, bears, black bear, camp, campground, centennial campground, cub, cubs, homeless, homeless camp, homelessness
Centennial Park campground, homeless camp, Northeast Community Council
Bristol Bay, aerial, salmon
Bristol Bay, Eliza Williamson, Naknek, Sofia Dixon, fishing boat, salmon, setnet
Bristol Bay, Camp Nerka, Lake Nerka, Wood-Tikchik, Wood-Tikchik State Park
Bristol Bay, Lake Nerka, aerial, salmon
Bristol Bay, Little Togiak Lake, fish, salmon, underwater

[The salmon mystery of Bristol Bay]

Fred Lee Rally
Fourth Avenue Theater sign, Peach Holdings, redevelompment, downtown
4th Avenue Theater,k 4th Avenue theatre, Neon, Neon Sign, 4th Ave, 4th Avenue
4th Avenue, 4th Avenue Theater, anchorage, downtown, downtown anchorage
Election Day
Sarah Palin, congress, U.S. House, election day, primary
Election Day
Lisa Murkowski, Pat Chesbro, Kelly Tshibaka, U.S. Senate, candidates, politics, campaign, debate, forum
Mary Peltola, U.S. Captiol, U.S. House, representative-elect

[Peltola sworn into office as Alaska’s new U.S. representative]

Charles family at landslide damage to apartment in Midtown
Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Senate, candidate, politics, campaign
centennial, centennial park, homeless, homelessness
sullivan arena, homeless, homelessness, shelter
Indigenous Peoples Day
CIRI, Fire Island, Fire Island Wind, alternative energy, renewable energy, wind energy, wind farm, wind power
Elders & Youth, Elders & Youth Conference
Elders & Youth, Elders & Youth Conference
AFN, Alaska Federation of Natives, Dena'ina Center
Bull moose
Violet Jopp rakes leaves
november, hockey, Anchorage Wolverines, Ben Boeke
moonrise, 5th Avenue
Rep. Mary Peltola Election Day
election day, Lisa Murskowski
Veterans Day, Alaska National Guard
Veterans Day, Fort Richardson National Cemetery
november, southeast, Alaska Marine Highway System, ferry, travel
Homicide memorial

[3 teens planned to rob 16-year-old Anchorage boy before he was fatally shot, charges say]

Sunset, Airport, Cargo Jet, UPS, Boeing 747 cargo jet, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
Outdoor deaths

[24 people believed to have been homeless died outdoors in Anchorage this year]

november, winter, operation santa, salvation army, Nuiqsut, C-130, national guard, op santa
november, sunset, moon, alaska range, landscape, military, plane, aerial photography
Avian Flu, Avian Influenza, Bird Flu, Mat-Su, Sarah Coburn, Sheila Pontier, Wasilla

[‘This is totally unusual’: Highly pathogenic bird flu still spreading in Alaska, state veterinarian says]

moose, city, weather, Anchorage
december, first friday, art, anchorage museum, downtown
snow, winter
Snow Storm
Cross Country Ski Race, Cross Country, Skiing, Kincaid Park,
winter, snow, storm, weather
december, cold, snow, winter, snow storm, winter walking, pedestrians, guide dog
Colson Petersen, dog, sled, sledding, snow, weather, winter
winter, snow, storm, weather
Sullivan Arena, homeless, warming area

[Anchorage’s Sullivan Arena shelter is full. As temperatures plunge, homeless seek refuge in a crowded warming area.]

state wrestling, wrestling
Christmas tree
bohemian waxwing, birds, wildlife
december, winter, new year’s eve, fireworks

Marc Lester

Marc Lester is a multimedia journalist for Anchorage Daily News. Contact him at

Loren Holmes

Loren Holmes is a staff photojournalist at the Anchorage Daily News. Contact him at

Bill Roth

Bill Roth is a staff photojournalist at the Anchorage Daily News.

Emily Mesner

Emily Mesner is a multimedia journalist for the Anchorage Daily News. She previously worked for the National Park Service at Denali National Park and Preserve and the Western Arctic National Parklands in Kotzebue, at the Cordova Times and at the Jackson Citizen Patriot in Jackson, Michigan.

Anne Raup

Multimedia editor Anne Raup has been with ADN for 26 years, both as a staff shooter and an editor.

Bob Hallinen

Bob Hallinen has been a photojournalist in Alaska since the 1980s and has traveled extensively all over the state. He retired from the ADN in November 2018 after 33 years at the newspaper.