Best of 2023

Here are my ten favorite photos of 2023. A difficult choice. Not necessarily my best shots, but definitely photos that resonate with me, at least at this particular moment in time. If you’d like to see a larger selection, here’s a gallery of 25 favorites on

Kinnidi Moore sheds a tear as she hugs her sister Isheeka Jones after her graduation ceremony Saturday, May 20, 2023 at Peoria Manual High School.
The Peoria Rivermen gather for player introductions before the start of Game 2 of the SPHL quarterfinals Saturday, April 15, 2023 at Carver Arena. The Rivermen advanced to the semifinals with a 2-1 win over Pensacola.
Elmwood’s Isaiah Hill reacts at the finish line after sprinting from behind to take second place behind Riverdale’s Tommy Murray in the Class 1A state 1600-meter run Saturday, May 27, 2023 at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
A drag queen strikes a pose while holding a protest sign during an impromptu show Friday, May 12, 2023 on the sidewalk along Kumpf Boulevard outside the Peoria Civic Center. Dozens of activists protested Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ visit to Peoria for the annual Lincoln Day Dinner.
Adrienne Coleman (1511) of Mahomet and Ed Coleman of Canton share a kiss at the finish line of the Steamboat Classic 4-Mile race Saturday, June 17, 2023 in downtown Peoria.
Washington Panthers football moms get a little rowdy during the annual Mom’s Night event Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023 at Babcook Field in Washington.
A pair of Bradley Bravettes flip their hair during a timeout routine in the second half Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023 at Carver Arena. The Braves rolled over the Murray State Racers 83-48.
Decked out in red, white and blue wings and face paint, Janine Merheb, 5, of Ft. Wayne visiting relatives in Peoria, blows a stready stream of bubbles while waiting for the fireworks to start during the annual 3rd of July Fireworks Celebration on Monday, July 3, 2023 at Glen Oak Park in Peoria.
Morton’s GB Kruzick (11) catches a pass in front of Washington defender Masyn Burke late in the fourth quarter of their Week 9 football game Friday, Oct. 20, 2023 in Morton.
Young Redbirds fan Luke Piscaglia, in glasses, asks Metamora’s Tyler Mason to autograph his drawing of the junior guard during a celebration honoring the team’s Class 3A basketball state title Sunday, March 12, 2023 at Metamora Township High School.

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