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The Best of The Texas Tribune's photojournalism of 2019

Here's a look back at our favorite photographs by freelancers, fellows and our new photography department.

Mourners at a service held for Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal of the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Dhaliwal was shot and killed...

Last year was a memorable one in Texas, but that’s always true — in a state this big, diverse and complex, every year is bound to be momentous. And for the last 10 years, The Texas Tribune has told the story of our state with stories, data, deep dives and, of course, photos.

One big change for the Tribune last year was the birth of a dedicated photo department. In the past, we relied on a remarkable roster of freelance photographers across the state to get the images that go with our stories. While we continue to rely on these wonderfully talented photojournalists, we hired our first staff photographer and photo editor, Miguel Gutierrez Jr., in late 2018. With John Jordan as his deputy and three gifted photo fellows helping out in 2019, it quickly became the little department that could, and along the way began to define a bold and distinctive visual style.

From the big political stories to the ever-changing situation at the border, from the halls and chambers of the state Capitol to the homes of people affected by the laws that were passed, and from the jungles of Central America to Washington, D.C., Tribune photographers were there, every step of the way. Here are some of our standout photos.

Beto O'Rourke leads a counterprotest with thousands of other El Pasoans at the same time President Donald Trump holds a ca...
Presidential candidate Julian Castro pauses while supporters cheer during a rally on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, in Houston.
Naida Alvarez painted "No Border Wall" on the roof of her home in La Rosita. Alvarez has received letters from the U.S. Go...
Speaker Dennis Bonnen during the Texas Fallen Heroes ceremony  on May 25, 2019
Texas Secretary of State David Whitley attended a hearing with the Senate Committee on Nominations on Thursday. Gov. Greg ...
A young girl from the Mexican state of Guerrero looks towards the Gateway International Bridge in Matamoros on Oct. 16, 20...
At the historic La Lomita Chapel in Mission, Rio Grande Valley residents held an early-morning vigil for migrants who drow...
A memorial at the Walmart where a gunman opened fire on shoppers on August 4, 2019, in El Paso.
Samantha Ordaz and César Antonio Pacheco during a Silent March for those that lost their lives to the mass shooting at a l...
Mexican nationals pass time in an encampment in Matamoros, Tamaulipas,  as they wait their turn to seek asylum in the U.S....
Yenssi Zepeda eats a meal inside the Casa Marianella migrant shelter in Austin on Nov 26, 2019.
A young man from Honduras who goes by "Alexander" is seen at a house on the outskirts of town where he has been living sin...
Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, speaks at a town hall held in Austin on...
From left, Russell Holloway and Amanda Chavira listen to democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren,...
Baylor senior Anna Conner's campus LGBT organization, called Gamma Alpha Upsilon, or GAY, has been denied to be charted by...
President Donald Trump exits Air Force One at Austin-Bergstrom Airport where he visits an Apple campus in Austin on Nov. 2...
Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a community event in San Antonio on Dec. 1...
Eliana Peña wears her quinceañera dress for a photoshoot at the Texas Capitol on May 26, 2019.
San Antonio resident Rosie Torres perform a Danza Mexica prayer offering on the Capitol South Lawn on May 22, 2019 as part...
Thousands of mostly Indian-Americans attended "Howdy, Modi" at the NRG Stadium with Indian Prime Minister Modi and Preside...
Thomas Williams-Platt, 18, in the backyard of his aunt’s home in Georgetown on Nov. 22, 2019. Last December the then 17-ye...
From left, Elmer de la Rosa, Orlando Jose Reyes and Carlos Lanza stand near the perimeter of the migrant shelter in Piedra...
Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, now a political commentator and investor, speaks with BuzzF...
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Supporters listen to Houston mayor Sylvester Turner address a crowd of supporters during an election night party at the Ge...
Beto O'Rourke speaks at Texas Southern University in Houston Saturday, March 30, 2019 during his Presidential Campaign kic...
Kamala Harris at the National Education Association presidential forum in Houston on Friday, July 5, 2019.
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, chats with Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith during the Te...

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