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People line up in cars to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at a federally-run mass vaccination site at NRG Stadium in Houston…

2021 in photos: Texans navigated COVID-19, weathered power outages and witnessed an increase in border crossings

As 2021 comes to a close, here’s a look back at just some of our favorite images captured by Texas Tribune photographers all over the state — and across the nation — to tell the stories of Texans in a challenging year.

Long lines of people waited to receive their COVID-19 vaccine at Fair Park, where Dallas County opened its first "mega" vacc…
Cameron County residents wait to recieve the COVID-19 vaccine at a drive-in distribution site in Los Fresnos on Jan. 22, 202…
Beverly Mills, a teacher at Anderson Elementary School, speaks to pharmacist Ilana Druker before getting vaccinated at Houst…
People waited for hours to receive their drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine at the Fair Park vaccination site in Dallas. Feb. 8, 20…
An eastbound view of East Stassney Lane in south Austin on Feb. 15, 2021.
From left: Logan Roerig and David Dobrinsky skid bikes through the snow in Austin, Feb. 15, 2021.
Megan Linden sits in her car to warm up and charge her phone in East Austin on Feb. 17, 2021.
Food pantry manager Farrah Rivera map out routes to resident rooms at the Rebekah Baines Johnson Center in Austin on Feb. 17…
Nicole Colato, 12, holds her sibling Christian Colato, 8, at Gallery Furniture, which opened to the public as a warming cent…
The Blanco Vista neighborhood of San Marcos is blanketed with several inches of snow as a massive winter weather system caus…
DanaÎ Gutierrez, founder of Harvest Project Food Rescue, drives the bus carrying hundreds of meals, blankets, and warm cloth…
Amanda Zhang, right, attends a rally at Discovery Green on March 20, 2021, in Houston. People gathered for the Stop Asian Ha…
Flowers lay atop a sign at Discovery Green on March 20, 2021, in Houston. People gathered for the Stop Asian Hate Vigil and …
Hundreds of people gathered to take collective action against Asian hate during the Stop Asian Hate Rally and Vigil at Husto…
LaChay Batts leads a chant saying Marvin Scott IIIís name at a demonstration outside of the Collin County Jail to demand jus…
Marvin Scott III's mother LaSandra Scott prays at the end of a demonstration outside of the Collin County Jail. People gathe…
Melinda Whittemore participates in a demonstration held by Next Generation Action Network at the Collin County Courthouse in…
Rosa Ramos has her sugar levels checked by a health worker at the Amistad Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Uvalde on Apr…
Marie Sanders looks out the window in a family visitation room at Focused Care at Humble on April 1, 2021, in Humble.
Executive Director of Operations Jeannie Dupree hugs her grandmother, Pauline, at Focused Care at Brenham, a nursing home th…
Rosa Ramos and Rebecca Pargas watch television while drinking coffee at the Amistad Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Apr…
Brenda Ramos visits the grave of her son, Michael Ramos, at Assumption Cemetery in Austin on April 19, 2021.  Ramos was shot…
inside a locker room at the McKinney ISD Stadium and Community Event Center in McKinney, Texas. The Pfizer vaccinations were…
Israel Cheathem, 5, bottom left, waits in line with his sisters Zoey Cheathem, 14, right, and Trinity Cheathem, 15, so the t…
People protest against a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all hospital employees outside Houston Methodist Hospital in Baytown, …
The Saddle Sores at the White Horse on June 9, 2021.
Carolina Rascon, Sarahi Diaz, and Suzanne Oviedo gather on the Discovery Green social distancing circles in Downtown Houston…
Rene Gonzales dances with his partner at the Mercedes Flea Market. Mercedes, TX. June 13, 2021.
At left, Marta Linares and her family watch a movie at the WesMer Drive-In Theatre in Mercedes. They have been coming to the…
Lisa Smith, Denise Weeks, Latarshia Hall react to Vivian Greenís performance during the I Am Juneteenth festival at the Pant…
Fireworks conclude the I Am Juneteenth festival at the Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth on June 19, 2021.
A fireworks show happily surprised some children during the conclusion of the I Am Juneteenth festival at the Panther Island…
Children look through the border wall to their family in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico from El Paso, Texas on June 19, 2021.
From left: Central Texas Food Bank volunteers Melanie Engerski, Annette Baker, and Laura Dennis, load boxes of food into an …
A man gazes up at a stained glass window in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church while exiting the church with other asylum…
Judith Anderson-Bruess poses for a portrait at her home in Newark, DE on Aug. 11, 2021.
Patients receive COVID-19 antibody infusions at Titus Regional Medical Center in Mount Pleasant on Aug. 19, 2021. The antibo…
Registered Nurse Lori Kelley dons an N95 mask and other PPE before entering the room of a COVID-19 patient at Goodall-Witche…
A nurse dons full PPE before entering the room of a COVID-19 patient at Goodall-Witcher Hospital in Clifton on Wednesday, Au…
Tristeza Ordex is an activist in Tarrant County voicing her concern over the proposed redistricting of Senate District 10, w…
Tomas Garcia looks out of his home in Houston on Sept. 8, 2021.
James Whitfield, 43, principal at Colleyville Heritage High School in Colleyville, who has been placed on leave by the Grape…
Billy Smith, 61, lived at the homeless encampment under I-35 near APD headquarters for a year until it was cleared on Septem…
Migrants cross the Rio Grande between Del Rio and Cuidad Acuna, Mexico on Sept. 16, 2021.
Migrants cross the Rio Grande between Del Rio, TX and Acuna, MX to bring supplies such as food, water, clothing, and shelter…
Migrants cross the Rio Grande with food, water, shelter, clothing, and other supplies as they prepare to spend the night und…
The University of Texas at Austin holds its commencement for the class of 2020 on Sept. 17, 2021. The ceremony had been post…
Chiara Sunshine Beaumont at the Circle Acres Nature Preserve in Austin on Sept. 18, 2021. Chiara held a cleansing ceremony a…
Maria Bottazzi and Peter Hotez in the Tropical Medicine Lab in the Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development …
A vendor sells lit up balloons at the Día de los Muertos parade at the Dallas City Hall in Dallas, TX on October 30, 2021.
People attend the Día de Los Muertos parade at the Dallas City Hall in Dallas, TX on October 30, 2021.
Dancers in the Día de los Muertos parade at the Dallas City Hall in Dallas, TX on October 30, 2021.
Nurses point out how they avoided a mosquito bite to ten-year-old Miranda Morales after she received her first dose of the P…
Reverend Erika Forbes had two abortions, once when she was 14 and once when she was 18 years-old, despite taking birth contr…
Susana Garcia, left, embraces her sister, Martha Garcia, near the Paso del Norte International Port of Entry after not seein…
CBP agents check documents on the Paso Del Norte International Bridge in El Paso, Texas after the United States opened the b…
A woman commutes across the U.S-Mexico border crossing in Laredo, TX on Nov. 9, 2021.
Families are turned away from making their asylum claims at the Paso del Norte  International Bridge after the Biden adminis…
Maddox Cozart, 12, plays at a park in Temple on Dec. 8, 2021. Maddox was placed in in-school suspension over his hairstyle e…
Tambra Morrison holds her 7-month-old daughter Kalani as they watch her other two children Kayden and Kynnedi climb the park…
Spectators look at the balloons during the McAllen Holiday Parade in McAllen on Dec. 4, 2021.

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