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Texas 2023: Year in Photos

Texas photojournalists fanned the state, capturing historic news and intimate moments.

By Pu Ying Huang and Texas Tribune Photo Team

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Myra Battise helps newly elected second chief Millie Thompson Williams with her official regalia after a press conference on Monday, January 3, 2023. Battise nominated Williams for the leadership role. Williams is the first female elected as a chief in the tribe’s history.
The Republican women state Representatives gather for a photo at the front of the House floor during session at the state Capitol in Austin on Jan. 11, 2023.
Rancher Schyler Wight surveys the puddles of crude oil that have been leaking from an abandoned well on his property.                                            (Rancher Schyler Wight surveys the puddles of crude oil that have been leaking from an aba
Daphne Rio, host of BuZz n' BabeZz drag brunch, collects tips at the end of Saturday’s show on Jan. 14, 2023.
Representative Sheila Jackson Lee Asian Americans Leadership Council founding chair Ling Luo during a press conference in opposition to Senate Bill 147 outside of City Hall on January 23, 2023, in downtown Houston, Texas.
State Rep. Salman Bhojani, D-HD92, and his son carefully move the Qu'ran that he had sworn in on while meeting with supporters at the state Capitol in Austin on Jan. 10, 2022.
Lion dancers ring in the Lunar New Year at the Teo Chew Temple in Houston on Jan. 22, 2023.

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A man walks underneath icy power lines after a winter storm in north Austin on Feb. 1, 2023.
2/10/23, Pineland, Texas: Destiny Williams cuddles her three month old daughter Irelynn on her bed. Ilana Panich-Linsman for The Texas Tribune
A motorist approaches the intersection of W. Farm Road 835 and S. Farm Road 835. High winds kicked up a dust storm that blanketed parts of West Texas on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 14, 2023.
Sandra Torres and her partner, Mack Segovia, dedicated a room in their new house to Eliahna Torres, 10, who was killed at Robb Elementary.
Sami-ullah Safi and his Abdul Wasi Safi ride an elevator at the Galleria Mall in Houston on Feb. 2, 2023.
After a bath, Nick Morrow changes Shelby, 2, into pajamas for bed on Feb. 6, 2023. Shelby’s nightlight is a small LED candle.
Caitlyn Gonzales, 10, breaks down into tears while telling her story of the events of May 24th, explaining her fear after a bullet pierced the wall nearest her and recounting the screams she heard from the classroom across the hall, while at a rally calling for greater gun control legislation at the state Capitol in Austin on Gun Safety Advocacy Day on Feb. 28, 2023. Gonzales was not tall enough to reach the microphone on the podium, so she stood atop a milk crate.

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Hyunja Norman, executive director of Woori Juntos, leads her group through the state Capitol rotunda as they make their way to their next lawmaker meeting on Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Advocacy Day on March 9, 2023. The group hoped to speak with lawmakers and seek support for bills that would improve language access for Korean and Spanish speakers in regards to health and social services,
Former president Donald Trump holds his first 2024 campaign rally in Waco, Texas on Mar. 25, 2023.
Jessica Treviño hugs Ida Velasquez, her cousin-in-law, after they helped her daughter Illiana calm down from a panic attack on the ten month anniversary of the Robb Elementary school shooting in her home on March 24, 2023. "You have to stay strong," Treviño said to her Velasquez, "If she sees you crying, she will get upset again."
Amanda Zurawski speaks at a press conference announcing the filing of Zurawski v. Texas at the Capitol on March 7, 2023. Five plaintiffs have been denied life-saving medical care during pregnancy complications in Texas and demand a declaratory judgement from the state on what constitutes a “medical emergency” exception to abortion bans.
People line the railing on all three levels of the outdoor rotunda of the state Capitol in Austin, and wave signs during the "Fight for our Lives" rally in opposition of anti-LGBTQ+ bills on March 27, 2023.
Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp poses for a portrait in his office on Monday, March 27, 2023 in College Station, TX.
Janel Rodriguez looks at a Noah's framed football jersey at her home in Buda on March 30, 2023. The school has retired Noah's number, 75, in honor of him.

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Long time friend Robin Anderson, left, stands alongside mother Amnisty Freelen and her husband Aarin Freelen, during a funeral service for their son Joshua Keith Beasley Jr., 17, on April 1, 2023 at the McCrury Cemetery in Bogota, Texas.
Democrats gathered to speak with state Rep. Gary Van Deaver, R-New Boston, to try to convince him to remove a particular amendment from an anti-DEI bill on the House floor of the state Capitol in Austin on April 6, 2023. Ultimately no compromise was reached, and the amendment was likely to remain in the bill.
Men pray Eid prayers at the Al-Noor Masjid on Friday, April 21, 2023, in Houston, TX.
Friends and families of the victims of the Uvalde shooting wait in a members lounge as they wait for the Community Safety Committee to reconvene, at the state Capitol in Austin on April 18, 2023. The committee will hear numerous bills relating to gun reform, most notably HB2744 which seeks to raise the age required to purchase semiautomatic rifles from 18 to 21.
Topher Malone, a student advocate for transgender youth, shops for prom dresses with her friends at a thrift shop in Round Rock, Texas on Apr. 7, 2023. Malone testified at the Capitol against HB 1686, a bill prohibiting gender affirming care for minors. “I think it’s really important that, as trans youth, we really speak up and represent ourselves,” Malone said. “I did skip all the school on that Monday, in order to be there, and I stayed there for 17 hours at the Capitol, just to testify.”

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Family members of the victims of the Uvalde shooting cry and hug each other after the House Safety Committee voted in favor of HB 2744, to raise the age requirement to purchase semiautomatic rifles from 18 to 21, at the state Capitol in Austin on May 8, 2023.
The Sergeant at Arms of the Texas House removes state Rep. Brian Slaton's name card from the House voting board after the House voted to expel Slaton at the state Capitol in Austin on May 9, 2023.
A migrant family from Peru walks towards the nearest port of entry after they crossed the Rio Grande back into Mexico after the family asked Texas National Guard Troops to be let inside a makeshift migrant camp to be processed about two hours after Title-42 ended at 9:59 p.m. local time, Friday, May 12, 2023, in Cd. Juarez, Mexico. The family was denied entry. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune
Flora Zavala prays for the eight people dead at the site where a car ran into pedestrians waiting at a bus stop outside a shelter for migrants in Brownsville, on May 7, 2023.
An overhead view of an explosion at a Shell USA Inc. facility on May 5, 2023 in Deer Park.
Lyford, TX - May 17, 2023: Members of the Lyford high-school baseball team practice of a new athletic field partially funded by wind turbine tax bonds in Lyford, TX. Industrial energy-producing wind turbines cover hundreds of acres of farmland in Lyford, TX. (Photo by Ben Lowy for The Texas Tribune)
People embrace each other as they mourn the eight people who died in the Allen Premium Outlets shooting at a memorial in Allen, TX on May 8, 2023.
A wooden sign of the number "21" sits against a fence just outside of the Memorial Park amphitheater, where a candlelight vigil in honor of the 21 victims of the Robb Elementary school shooting will be held, in Uvalde on May 24, 2023.

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From left, Tyne Marshall sits on the ground next to Brett Homer and Cambrie Marshall, grand daughters of Ken and Mary Marshall, sho survives the tornado. Emergency personnel and Matador townspeople sift through the rubble Thursday morning, June 22, 2013, left after a tornado devastated the small town Wednesday night.
Mercedes Bristol, 68, Executive Director of Texas Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, right, brushes the hair of her youngest grandson, Paul Chavez, 12, right, before his mariachi concert in San Antonio on June 16, 2023. Bristol is the primary caretaker of her five grandchildren, including Chavez, who is the youngest. Bristol has taken care of Chavez since he was five years old. “Paul has attachment disorder, he’s really scared not to have anybody,” Bristol said. “He didn’t see his mother for 10 years until last year when I knew her addiction had gotten better… be doesn’t know anybody but me that’s been there.” Due to the value of her Bristol’s car being too high, even after a recent improvement in House Bill 1287, Bristol and her family are not eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits including food stamps starting Sept. 1. “We’re called the invisible foster care, the hidden foster care, nobody knows about this group of people that are raising grandchildren,” Bristol said. “If we die out, it’s just a moment, but if we stay persistent, we’ll see real change,” Bristol said.
Lauren Miller breastfeeds her two-month-old son Henry at her home in Dallas on June 16, 2023. Miller needed to perform a selective abortion in order to save her and one of her twin's lives, but due to the overturn of Roe v. Wade and restrictive abortion laws in her home state, she had to travel to Colorado to get the procedure done.
Kari stands with her son, a 17-year-old trans kid, during golden hour at a park in Georgetown on June 30, 2023. As of September 1 of this year, her son will no longer be legally allowed to have gender affirming healthcare and, according to the bill, will have to be “weaned off” their hormones in a “medically appropriate” manner. “I would love to ask somebody what is going to change between today and next March? Is my son going to magically change genders? Please let me know where that magic is,” Kari said.
From left, Martin Mata “Aaliah Royale Ja’mean”, Angel Hernández “Danika Karr”, Isidro Vásquez, and David Dávila “Kyra Karr”, pass their time and get ready for their performance at gay bar Bar-B in Brownsville, Texas on June 17, 2023.
Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas Tribune

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Austin-Travis County EMS first responders take the temperature of Robert Shipp, 75, of Bastrop, inside an ambulance during a 102 degree summer day outside Austin Wrench A Part in Del Valle on July 7, 2023. According to the EMS crew and Shipp, he was seen passing out while searching for car parts under the hot sun, and hadn’t eaten any food or drank any water all day.
A string of buoys is deployed to prevent migrants from swimming across the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass on July 13, 2023.
Dianne Odegard, co-founder of the Austin Bat Refuge, feeds a yellow bat a mealworm during its rehabilitation process in Austin on July 14, 2023.
Jodi Whites, 37, grabs oxygen tanks that she used for her daughter Amelia, 3, while her other daughters Avery, 13, and Ali, 14 months, play in their home in New Braunfels, on July 27, 2023. Whites said that the portable oxygen tanks were essential to keeping her Amelia's oxygen levels normal before major surgeries, when her heart issues were at their worst. Without Medicaid coverage, the family had to return the medical equipment to the Pediatric company who owned the gear.
Instructor Doug Anderson works with students in the back of an ambulance while the “patient” Sabrina Rodriguez lays on the gurney during an EMT certification class in the Olton Volunteer Ambulance Association Monday, July 10, 2023, in Olton, Texas. (Justin Rex for The Texas Tribune)
Employees at Katie’s Seafood Market cut and prepare freshly caught fish as customers wait in line in Galveston on July 17, 2023.

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Yosha Hamilton, the mother of 16-year-old Shane Hamilton, who was shot and killed outside of his family’s apartment in January, poses for a portrait with 3 of Shane’s brothers, Lionel Hamilton, 18, Markaven Washington, 15, and Sebashton Bryant, 10, in Baytown, Texas, U.S., on Saturday, August 19, 2023. In 2022, young people, defined as those younger than 25, accounted for 26 percent of firearm deaths across the state.
Robert “Bobby” Lawrence and his wife Linda outside their home along highway TX-105 on August 22, 2023.
A Colombian mother goes through concertina wire to turn herself in with her daughter and other people in Eagle Pass, Texas on July 29, 2023. As there is concertina wire installed along the Urbina’s property, migrants are told to walk to the end of the property, taking them approximately an hour from that point. Many make that walk which can be difficult to do through slippery rocks in the water, the current and the inclined river bank, while some find spots through the concertina wire and manage to get through.
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A pastor reads from the bible as family and loved ones gather and embrace each other around the casket carrying Perseus and Helios Langley at a burial in Broken Bow, Oklahoma on August 18, 2023.
Michael Cargill, owner of Central Texas Gun Works, yells instructions to a group of people during a license-to-carry class at the Lone Star Gun Range in Lockhart on Aug. 5, 2023.

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Suspended Attorney General Ken Paxton confers with defense attorney Tony Buzbee during the first day of the impeachment trial in the Texas Senate chamber on Sept. 5, 2023.
Ruben Pando, left, and his son Armando Pando, second from right, sit down for a meal at El Taco Loco Brirrieria as the sun begins to set Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023 in West Odessa.
Laurie Sharp talks with her daughter, Logan Sharp, in the living room of their Pflugerville home on Sep. 9. 2023. Logan's feeding tube runs in the foreground, which she requires to eat.
Ken Paxton’s defense attorneys, from left, Tony Buzbee, Dan Cogdell, and Mitch Little speak to members of the Texas Capitol press corps following the Senate’s vote to acquit Attorney General Ken Paxton of 16 articles of impeachment on Sept. 16, 2023.
From left, Tanner Heffington talks to Jimmy Drake next to Drake’s truck outside of their shop. Drake passed on his farm and equipment to long time neighbor Heffington last year making this the first time in 71 years that a member of the Drake family didn’t harvest the land.
Odessa High School senior Kazandra Hinojos, 17, celebrates with her cheerleading squad after being named Homecoming Queen during the high school football game between OHS and Amarillo High School Friday, Sept. 15, 2023 in Odessa.

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A customer exits the West Bear Creek General Store after making a purchase on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023, in Junction. A sign outdoors reads “Pray For Rain” as local residents endure exceptional drought conditions according to the National Integrated Drought Information System.
Hundreds flock to Mission San José in South San Antonio on Oct. 14, 2023, to witness the annular solar eclipse as the moon’s shadow swept across Central Texas.
Mothers Anna Sneed, Chantel Jones-Bigby and Sharby Hunt-Hart with their daughters at the Rowlett Public Library in Rowlett, TX on October 26, 2023.
State Rep. Andrew Murr, R-Junction, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023, in Junction.
A protester, left, pauses to leave a boot at the steps of the Governor's Mansion during a rally to "boot vouchers" on Oct. 7, 2023. Hundreds gathered to protest two days before a special session was slated to begin on Oct. 9, 2023.
Lambs graze in the shade of a solar panel at the Enel solar farm Friday, Oct. 20, 2023, in Haskell County.

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Luis Cabrera, left, and Manuel Perez unload a haul of oysters, rock and shells they will cull throgh during an oyster harvesting trip in Trinity Bay, on the first of day of the oyster harvesting season, Nov. 1, 2023.
Pigeons flock to Jesús Rodriguez as he feeds his chickens “scratch,” bird feed, while organizing the junkyard behind his home Monday, Nov. 6, 2023, in West Odessa. “I come here for therapy,” Rodriguez said about tending to his animals during stressful moments. He raises a variety of animals not otherwise allowed within city limits including his fowl, goats and a donkey.
From left, Chris Pogue, 43, Rowdy Pogue, 20, affiliated with the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, Skylar Gainer, 26, affiliated with the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, and Theda Pogue, 45, affiliated with the Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma, receive a blessing from Reverend Eric Thlocco, member of Tokvbvche Methodist Church and affiliated with the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, (right) during a ceremony for three herds of bison gifted to the family on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at GP Ranch in Sulphur Springs, Texas.
Thousands of Texans marched in a protest for Palestine in downtown Austin on Nov. 12, 2023.
Kimberly Manzano, a new plaintiff joining nine women in a lawsuit against the state of Texas’s abortion ban, is held by her husband David Manzano for a portrait at a park in McKinney, TX on November 11, 2023. Manzano had a fatal fetal diagnosis and had to travel out of state to New Mexico for an abortion.

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Eric Nolasco holds Gabe while he reaches and looks at his favorite holiday decoration, an upside-down snowman. The Nolascos visited a holiday light exhibit outside of Cook's Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas on Dec. 2, 2023. Gabe Nolasco, 4, is currently recovering from a thymus transplant as treatment for his congenital athymia. As such, the Nolascos quarantine and wear masks in spaces with other people in order to avoid contamination.
Nikki Murray feeds her granddaughter, Auriella Murray, 1, while sitting with her family members at her home on Sunday, December 3, 2023 in Vernon. Murray, who works as a cashier at McDonald’s, attended Vernon College in the early 2000s but withdrew to raise her two kids while in an abusive relationship. College is still a dream for her, but she is currently settled in her job and continues to focus on caring for her family.
August looks through the glass door of the birthday venue while cradling a balloon on Dec. 9, 2023.
On November 17, 2023, at the Iglesia Cristiana ConsolaciÛn in Cloverleaf, Texas, children laugh and talk during an event for children where they received $20 from the church.

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