As the new year approaches, we are looking back at Tribune photos from 2017. Photographers travel across the state (and sometimes the country) to gather images that tell our stories best.

(Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Bishop-elect Oscar Azarcon Solis speaks after being introduced as the 10th bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City on Jan. 10.

(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune)

President Donald Trump delivers his inaugural address during the 58th Presidential Inauguration Ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20.

(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Thousands of people attend the Women's March at the Utah Capitol in Salt Lake City on Jan. 23. Participants filled the Capitol Rotunda for a rally against policies they say hurt women.

(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Johnathan Williams (3) shoots past Brigham Young Cougars forward Eric Mika (12) during a game at the Marriott Center in Provo, Feb. 2.

(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Ian James, of Wasatch High School, takes his first stroke in the finals of the 200 individual medley on the first day of the state 4A swimming championships in Provo on Feb. 10. James placed second in the event.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Carol Miller, 81, takes a spin on the dance floor with Karl Tinggaard as he celebrates his 103 birthday on Feb. 23. Tinggaard dances at the Heritage Center in Murray every week.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Chelsea Cho, of Los Angeles, tries to blow away her stress while waiting backstage to perform during the Junior Contemporary Competition for the Youth America Grand Prix regional semifinals, Feb. 24 at the Capitol Theatre. YAGP awards more than $250,000 a year in scholarships to send dancers to leading schools and dance companies for continued training. Selected competitors move on to the finals in New York City.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Hadley Racing and OK Boys #1 run neck and neck toward the finish line as they compete in the 2nd Utah Division of the 2017 Utah & Idaho State Cutter and Chariot Racing Championships, at Golden Spike Events Center in Ogden, Feb. 26.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Robbin Clark assists Kiyrah Miller as she touches Mickey Mouse during a special sensory tour for visually impaired students from Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind, hosted by Disney On Ice, at Vivint Smart Home Arena, March 10.

(Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Members of Pacifica Institute Youth Dervishes perform a dervish at Sacred Music Evening in the Tabernacle on March 19. In most Sufi orders, a dervish is known to practice dhikr “through physical exertions to attain an ecstatic trance to reach God.” The evening included musical performances, dances, scripture readings and prayers from many Utah faiths.

(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune)

President Thomas S. Monson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gives a thumbs up as he leaves with his daughter, Ann M. Dibb, after the morning session of the 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, April 1.

(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Ballet West dancers perform Garrett Smith’s “Façades” during the final dress rehearsal of "Journeys and Reflections" at the Capitol Theatre on April 6.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Diego Alvarez, 17, of South Ogden, laughs as he listens to small talk between his coach and friends after an evening of training at the tiny Los Gallitos Boxing Club gym on April 18 in Ogden. Alvarez was competing in amateur boxing's 114-pound national title at the Golden Gloves championship in Lafayette, La., for the second time.

(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Students attend a candlelight vigil for Dakota Kilburn on April 19 in Syracuse. Kilburn died after being hit by a car, then pinned under another car, in front of Syracuse Junior High School.

(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) walks off of the court after a game at Vivint Smart Home Arena on April 28. The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Jazz 98-93.

(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)

The Rev. Fr. Justin Havens hears confession before worship service at Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Christian Church on April 30.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke snaps at pro-monument activist Cassandra Begay after she asked questions about his failure to meet with more American Indians during his tour of Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah in May. Zinke had just arrived at the Butler Wash Indian Ruins trail head within Bears Ears National Monument for a tour.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Ariana Juarez, 2, whose mother was detained by ICE agents and taken to an undisclosed location the week before, stands in silence during a rally by Mormon Women for Ethical Government and other concerned citizens on May 3. The group gathered at the Department of Homeland Security field office in West Valley City to show solidarity for the young mother, Silvia, who was arrested.

(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune)

University of Utah's Kay Kay Fonda explodes off the bench as the Utes tied the game in the seventh inning during the NCAA softball regional game against Brigham Young University at Dumke Family Field in Salt Lake City on May 19.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Water Canyon High School graduate Danielle Barlow breaks down in tears in the arms of a friend, Paula Barlow, after a graduation ceremony in Hildale, May 22. Barlow is the 13th of 16 children, and the first to earn a high school diploma.

(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)

University of Utah centerfielder DaShawn Keirsey Jr. gives teammates a signal after he seriously injured himself trying to make a play on Hunter Bishop's home run during first-inning play, May 28.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Taken Alisea, 11, cools off under one of the waterfalls at the Kearns Oquirrh Park Fitness Center, June 6.

(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune)

The Salt Lake Tribune softball MVP Cambrie Hazel, a pitcher for the Spanish Fork Dons, poses for a portrait in Spanish Fork on June 8.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Yasmin Bilal, 14, relaxes by the pond at Sugarhouse Park after an Eid Mubarak celebration June 26.

(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Protestors block traffic on State Street in Salt Lake City during the "Senator Hatch: *You're Killing Us* Healthcare Rally" outside the Wallace Bennett Federal Building in Salt Lake City on June 27.

(Jeremy Harmon | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Dave Schoenbeck, center, talks to his neighbor Ron Bagley, right, as they stand across the street from Schoenbeck's fire-damaged home in Cottonwood Heights on July 4. Bagley had to evacuate his house as flames approached the neighborhood earlier.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Adeline Uwicyeza and her brothers Makuza Innocent, center, and Kayrianga Jules, right, are all smiles after their arrival to Salt Lake City with her family from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Salt Lake City office of the International Rescue Committee welcomed the last refugee family to Utah, July 6, before President Donald Trump's 120-day ban on refugees went into effect.

(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune)

A dragonfly clings to a branch on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail in Salt Lake City on July 10.

(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)

The Victor family plays volleyball as aerial crews fight the fires being driven uphill as seen from Creekside Park in Alpine, July 16.

(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Sumeya Ahmed, 11, Innocent Byiringiro, 11, and Halima Abdinasir, 13, jump as Promise Prevention Specialists Rylee Black (not pictured) and Said Mohamed swing the rope at the Hser Ner Moo Community Center in South Salt Lake, July 18.

(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Spectators watch rockets launch on the Bonneville Salt Flats during "Hellfire," a four-day event sponsored by the Utah Rocket Club, Aug. 5.

(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Law-enforcement officers from several agencies increase their presence in the Rio Grande homeless area in Salt Lake City, pictured here on Aug. 14.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Bob Duncan, of Grassvalley, Calif., of the Buzzards Racing Team takes the salt in stride on his 1927 Model T Ford with a ’53 DeSoto engine during the first day of Speed Week at the Bonneville Salt Flats outside Wendover on Aug. 14.

(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Pleasant Grove High School players try to block a Corner Canyon field-goal attempt as the sun sets late in the first half of the football game, Aug. 18.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune)

The solar eclipse seen here at Melaleuca Baseball Park in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Aug. 21.

(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Meadowlark Elementary School students watch The Great Eclipse during the Salt Lake School District's first day of the 2017-18 school year. STEAM teacher-coordinator Wendi Laurence, who formerly worked at NASA, planned an event around the eclipse. All students had glasses to view the event and many had lunch outside on Aug. 21.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune)

The body of fallen soldier Aaron Butler, who was killed the week prior in Afghanistan, arrives at the Monticello Airport, Aug. 24.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Shannon Young (sister) and Alexandria Seagroves (fiancée) at the Monticello graveside service for fallen soldier Aaron Butler, Aug. 26.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Pallbearers at the funeral for fallen soldier Aaron Butler in Monticello on Aug. 26. At right are members of the Patriot Guard Riders.

(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)

The crowd reacts as Congressman Rob Bishop addresses a question about public lands during his town hall meeting at Layton Christian Academy in Layton, Aug. 25.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Police respond to a suicidal man with a gun near 500 South and Denver Street in Salt Lake City as negotiators persuade him to toss his weapon on Sept. 1, 2017.

(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Members of the Hillcrest and Highland football teams hold hands during a remembrance for Hillcrest football coach Cazzie Brown before a game at Hillcrest High School on Sept. 1. Brown died Aug. 27 after spending four days in the hospital.

(Rachel Molenda | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Sgt. Jordan Archibald and Capt. Chris Stephens look out over areas flooded by Hurricane Harvey in southeast Texas on Sept. 4.

(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Smoke from wildfires burning across the western U.S. is worsening air conditions on the Wasatch Front, as seen in downtown Salt Lake City on Sept. 6.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune)

"I'm grieving for my neighbors," said Uintah resident Sally Wright, standing on the property of her neighbor, Glen Biddulph, and his wife, Jenette. Firefighters fought the 619-acre Uintah Fire, which investigators now believe was human-caused. The wind-driven fire, which began early Sept. 5 in tinder-dry brush and grass at the mouth of Weber Canyon, forced evacuations of nearly 1,000 residents as it burned five homes and a garage. No injuries were reported.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Football fan Brad Klekas of South Jordan shows his mutual admiration for the University of Utah and Brigham Young University by stepping into the Tribune studio to don both colors in anticipation of the schools’ September matchup.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Dango of the Mango and Dango duo performs for the crowd at the Utah State Fair on Sept. 11.

(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune)

The scene of a plane crash at 1900 West and 4500 South in Roy on Sept. 12. The pilot of a single-engine airplane survived the crash, authorities said. Roy police Sgt. Matthew Gwynn said the pilot was transported to a hospital “out of precaution,” as was the driver of a car that the plane hit.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune)

"I am unafraid," said Ciriac Alvarez, a DACA dreamer and University of Utah graduate in political science and sociology. Hundreds of members of We Are Dreamers, a Utah pro-Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival group, marched in solidarity from the Utah Federal Building to the state Capitol with undocumented immigrants who will be affected by the end of DACA.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Shell Danis, left, dances at the corner of State Street and North Temple as Kate Kelly, right, hands out cookies. Supporters and members of the LGBTQIA+ community held the Gayest Bake Sale Ever on Sept. 18 at City Creek Park in response to the LDS Church’s and Utah legislators’ support of the Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple's wedding.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Utah Symphony percussionist Eric Hopkins plays several crystal singing bowls that are tuned to different frequencies during the Utah Chamber Artists’ annual collage concert, "In Memoriam," at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City, Sept.18.

(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera speaks during a community meeting at Kearns High School on Sept. 21.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Protesters march across the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City to protest conservative commenter Ben Shapiro's speech, Sept. 27.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune)

The congregation sings a hymn during a sacrament meeting of the Pinesdale, Mont., Second Ward, Oct. 1.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune)

In their native Uganda, a place where being gay can send you to prison, Barnabas Wobiliya (left) and Appollo Kimuli risked their lives as advocates for AIDS education and equality for the LGBTQ community. Threatened with death, both men fled and spent a year in refugee camps before resettlement in Utah. The two are now trying to build their lives here, while using the Internet to continue their activism for others in Africa’s LGBTQ community.

(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Inmate Angela Rekoutis holds her daughter Ava during Kids Day at the Utah State Prison, Oct. 7.

(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Brinlee Densley, 10, of West Jordan, gives polar bear Nora a high-five at Utah's Hogle Zoo on Oct. 10.

(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Kathie Allen gasps as John Curtis answers a question about education by producing his fifth-grade report card at Utah’s 3rd Congressional District debate on Oct. 13. He shared that his teacher said "he did not play well with others," among other things.

(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Tourists near Sunset Point in Bryce Canyon National Monument hike along the Fairyland Loop Trial on Oct. 14.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune)

A costume contestant at the Day of the Dead festival Oct. 21 at the state Capitol in Salt Lake City.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)

The "Oh Wow!" drawer of interesting bugs at the Natural History Museum of Utah was on display for a Behind the Scenes look at the objects held in stewardship for the people of Utah.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Mark Bailey stands next to his newly housed Torrey House-Alpenglow Observatory beneath the Milky Way. The research-grade observatory is a gift from his father that formerly occupied his backyard along the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains in Salt Lake City. The TEC 140 refractor telescope, mounted on a German equatorial mount, is completely automated and can be operated remotely. Bailey now takes astrophotography with the telescope's CCD camera, recording photos of galaxies, stars and nebulae.

(Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune)

2017 marked the 50th anniversary of Friendship Manor at 500 S. 1300 East in Salt Lake City. Gennevieve Russell, 95, can't imagine moving from her apartment. She said she has a lot of stuff she's collected over the years, especially Coca-Cola memorabilia. Russell has been a resident of Friendship Manor for nearly 14 years.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Mountain Crest's Lepi Taukiuvea (5) and Orem's Ben Daley (3) contend as Orem faces Mountain Crest in the Class 4A High School State Football Championship game in Salt Lake City, Nov. 17.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez (42) as the Utah Jazz host the Chicago Bulls, NBA basketball in Salt Lake City Wednesday November 22, 2017.

Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez (42) as the Utah Jazz host the Chicago Bulls in NBA basketball in Salt Lake City, Nov. 22.

(Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Animal-rights activists crash the annual Utah turkey pardon and Thanksgiving seasonal message by Gov. Gary R. Herbert on Nov. 21. on the Utah Capitol plaza. The two activists were quickly grabbed and hustled off site by the governor's security detail and Utah Highway Patrol. Turkey farmer Marlin Steadman, left, tries to keep Grateful the turkey calm during the interruption. The ceremony then continued and the governor pardoned Grateful, a 40-pound tom raised in Sanpete County. He will live out his days at the Thanksgiving Point bird refuge.

(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Supporters of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments rally at the Utah Capitol on Dec. 2. Utah Highway Patrol estimated 5,000 people attended the rally.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Rohim, 14, a Rohingya Muslim from Myanmar, also known as Burma, gets a kiss on the cheek from his foster sister Maddie, 5, near the family Christmas tree in Salt Lake. Rohim joined his foster family in July 2016 through a program offered by Catholic Community Services.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Bruce Adams, right, chairman of the San Juan County Commission, has his hat signed by President Donald Trump at the Utah Capitol on Dec. 4 after Trump's signing of two presidential proclamations to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Rachel Hebert, of Ogden, offers flowers to the police as protesters block traffic on State Street during President Donald Trump's visit to Salt Lake City, Dec. 4.

(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Puebloan Laguna tribe member Renie Medina weeps during a news conference at the Salt Lake Marriott City Center on Dec. 4.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune)

A young American Fork High fan works on distracting Olympus' Jeremy DowDell at the free-throw line as American Fork hosts Olympus in the Utah Elite Eight tournament, Dec. 9.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Austin Lau, of San Francisco, watches the sunset above the fog in the valley from Ensign Peak on Dec. 11.

(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Rabbi Benny Zippel of Chabad Lubavitch, right, is joined by his son Rabbi Avremi Zippel as they light a giant menorah for the first night of Hanukkah, the Jewish eight-day festival of lights, outside Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City on Dec. 12.

(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Macadia Meyer lights up as she spots the toy she wanted to get for her sister while shopping with Officer Jose Munoz at the first Police Pay It Forward event, Dec. 16.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown steps away from his regular duties to drop off more than 1,200 donated books and read to kids during the annual children's book drive at Meadowlark and Backman elementary schools on Dec. 18.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Dawna Lane, center left, comforts Rosalind Shorty at a gathering at Pioneer Park in Salt Lake City to remember the homeless people who died in Utah over the past year. Shorty grieved the loss of her husband of 14 years, Vernon Blackmountain, on Dec. 21.