In Utah, 2018 had its share of sorrow, from funerals for a fallen soldier, firefighter and police officer to the loss of a Latter-day Saint prophet and a benevolent businessman.

But there were also bright moments of humanity, touches of triumph and instances of sheer beauty. This state is unlike any other, and throughout this year, the photographers at The Salt Lake Tribune took great care to bring you stories that illuminated what it means to be a Utahn.

See the best photographs of 2018 here.