WITH 2018 behind us, here's a look back at some of the memorable scenes and moments captured by New Hampshire Union Leader photographers.

Some were chosen for their news impact, others for their visual impact, some because they are just plain fun.


Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig walks past former mayors Ted Gatsas, from right, Frank Guinta and Robert Baines as she takes the stage during her on Jan. 2 inaugural ceremoniy at the Radisson in Manchester. She took office as the first female mayor in the city's history.


Pinkerton’s Andrew Lufkin drives into Salem’s James Hayes at Pinkerton Academy in Derry on Jan 2.


Sheralee Bradley of Concord brought her dog, Bulldozer Diggs, 7, along as she participated in the second New Hampshire Women’s March at the State House in Concord on Jan. 20.


Tyler Lavallee and his younger brother Devin take advantage on Jan. 27 when temperatures reached the 50's to play some street side basketball. They had to dig out some of the roadside snowbank to clear the area under the hoop.

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Iysis Woodman, 8, falls asleep as her brother Kamryn Belanger, 12, hangs out with her as they recover from a car accident at Elliot Hospital in Manchester on Feb. 2.


Alex Richards of the UNH Pep Band wears a shirt honoring hockey coach Dick Umile during a game against Vermont in Durham on Feb 9. Umile retired after 28 seasons behind the Wildcats’ bench.


Salem's Tristen Cabinto holds down Pelham's Conor Maslanek during their 160lbs. semifinal bout at the NHIAA Meet of Champions at Nashua South High School on Feb. 24. Cabinta won with a pin to move into the final.


Double amputee Ron Currier of Strafford hugs Pam Greenley with his Luke robotic arms, developed by Next Step Bionics and Prosthetics, during a demonstration in Manchester on Feb 22.




Jaxon Kilbride-Gilbert, 18 months old, of Manchester, was playing around in the Brady-Sullivan Plaza on Elm Street in Manchester on Jan. 27. His mom, Amy Kilbride, was nearby.


Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball head coach Stan Spirou announced on Jan 28. that he is retiring after 33 years at SNHU. Spirou got teary during the press conference.

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A pedestrian on Elm Street battles his collapsing umbrella on March 2 during a blustery nor'easter.


Campbell's Joaquin Heller, left, and Somersworth's Luke Monesmith scramble for the ball during the first half of the NHIAA Div. III championship game at Southern New Hampshire University on March 10. MARK BOLTON/UNION LEADER


Mark Shaeffer gives an eulogy at a memorial service for popular Manchester high school hockey coach Brian Stone, who died of a heart attack after playing hockey on March 11. More than 1,000 people attended the service for Stone, who was also active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.


From left are Portsmouth’s Calvin Hewett, Mike Sanborn, and Cody Graham as the final buzzer rings and they win over Dover during the NHIAA Division I Boys Basketball Finals held at UNH in Durham on March 17

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Manchester’s groundbreaking Safe Station addiction crisis program got national attention as President Donald Trump greeted firefighters during a tour of Central Fire Station in Manchester on March 19, 2018. At right is Chief Dan Goonan.


Vice President Mike Pence with Gov. Chris Sununu during a visit by Pence to the America First Policies event held at DoubleTree in Manchester on March 22.


Students from around the state gathered at the State House on March 24 for the March for Our Lives rally, part of a national movement to protest gun violence spurred by the school shooting massacre in Parkland, Fla. From left are Milford students Ryan Delano, Sarah Sawyer and Ariana Ercoline.

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Bear leaps up for the ball held by Dianne Connolly, right, of Hooksett, as she walks with her daughter Kristin and their other dogs Holland (left), Bear’s mother, and Gracie Mae, during a walk in Hooksett on April 8.


Stan Spirou, who retired as SNHU’s longtime basketball coach, is surrounded by his grandkids and wife during a basketball video at his career celebration party at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester on May 4.


U.S. Marines conduct the flag folding ceremony for 1st Sgt. David H. Quinn, a fallen U.S. Marine during his memorial service held in his hometown burial at Miller Cemetery in Temple May 5. Quinn was fighting in Tarawa which is part of the Gilbert Islands.


A black bear who wandered into a West Side playground and climbed a tree on May 7 falls into a net after being tranquilized by Fish and Game personnel. The incident was featured on Animal Planet’s television show “North Woods Law.”


People watch from Great Island Common in New Castle as the USS Manchester approaches the mouth of the Piscataqua River while arriving for its commissioning in Portsmouth on May 21.


Kai Chambers walks away after getting kicked out of her homeless camp between Interstate 293 and the Merrimack River in Manchester on May 24. A crew from the state Department of Transportation was breaking down and removing the camps ending her 10-year stay along the river.


Bill Smagula, vice president for New Hampshire generation for Eversource, walks through the 400-foot service tunnel which runs under the Amoskeag Dam on the Merrimack River in Manchester on May 8.


Bishop Guertin’s Kayli Keenan, left, jumps and hugs her teammate, Claire Donovan, after tying the game at 9-9 leading to overtime against Bedford during NHIAA Girl’s Division I Semi Finals held at Memorial High School on June 6.


Franklin Pierce's Bella Lima, left, has the ball knocked free by Southern New Hampshire University's Alexis Felt, of Manchester, durign the second half of their game at Southern New Hampshire University March 24. SNHU won 18-14.


Manchester’s new Police Chief Carlo Capano gets joined by his father, Carlo, after getting sworn in by Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig on June 29.


Oscar Gutierrez, his wife, Mirna, and sons Oscar, 1, and Felipe, wait for a appointment at the federal building in Manchester on July 17. Gutierrez was facing deportation.


Rachel Muradian of Manchester executes a slack lining maneuver during her lunch break at Arms Park in Manchester on July 31.


Phillip Smalley, 89, of Londonderry is greeted by friends at Ten Pin Center in Londonderry on Aug 8. He just returned from Nevada where he won the national championship for bowlers age 75 and older.


Christian Saiteros builds a granite wall along North River Road in Manchester in front of a new housing development on Aug 8.


U.S. Army veteran Matt Black, left, and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Sean Kiernan get ready to tee off on the 10th hole during the 12th Annual Veterans Count golf benefit at Candia Woods on Aug 14.


Colby Gracyalny, 6, hides behind his mother, Kristy, as she drops him off to the first day of first grade at Jewett Street School in Manchester on Sept. 5.


Fisher Cats’ Manager John Schneider has a big smile as they win the Eastern League Championship 8-5 against Akron at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester on Sept. 14.


Workers hoist a floor section of SNHU's new six-story garage in Manchester's Millyard on Sept 18.


A lone fisherman enjoys the sport in the rain as traffic goes by on Interstate 93 at Stevens Pond in Manchester on Sept 25.


Protesters including Mark Lavalliere of Weare, center, who is a mechanic for the US Postal Service, join in a national day of action in opposition to provatization of USPS at a rally at City Hall Plaza in Manchester on Oct. 8.


A monarch butterfly gets buzzed by a bumblebee on one side and a wasp on the other while perched on a patch of goldenrod at Lake Massabesic in Manchester on Oct. 9.

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Winnacunnet's Savanah Sigman leaps onto goalie Nikki Tredwell as teammate Callie Sharpe(24) runs in to celebrate after defeating Windham 2-0 in the NHIAA Div. I state Field Hockey championship at Bedford High School Sunday.

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Mascoma Valley's Sophia Guzciewiz, facing, hugs teammates Morgan Prentiss(12), left, Amelia Wilson(7), center, and Natalie Poitras as they celebrate their 1-0 win over Hopkinton in the NHIAA Div. III state Field Hockey championship at Bedford High School Sunday.


Lucy Exner, 11, who is from the Mountain View Middle School Council, carves out seeds and guts on a pumpkin boat during the annual Goffstown Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off and Regatta on Oct 13.


Hanni Gartland of Milford sits with her husband, Ed, at Bedford Hills Center nursing home in Bedford on Oct. 4. She made claims her husband was being mistreated at the facility.


Jennifer Smith of Litchfield looks for shoe deals during the store-closing sale at Sears at the Mall of New Hampshire in Manchester on Oct. 15.


Nick Aguila, right, SNHU cross country coach, James Porter, left, Derryfield’s Cross Country coach guide Liza Corzo, a Portsmouth Christian Academy Sophmore who is legally blind to win the race during the Div IV Girls Cross Country Championship held at the Derryfield School in Manchester on Oct 19.


Water shoots up into the air after a water main broke on Webster Street at the Hemlock Street intersection in Manchester on Oct. 26.


Pinkerton’s Dylan Poulin tackles Londonderry’s Jeffrey Wiedenfeld at Londonderry High School during a muddy game on Nov 3.


Former Gov. John Lynch laughs with Chris Pappas holding Kiana Page, with mom, Nicole, from Merrimack, on election eve at the Puritan Backroom in Manchester on Nov 5.


Gov. Chris Sununu with his wife, Valerie, speaks as he claims victroy over Molly Kelly in the governor's race during his celebration party at the DoubleTree in Manchester on Nov 6.


Chuda Niroula, from left, votes for his first time in America along with his two brothers Hari and Tilak who are Bhutanese refugees as they vote in Ward 9 at Bishop Leo O’Neil Youth Center in Manchester on Nov 6.


Lorri Moore crys while speaking about her daughter, Deatrah, in picture, at her Manchester home on Nov 13. Deetrah committed suicide at the Valley Street jail.


UNH’s Jacob Gould battles Colgate’s Tim Oberg during first round of NCAA Div I playoffs at UNH in Durham on Nov. 15


Secretary of State Bill Gardner hugs his long-time staffer, Paula Penney, after he won the second vote to beat Colin Van Ostern at the State House in Concord on Dec. 5.


Francis Byrne of Manchester, a 94-year-old U.S. Army veteran, puts his hand on the cheek of his long-time partner, Rita Morrissette, during a ceremony for him to receive his long-awaited Purple Heart at Elliot Hospital in Mancheter on Dec. 14. Byrne landed in France on D-Day and also fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was injured from shrapnel in Europe in between the battles.