Post-Gazette photojournalists pick their photos of the year for 2021

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette photojournalists worked hard to create a record of our collective humanity in a year where we continued to stay apart. Here is a look at the region in 2021 through the lenses of our award-winning staff.

Matt Freed

Steelers players wait in the tunnel to be introduced before taking on the Raiders, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, at Heinz Field. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

Nate Guidry

Guitarist Eric Johnson plays the guitar outside his apartment in North Charleroi on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021.

Emily Matthews

Mackenzie Komar, 6, of Latrobe, gives her calf Nora a kiss as she practices walking her on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, at the Westmoreland Fair. This was Komar’s first year showing cattle with her family. (Emily Matthews/Post-Gazette)

Steve Mellon

A visit to the Flight 93 National Memorial on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, prompted Chuck Burroughs, right, to contemplate the courage displayed by passengers and crew as they battled terrorists for control of the hijacked plane on 9/11. “And you wonder, if you were on that plane, would you do the same thing?,” he asked. (Steve Mellon/Post-Gazette)

Pam Panchak

Josh Nutter, 6, from Plum, looks away while getting his Covid-19 vaccination at a clinic set up at the Plum Community Center Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021 in Plum. (Pam Panchak/Post-Gazette)

Andrew Rush

Fog settles above the Shell Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex early in the morning on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, in Potter Township, Beaver County. (Andrew Rush/Post-Gazette)

Alexandra Wimley

Talyah Jeter, a graduate of the Barack Obama Academy of International Studies, waits for the commencement ceremony to begin, Sunday, June 13, 2021, at the Petersen Events Center in Oakland. (Alexandra Wimley/Post-Gazette)