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2016 Year in Review

2016 is finally in the books, and what a year it was! I kept busy covering local news for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Metro Philadelphia and traveling the greater Philadelphia region to work on stories for The New York Times, Reuters, The Washington Post, NPR, and others. In July I joined a talented team of editors and photographers at Reuters to cover the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. I also followed Hillary for Reuters, and in December TIME magazine used my photograph of Hillary to illustrate her No. 2 spot in the magazine's special "Person of the Year" issue. I also had time to continue work on my personal project documenting the adjustment of newly arrived Syrian refugees. Keep reading for a selection of my favorite photos and stories from 2016. Thanks for looking, and best wishes in 2017!

Jara Krys, a transgender model college student at the University of Pennsylvania, who took up sex work during a leave of absence to help pay her tuition bills, poses for portraits in Philadelphia, PA, on January 08, 2016.

Sophomore Miguel D'Agostino looks down the hallway before the start of a learning support class at Coatesville High School in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, Feb. 04, 2016.

Adrian Brown hugs former resident Neremiah Jenkins, who moved into Norman-Blumburg in 1979, after they watched  the Philadelphia Housing Authority implode two high-rise towers in the Norman Blumberg Development in the Sharswood section of North Philadelphia early Saturday morning, March 19, 2016.

Yousef Abbara, a Syrian asylee living in Philadelphia, celebrates his 31st birthday with friends Jack and Armir at Jack's home in Woodbury, NJ, April 15, 2016. Yousef is an engineer from Homs who fled Syria in 2014 and was granted asylum in the U.S. later that year. 

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz during a Pennsylvania campaign kickoff event with Senator Mike Lee and Carly Fiorina held on New York presidential primary night at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., April 19, 2016.   REUTERS/Charles Mostoller

HAMILTON, NJ - APRIL 22, 2016: Laurie Hernandez, a 16-year-old elite gymnast, trains alongside Riley McCucker, 14,  as coach Maggie Haney looks on at the GymLand gymnastics training facility. Charles Mostoller for The New York Times

SAYLORSBURG, PA. - JULY 16, 2016: Exiled Turkish religious leader Muhammed Fethullah Gulen has his blood pressure checked by his doctor inside his Pennsylvania headquarters the day after a coup attempt tried to overthrow the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Charles Mostoller for The New York Times

Supporters of former Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders walk out in protest after he moved to suspend the rules and nominate Hillary Clinton during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. U.S. July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller

A supporter cries as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton accepts the nomination on the fourth and final night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. U.S. July 28, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton welcomes Vice-President Joe Biden as he disembarks from Air Force Two for a joint campaign event in Scranton, Pennsylvania, August 15, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign event with Vice-President Joe Biden in Scranton, Pennsylvania, August 15, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller

Trump supporter Stephen Walls speaks with Frank Giuffre as he canvasses potential voters in the Mayfair neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia, Oct. 22, 2016. Charles Mostoller for Reveal 

An Aztec dancer or "conchero" performs a Day of the Dead ritual dance outside of a Mexican restaurant in South Philadelphia, Oct. 30, 2016.

A voter casts his ballot inside the garage of Chobert Decorators during the U.S. presidential election in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. November 8, 2016.  REUTERS/Charles Mostoller

TRENTON, NJ - DEC. 09, 2016: Jersey Journal columnist Joe Albright, 87, writes his weekly column on a manual Smith Corona typewriter in the press office area of the New Jersey State House, a once bustling corner of the capital building that is now lightly staffed by only a handful of media outlets. Albright began working for the Jersey Journal in 1964. Charles Mostoller for The New York Times

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - December 13, 2016: Coaches Beulah Osueke, left, and Maureen Deviney hold a framed number 20 jersey which belonged to Akyra Murray before the first home girls basketball game at West Catholic High School. Pulse nightclub shooting victim Akyra Murray graduated from West Catholic just days before she was killed, and led her team to two district championships and scored over 1,000 points during her career at the school.  (Charles Mostoller for ESPN)

PHILADELPHIA, PA. - Dec. 16, 2016: Javier Flores, 40,  and his wife Alma Lopez Mendoza, 34, in the small basement room he lives in at the Arch Street United Methodist Church in downtown Philadelphia. Javier Flores is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who has taken sanctuary in the basement of the Arch Street church to avoid a deportation order that would separate him from his wife and three children. Charles Mostoller for The New York Times

HARRISBURG, PA. - Dec. 19, 2016: A member of Pennsylvania's Electoral College holds his signed ballot as all of the state's 20 electors voted for Donald J. Trump. Charles Mostoller for The New York Times

A drone's-eye view of a mountain stream in the snow, Peru, Vermont, Dec. 27, 2016.

PDN features Concrete Cowboys

My Concrete Cowboys project was featured in the June issues of both PDN and PDN's Emerging Photographer, getting two pages in both and a doubletruck in Emerging. Read the interview with me in PDN here

Urban Cowboys

I spent a few hours this weekend with a group of teenagers in West Philly who are learning to ride and keep horses, as well as working by hanging out in parks offering pony rides for $5. I met them by chance while on another assignment. This was my first time out with them, but I plan on spending more time following them around, both as they ride, at the stables, and in their homes. Malik Divers, their sponsor/mentor and the owner of the horses, says that the horses keep these kids off the streets and teach them responsibility. I think it will be a great, positive story in a city lacking in good news. Thanks for looking!