As our newsroom worked to bring you the most important local news of the past year, our photographers snapped countless moments in local history for our daily pages.
Here's a slideshow featuring the T-D photographers' best work of the year.
Baseball Title Action
Bishop McCort third baseman Jimmy Stenger tags out Montgomery's Corey Kriner at third base trying to go for a triple on a shot to right field in the bottom of the third inning, during the PIAA, Class A, championship title game at Medlar Field in State College on Friday, June 15, 2012. Bishop McCort won 14-2 to claim the state title.
The Johns Street bridge casts a shadow on the Little Conemaugh on a frosty morning, Feb. 6, 2012.
Bill Felix, long-time owner of The Candy Store, peers out his store window on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. Felix received not a single customer over the Black Friday weekend, as the business of selling penny candy and local sports memorabilia has declined rapidly. People in the community have donated candy and other items to help him stay a part of the downtown business community.
Syiounia Tillman, 3, of Johnstown, eyes a "Lovely Patsy Princess" gift she chose at the third annual Community Christmas Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012 at the Christ-Centered Community Church in Johnstown, Pa. Gifts and food were donated by the community for needy families.
Conemaugh Township High School players mob teammate Jordan Shroyer (#12) at home plate after he hit a two-run home run to left field and tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the seventh inning, setting the spark that would take the Indians to a 7-5 victory over the Meyersdale Red Raiders. They claimed the PIAA D5 Class A Championship at Somerset High School on Wednesday, May 30, 2012.
A flowering dogwood tree in Johnstown is covered by a fresh blanket of snow on April 23, 2012.
Autumn colors grace a farm at the base of Laurel Hill near Gray, Pa. on Oct. 10, 2012.
Johnstown's Stone Bridge is illuminated during a July 4, 2012 celebration.
Quecreek Anniversary Statue
The bronze statue of a coal miner reading a Bible at the Quecreek Mine Rescue Memorial near Quecreek, Pa. on Tuesday, June 12, 2012.
Point Stadium groundskeeper Bob Kosa uses an umbrella to perform routine maintenance to the turf field on May 8, 2012.
Johnstown fisherman Robbie Gutilla sits on a gravel island along the Stonycreek and Little Conemaugh rivers as he waits for a river rescue team to come and save him from his embarrassment. Gutilla was fishing along the bank when he lost his footing and fell into the river, washing up a half-mile downstream on May 30, 2012.
Conemaugh Valley's Jamie Cekada steals third base in the bottom of the first inning, while Westmont Hilltop third baseman Taylor Hoover stretches to make the catch during a March 23, 2012 game at Conemaugh Valley.
A plane unable to put down its landing gear comes in for a landing at the Johnstown-Cambria County Airport on March 6, 2012.
Strong winds and heavy rain caused the umbrella of Dolores Ovellette of Johnstown to turn inside-out as she was running errands in downtown Johnstown.
VIDEO | ‘Best friends killing friends’: Kids share concerns about drugs, bullying, shootings
Sara Norman wasn’t shocked to learn that a 15-year-old stands accused of shooting a Johnstown police academy recruit July 13 in Oakhurst.
And she wouldn’t be surprised that a 16-year-old took three bullets Thursday in another Oakhurst neighborhood shooting.
VIDEO | 'Just be a kid': Coping with help from family and each other
With such weight threatening to drag modern youths down a dangerous path, rising above the negative influences surrounding them can be a real test of inner strength and conviction.
VIDEO | Kids: Future bright, but it might be somewhere else
For some of the young people interviewed by The Tribune-Democrat, the future may be bright, but it won’t necessarily be in Johnstown.
VIDEO | NAACP honors Heritage Leaders
Bertha Hill of downtown Johnstown was in her late 30s when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. From her birth and throughout her formative years, Jim Crow laws were in effect, barring her and other African-American citizens from becoming equal members of U.S. society.
She now lives in a drastically different world.
- VIDEO | Police: 16-year-old Oakhurst shooting victim won't cooperate with investigators
VIDEO -- Spanish American war vet’s service saluted
A military belt with two bullet holes told the story of the late Samuel Steele’s service to his country, his grandson, Charles Zilch, said.
VIDEO | Relay for Life event honors 'heroes' of the fight against cancer
Hundreds of heroes big and small, young and old joined forces at Windber Recreation Park Friday to take up the fight against cancer.
Although a handful of caped crimefighters cameoed on signs and nonprofit merchandise at the 13th Windber Relay for Life, the event was meant to honor those who don’t have extraordinary strength or speed.
VIDEO | Sleeping fan suing Yankees, ESPN for $10M
A fan caught on camera sleeping during a recent game at Yankee Stadium has filed suit against the Yankees and ESPN, claiming he suffered emotional distress when two announcers mocked him on the air.
VIDEO | Foiled beach gear theft goes viral
Video capturing a bizarre confrontation with two women allegedly attempting to steal beach gear on a Florida beach has gone viral.
VIDEO | New York passes bill to outlaw tattooing, piercing pets
New York lawmakers passed a bill on Wednesday that would outlaw the "unnecessary body modification" of animals such as tattoos and piercings for pets.
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- VIDEO | ‘Best friends killing friends’: Kids share concerns about drugs, bullying, shootings