Year In Photos

Each day the Times Union’s photographers face a host of challenges to bring you some of the best pictures in the Capital Region. We asked each of them to choose their favorite photograph of 2011 and tell us why it means so much.

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Chantal SutherlandSkip Dickstein: My favorite image of 2011 was made by mistake. The picture captured the expression on jockey Chantal Sutherland’s face when the horse she was riding in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs, Game on Dude, was overtaken at the wire by Drosselmeyer, who coincidentally was ridden by her ex-boyfriend, jockey Mike Smith. Her expression says everything about her feelings.

When I said that the image was made by mistake, well, it was. I missed Drosselmeyer winning the race as I focused on the second-place horse coming down the rail. It happens at times when using long focal length lenses that you might miss a horse running wide at the finish. I never saw Drosselmeyer running in the middle of the track and the photo of Sutherland and her expression was the result.

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