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Sarnia’s best photos of 2019

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Journal Staff

From a soaring astronaut’s party to a train wreck under the St. Clair River, from a heart-warming basketball game to an ice-rimed ship berthing in record-breaking cold, these are the images that captured a fateful 2019.

Sarnia Journal photographers pointed their cameras in all directions this year and recorded thousands of images of the community. Like all great craftsmen, Glenn Ogilvie, Troy Shantz, Bruce Smith and Ronny D’Haene not only saw beauty in unexpected places, they captured it using a keen eye for lighting, composition and storytelling.

Photography is not easy. When Ogilvie, for example, came back from a shoot at Sarnia Harbour on the coldest day of the year, his fingers had literally stopped working. Dedication to craft is why he has long been regarded as Sarnia’s preeminent news photojournalist.

Today, we present some of our favourites photos of 2o19. We hope you enjoy them too.

An excavator lowers a minivan onto a waiting dump truck at the Sarnia entrance of the St. Clair Tunnel on June 30. Workers spent more than a week removing damaged rail cars and their cargo from inside tunnel, site of a 47-car derailment two days earlier. No injuries were reported. The train was carrying more than 100 newly built vehicles, and a tanker car ruptured, spilling more than 13,000 gallons of sulphuric acid inside the tunnel, which hampered the cleanup effort.
Troy Shantz
And another thing!
Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley reacts as Liam Henderson makes a point during a reception for the 2018 Mayor’s Honour List recipients on Feb. 5. The Errol Road School student, one of 23 individuals and organizations recognized, was describing his appearance on CBC-TV’s Canada’s Smartest Person Junior last year. As a national audience looked on, Liam had offered words of encouragement to another contestant, who was trailing badly and in tears. The gesture of kindness worked, the other contestant won three straight challenges, and Liam was eliminated from the competition but made the city proud.
Glenn Ogilvie
Get your own lunch!
An osprey looks down as it flies off with an orange koi snatched from Lake Chipican in Canatara Park. Koi are a carp-like, non-native hobby fish pet owners have been carelessly dumping in the pond.
Ronny D’Haene
Col. Chris Hadfield performs with fellow Sarnia native Emm Gryner during a celebration held Aug. 6 to celebrate the astronaut’s birthday and recognize his induction into Canada’s Walk of Fame.
Troy Shantz
Northern Collegiate runner Blake Freer, number 394, leaves the water pit while competing in the Open Boys 2,000-metre Steeplechase at the Southwestern Ontario high school track and field championships in Windsor on May 22. Freer won bronze.
Bruce Smith
Patient craft participant Ava Boles, 9, grew increasingly frustrated when her scissors refused to work properly during a March break camp at the Lawrence House.
Glenn Ogilvie
Andrew Galloway beams after sinking a basket for the Sarnia Heat during a Special Olympics Sarnia basketball tournament in January. Looking on are David Redmond, right, and volunteer coach Madison Linker.
Glenn Ogilvie


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