A year in review through a photographer's lens

There has been no shortage of stories to tell in 2019.

The year kicked off with the inauguration of a new governor. Then the Legislature convened in Carson City for another packed 120-day session. Meanwhile, presidential candidates crisscrossed the state hoping to capture that coveted caucus vote. The usual tug-of-wars over education funding, water and marijuana regulation played out in the background, too.

But words can never fully convey the emotion behind these events, policy decisions or debates happening in Nevada. That’s why we are especially thankful for The Nevada Independent’s photographers who help bring all these stories to life through their images. 

Here’s a sampling of their best work from 2019. While these photos offer a snapshot of this year, they also foreshadow many of the big stories we’ll be covering in 2020. Cheers to a new year — and a new decade. 

Governor-elect Steve 
 Sisolak and his wife, Kathy, tour the Governor's Mansion in Carson City
Governor-elect Steve Sisolak and his wife, Kathy, tour the Governor's Mansion in Carson City at the conclusion of their trip through Nevada on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
Kenya Obote wearing a light jacket, gold necklaces and a black scarf on her head
Kenya Obote, 35, talks about her experience being homeless in Las Vegas while standing in the Courtyard Homeless Resource Center on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Immigration rally in downtown Las Vegas
People hold candles and cell phone lights up during the Lights for Liberty vigil in front of the Lloyd D. George Courthouse in downtown Las Vegas on Friday, July 12, 2019. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
Desert bighorn sheep crossing road
Desert bighorn sheep cross State Route 375 north of Rachel, Nev. on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Sen. Bernie Sanders at campaign event
Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a town hall at the Victory Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, July 6, 2019. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Former Congressman Beto O'Rourke at campaign event
A supporter reaches out to shake hands with former Congressman Beto O'Rourke during a presidential campaign stop outside a Las Vegas coffee shop on Sunday, March 24, 2019. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Desert tortoise
Scott Cambrin, senior biologist for the Clark County Conservation Program, prepares desert tortoises for release inside the Boulder City Conservation Easement on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren at campaign event
Sen. Elizabeth Warren runs out to greet supporters during a campaign event at Legacy High School in North Las Vegas on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
Former Vice President Joe Biden at campaign event
Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event inside Harbor Palace Seafood Restaurant in Las Vegas on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
Therapy dog at Legislature
A therapy dog rests inside the Nevada Legislature in Carson City on Thursday, May 30, 2019. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Drag Queen Story Hour
Children attend the Drag Queen Story Hour at the Sparks Library in Sparks on Saturday, July 20, 2019. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Hillside in Yerington
Yerington as seen from the Anaconda Copper Mine during a visit from Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Publisher of the Storey Teller
Sam Toll, the publisher of the Storey Teller, at his Gold Hill cabin on Friday, March 1, 2019. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Nevada Day Parade float
A man waits on a float during the Nevada Day Parade in Carson City on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg and his husband
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who is mayor of South Bend, Indiana, waves while walking off the stage with his husband Chasten Glezman after speaking at the 14th annual Human Rights Campaign dinner in Las Vegas. The event was held at Caesars Palace on Saturday, May 11, 2019. (Jeff Scheid/ The Nevada Independent)