Mainstreet staffers captured all types of photographs — from wildlife to wild match finishes — throughout 2022.
As part of a series of year-end collections, Mainstreet is pulling some of its best photographs together to showcase the life of our community and all forms of gators, including the actual swamp-dwelling kind.
Here are some of our top photos of 2022.
Photo by Suzette Cook Alachua County arborist Lacy Holtzworth helps Greenfield Preschool students plant trees at Easton Newberry Sports Complex.
Photo by Seth Johnson Aron Ali-McClory, chair of the UF Young Democratic Socialists of America, directs chants during a UF student protest.
Photo by Megan V. Winslow Spectators at the UF Homecoming Parade.
Photo by Seth Johnson Herons are a few of the many varieties of bird found at Barr Hammock Preserve, which is part of the Levy Lake strategic ecosystem, the county’s 7th highest ranked ecosystem in term of ecological value.
Photo by Megan V. Winslow GNV Regional Airport conducted a simulated emergency drill on Oct. 25.
Photo by Megan V. Winslow Customers wait three deep to reach the bar during the re-opening weekend of The Swamp Restaurant. The Gainesville institution closed in 2020 when its original location sold but reopened in August to eager crowds.
Photo by Suzette Cook Professional horse trainer Cat Zimmerman had 100 days to tame Tuff, a Bureau of Land Management rescue, for the Extreme Mustang Makeover competition in Ocala in April.
Photo by Megan V. Winslow Santa Fe High School players celebrating a Jalyn Stout kill against Bishop Kenny in the Class 4A State Semifinals. The Raiders would advance to the championship round where they won their second straight state title in November.
Photo by Seth Johnson Maria, left, and Victoria, right, collaborate on their project at the New Tech Now event held in Archer on July 9.
Photo by Taryn Ashby Meshay Scott talked about the loss of her nephew Romeo Sheppard in a September 2022 shooting during the Dec. 16 GPD Night of Compassion event.
Photo by C.J. Gish Eastside’s Antoneo Wilson caught this first quarter reception and helped the Rams beat Keystone Heights with four catches for 170 yards and two touchdowns on Sept. 2. The Rams would finish the season 8-3 and capture their first district title in 10 years.
Photo by Megan V. Winslow A young attendee marvels at the lights on the gator statue, which was constructed by Gainesville artist and blacksmith Leslie Tharp, a UF alumna. UF its “Lighting of the Holiday Gator” on the lawn of the University Auditorium on Dec. 1.
Photo by Megan V. Winslow Gainesville’s Michael Mullen dives into the boys 100-yard breaststroke at the Rob Ramirez Swim Meet in September. The GHS junior would go on to win state titles in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard breaststroke in November.
Photo by Seth Johnson An alligator at Barr Hammock Preserve.
C.J. Gish Columbia’s Brynton Edge (18) ties the score at 6-6 in the bottom of the seventh inning against Lincoln on May 17. The Tigers would win the 5A Region 1 Final, 7-6, and advanced to the state semifinals for the first time ever.
Photo by C.J. Gish Williston’s Hunter Bullock tags Trenton’s Stephen Furst out at third base in bottom of fifth inning on May 2. The Red Devils would beat Trenton, 5-4, in the 1A-District 7 Quarterfinals.