Rick Madonik - Staff Photographer - @Rmadonik
Its that time of year again, when we each search out the pictures of the last year and revisit what we liked best, or had the most impact, from stories we've been involved with throughout the year.
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NIAGRA FALLS, ONTARIO - Nik Wallenda, of the famous Willenda family, attempts to cross Niagra Falls on a tight rope (cable) from Goat Island, New York, to Niagra Falls, Ontario as seen from atop the Skylon Tower, on June 15, 2012.
TORONTO, ONTARIO - Four of the famed Canadian Snowbirds pass each other in opposing directions, two headed east, two headed west. The 63rd annual Canadian International Air Show, a featured act of the annual CNE, took off Saturday, September 1, 2012 with three solid hours of air demonstrations. The show featured the Royal Canadian Air Forces Snowbird demonstration team.
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Tara Walton - Staff Photographer - @Taralynwalton
Stella enjoys a warm May afternoon laying on the front lawn of their east end Toronto home, with both her Mommies and her brother Sam, May 30, 2012. At two years old Stella was diagnosed with a inoperable brain tumour, doctors had given her three months to live. More on Stella here.
Steve Russell - Staff Photographer - @RussellPhotos
Sometimes people compliment me on my creativity, I'm flattered but the truth is I'm at the mercy of the creativity of the people that I photograph.
That was true last summer when we were visiting the cottage of a friend and their super creative seven-year old.
I was chilling when Fynn cut in on my summer reading by presenting me with a Lego me.
The glasses, hair, smile, square-ish body with a round head! It was an incredible likeness of me!
I tried to get back to my book, but Fynn's imagination tore me from the pages of the book and into a world I was more familiar with. My career in Lego.
Some of our favourite pictures of the late Lincoln Alexander in the Toronto Star archives.
TONY BOCK - Former Lt.-Gov. Lincoln Alexander, photographed at a celebration gala for his 85th birthday and the 40th anniversary of the Ontario Heritage Trust at The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto.
Pawel Dwulit - @pdwulit
Celebrities are famous for their faces.
A famous face in real life can look quite different than on the big screen.
I was sure to photograph close in on the faces of most of the celebrities that came in front of my camera this year during TIFF. It reminds me how human these people are and how odd it must feel to be recognized almost everywhere and have your photo taken.
So here are some rather normal looking people who just so happen to be famous:
Carlos Osorio - Staff Photographer - @carlososorio
When photographing a red carpet you sometimes catch other camera flashes going off in your photo. Most of the time this ruins a photo but sometimes you can save it. These photographs are the result of light accidents which together make a series of photographs which aren't perfect but are definitely a twist from the traditional glamour shots from the red carpet.
When it came to finding this month's collection of work, I couldn't resist offering up Richard Lauten's portrait taken on the last day of the month - today! At first, I thought it was an illustration (a picture designed, or conceived, or art directed, and a paid model) and pleasantly surprised to find a portrait (a picture which depicts something about the person). I'll let Lauten's caption speak for itself" Trish is one of more than 186,000 women in the US and Canada have logged on to find their own version of Christian Grey, the character from the book Fifty Shades of Grey. By mid-July 4,931 women from Toronto had altered their profiles on the site seakingarrangements.com indicating they were looking for a Mr. Grey, in other words, a dominant/submissive relationship with BDSM.
What follows is a more day-to-day representation of the types of assignments the staff find themselves up against. Steve Russell is only 4 days in the London 2012 Games, but already working around the clock getting to numerous events, so this is just a tease to the Best of August, when he will be featured prominently.