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Tara Walton's best of 2011

Tara Walton - Staff Photographer

Danae Chambers, 71, lays in her bed at Castleview Wychwood Towers, a Toronto long-term care home during a visit with long time friend and now her power of attorney Anna Schrofer.  Chambers a former artist has advanced Alzheimer's disabling her from speaking and moving on her own.  In April Chambers was sexually assaulted by a male practical nurse who is now facing charges.  Tuesday November 8, 2011.

Leader of the Ontario PC Party, Tim Hudak gestures Tuesday afternoon just before Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan delivered the 2011 Ontario Budget in the Ontario legislature March 29, 2011. 

18 year-old Amrit Voodram poses for a photo Monday August 1, 2011 bearing the wound of Saturday's Caribana shooting.  A bullet grazed just above Voodram's left eye before exiting the brim of his Jays ballcap. 

Toronto chef Lauren Wilton poses for a photo Tuesday September 13, 2011 inside of her Toronto apartment.  Wilton has decorated her body with food tattoos, including a whisk, fork and spoon, two garlic heads, dandelion greens and a boar head. 

Canadian artist Justin Bieber is greeted by Toronto rapper Drake Tuesday February 1,  2011.  Beiber, Drake and a bunch of fans watched Justin's movie "Never Say Never" together at the AMC Yonge and Dundas theatre during a fan screening of the movie.

Lady Gaga performs at the end of  the 2011 Much Music Video Awards. 

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford kicks off the Metro Bowl at the Rogers Centre.  Whitby's Donald A. Wilson Secondary School took on Aurora's St. Andrew's College Tuesday November 29, 2011 at the OFSAA Metro Bowl. 

Male African Penguin Pedro (orange band) swims along side female Farai (double yellow band) Thursday November 10, 2011.  The Toronto Zoo separated Buddy and Pedro to mate with other female African penguins, Farai and Thandiwey, because the penguins are endangered.

One hundred year-old Fauja Singh runs past the Woborn High School girls field hockey team at Toronto's Birchmount Stadium Thursday, October 13, 2011, breaking several world running records.

The Royals',  Chloe a Papillion dressed as Kate Middleton and Princeton a Pomeranian dressed as Prince William walk the runway during the Woofstock Fashion Show.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford removes graffiti with a power washer in the St. Clair and Dufferin area as part of the City's Clean Toronto initiative, Thursday April 7, 2011. 

 Conceptual comedians perform crazy advertisements inside the Yonge and Dundas 30 second scramble crossing Saturday February 19, 2011.

Danette Relic and Vincent Martin recreate their first kiss, Tuesday July 5, 2011 on the corner of Yonge Street and Wellington.  The couple who first kissed in this spot on October 20, 2009 have plotted the location of their kiss on a new map created by Chris Fraser that allows people to plot their best kiss stories from around the city.

Toronto Police Officers carry the casket of NDP leader Jack Layton out of Toronto City Hall Saturday August 27, 2011.

 Supporters take to the lawn in David Pecaut Square adjacent to Roy Thomson Hall to watch the state funeral of NDP Leader Jack Layton Saturday August 27, 2011.   Layton's funeral procession left from Toronto City Hall and travelled to Roy Thomson Hall with his family following on foot behind his hearse. 

Toronto Maple Leafs Luke Schenn is taped for TSN Friday September 16, 2011 at the Leafs Practice facility in Etobicoke.

Spectators watch a spectacular fireworks display at Canada's Wonderland Sunday May 22, 2011, while celebrating the Victoria Day long weekend. 

MUCH MUSIC VJs- New hosts of MuchMusic's The Wedge and Rap City, Damian Abraham (left) and Tyrone Edwards play pool at The Rivoli Monday January 17, 2011.

Olympic gold medal contender Priscilla Lopes-Schliep poses for a photo holding an image of her babe to be Thursday afternoon at the York University Track Centre.  Priscilla is facing one hurdle she didn't expect on the road to London, she's pregnant.  March 24, 2011.

Vaughn Nembhard, a 35-year-old man has filed a human rights complaint against the Toronto police alleging he was racially profiled and wrongfully arrested in February poses for a photo, Thursday September 8, 2011.  In the complaint against the Toronto polce Nembhard alleges he was roughed up, wrongfully arrested and stripsearched by police because he is black. 

Toronto Raptors Leandro Barbosa tries to knock the ball from Indiana Pacers Dahntay Jones during the second half of action Friday night at the Air Canada Centre, March 11, 2011.

Toronto FC midfielder Mikael Yourassowsky Slides through the field after a collision with Seattle Sounders FC defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (not featured) during the first half of play at Toronto's BMO Field, Saturday June 18, 2011.

Liang Liu and her friend Rita Tsai (right) who is visiting Toronto from Taiwan take in a salsa dance lesson at the Latin Stage during the 2011 Toronto Jazz Festival, Saturday July 23, 2011. 

Indie, a Border Collie cross plays with Boston Terrier, Ruby Tuesday  in Toronto's Berczy Park during Woofstock 2011, in Toronto's St. Lawrence Market, Saturday June 11, 2011.

A macro lens allows for a closer look at a yellow jacket on its nest Monday, August 1, 2011. 

Haris Chishti holds his newborn son Ali, Monday July 4th, 2011 inside of his wife's ICU room at Toronto East General Hospital.  Ayseha, a 36 year-old mother of two went into cardiac arrest just a few days after giving birth to her son Ali. 





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AMAZING SHOTS TARA! Though your missing one of a little boy and a girl catching leeches in a farms run off ditch ; )

These photos are wonderful and the photographer clearly captures and expresses the story very well. True talent!

Amazing photos! As Always.

Amazing shots! Bravo

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