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Statesboro Herald Photos of the Year: staff photojournalist Scott Bryant shares his favorites images from 2018

Kristy Losapio and son Braeden, 14, explore a snow-blanketed downtown Statesboro on January 3, 2018. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

Georgia Southern head coach Chad Lunsford, top, gets a ride from his seniors after defeating Eastern Michigan 23-21 on a last-second-field goal at the Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama on Saturday, December 15, 2018. The Eagles became the fifth team in college football history to go from 10 losses in one season to 10 wins the next season. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

Ender Trevino, 1, inserts himself into the middle of a short rehearsal as his dad, U.S. Marine Corps recruiting station commander Michael Trevino, is promoted to Gunnary Sergeant during a ceremony at the Statesboro National Guard Armory on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

Southeast Bulloch High principle Stephen Hoyle shares a moment with daughter and Salutatorian Chyann Hoyle before taking the field for graduation on Saturday, May 26, 2018. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

Following the Memorial Day Observance at the Averitt Center for the Arts, Melissa and Jerry Brown search for the memorial crosses of friends and family on display on the grounds of the old Bulloch County Courthouse on May 28, 2018. Jerry served in Vietnam while Melissa has two uncles that died in service during WWII. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

Bishop Larry Jones of Whitesville Full Gospel Church prays enthusiastically with Laursey Raymond while conducting his Saturday drive-though prayer ministry on MLK Boulevard across from Luetta Moore Park on August 11, 2018. Jones keeps his Bible handy for quiet periods, but a steady stream of customers keeps him busy. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

After scooping the ball and a mitt full of dirt on a Trinity grounder, Bulloch Academy second baseman Liv Finley gets out number two at the top of the seventh inning on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. BA was the state runner-up in GISA Class 3-A softball in 2018. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

Friend or foe? While visiting with his aunt, uncle, and brother Parker, Reece Kicklighter, 7, makes eye contact with a curious 13-foot, 100-pound Burmese Python at the new Invasive Species exhibit as the Georgia Southern Center for Wildlife Education celebrates its 20th Anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

Statesboro and Bulloch County residents headed to the polls several times in 2018. Kadence Griffin, 8, gets some first-hand observance of democracy at work as grandmother Melba Griffin casts her votes at the William James Educational Complex during primary elections on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

The atrium at Georgia Southern's Carroll Building is standing room only as Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams makes a campaign stop at the university on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

U.S. Senator David Perdue (R), left, wishes happy birthday to Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp during a campaign stop along with Lt. Governor candidate Geoff Duncan, right, at Anderson's General Store on Friday, November 2, 2018. Kemp defeated Democratic opponent Stacy Abrams in a close and contentious election. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

Bulloch County School Board member Maurice Hill, center, tries to clarify a motion with fellow board members as supporters of Langston Chapel Middle School principal Dr. Evelyn Gamble-Hilton pack the board room during a work session on Thursday, April 26, 2018. The board voted to support Superintendent Charles Wilson's decision to remove Gamble-Hilton as principal. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

Nasir Marshall, 7, marches with grandmother Resie Fuller around the Bulloch County Courthouse during the Power to the Polls Statesboro Women's March on January 21, 2018. About 200 attended the march and rally, where speakers, poets, and musicians expressed their thoughts about women's, immigration, and LGBTQIA rights, as well as civic engagement. The rally also included a voter registration drive. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

With daughter Skylar, 7, hanging on for dear life, Stan Akins makes his way across East Main Street through a deluge to the Averitt Center for the Arts for The Little Mermaid camp performance in the Emma Kelly Theater on July 13, 2018. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

The Georgia Southern football team make their way onto the field in the rain as the bust of iconic coach Erk Russell gets soaked before taking on Appalachian State at Paulson Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018. The Eagles defeated App State 34-14. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

In a downpour, Southeast Bulloch defensive lineman Jordan Brown holds up his prize after recovering a fumble while teammate Elliott Perkins signals Yellow Jacket ball during the second quarter against Savannah High on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. The game was originally postponed due to concerns about hurricane Florence. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

With a line stretching from one end of the Georgia Southern Dining Commons to the other, University Dining Services distributes packages of food and drinks to students preparing to ride out Hurricane Michael in their residence halls on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

Sallie Zetterower Elementary School first grade teacher Kaitlyn Davidson, gets to know Audriana Wells, 6, and the rest of her class by having them color drawings about their families and a birthday cake showing their age as Bulloch County begins the 2018-19 school year on Wednesday, August 1, 2018. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

A shy Jacob Lau, 14, left, and mom Michelle, center, meet English teacher Talmeshia Parker during freshmen orientation at Statesboro High School on Thursday, July 26, 2018. This was the first orientation program exclusively for rising 9th graders, of which there are over 500 at Statesboro High. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

Tormenta FC's Ayao Sossou races towards the fans on the sidelines after scoring in the first half against the Myrtle Beach Mutiny at Erk Russell Park on Saturday, June 9, 2018. After going undefeated with an 11-0-3 record and winning the Deep South Division of the Premier Development League, Tormenta lost in the opening round of the Southern Conference playoffs at Erk Russell Park. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

Therapy SPOT speech-language pathologist Caroline Bowman puts on her best elf impersonation while entertaining Alec Bland, 5, during the annual Cocoa, Cookies and a Caring Santa event on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. The event offers a quiet, calm and safe environment for children with different abilities and their siblings to enjoy holiday activities. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

Georgia Southern slotback Wesley Kennedy III reaches across the goal line past Arkansas State defender Demari Medley on a 47-yard run for the winning score with 11 seconds left in the game at Paulson Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

Lennon Rustin, 5, leads the way while he and his Pre-K classmates race beneath a parachute as Statesboro-Bulloch Parks and Recreation Camp Cherokee summer camp wraps up field day activities at the old Julia P. Bryant Elementary School grounds on Thursday, May 31, 2018. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

Southeast Bulloch's Tyler Bailey slides into home with a grin while scoring the winning run on a base hit by Blaize Minick in the eighth inning against Worth County to advance to the state elite eight on May 4, 2018. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

Makenzie Evans, 5, recoils after taking a look at a spider under a microscope with aunt Jessica Geddis at the Natural History and Tick Collection hosted by the Institute for Coastal Plain Science during the STEMFest at Georgia Southern University's Nessmith Lane Conference Center on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

After playing the role of Georgia Southern mascot Gus for five years, Tyler Good, 23, of Woodstock wore the costume's feet with his cap and gown while graduating with a degree in athletic training during Georgia Southern's 2018 Spring Commencement at Paulson Stadium on Saturday, May 5, 2018. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

Bulloch Academy's Thomas Bowen, top, works his way back from a deficit to win on points in a last minute charge against Burke County's Jaylen Odem in the 195-lb class during a wrestling meet featuring BA, Burke, and Pinewood Christian on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

Rayleigh Kersey, 4, front, practices her solo moves as young aspiring theater actors practice their song and dance finale during Once Upon a Time Theatre Camp at the Averitt Center for the Arts on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Three-to-six year-olds got an introduction to theater through games and activities during the week-long camp, which culminated in a performance of "Snow White" with a musical dance number to close out the show. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

Georgia Southern mascot Gus plays Santa and makes Eli Beck, 7 months, center, giggle during a visit with brother Easton, 6, and mom Kim during the annual Lighting of Sweetheart Circle at Georgia Southern University on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

Bulloch Academy's Don Aaron, top, is tagged out by Edmund Burke catcher Parker Thompson for out number three in the third inning on Thursday, March 29, 2018. After falling behind, the Gators rallied for a 5-4 victory in extra innings. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

Students and art aficionados browse the photographs on display for the "Inspired Georgia" exhibit at the Georgia Southern Center for Art & Theatre on Jan. 9, 2018. The collection reflected Georgia's diverse culture and landscapes and featured work by Georgia photographers and poets. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

Statesboro High's Jaylon Hicks, left, and Kobe Altman celebrate after forcing a turnover in the third quarter as the Blue Devil's close in on Johnson after trailing most of the game on Dec. 8, 2018. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

Hiya Guha sways to the music after being covered in color during Thursday's Holi celebration at Georgia Southern University on March 22, 2018. The traditional Hindu and Sikh "Festival of Colors," Holi features the tossing of colored powder, symbolic of the passing of winter and the triumph of good over evil. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

Bigger IS better! Trumpet player Jose Sibaja of the renown Boston Brass, right, encourages baritone saxophone player Travis Cobb, center right, to play bigger and bolder as members of the Southern Quartet players get some hands-on coaching during a workshop at the Carter Recital Hall at Georgia Southern University on Thursday, August 30, 2018. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

Statesboro High's Brooke Stansel, bottom left, is swamped by teammates Smith Kaiser (20) and Isabella Gutierrez, top, after scoring in the second half to put the Blue Devils up 3-1 over South Effingham to preserve their perfect regional record on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. The team finished with a 13-3-3 record and finished one game shy of the state quarterfinals. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

With parter Stephanie Viness, Adam Tsang karate kicks his way to the Judges Choice award during the annual Dancing with the Statesboro Stars fundraiser for Safe Haven on Oct. 4, 2018. Participants raised over $174,000 to help support adult and child victims of domestic violence. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

Rebecca Deal, 7, searches for the right note during the first day of Violin Camp at the Averitt Center for the Arts on Monday, June 11, 2018. Led by East Georgia College music professor and Averitt Center Director of Strings Jonathan Aceto, the camp introduces students ages 7-12 to the instrument, which is supplied. Aceto hopes each student will develop an appreciation not just for the violin, but for music in general. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

Georgia Southern's Ike Smith, right, goes for a steal against ETSU's Jeromy Reodriguez during the second half at Hanner Fieldhouse on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018.

Addison Taulbee, 6, of Statesboro gets acrobatic on the Spiderman attraction during the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair on Oct. 15, 2018. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

Evan Bennett is all smiles while posing with Georgia Southern mascot Freedom, while daughter Ellie, 2, isn't quite so sure during A Day for Statesboro on Nov. 2, 2018. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

Bulloch County Teacher of the Year Tasheina White, center, helps Kindergarteners tell the story of Thanksgiving with musical instruments. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

Georgia Southern quarterback Shai Werts raises his hand to the sky after scoring on a 36-yard run in the third quarter against Arkansas State at Paulson Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. Werts was named the Bart Starr MVP of the 2018 Raycom Media Camellia Bowl in December. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)

Zeniya Parrish, 10, of Metter carries her haul with dad Randy while they walk to try out a different spot during the 37th Bulloch Bass Club family fishing tournament at Mill Creek Regional Park on Saturday, May 12, 2018. The Parrishes have become regulars at the annual event. Over 130 kids registered and fished with their parents, while also enjoying a cookout and prizes such as fishing rods, tackle boxes, and bicycles donated by local businesses. (Scott Bryant/Statesboro Herald)