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Photos of the year: State Journal photographers choose their favorite photos of 2017

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Every year the talented photojournalists of the Wisconsin State Journal's photo department shoot tens of thousands of pictures at hundreds of events across the region, a mere fraction of which — maybe one to two thousand — will wind up being published in the paper.

And every year we ask those talented photojournalists to somehow choose from among those thousands of photos just 10 of their favorites to showcase as the best of the year.

It's a difficult task, but what comes from it is a gallery that highlights not only their skills as professional photographers but the beauty of the places and moments that made up the past year.

So here it is, the best photos of 2017, as selected by State Journal staff photographers John Hart, Amber Arnold and Michael King.