The Year in Photos

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- When it comes to LSU football, photographer Bill Feig always gets the shot. When the Tigers battled Arkansas in November, Feig snapped LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry battling with Arkansas cornerback D.J. Dean over the ball. Landry and Feig came up with real winners in the nail-biting contest.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- 'This photo shows pure, unadultered childhood joy,' says photographer Patrick Dennis of this photo he snapped of 5-year-old Allie Worthington riding her scooter near Kenilworth Park last April. 'Not only getting to ride your scooter in clear, warm weather, but the irresistable urge to ride it through a puddle of water.'

  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- It's a tough job, but Cinderella is up to it. Photographer Travis Spradling captured Kim Bowman, dressed as Cinderella, as she high fived Chareleston Johnson, 3, during a visit to his room at Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital last August. Bowman visits the hospital to cheer up kids as part of the work of the Bella Bowman Foundation, named after her young daughter, who died of brain tumor. Her treatment at OLOL inspired the Bowman and her husband, Trey, to create the foundation to bring 'comfort care' and support to sick children and their families, as a way of giving back. For more information, visit

  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Last April, photographer Heather McClelland caught this moment between Ben Dribus and Mike the Tiger. Dribus, a graduate student in math, says he visits Mike almost every day. 'I usually only get this kind of reaction from him in the evenings,' Dribus told McClelland of Mike's excited greeting.

  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Ahhh, friends. Photographer Richard Alan Hannon snapped this sweet moment just after Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden, right, was sworn in for this third term. Dale Brown, former LSU head men's basketball coach, plants a kiss on his longtime friend's forehead.

  • Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Photographer Catherine Threlkeld was able to capture the euphoria of the Tigers win over Vanderbilt in the SEC Championship game last May. That's LSU catcher Ty Ross, center, with closer Chris Cotton in the aftermath of the game-winning dog pile.

  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Weeee! Photographer Bryan Tuck's shot is so vibrant you can almost hear 9-year-old Kamryn Babineaux as she slides down an inflatable waterslide during a children's carnival at Girard Park in Lafayette last summer.

  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Dino doc to the rescue, and photographer Bill Feig is on the scene. When the Baryonyx in the 'Discover the Dinosaurs' exhibit at the Baton Rouge River Center needed a little snout repair, Kelsey Schweikert got out her needle and Feig his camera. Snap!

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- The Lady Tigers weren't expected to win, but when they did, Theresa Plaisance (55) and Adrienne Webb (10) couldn't contain their excitement. 'The win was a sweet victory because Penn State had beat LSU the year before knocking them out of the NCAA tournament,' says photographer Patrick Dennis, who caught the raw emotion of the moment.

  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- It was a moving moment last March that photographer Travis Spradling captured at the second annual 'Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans' Recognition Day. Sam Caruso, a U.S. Navy Petty officer who served in Vietnam, was trying to hold back his emotions as he remembered fellow soldiers who lost their lives.The event held at the USS KIDD & Veterans Memorial seeks to give Vietnam veterans the recognition they never received when they returned home from the war three decades ago. 'There was just a lot of resentment toward us,' Caruso recalled. 'The public has changed now.'

  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Photographer Bryan Tuck caught the happy reunion of Deacon Jones and his daughter, Dacia, 8, after the first day of classes last August at Alice Boucher Elementary in Lafayette.

  • Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Bonnie Kate Pourciau, a year after she was a injured in the deadly shootings at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, stil bears the scars of her ordeal. Photographer Catherine Threlkeld took a photo of the young woman in her Baton Rouge home.

  • DO NOT RUN DO NOT RUN DO NOT RUN Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- State Sen. Mack 'Bodi' White Jr., R-Central, left, and Dominique Rutledge, general counsel with the East Baton Rouge Parish School District, talk prior to White presenting his bill, Senate Bill 199, to the House Education Committee on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge. The two are on opposite sides of the proposed Southeast Baton Rouge School District. MAGS OUT/INTERNET OUT/ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC. OUT/GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT OUT/225 OUT/10/12 OUT/IN REGISTER OUT/LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT/MANDATORY CREDIT THE ADVOCATE/RICHARD ALAN HANNON

  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Embattled Police Chief Dewayne White appears before Mayor-President Kip Holden for what's known as a "Loudermill" appeal hearing. The chief made his case for why he shouldn't be fired, and then Holden decided to let him go. Photo shot on Monday Feb. 18, 2013, in Baton Rouge, La.. MAGS OUT / INTERNET OUT / ONLINE OUT / NO SALES / TV OUT / FOREIGN OUT / LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC. OUT / GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT OUT / 225 OUT / 10/12 OUT / IN REGISTER OUT / LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT / MANDATORY CREDIT : THE ADVOCATE/BILL FEIG /

  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) is upended by LSU safety Craig Loston (6) for the stop as LSU defensive end Danielle Hunter (94) comes in to help during the first half in LSU's Tiger Stadium.

  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Artist George Rodrigue's son, Jaques Rodrigue, center, comforts Theresa Duhon, left, and her husband, Jed Duhon, along with Kerry Boutte during the burial of the Louisiana artist Friday at Holy Family Cemetery in New Iberia. Rodrigue passed away December 14 of cancer at age 69.

  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- From left, Athletic Director Scott Farmer, Pres. E. Joseph Savoie and UL-Lafayette head coach Mark Hudspeth hoist the trophy after the second half of the New Orleans Bowl. UL-Lafayette won 24-21.