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Day photographers captured Connecticut in 2012

From OpSail 2012 to Hurricane Sandy and elections to the Newtown massacre, Day photographers have captured countless images from around the state in 2012. Here’s a look at the photos that helped define the year.

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Storm watchers at McCook Point Park get a little too close of a look at the waves being churned up by the remnants of Hurricane Sandy in Niantic Monday, Oct. 29, 2012.

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UConn's Stefanie Dolson, left, and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis react as Notre Dame players celebrate their 83-75 win over the Huskies in NCAA Final Four semi-final action at the Pepsi Center Sunday, April 1, 2012, in Denver. The Irish prevailed in overtime to advance to Tuesday's national championship game.

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Staff Sgt. Todd Wilkinson, left, and Senior Master Sgt. Jeffrey Pooler, both of the 103rd Civil Engineers Squadron, return home to the Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby, Conn., after a deployment in Afghanistan Monday, Feb. 20, 2012.

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Jim Calhoun listens to opening comments to the press conference announcing his retirement after 26 years as the UConn men's basketball coach held at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. During the press conference Kevin Ollie, a former UConn student-athlete and UConn mens's basketball assistant coach, was named the head men's basketball coach.

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Upon arriving for morning services a woman is overcome with emotion and is comforted while spending time at one of the memorials for the victims at Sandy Hook School located in front of Saint Rose of Lima Church in Newtown Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012.

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The view of the U.S. Coast Guard barque Eagle from the ships bowsprit during the OpSail 2012CT Parade of Sail from Niantic Bay to New London Saturday, July 7, 2012.

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Lena Ferguson, right, of the Department of Correction, says goodbye to state Senator Edith Prague of the 19th District, in the Senate Chamber during the final day of the 2012 legislative session at the Connecticut State Capital Wednesday, May 9, 2012.

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U.S. Senate debate between U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, left, , a Democrat, and Republican Linda McMahon at the Garde Arts Center in New London Monday, Oct. 15, 2012.

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Candidate Chris Murphy makes his way through the crowd as supporters for both candidates rally outside the Garde Arts Center prior to the beginning of a U.S. Senate debate between Republican Linda McMahon and her Democratic opponent U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy at the Garde Arts Center in New London Monday, Oct. 15, 2012.

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Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy acknowledges members of the General Assembly as he arrives to deliver his State of the State address a joint session as the 2012 legislative session opens Wednesday, February 8, 2012, at the state Capitol in Hartford.

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Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy stops to tie the shoe of third grader Damian Ayuyu, 8, in Stacey Hungerford's third-grade class during a visit to Stanton School in Norwich Friday, October 19, 2012. Stanton is the third of the four "Commissioner's Network Schools" the governor will visit across the state highlighting his administration's education reform efforts.

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Officials examine a collapsed portion of Paddy's at Misquamicut Beach in Westerly, one of the structures sustaining heavy damage from Hurricane Sandy Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.

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Claudene Christian, who traces her ancestry to Fletcher Christian of the original HMS Bounty, watches as crew from the U.S. Navy Virginia class attack submarine USS Mississippi (SSN 782) take a sail aboard the square rigged sailing ship HMS Bounty Thursday, October 25, 2012. The Bounty capsized during Hurricane Sandy and Claudene Christian was among those who died.

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Crew from the U.S. Navy Virginia class attack submarine USS Mississippi (SSN 782) take a sail aboard the square rigged sailing ship HMS Bounty Thursday, October 25, 2012. Days after this photo was shot, the HMS Bounty capsized in Hurricane Sandy.

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Alfred Mayo, left, of Norwich, a New London Fire Department recruit that was let go days before his graduation, rests his head on his fiance's shoulder, Loretta Rivera, as they listen to Lance Goode of New London, describe his allegations of being unjustly arrested while testifying at the NAACP town hall meeting at the Second Congregational Church in New London Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012.

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Cindy Patterson, left, of New London, a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary of New London, speaks with Captain Eric C. Jones, commanding officer of the USCG Barque Eagle during a New London Hearts Campaign event at Union Station in New London Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012.

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New London teammates Malcolm Simmons, left, and Voghens Larrieux, (44), celebrate after defeating Windsor in double overtime in a CIAC 2012 Boys Basketball State Tournament Class LL quarterfinal game at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Conn. Monday, March 12, 2012.

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Rear Admiral Sandra L. Stosz, superintendent of the United States Coast Guard Academy, shares a laugh with Norwich Mayor Peter Nystrom at the conclusion of her meeting with the mayor and other city officials at Norwich City Hall Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, about possible future academy involvement in Norwich.

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Storm surge damage from Hurricane Sandy in the Misquamicut Beach and Atlantic Ave. area in Westerly Tuesday, October 30, 2012.

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Bereaved parents learn the news about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Friday, December 14, 2012.

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Members of the Connecticut National Guard 248th Engineer Company of Norwich listen to the speakers during the Connecticut Sendoff Ceremony for their unit and the 143rd Military Police Company of West Hartford held at the William A. O'Neill Armory in Hartford Tuesday, July 31, 2012. The143rd will be deploying to Afghanistan and the 248th will be deployed to Bahrain.

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Residents survey the debris scattered across Pequot Avenue in the area of Guthrie Beach Tuesday, October 30, 2012 after storm surge smashed beach houses in the area Monday night in New London following Hurricane Sandy.

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UConn's Caroline Doty, left, Kia Stokes, back, and Tiffany Hayes, right, congratulate Kelly Faris after her last-second of the first half shot after a length-of-court pass from Hayes against Kentucky in NCAA Kingston Regional final action Tuesday, March 27, 2012.

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Friends and family gather around as Sean Dickerson and Amanda Osmanski join hands in marriage at Chamard Vineyards in Clinton Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. Osmanski and Dickerson chose the date because it was "a date that is not going to happen again in our life times," according to Osmanski and that their wedding would make it that much more memorable.

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The Cisne Branco approaches Ledge Light during the OpSail 2012CT Parade of Sail Saturday, July 7, 2012.

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The Coast Guard Barque Eagle, left, and the USS Carter Hall, right, participate in the OpSail 2012CT Parade of Sail Saturday, July 7, 2012.

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The Coast Guard Barque Eagle passes Ledge Light during the OpSail 2012CT Parade of Sail Saturday, July 7, 2012.