Yankee’s 20 Best Photos of 2019

A look back at some of the most memorable images from the pages of Yankee this year.

By Heather Marcus

Dec 26 2019

Humpback whales

Eric Kulin captured this stunning view of humpback whales at Stellwagen Bank?

Photo Credit : Eric Kulin
Yankee is blessed to have so many talented photographers in New England to call upon for its stories — something that came through loud and clear in the magazine’s 2019 issues. Among the best photo essays from this past year were Kosti Ruohomaa’s timeless images of Maine (“Bringing Kosti Home”) and Steven G. Smith’s project focused on the Thames River basin in Connecticut and Massachusetts (“Under the Dark Sky”). Other standouts include selections from a one-of-a-kind photography exhibit (“Everyday Maine”) and Greta Rybus’s stunning portraits of New England artisans (“The New Makers”). As photo editor, I’m thrilled that Yankee continues to tell such wonderful stories of New England through both compelling words and unforgettable visuals. And while it’s always difficult to narrow down a full year of work, we’ve put together a collection of 20 favorite photographs from 2019 that represent the excellence of the whole — and we hope you’ll click through to the original story to read (and see) more.

Yankee’s 20 Best Photos of 2019

This epic landscape in Vermont’s Smuggler’s Notch was captured by photographer Mark Fleming on his bucket-list autumn road trip with Yankee deputy editor Ian Aldrich.  (“Fall Inclusive,” September/October).
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
Greta Rybus made a series of portraits of some of our favorite New England artisans, including Moriah Cowles of Orchard Steel in Shelburne, Vermont. (“The New Makers,” January/February)
Photo Credit : Greta Rybus
Veltin Studio is one of 32 artist studios at the famed MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Brock Stoneham captured this scene during Medal Day, when the artists in residence open their studios to the public.  (“The Gift of Time and Space,” July/August)
Photo Credit : Brock Stoneham
Jonathan Carr picks a Golden Russet apple at his family’s award-winning cidery in Western Massachusetts, Carr’s Ciderhouse, photographed by Adam DeTour. (“Apples of Their Eye,” September/October)
Photo Credit : Adam DeTour
The awe-inspiring Bates Hall reading room at Boston Public Library, as seen through the camera of Adam DeTour.  (“The Mother Library,” March/April)
Photo Credit : Adam DeTour
Karl Fehle, saxophonist for the town band in Chatham, Massachusetts, poses for photographer Alex Gagne(“63 Reasons We Love the Cape and Islands,” May/June)
Photo Credit : Alex Gagne
Kosti Ruohomaa caught artist Andrew Wyeth (right) in a candid moment with Christina Olson, the subject of one of his most famous paintings, Christina’s World, at her family’s farmhouse in Cushing, Maine.  (“Bringing Kosti Home,” March/April)
Photo Credit : From the Kosti Ruohomaa Collection at the Penobscot Marine Museum, courtesy of Black Star (White Plains, NY)
Corey Hendrickson’s contemplative portrait of master brewer Shaun Hill at Vermont’s Hill Farmstead Brewery. (“Shaun Hill and the Price of Perfection,” July/August)
Photo Credit : Corey Hendrickson
Stylist Monica Mariano lends a helping hand (literally) for Dave Bradley’s photograph showcasing the bounty at Eventide Oyster Co. in Portland, Maine. (“A Tale of Two Cities,” March/April)
Photo Credit : Dave Bradley
Julie Tremblay evokes peaceful solitude with her photo of a lone dune shack on the Cape Cod National Seashore. (“63 Reasons We Love the Cape and Island,” May/June)
Photo Credit : Julie Tremblay
Jack Montgomery’s timeless portrait of a neighbor girl was part of an exhibit highlighting everyday life in Maine. (“Everyday Maine,” September/October)
Photo Credit : Jack Montgomery
An aerial view of a snow-blanketed Middlebury, Vermont, by photographer and local resident Corey Hendrickson(“Could You Live Here?” November/December)
Photo Credit : Corey Hendrickson
Mark Fleming’s aerial photo offers a new way to look at Cape Cod and its famous kettle ponds. (“63 Reasons We Love the Cape and Islands,” May/June)
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
Seasonal workers Rickert Orchards in Auburn, Maine, as photographed by Brendan Bullock. (“Everyday Maine,” September/October)
Photo Credit : Brendan Bullock
Another Mark Fleming aerial view showcases the historic Mount Washington Cog Railway in New Hampshire.  (“The Cog Turns 150,” May/June)  
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
Vibrant heirloom tomatoes fill Laura White’s handmade bowl in this picture by art director Lori Pedrick (styling by Liz Neily). (“The Jewels of Summer,” July/August)
Photo Credit : Lori Pedrick
Suvi Peterson pumps water for flowersat the traditional Midsommar Festival in Aroostook County, Maine, in this photograph by Greta Rybus(“Välkommen to Midsommar,” May/June)
Photo Credit : Greta Rybus
Photographer Steven G. Smith captured the moment as contestants waited to go onstage at the Miss Lebanon Fair Pageant at the Lebanon Country Fair in Connecticut. (”Under the Dark Sky,” January/February)
Photo Credit : Steven G. Smith
A classic scene on Monhegan Island in Maine, shot by Mark Fleming. (”Maine’s Magical Islands,” July/August)
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
Eric Kulin caught this stunning view of humpback whales at Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of Massachusetts. (“63 Reasons We Love the Cape and Islands,” May/June)
Photo Credit : Eric Kulin

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