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30 Unforgettable Alberta Images In 2014

12/31/2014 01:04 EST | Updated 12/26/2016 10:42 EST

When it comes to dramatic photos ops, Alberta in 2014 certainly did not disappoint.

From political storms and actual storms, to wildlife and wildfires, there have been no shortage of photos over the past year to capture our imaginations.

2014 was also the year we began to introduce you to some of Alberta's wonderful amateur photographers, through our Photographer of the Month series. Their work is so phenomenal, several of their photos have made this list, too.

We hope you enjoy a look at 30 unforgettable Alberta images in 2014:

  • Pat Roque
    Alberta photographer Pat Roque captures a grizzly bear walking upright in a river.
  • THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
    A Canadian Pacific freight train travels around Morant's Curve near Baker Creek, Alta. on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014.
  • THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
    Tourists take in the views from the newly opened Glacier SkyWalk near the Columbia Icefields in Jasper National Park, Alta., May 7, 2014.
  • THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
    Police investigators comb a hay field north of Airdrie, Alta., Saturday, July 5, 2014, looking for clues to the disappearance of three people.
  • THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
    Pastor Len Crow rides his horse, Music, through winter weather near Cremona, Alta., Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Crow took a five month, 11,000 kilometre trip riding from Dead Horse, Alaska to Guadalajara, Mexico, to raise funds for children's homes Mexico, Cambodia, Philippines, Guatemala and India.
  • THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
    Freddy Krueger, of the United States, is silhouetted by the sun as he jumps 233 feet skis during the men's shootout at the Mastercraft Pro Water Ski Shootout at Predator Bay in Calgary, Alta. Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014.
  • THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Jeff McIntosh
    A man wearing a cowboy hat eats a fast food meal at a Wendy's restaurant in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014.
  • Amanda Nand
    A wild horse roams a field in Alberta.
  • THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
    Alberta Premier Alison Redford announces her resignation in Edmonton, Alberta on Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2014. Redford had been struggling to deal with unrest in her Progressive Conservative caucus over her leadership style and questionable expenses.
  • THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
    Alberta Premier Jim Prentice and former Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith speak to media after a caucus meeting in Edmonton, Alta., Dec. 17, 2014. Prentice's caucus met to discuss a bid by at least half the Official Opposition to cross the floor.
  • THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
    A fan holds up a sign during the Arizona Coyotes and Edmonton Oilers game during NHL hockey action in Edmonton, Alta., on Dec. 23, 2014.
  • THE CANADIAN PRESS/ HO, Transportation Safety Board
    Derailed CP Rail cars are seen overturned on a bridge in Banff. Fifteen cars carrying grains and fly ash, a material used to make concrete, went off the track on Dec. 26, 2014.
  • Amanda Nand
    A controlled wildfire rips through the Spreading Creek area near Banff National Park in July 2014.
  • Waterton Lakes National Park
    A remote camera caught these two bear cubs wrestling in Waterton Lakes National Park earlier this year.
  • Colin Forster/YouTube Screengrab
    An Alberta wildlife officer approaches a cougar laying in the grass near the Calgary's South Campus hospital.
  • THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jimmy Jeong
    Calgary Stampeders kicker Rene Paredes and wide receiver Sederrik Cunningham pose for a celebration photo after winning the 2014 CFL Grey Cup over Hamilton in Vancouver on Nov. 30, 2014.
  • THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
    Stampeders offensive lineman Dan Federkeil holds the Grey Cup trophy after it broke into two pieces after defeating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to win the CFL championship game in Vancouver, B.C., on Nov. 30, 2014.
  • Twitter/@nenshi
    Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi snaps a selfie with some of the stars from the 2014 Calgary Comic Expo on April 25, 2014.
  • Marc Fariaz
    Alberta photographer Marc Fariaz captures a mountain peak poking out from behind the clouds.
  • THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
    Jim Prentice celebrates his win following the results of the Progressive Conservative leadership first ballot in Edmonton on Sept. 6, 2014.
  • Waterton Lakes National Park
    Two cubs are captured playing for the camera, taken by a Parks Canada wildlife guardian in Waterton Lakes National Park.
  • Twitter/@nenshi
    Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi tweeted this selfie of with Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion and Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson during this year's Federation of Canadian Municipalities meeting.
  • Beth van der Bij
    Beth van der Bij was photographing an engagement photo session in August, when she captured this perfectly timed shot.
  • Beth Allan
    Alberta photographer Beth Allan captures an incoming storm in rural Alberta during the summer of 2014.
  • THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.
    Racers during the fourth stage of the Tour of Alberta cycling race near Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., Sept. 6, 2014.
  • THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
    Carolina Hurricanes' Alexander Semin (28) is checked by Edmonton Oilers' Jeff Petry (2) during first period NHL hockey action in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday October 24, 2014.
  • THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
    Bobsled driver Kaillie Humphries works out at the Winter Sport Institute in Calgary, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014.
  • THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
    Military personnel guide a CF-18 Hornet into position at the CFB Cold Lake, in Cold Lake, Alberta on Oct. 21, 2014. The flags had barely been folded up in Kabul, marking the formal end of Canada's counter-insurgency war with the Taliban, before CF-18s were dispatched to begin pounding extremist targets in Iraq.
  • THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
    Canada Kinley McNicoll (3) and goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan (1) react to the loss to Germany during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup quarter-finals in Edmonton, Alta., on Aug. 16, 2014.

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