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Photos: Gazette Photographer Erica Miller shares top pics of the year

As the TAPs are played in the distance, Chief Pilot with US Airforce Auxiliary Brian Benedict, of Saratoga Springs, pauses to salute during a private ceremony streamed online due to COVID-19 on Memorial Day at Gerald B.H. Solomon National Cemetery in Schuylerville on Monday, May 25, 2020. Benedict was placing flags at headstones, which his auxiliary would normally do after ceremony.
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As the TAPs are played in the distance, Chief Pilot with US Airforce Auxiliary Brian Benedict, of Saratoga Springs, pauses to salute during a private ceremony streamed online due to COVID-19 on Memorial Day at Gerald B.H. Solomon National Cemetery in Schuylerville on Monday, May 25, 2020. Benedict was placing flags at headstones, which his auxiliary would normally do after ceremony.

COVID-19 pandemic posed major challenges to journalists across the globe in 2020. Despite the difficulties, photojournalists like our Erica Miller rose to the test and then some. Today we showcase a sampling of Erica’s best work on Day 2 of our three-day series of our staff photographers’ favorite photos of the year.

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USS Slater sets sails on its voyage to Staten Island’s Caddel Shipyard to restore the mast to WWII condition while also checking on bottom hall and repaint, by tug boats in Albany on Sunday, July 5, 2020.

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Protesters arrive at the NYS Police station off Route 146 during a peaceful protest for George Floyd and Black Lives Matter in Clifton Park on Monday, June 8, 2020.

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Niskayuna Class of 2020 graduates receive their diplomas from Principal John Rickert on stage at Niskayuna High School on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Parents were allowed to drive thru, park and take photographs in ‘pods’ set up on the grass.

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Saratoga Springs Class of 2020 graduates receive their diplomas from Superintendent Michael Patton on a stage outside Saratoga Springs High School bus loop in Saratoga Springs on Friday, June 26, 2020. Parents were able to get out of their cars to take photographs of their children cross the stage.

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Students dance the night away during the 43rd annual South High Marathon Dance at South Glens Falls High School in South Glens Falls on Friday, March 6, 2020. The Marathon raises money for 37 beneficiaries this year, and 42-year history of raising over 8.1 million dollars for more than 530 beneficiaries.

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Foals and their mothers from Broad Mare Facilities wander the field on a sunny spring-like day at Stonebridge Farm in Northumberland on Thursday, March 5, 2020.

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Glenville PD patrolman/D.A.R.E. officer Kevin Dunbar delivers hot meatballs and pasta meal from Benevento Pizza to Christine Pahl, of Glenville, in Glenville on Thursday, June 11, 2020. Glenville PBA raised $350, for 3 weeks (2x) of meals for local seniors.

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Asher Briscoe, 4 of Saratoga Springs, tests out his fathers police car dressed at a police officer ands “k-9s” at Congress Park in Saratoga Springs on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

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Anna Arzberger, of Broadalbin, prays with Rev. Judy Humphrey-Fox, of Amsterdam, during their daily drive thru prayer and blessings at United Methodist Church of Amsterdam on Golf Course Road, as many perish members cannot attend outdoor services and increase of need of prayers from COVID-19 ,in Amsterdam on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

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Andrea Datkowsky, of Saratoga Springs (left), hangs up lights in the window with help of employee Trisha Stever, of Saratoga Springs, at Saratoga Five Points Deli and Market to help increase business in Saratoga Springs on Monday, March 23, 2020. Five Points will continue to see groceries, produce, pre-made dinners, and grab-n-gos, along with their Tuesday Take-5-Tuesdays.

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Veteran Actor Kelsey Grammer, know for his roles on Frasier and Sideshow Bob on Simpsons, visited Frog Alley Brewing to promote his beer Faith American Ale in Schenectady on Monday, January 27, 2020. Grammer poses for a photograph with marketing manager Jess Leavitt, of Ballston Spa, as she pours a fresh Faith American Ale.

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Neighbors and friends wave their flag, signs and ring their bells for a birthday parade for 100-year-old Lincoln Dietz on his birthday on Vine Road, during the COVID-19 pandemic, in Charlton on Friday, May 8, 2020.

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K9 Riker, with Narcotics, handler Adam Potter, attacks Sgt. Chris Rudolph during an exercise in an empty storefront at Wilton Mall in Wilton on Tuesday, February 19, 2020.

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Geese quack and slide on the ice on a pond near The Brick Tavern and Grille along Clifton Country Road in Clifton Park on Monday, March 1, 2020.

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Volunteer Randie Lamphere, of Canajoharie, hands off a bag full of food and goodies at the Fultonville Exit during the Sandwich for Semi’s in Fultonville on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Donations were made by Ripepi’s Restaurant, Crystal Geyser, Family Dollar, Nationwide Transportation, St. John’s Reformed Church, St. Johnsville’s Best Bakers.

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Protesters line the barricades outside Troy Police Department on State Street during their peaceful protest and vigil for George Floyd in Troy on Sunday, June 7, 2020.

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Horses graze on a field in the snow on Fitch Road in Saratoga Springs on Sunday, January 19, 2020.

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People gather with their signs as leaders speak at Spirit of Life statue during the Saratoga Women’s March at Congress Park in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, January 18, 2020.

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Saratoga Springs Police Dept. Lt. Sean Briscoe takes a knee with protest organizer (L-R) Monique Bennifield of Greenfield, Rebecca Schultz of Wilton (holding sign of late Darryl Mount who died in 2014), and Chandler Hickenbottom of Saratoga Springs, as they protest for Black Lives Matter and the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Broadway in Saratoga Springs on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

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As the TAPs are played in the distance, Chief Pilot with US Airforce Auxiliary Brian Benedict, of Saratoga Springs, pauses to salute during a private ceremony streamed online due to COVID-19 on Memorial Day at Gerald B.H. Solomon National Cemetery in Schuylerville on Monday, May 25, 2020. Benedict was placing flags at headstones, which his auxiliary would normally do after ceremony.

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Cars line up with trunks open as Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and Ballston Spa National Bank volunteers distribute 18,000 lbs of food to families during the COVID-19 pandemic at Ballston Spa High School on Friday, May 29, 2020.

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Search and rescue crews work on saving Zachary Barrantes, 25 of Albany, after being missing for 48 hours in Thatcher Park in Voorheesville on Friday, January 3, 2020.

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Morning sunrise after Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Sunday, August 9, 2020.

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