Donnell Leahy and Natalie MacMaster look on proudly as three of their six children, Mary Frances, Michael and Clare, join them on stage at the East Coast Music Awards Gala in April in Sydney. This is probably my favourite photo of the year and it wasn’t an easy one to capture but I believe it was one of the iconic images of the 2016 East Coast Music Awards.
Thunder Herney, left, from Eskasoni First Nation, and Josh Perley, Tobique First Nation, perform during the opening ceremonies of East Coast Music Week at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre in April. I think this photo shows motion and the performers’ pride in their heritage.
Country performer Johnny Reid is shown performing at Centre 200 in March. The popular performer played to a sold-out house. This photo surprises me because I was given a single two-minute song to get a picture of Reid who does not stay still for a second while performing. I am still amazed this one turned out as well as it did.
Cape Breton biker Tracy LeBlanc looks as though she’s having the time of her life as she rides her Harley-Davidson in the Biker Games during 2016 Cape Breton Bike Rally in Membertou in August. I like this photo because I think it captures what she enjoys about biking.
Jen Griffin was seriously injured in a car accident four years ago but physiotherapy and powerlifting have helped the Prime Brook resident to recover from her injuries. The inspiring woman was one of the competitors at a powerlifting competition in November at Sydney’s YMCA.
Devin Farrell, Fred Lavery and Ben Miller are all smiles as they leave centre ice after being honoured Saturday afternoon at the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles game at Centre 200 for being Cape Breton nominees in this year's East Coast Music Awards. The awards come to Sydney April 13-17. I like this photo because it’s a slightly off kilter way of looking at people who are being honoured while managing to convey the emotion they feel.
Little cowpoke Roclan Reginato, 3, of Mira, intently watches all the action at the Horse Expo at Centre 200 in July while his grandfather Lawrence Reginato (not shown) who took him to the event kept watch over him. What’s not to like – an adorable child enjoying an event.
ELIZABETH PATTERSON/CAPE BRETON POST Allison Tell beats the drum as she encourages her team, the Cape Breastoners, in pink, onward during one of the races in Saturday’s 9th Annual Cape Breton Dragon Boat Festival. The Cape Breastoners were narrowly defeated by the team in blue, the Bosom Buddies. I like the sheer emotions being expressed in this photo.