Globe photographers share the stories behind what went into making the year’s best photos, as selected by the editors of the Globe Magazine and photo department. To hear some of the photographers speak about their images, click here.
July 23, Boston I was covering a press conference at City Hall. City Hall is where photos go to die; it’s a notoriously ugly building, but there is this beautiful light that sometimes happens under this awning. When I came outside, I immediately saw these girls in tiaras. They were taking part in a flag-raising for the Puerto Rican Festival. I stopped and started taking pictures for a stand-alone feature. It was just a happy accident. The light was soft and hit them in this shadowless way. These girls in beautiful costumes were a great contrast to an ugly building. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)