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A worker cleans the facade of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown L.A. This image originally appeared in Southern California Moments on Jan. 19.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jordan Dunn

A magician spins cards through his fingers at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. This image originally appeared in Southern California Moments on Feb. 21.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Daniel Schaefer

This "happy double exposure accident" was created with an image of an old Chevy at 4th and Rose and skaters at the Venice Beach park. This image originally appeared in Southern California Moments on Mar. 15.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Armin Adams

Marines at the Twentynine Palms base keep tabs on a puppy using a ribbon as a makeshift leash. This image originally appeared in Southern California Moments on Apr. 13.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay G. Thornton

A man receives a ticket and a lecture from a police officer on horseback, while a woman's hand reaches out to pet the horse on the right side of the frame in the Broadway theater district. This image originally appeared in Southern California Moments on May 2.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dana Barsuhn

Asher Bradshaw performs a trick at the Polar Bear Pool Jam amateur skateboarding competition at Venice Skatepark. This image originally appeared in Southern California Moments on June 28.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steve Stehley

Griffith Observatory obscured by a sea of clouds. This image originally appeared in Southern California Moments on July 23.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Gusky

A young boy attempts to throw a flying disc through a tire at the 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show. This image originally appeared in Southern California Moments on August 31.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Romeo Doneza

Boys captured with a fish-eye lens on Mission Beach in San Diego. This image originally appeared in Southern California Moments on Sept. 19.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pablo Gil Garcia

A group of triathletes waiting for the start of the Hermosa Beach Triathlon. This image originally appeared in Southern California Moments on Oct. 8.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: "Moscow Monkey"

A rider works her way through the barrel race at the Wild West Arena and Saloon in Winchester. This image originally appeared in Southern California Moments on Nov. 26.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: "Colleen33"

A macro image of an eye. This image originally appeared in Southern California Moments on Dec. 26.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brent Goldman

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Reader Photos: Best of Southern California Moments for 2012

Picking the 12 best photos over a year is no easy feat. There are so many photos, and so many different types of images, that finding a balanced set can become a challenge. In looking at the year’s images, I started with the best of each month’s photos, then tried to find a balance: macro, wide, color, black and white and even double exposures.

The result is a gallery that allowed me to revisit some of my favorite photos over the course of the year — Jordan Dunn’s image of a worker cleaning the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Daniel Schaefer’s portrait of a magician in the Magic Castle, a great double-exposure from Venice by Armin Adams, and one of my absolute favorites, Jay Thornton’s image of U.S. Marines with a puppy at Twentynine Palms. And that only brings us to April.

There have been so many great photos over the course of the year, and it was extremely difficult in some cases to pick only one image to represent a month – just go back to the “Best of” posts for April or July to see what I’m talking about.

I can’t believe it’s been two years – that’s more than 730 photos we’ve selected so far as Southern California Moments. We’re looking forward to seeing all of your images in 2013 for the third year of Southern California Moments. Please keep them coming  here or through our L.A. Times Community group on Flickr. Each day’s photo is posted on LA Now and on our Los Angeles Times Local News Facebook page.

Is there a photo you think should have been included? Something that should be left out? A photographer in the community we should take a look at? Give a heads up in the comments.

Submit your photos here or to our Flickr group.

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