2015 in review: Photos that captured our stories

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A great white shark washed up on Wrightsville Beach Monday and was examined at UNCW on Tuesday. Photo by Hannah Leyva.
A great white shark washed up on Wrightsville Beach in early December and was examined by UNCW scientists. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

A picture tells a thousands words, so they say.

As we delivered you the news of 2015, photos helped us tell the story in a way sometimes words could not.

Whether it was in the courtroom or at a downtown watering hole, our cameras captured those moments in time to help illuminate the issue and bring readers closer to the scene.

Here’s a look at some of our favorite and most notable photos from the past year.

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Enviva’s second wood pellet storage dome was inflated. Photo by James Mieczkowski.