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Best of 2012: Your Cell Phone Pictures

There are plenty of roundups of the year's best photography, but we want to gather 2012's best photos -- that are sitting on your cell phone. James Estrin, New York Times Lens blogger, will look at your photographs a announce his favorites on Wednesday, December 26th.

Got a favorite? Vote it up, or leave a comment!

Update: See Jim Estrin's favorite photographs here.

Note: The slideshow below only displays the most recent submissions. Look below for the full archive of photos.

Charles Maraia
Pilings in the Hudson River on the west side as the flooding from Sandy.
Brian LaRossa
Taken in Park Slope the day Sandy hit; before she had done any damage.
Irene Gallo
Times Square
Casey
Month or so ago, I was in my parents' backyard as the family cat, Bandit, napped. I placed my phone on a table and zoomed in. He woke up and crept toward me. Very friendly cat that unfortunately had a stroke, so he's much sweeter than he looks these days. I know it's a pet photo, breaks the rules, but I was just impressed that this was not touched-up, looks terrifying.
Sarah Pachelli
...because summer sunsets in NYC are pretty much the most magical thing ever. (taken on the Staten Island ferry)
Kevin Kehler
What is left of the board walk in far Rockawy
Brandon Emerick
This was indicative of what my entire 25 year record collection looked like after my apartment was submerged by Sandy.
Margaret DeVico
I took this photo on Thursday, November 1st, which was the first day I was able to leave my Hoboken apartment after Sandy. It's inside Saint Peter and Paul's Church on Hudson Street at about 9:00AM. I charged my phone and my laptop for the first time since the storm hit, and while I was there I was given hot coffee and a breakfast sandwich by a random stranger. I left around 10:00AM, and by then there was a large group of people waiting for an open outlet.
Kaylah pantaleon
Gas shortage in Yonkers, NY! 2012.
Brandon Emerick
This is what it looked like in Red Hook during the Sandy blackout snowstorm.
Michael Davidson
Took while in the PATH to Newark NJ. Love to shoot people sleeping on train. I love that this young man is dressed for success head to toe :)
martin bretzin
Taken off the coast of ft lauderdale, florida. Just graduated college and started my career in the yachting industry. Not necessarily a journalistic topic but proud to show that even in my demographic (age under 25) I can find a great job in todays economy.
Blaze Nowara
A few days after Sandy I took this photo in Long Branch, NJ (Monmouth County). I like the composition and the simplicity of the photograph regardless of the devastating story it tells.
Kevin kehler
Taking a subway ride with a Pigeon. Sometimes pigeons don't fly everywhere
Allegra
When/Where: Immediately post-Sandy on Riverside Drive. Why: Using my 11 month old puppy Tango for scale, I wanted to show my friends how Sandy impacted my neighborhood, the Upper West Side: wind more than water. I like it because the photo tells that story AND more personally, I was pretty psyched about this sit-stay - he would usually come and lick the camera. And the photo also speaks to my puppy's love of sticks, but that's not so universally newsworthy!
Dennis Lee
This photo was taken in Columbus, OH where I was visiting an old friend this summer. We spotted a praying mantis on a bush in front of his apartment and as I tried to take a picture of it, it leaped onto my iPhone. The actual photo was taken by my friend at that moment. It came out really well, I believe it didn't even need cropping. We'd joked that Apple would would buy this image. Thanks!
Jo-Ellen Trilling
This photo was taken at home of Christmas tree ornaments ( repainted) with an added caption. The monkeys were purchased at the Union Square Christmas Market. I took it because I am an editorial artist. The objects are a gift for my son-in-law Jeremiah Goulka who writes political commentary. I like it because it's funny but a necessary sentiment.
Kevin Turner
I took this photo at New York Road Runners' official kick off to the doomed 2012 ING NYC Marathon. I was registered to run the race for the first time and on that day, I remember feeling so much excitement.
Paul Brozo
This is a shot of Hoboken looking down from the Heights of Jersey City the morning after Hurricane Sandy hit. The water came all the way up to the hill we live on, about a mile from the Hudson's western banks. Notice the two semi trucks trying to drive through, water reaching halfway up their sides. We also found out that by zooming in, you can see a man trapped inside the black SUV. We were shocked at the depth of the water so far inland against the eerie backdrop of a dark Freedom Tower. (Pic #2 in subsequent post.)
Taylor Roig
This is a non edited picture from my terrace in east Harlem, my view from the 30th floor. I love the contrast of the snow with the sunset... I just get a feeling of warmth and comfort from the picture. I can't explain it...
Matthew Yanchuk
It's a haunting shot taken from Smith St in Brooklyn.
Rachael Zur
Homeless man in Midtown
susan w
D.C. just before the election. Commodifying man of the year!
George
This is a photo of my favorite bridge in NY and the one that has the least exposure. I guess cause its a train bridge. Its even got a great name. Hell Gate Bridge. It was taken from Astoria Park during sunset. 2 bridges, one ship one river and a sunset.
Matt L
Zucotti Park, 10/14. 'Nuff said.
Dorian
I took this in Greenwich Village, on W. 10th St., a few days after power was restored there. It with a touch of ironic humor and a (likely) knowing reference to a horror show of yore, talked of Sandy.
susan w.
Sandy, inland. Anthropomorphism among killer trees run rampant: this one just lay down for 20 winks.
Carol Davis
After losing power for 10 days after Sandy, I took this photo of my husband just seconds after the lights came on. He found a way to keep warm. Count the cats!
Kevin Turner
This is a screenshot that I took as the announcements from the Supreme Court regarding the Affordable Care Act came rolling in. There was a lot of confusion that morning as news outlets scrambled to analyze the ruling.
Gary Eckstein
My wife and I rode our bikes to Red Hook the day after Sandy. I took this shot of the still flooded Beard Street on my iPhone. The high water mark is still visible on the warehouse where receding water from inside the Fairway apparently damaged the bottom of the security gate.
Kayan Lam
We had to throw away my sister's piano had to thrown out post storm sandy.
Yolande
This is one of the window displays at the 2012 Macy's Flower Show taken from the sidewalk. All the displays were beautiful, made up of bright flowers, plants and Brazilian samba costumes. This was my first time seeing the Macy's flower showed. Loved it.
Edward E. Crouse
Monroe St between Wabash Ave and Michigan Ave, Chicago, Ill. May 21, 2012. I was marching with National Lawyers' Guild legal observers to get their view of things. The faces, however blurry, render the shapes of the municipal (and in this case international) control of protests and first amendment rights.
Paul Brozo
This is a shot of Hoboken the morning after Hurricane Sandy hit. You can see the City of Hoboken sign in the center along with other badly damaged and immersed signs. This is at the innermost edge of the city, about a mile from the Hudson. Prior to this shot being taken, a man was trapped inside the black SUV. We were shocked at the depth of the water so far inland. More pictures upon request.
Jeff Pappas
Album release " A Viberatto B ". Jimmy Goodman plays Kingston NY
Conor McDonough
Super storm Sandy overflows the Gowanus Canal at 2nd Street in Brooklyn.
Jeff Pappas
Holiday Decorations and old brick , Albany NY
Edward E. Crouse
130 E Randolph St, Chicago, Ill., September 4, 2012. Near the close of a muddled election season in which America's wars were scarcely mentioned, groups such as Veterans for Peace, the Gay Liberation Front, and Occupy Chicago reminded citizens of the stakes of drone strikes and other military actions. After a march through downtown, these coffins were left in front of the president's campaign headquarters. The crowd scattered slowly without publicly announcing that the coffins would stay until the police or building security took them away. Not nearly as packed as the NATO protests, but important nonetheless.
Emily Allen
Fort Tilden, Brooklyn.
Rachael Zur
Taken in Chennai, India from a car

December 19, 2012 03:25:37 PM
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Marina Sadikoska

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This is my 'Waiting for Sandy' photo. Taken at home in Bloomingdale, NJ, just trying to throw a funny ball at the powerful storm, while crossing my fingers for a light damage.

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December 19, 2012 03:13:29 PM
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Jennifer Soper

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I took this photo in my kitchen with my cell phone in February 2011 (I know you said pics from this year but this is the most unforgettable cell phone pic I've taken). I was making dinner that night and cut into a butternut squash and inside the squash where the seeds are was a perfectly formed heart. I scooped out the seeds and took a pic. I like it because it was sweet :-)

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December 19, 2012 03:10:30 PM
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Sal Giacchi

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My daughter Chelsea snapped this event on her I phone. A moment later, a woman was killed when she was struck by lightning, a stone's throw from where this bolt appeared. This photo appeared on the front page of the local newspaper where the story of the woman was told.

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December 19, 2012 02:21:53 PM
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Erica Kramer

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This is a photo I took while collecting audio at a moth collecting expedition at the 12,126 ft Cottonwood pass in Colorado. As soon as I arrived at the pass a huge thunderstorm rolled up over the mountains. I took this photograph during a brief break from the rain and hail. I like this photograph because it really exemplifies the west for me -- watching weather systems rumble across huge distances is about as western as it gets, especially for someone who was born and raised in New England.

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December 19, 2012 02:17:49 PM
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Colin Nekritz

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Coney Island Polar Bear Club won't let Hurricane Sandy slow us down. Proves resilience even in the face of storms that life goes on even if it means turning blue, your body will recover.

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December 19, 2012 02:03:22 PM
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Harry Sandler

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Photo taken at Sandy Point. I go out there from time to time to document Hurricane Sandy and usually make a few images with my iPhone5 (instead of my Nikon) - then process using various iPhone applications. I simply believe this needs to be documented and will make several trips back and also to New Jersey locations...

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December 19, 2012 01:48:29 PM
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ileen

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Columbus, up close and personal. Being up in Christopher Columbus' apartment above Columbus Circle was a rare treat this fall.

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December 19, 2012 01:02:26 PM
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Laraine Goodman

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Taken on 1st Ave at 39th St, NYC, on the day after
"Sandy". The hand was still blinking. Felt like NYC was trying to hang on to life while all was going wrong.

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December 19, 2012 01:01:21 PM
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Sheryl Konopack

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Two weeks after Sandy, we were volunteering at the UMC in Manasquan, organizing donations and passing them out to those in need. Taking a break with my kids, we headed over to Curtis Park. My six year old son, Trenton, was awestruck by this enormous tree that had fallen over onto the basketball courts there (see next picture).

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December 19, 2012 12:53:55 PM
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Desdemona Finch

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Prospect Park Lake ducks with personality. At one point, I actually named them. Who'd expect so much waterfowl in the middle of Brooklyn? I like the main ducks look.

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December 19, 2012 12:53:08 PM
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Rachel Rosenfield

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Gowanus waters receding after the storm.

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December 19, 2012 12:51:28 PM
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desdemona finch

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A Prospect Park swan enjoying a sunny summer day.I like it because it shows a completely different side of big city life.

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December 19, 2012 12:48:49 PM
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Rachel Rosenfield

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Taken at the Rockaways August 2012. We threw bread to the birds and they swarmed us. I love the clarity and light of that day.

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December 19, 2012 12:37:55 PM
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This struck me one day as an image of a city in conflict with itself. New bike lanes with signage indicating "Bikes Only" completely blocked by a line of city buses waiting for who knows what.

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December 19, 2012 12:13:52 PM
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Tom Jones

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I took this with the 3.2 megapixel camera in my phone to document the rare near conjunction of 3 heavenly bodies back in January. I saw Mars clearly; the camera not so much. It was taken from a fire escape at GAGA, the Garner Arts & Industrial Center in Garnerville NY. I like it because it looks Edward Hopper-ish (I think, anyway).

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December 19, 2012 11:53:47 AM
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I made this dress out of paper, printed it with my original designs under my MegaGlam.com brand. Last week, it was acquired by Solange Guez Contemporary Art from Buenes Aires at Aqua12, part of Art Basel Miami Beach, right off my back as I covered the art fairs as a journalist.

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December 19, 2012 11:46:04 AM
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Donna Cappella

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I took this photo the middle of November 2012. I got the black eye after falling when I finished boxing training. In 2005 I had brain surgery. I used to fall all the time. Boxing gave me strength, confidence and showed me how to stand strong. I box because it is the only sport where I can really let loose and forget that I'm disabled. I fell because I forgot to get my bearings after I finished. After I took up boxing I fall maybe twice a year rather than every month. I box at least 5 times a week!

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December 19, 2012 11:40:56 AM
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toni dubois

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I took this photo down in Miami, it just felt like it was a scene from a movie....

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December 19, 2012 11:34:47 AM
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Stephanie Siegel

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Ok, I am breaking the only rule you have, my kid is in this photo and it is not news worthy, but I think it is a tiny piece of art.

It was taken this September at a Roy Rogers truck stop, Exit 1 off of I-84, Sturbridge MA. I was caring for our infant in the front seat of our car while my husband and our daughter were outside playing.

I adore everything about this photo not only because of the two people in it, but the quirky story tells. I love the moment it captures between a father and a daughter, the tips of their fingers just touching. I love the body language, the contrast in size between adult and child, the ballet like dance, the tiny picnic table on a toy train, the color of the sunshine, the hood of our car, the red and white stripes, I can go on, but you get the idea.

Hope you enjoy it too.

Best,
Steph

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December 19, 2012 11:30:16 AM
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I'm an archaeologist and I've been working on a project in the California desert since June. I took this photo w my iPhone 5 on day after a bit of rain. I captured the image because it struck me as funny. Legend has it that if one follows a rainbow to it's end and start digging one will find a Leprechaun's pot of gold. Well...perhaps someone rewrite this mythical narrative in consideration of all possible "pots of gold." Port-a-potty gold isn't quite a lucky find.

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