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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 25, 2012 01:05:22 AM
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Aaron Padwee

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4th Avenue station, F train. I pulled out my phone as the train was entering the station and started taking pictures, trying to capture the motion of the train. I think this picture successfully caught the motion, with the repeating "F", but I like how you can still see details inside the train, such as the two faces at either side of the window.

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December 25, 2012 12:59:56 AM
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6th Avenue looking north from lower Twenties toward 26th Street where the lights stayed on during the blackout caused by Superstorm Sandy.
I like the light on the clouds from the full moon and uptown silhouetting the darkened buildings lit only by the passing traffic. (Very well disciplined traffic at that. It was amazing how "normal" traffic seemed at night.)

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December 25, 2012 12:52:17 AM
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This is in Park Slope, during the heatwave this past summer. I was taking pictures of the hydrant alone, spewing water, when these kids came by and started running through it. They didn't mind me, so I kept snapping away. The expression on the kid's face is priceless. He's both shocked at the cold water and challenging it at the same time.

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December 25, 2012 12:36:20 AM
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Thomas Harris

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Water tank, E. 4th St., NYC, summer 2012.

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December 25, 2012 12:02:44 AM
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Sidd Saran

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I took this photo close to Point Pleasant Beach in NJ a few days after the passing of Superstorm Sandy. I stopped outside this hotel, which took a pretty bad hit, evident by all the drenched furniture lying in front for disposal. It must have been devastating for the owners. Yet they proudly said they will be back. Hope, optimism and hard work make this country what it is.

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December 24, 2012 11:54:54 PM
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Some of our family's best memories are on the boardwalk and beach at Point Pleasant, NJ. I visited Point Pleasant a few days after Sandy. For me this image epitomized the destructive power of Sandy. And it also highlighted that each moment is precious, especially with our families, and to be enjoyed to the fullest.

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December 24, 2012 05:20:06 PM
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December 24, 2012 05:13:23 PM
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This photo was taken in DUMBO, Brooklyn NY, the day after hurricane Sandy hit the area. The reflection of the buildings in the flooded street makes it looks like a deep canyon.

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December 24, 2012 05:08:34 PM
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Some of my favorite dog-friendly trails are in the Kitchawan Preserve on the Ossining Yorktown boarder.

This humorous reminder was left by one of the park workers on one of the hundreds of giant trees toppled by Sandy.

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December 24, 2012 04:20:43 PM
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I took this photo heading to work on the subway the morning of Oct. 26, 1 1/2 months before the sentiment expressed in it, became a cry for many.
Not sure why the company purchased the ad. To curry favor with the mayor? Regardless of intent, it was chilling to rediscover this photo on my cell phone.

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December 24, 2012 02:27:16 PM
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"Gas Line November 1, 2012 7:22pm West Orange"

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December 24, 2012 02:22:41 PM
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Ellen Musikant

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Taken on a walk about the neighborhood (West Orange) on November 1, 2012 - after Super Storm Sandy blew through. The power of the storm is colorfully drawn in this snap.

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December 24, 2012 01:52:38 PM
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Aaron Maslow

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Greg the rabbit, smiling. I like the fact that he smiled for the photo.

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December 24, 2012 01:27:30 PM
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Aisling Murray

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A hot NYC summers day, walking north on Park Avenue South and 23rd Street on July 22nd. My eyes are drawn upwards to two figures painting quickly over a towering Batman. The hand painted movie poster mural of The Dark Knight Rises is been removed two days after the movie theatre shooting in Aurora, Colorado where 12 people were killed and 59 injured. Capturing a painted ad been removed is interesting but it’s the story surrounding this particular mural that made it even more relevant.

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December 24, 2012 01:15:42 PM
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Brooklyn, NY. Cobble Hill and Red Hook. Urban landscape (USA) days / weeks after Christmas.

Check out the daily blog at:
http://cellphoneSketchpad.com

Enjoyed the show, btw! cheers!

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December 24, 2012 01:11:45 PM
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I took this photo at a rest stop somewhere in Wisconsin. The sun was low in the sky so my shadow appears, and I took advantage of this stylistic trope. It's sort of a cell phone version of a Lee Friedlander photo.

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December 24, 2012 01:09:25 PM
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Nickelodeon Theater, Portland, Maine. Had just been listening to an NPR story re: the fiscal cliff when I noticed the positioning of these two posters. Based on the movie titles one might guess which represents the Dems vs GOP ;)

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December 24, 2012 12:40:14 PM
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I was on the way home via the #6 train, I turned to my right and there was Santa. Like most subway riders in NYC, even the real Santa could not get people to look up from what there doing. Happy Holidays

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December 24, 2012 12:28:19 PM
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Have we become cell phone heads? I took this picture of my friend and fellow trumpeter, Steve, in rehearsals for the Santa Monica College Emeritus Band.

Has the smartphone taken over our brains?

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December 24, 2012 12:25:00 PM
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Charlie Unkeless

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I found a photo of my long deceased aunt, Virginia Stone, in the Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library. She was a showgirl in Cocoanuts on Broadway in 1929 or 1930. Here she is posed in what passes for a costume as in one of a series of reference shots taken of all the performers in the cast.

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