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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 22, 2012 11:23:24 AM
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Flavio Pardo

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Liberty State Park, NJ. Leaving the Liberty Science Center I couldn't resist looking at the sunset sky, but the opposite view through the Empty Sky Memorial was even more impressive.

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December 22, 2012 11:13:08 AM
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Flavio Pardo

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Argentina, "Estancia" where I stop to buy honey (geotagged). I like the weather turning in the background and the bold close-up in the foreground, thanks to the iPhone's wide angle

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December 22, 2012 11:11:30 AM
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I was sitting in a very small cafe, talking to a friend, looked up and saw this very intimate scene in the hair salon next door. I wanted to "capture" it--we all live so close together with no privacy--I'm guilty of eavesdropping.

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December 22, 2012 11:06:02 AM
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I was walking down Windsor Place and looked up and saw this "all seeing eye" looking at me against the background of sky, chain-linked fences, school yard, and houses. It reminded me of so many things: Odilon Redon, the eye from "Breaking Bad", and too many other things to mention.

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December 22, 2012 10:46:18 AM
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Farrish Carter

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While I was visiting the West Coast I was thrilled to see how vibrant the Labor Day celebrations were. This was taken in downtown Seattle as thousands (tens of thousands?) demanded immigration reform and justice for working folk.

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December 22, 2012 08:44:43 AM
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Juanita Van Ryzin

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This is a photo of my husband taken at Round Valley Reservoir in Lebanon, NJ. This is one of our favorite spots to enjoy the solitude of nature and I think this photo captures that. I like it because it freezes a moment in time where I can see the stress of work and life are erased from his mind.

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December 22, 2012 08:44:19 AM
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Saw this in a gas station in LA. a love truck. so LA, so much of that culture I grew up with in the 1960s. still fresh and vital. the past is present. made me happy to see it and all that it represents. plus it was really nicely painted!

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December 21, 2012 11:37:14 PM
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Katonah, NY . 11/20/12 The location is the Katonah Restaurant(nee The Diner) captured while waiting for my 'take-out' order : the window light silhouette and simple city view beyond was the hook for me . iPhone3Gs.

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December 21, 2012 10:10:41 PM
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Michele LoManto

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Hurricane Sandy's destruction of NJ's shoreline was horrific to see. This particular debris pile sat next to the Monmouth Beach Club in Monmouth, NJ. The crew had hung multiple American flags and were busy clearing the way for the new normal.

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December 21, 2012 09:49:44 PM
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This picture was taken the day after hurricane Sandy hit landfall. Ridgewood, NY.

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December 21, 2012 09:24:05 PM
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Janet de Winter

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There is a new park just above the Styvacent High School campus along the Hudson, a lttle below the Chelsea Piers.My husband and I were strolling along, and discovered this gorgeous new section along the lower Westside . New York just gets more and more beautiful
places to stroll that are free.

The second picture shows NYC at sunset near the battery. Again all for free to enjoy. Perfect

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December 21, 2012 08:38:34 PM
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Deirdre Flood

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I took this photo outside a barber shop in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. I took the photo right before the presidential election, even though I had passed it for at least a month and chuckled to myself every time. There is a sense of provocation in the "or else" phrasing...what would happen if he didn't win? There were many that were very uneasy with the alternative.

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December 21, 2012 07:51:59 PM
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Rob Kelly

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This photo was taken on December 21, 2012 in Seaside Heights, NJ. The beach was still so destroyed from Hurricane Sandy that it looked like I would imagine the "end of the world" would look like. It was an erie place to be on the day everyone was claiming would be the start of the apocalypse.

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December 21, 2012 07:39:28 PM
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December 21, 2012 06:49:57 PM
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Kristi McKee

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This is the ceiling of the newly reopened Capitol Theater in Port Chester, taken in October before the Warren Haynes show. The lighting and surface made it appear like an optical illusion.

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December 21, 2012 06:43:17 PM
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Kristi McKee

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I took this photo at the Chuang Yen Buddhist Monastery in Kent, NY. The 10,000 buddhas are quite a spectacle at any time, but during this visit in November, the sun illuminating just a section of them felt perfectly ethereal.

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December 21, 2012 06:13:54 PM
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My husband is from St. Louis and his extended family does a Secret Santa gift exchange. For Christmas last year, I received a gift certificate to Citi Field. Being married to a Cardinals fan, we of course waited to use the gift until the Mets were playing the Cards. This ended up being the best Secret Santa gift because the game we went to was Johan Santana's No Hitter, the first ever in Mets history. Amazing! This photo was taken after the last pitch. June 1, 2012.

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December 21, 2012 06:02:50 PM
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This photo was taken in Long Meadow in Prospect Park. The little monument is the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial. The photo was taken in early April as all kids emerged from the cold of winter to prepare for the upcoming Little League baseball season. Scenes like this could be found throughout the parks of the city. Life was renewed as the trees began to bloom at the same time as a new baseball season was born.

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December 21, 2012 05:55:52 PM
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Erik Lieber

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I took this photo from the southern side of the Manhattan Bridge footpath. I love the juxtaposition of the baseball field with the buildings/skyline in the background. While baseball is played in a park or a field, it is a city game and fits right in with all the activity in the city. While the field tends to stand out from the background, it really does blend right in.

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December 21, 2012 05:22:35 PM
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Laura Fliegner

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This picture was taken outside of a polling place in the village of Biscarrosse, France on May 6th, the date of the French Presidential elections. The campaign had officially opened on the 20th of March.

France is approximately 1/5 the size of the US and spent about 1/50th of the amount spent in the US campaign, which topped 2 billion dollars. They held one debate. Attack ads are illegal.

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