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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 21, 2012 04:04:53 PM
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Caroline Campion

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In 2012, Duke Farms in Hillsborough, NJ--the former home of the tycoon JB Duke and his daughter Doris Duke (America's "Poor Little Rich Girl)--opened to the public for the first time. Now, anyone can now walk or bike throughout the estate's extensive and spectacular grounds, over 1000 acres. On my first visit, I wandered into the sculpture garden and was captivated by this Roman goddess in need of a nose job. Although I like her just the way she is.

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December 21, 2012 03:45:43 PM
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This photo is about personal space in NYC. Look how close this young man put his butt to my face!
His friends knew what was happening. Other riders just shrugged at me. Teenagers, right...?
What was I supposed to do? He was much bigger than me. In the moment, it seemed like my only option was to take a picture.
We are all neighbors.

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December 21, 2012 03:43:45 PM
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This photo was taken several days after superstorm Sandy and is the ticket booth from our beach club at Loch Arbour, NJ. It floated one block to the next intersection on Ocean Avenue. We will rebuild and enjoy sunny days at the beach again this summer.

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December 21, 2012 03:40:01 PM
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This photo was taken a few days after the superstorm Sandy hit the shore. This what is left of Loch Arbour Beach Club in Loch Arbour, NJ. Our beloved beach club will rebuild and we look forward to spending many glorious days at the beach in NJ.

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December 21, 2012 03:06:25 PM
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I took this photo of the Little Red Lighthouse under the George Washington Bridge right before Sandy hit landfall.

I think after all we've been through as a nation the Little Red Lighthouse is a symbol of the strength, tenacity and resilience of the American people.

And it's also a pretty cute little lighthouse:)

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December 21, 2012 02:51:24 PM
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It was taken in Belmar NJ in July. I liked the photo but it sion took on more significance as part historical document after Hurricane Sandy.

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December 21, 2012 02:44:49 PM
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December 21, 2012 02:43:50 PM
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Again this was taken in Central Park on Dec. 19 and I liked the late afternoon light and how so many people seemed to be enjoying this warm late Dec weather.

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December 21, 2012 02:33:15 PM
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It was taken on Dec. 8 2012, in Central Park and I liked how different people reacted to the rather amazing bubbles produced by the bubble man.

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December 21, 2012 02:06:53 PM
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I work in Times Square so I'm besieged by costumed characters daily. It's long-fascinated me, just who might inhabit those furry shells. I spyed this Elmo while exiting the office one evening this July. Unmasked, smoking, sweaty - hardly the object of any child's affection - I thought of tourist parents eagerly waving their tots into this Elmo's arms.

Turns out I had captured Adam Sandler, aka 'the Anti-Semitic Elmo.' Mr. Sandler - who was arrested in Times Square in September and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest - had become famous for his contemptuous rants. He has since relocated to San Francisco.

2012 has been rough year for Elmo.

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December 21, 2012 02:01:02 PM
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Ken Berard

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Taken in the grass between my sister's house's, I started a series of "Faces"

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December 21, 2012 01:59:32 PM
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Sam Kosoff

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Passing through St. Louis, MO in early July. Unbelievable heat wave. Pic taken at 8:30am, already oppressively hot, it was as if the aluminum skin of the Gateway Arch was going to melt.

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December 21, 2012 01:53:06 PM
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This is Broadway and West Houston St, NYC at 2am on October 31, 2012. There was no electricity below 42nd St, except the occasional generator-powered spotlight. I drove up and down the lower 25 blocks, east and west, of NYC and it was astounding. I imagine if there is a zombie apocalypse, this is what it will look like... Well, pending zombies.

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December 21, 2012 01:46:10 PM
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Self explanatory..

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December 21, 2012 01:40:45 PM
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This isn't exactly a photo. It's a screen capture I made from the Wildlife Center of Virginia Critter Cam. They are a wildlife teaching hospital. The big owl is Papa G'ho. He is a non-releasable owl (he was injured and is unable to fly silently), so WCV uses him as a surrogate owl to raise any Great Horned owlets who end up at WCV. (I think this one was orphaned and wouldn't have been able to survive in the real world at this age.)He "teaches" them how to be owls. This is Papa G'ho with one of his "student" owlets. The owlet was eventually released back into the wild. (The picture was used to nominate Papa G'ho as "Father of the Year" for some Virginia magazine. The winner was supposed to get some nice dress shirt. Papa G'ho won, so they gave him a rat instead.)

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December 21, 2012 01:39:36 PM
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Ellen Levy

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Sandy: Postponed Halloween carving!

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December 21, 2012 01:34:06 PM
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Ellen Levy

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Sandy: The unexpected effect of too mucy wind and rain at the same time.

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December 21, 2012 01:26:49 PM
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peaceful NYC East River- taken day before the NRA speech advocating more guns... ugh!

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December 21, 2012 01:20:10 PM
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Looking for my daughter in teen section at Barnes & Noble, I find three racks worth of am odd literary genre of which I was only dimly aware.

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December 21, 2012 01:18:43 PM
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Susan Feinman

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peaceful NYC after the storm- facing FDR next morning after FDR was flooded

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