For many, 2010 was a year of tragedy and loss. But as the photos collected in this list and in a larger gallery here show, the spirit of Utah is one of resilience and strength. Over the past year, Deseret News photographers captured Utahns in some of their most difficult and triumphant moments — from the day in January when local nurse Elizabeth Howell carried a 4-year-old boy to a hospital for surgery in Haiti after the devastating earthquakes there, to the day the boys of Alta High celebrated their 5A basketball state title. What all of these pictures have in common, whether documenting disappointment or joy, is the beauty of the human spirit.
Ms. Hernandez holds her son in Utah on July 13, 2010. Although her son is an American citizen, Hernandez, who recently graduated from an area high school, does not have U.S. citizenship.
Caleb Bennett of Bluffdale rides Ragged Edge in the bareback riding during the Days of '47 rodeo at the Maverik Center in West Valley City on July 23, 2010.
Tracy Gibbons worries about her friends who have a home near the fire line as a blaze rages out of control from Rose Canyon and engulfs homes in Herriman on Sept. 19, 2010.
At right, bookseller Rachel Haisley hugs store manager Anne Holman, who is crying tears of joy following a successful book-signing event with former President Jimmy Carter at The King's English Bookshop in Salt Lake City on Oct. 28, 2010. At left is store owner Betsy Burton.
A rainbow shines over the Kamas valley on Aug. 4, 2010.
Nine-year-old Karrie Norton gets a surprise visit from her mother, Kristin Norton, at McMillan Elementary School in Murray on Oct. 1, 2010. Norton had been serving in Afghanistan since April and returned home that day. Watching them reunite was Kristin's mother, Robyn Larsen, Kristin's other daughter Jessica, and Kristin's friend Tonja Murphy.
Do you ever feel like you're being watched? The photo on this billboard along I-15 in Lehi appears to be watching a person ride by on a bridge that crosses the freeway, April 13, 2010.
Fran Jean of Grantsville weeps as she watches the funeral procession for PFC Jordan Byrd on Main Street in Grantsville on Oct. 22, 2010.
Davis' Riley Watts, right, walks off the floor as Alta players celebrate their 46-32 win in the 5A boys' basketball championship game in Ogden on March 6, 2010.
Nurse Elizabeth Howell carries 4-year-old Oresto Oclor to a hospital for surgery on the boy's arm in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Jan. 22, 2010. Howell, along with other Utah doctors, treated the boy and transported him to the nearest hospital.