Honestly, some submissions are total duds. We've had extreme close-ups of peoples' nose hair, runners pushing dogs in strollers, the weirdest parade floats on Earth and, yes, sketchy Santas. Maybe I'll post a blog sometime of the top five most awkward submissions.
But we also get photos from Sundance events w/ Robert Redford, roller derby meets, belly dancing parties, mixers with local Olympians, food festivals, celeb meet 'n' greets, Joss Stone concerts and Civil War reenactments.
It was pretty tough to narrow all the galleries I posted in 2010 down to the ten coolest, and I actually waited a couple days after 2011 in case any other cool shots came in late.
But it had to be done, and it was. Click here to see the full galleries.
Here are the top 10 Salt Lake magazine People pics of 2010:
10. Llamas finally get the respect they deserve
We wanted something unique to cover, apart from the usual black tie fundraiser. Then our intern Brittany says, "How about the Llama Fest?" And why not!? Our photographer Francie Aufdemorte went to the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork on July 17 for the festival honoring the temple's 35 llamas.
9. You gotta love him, baby!
The Utah Jazz cut the ribbon for the Hot Rod Hundley Media Center at the EnergySolutions Arena on Jan. 29. The team faced the Sacramento Kings the same day, and Hot Rod was invited to the floor with his family at halftime to pull a rope, unveling a banner in his honor of the legendary commentator. And, yes, we love it...baby.
8. Mr. Superharp comes to town
The next best thing to covering a concert by a blues legend is covering a private concert by a blues legend. Our photographer Francie Aufdemorte was at Roy and Anne Morgan Jespersen's home in Federal Heights for a concert by James "Superharp" Cotton and his band on Oct. 13. Check out his album, Giant.
7. Sheep invasion!
We were actually surprised by how many people clicked on our photographer Katie Wimer's pics of thousands of sheep taking over Main Street, Cedar City. The sheep parade was part of the city's Livestock and Heritage Festival, which went on from Oct. 29 to 31 last year. Baah!
6. New Year's Kiss
We sent our photographer Elliott Fraughton to EVE, downtown's New Year's celebration. This can technically count for 2011's list, because at midnight set in, fireworks went off and Elliott snapped some awesome photos of couples kissing in front of the lit up skyline. I can put you in touch with Elliott if you're in one of the shots and want to snag larger copies for your engagement.
5. Sam Ronson party!
DJ Samantha Ronson heated up Downstairs in Park City on Feb. 20 for Saturday Ladies Night. Teresa DeWilde sent us these photos from the club, owned by Seth Hill and actor Danny Masterson. We used to call our people section Party People; this one would have definitely fit the bill.
4. One sturdy Rolex!
Francie Aufdemorte took these pics at OC Tanner's SLC store when retired Navy Captain Don Walsh dropped by on Oct. 27 to tell about the Rolex Deepsea watch his crew strapped to the bottom of a bathyscape Trieste and took 35,795 feet into the depths of the ocean 40 years ago. The watch, still intact, was put in a special display case for guests to check out.
The Dirty Dash at Soldier Hollow was a 10K through nasty, icky mud with all sorts of obstacles along the way. It all went down on Sept. 25. We sent our own team of filthy animals to race and photographer Francie Aufdemorte to cover the event.
2. Shaun White at Dew Tour
Our photographer Elliott Fraughton asked to cover this event, and we were more than happy to let him. Olympic snowboarder Shaun White picked up a skateboard and amazed the crowd at the Dew Tour Toyota Challenge at the EnergySolutions Arena on Sept. 19.
At Sundance 2010, our photographer Francie Aufdemorte got shots of Robert Redford, Morgan Spurlock and even James Franco (above). Wonder who we'll meet this year.