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CityView's Photo of the Year


It was inspiring and joyful to take a look back at the faces that graced our pages in 2020. It may have been the most challenging year on record, but it also was a year that gave us so many opportunities to tell the interesting, heartwarming and beautiful stories in our community. Take a look at the photos we’ve selected from all 12 of this year’s issues and vote for your favorite at https://conta.cc/2WQuOHh

Here is a little information about each of the photos we selected:

  • Longtime photographer Johnny Horne, motivated by his longtime love of astronomy, constructed an observatory outside his Stedman home.
  • We learned more about the game of pickleball and came to appreciate the way the game, as played locally and in many other communities, seems to foster diversity and friendly competition. There are some seriously good players, but beginners are welcome.
  • We were just beginning to realize the scope of the global pandemic when we stopped in at Winterbloom Tea. One of the many places you can find a cool and comforting vibe in downtown Fayetteville.
  • As news of COVID-19 worsened, and schools closed, it became apparent that many children depend on eating lunch at school. Cafeteria workers and local restaurant owners mobilized to meet that need.
  • As we began to learn that spending time outdoors was safer, we featured Fayetteville picnic spots that invite a little fresh air fun for families, couples and pooches too.
  • Masks became the year’s most important accessory. Local businesses and individuals took the opportunity to express their personalities and to promote their brand.
  • With concerts and plays on hold, local performers found themselves with precious few opportunities to practice their craft. We held the inaugural CityView Presents Food, Wine & ART at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden, featuring stellar, socially distanced performances.
  • In the midst of national strife, we featured poignant Faces of Friendship, showcasing some Fayetteville bonds that have proven indelible.
  • Our November issue featured the Guide to Giving, a collaboration with Cumberland Community Foundation. It also profiled the winners of our inaugural PWC Presents CityView’s Community Impact Awards.
  • As the year came to a close, a glittering toy soldier stood sentry at Sweet Valley Ranch’s first Festival of Lights.

Be sure to cast your vote. We’ll announce the winner later this week on our social media platforms. Here’s to another great year of telling good stories that matter in 2021!