Community Newspaper Group’s photographs of the year

Fremantle actor James Hagan had a chat to the Fremantle Gazette about his life and career. Photo: Jon Hewson
The 50 tonne fire breathing spider at Arcadia at Elizabeth Quay. Photo: Andrew Ritchie
Antonov An-225 Mriya the biggest plane in the world arrives at Perth Airport.  Photo: Andrew Ritchie
L-R: Jack Carter (14) of Morley, Alex Myint (14) of Bassendean and Kaylee Lewsen (14) of Dianella.  Jack, Alex and Kaylee are off to Korea for the Namwon Cup in roller blading. Photo: David Baylis
Birds eye view of Andy Murray (GB) serving at the Hopman Cup at Perth Arena. Photo: Andrew Ritchie
Picture: Jon Hewson
Lieutenant Steven Christensen and son Blake (2) during the Anzac Day service in Mandurah. Photo: Jon Hewson
Circus performer Taylor Nichole Henderson (19) from America, performing at Circus Joseph Ashton during her gap year. Photo: David Baylis
Kate Poll (Volunteer at the Lockridge Community Garden and Shed) seen here with damaged plants in the community garden.  The Lockridge Community Garden and Shed is being vandalised on a weekly basis. Photo: David Baylis
Organist Stewart Smith at Perth Concert Hall. Organ Symphony will be WASO's first concert of the 2016 season on March 11 and 12 at Perth Concert Hall.  Photo: Andrew Ritchie
Lightning serves as a stunning backdrop to the Old Mandurah Bridge. Photo: Jon Hewson
L-R: Kara Donnellan (24) (League Captain), Nicole Graves (General Manager Vswans), Emily McGuire (17) (18's Captain) and Tara Stribley (12) (15's Captain).  Swan District's women's league, under 15's and under 18's are all competing in the finals of their respective division. Photo: David Baylis
Rollerderby Dead Pirates member Bree Spencer – AKA Bloody Bree. Photo: Jon Hewson
Ethan Richter (3), the nephew of missing Mandurah teenager Hayley Dodd, looks at a plaque in her memory at a Missing Persons Memorial. Photo: Jon Hewson
Powerlifter Jack Miles-who was gearing up to lift more than 760kg across three disciplines at the Perth Health and Fitness Expo. Photo: Jon Hewson.
L-R: Sarah Wiese of Highbury and Jemma Read of York.  Sarah and Jemma have completed a run from Albany via the Bibbulmun Track to Kalamunda to raise money for Breast Cancer. Photo: David Baylis
L-R: Alex Cayas (Director Paracon Australia), Patty Williams (Director Shanks Pony Tours), Ben Hansen (TV host and Paranormal Investigator) and Beth Luscombe (Director Access Paranormal).  Ghost Busters in town for a show at the Midland Town Hall. Photo: David Baylis
Vincent Mayor John Carey is putting on an event to raise funds for his 2017 election campaign for Labor, and is holding a Halloween Ball event on October 31.  Photo: Andrew Ritchie
Emma Pearson and Wade Kernot, the two leads in the West Australian Opera’s first mainstage production in the 2016 season called
L-R: Year 9 student Sophie Carrington (13) of Muchea and Year 12 student Sianan Bell (16) of South Guildford.  Swan Christian College students accepted into the WA Youth Orchestra. Photo: David Baylis
Georgia Jackson (17) of Darlington.  Georgia is doing well in science at Helena College Senior School. Photo: David Baylis
Igor Sas dressed as Shakespeare with the 3D glasses that will make people feel like they are in the globe as part of the Shakespeare Festival at UWA.  Photo: Andrew Ritchie
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter visits the Swan Valley Anglican Community School in Aveley. Photo: David Baylis
Cameron Daddo played the role of Captain Georg von Trapp in the production of The Sound of Music. Photo: David Baylis
Netta Brown (Owner of Parrys News in Nollamara).  Seymour, the Rainbow Lorikeet that lived in the shop, was stolen from her cage. Photo: David Baylis
Ceri Ovans of Guildford.  Ceri took part in the Halloween Fun Run for Cystic Fibrosis on October 23. Photo: David Baylis
Nobuyuki Matsuhisa at Crwon Perth fro an Audience with Nobu, sushi chef and co-founder of the Nobu restaurant chain.  Photo: Andrew Ritchie
Federico Paci a micologist from Italy examines a truffle in readiness for the Mt Hawthorn Festival.  Photo: Andrew Ritchie
L-R: Geoff Black of Kalamunda with his 1960 FB Holden and Adele Standeven of Maida Vale with some vintage items.  Adele organised the 'All Things Vintage Car Boot Sale' on Sunday November 6 at Maida Vale Reserve and she is looking for a new venue for future events. Photo: David Baylis
Fremantle actor James Hagan had a chat to the Fremantle Gazette about his life and career. Photo: Jon Hewson The 50 tonne fire breathing spider at Arcadia at Elizabeth Quay. Photo: Andrew Ritchie Antonov An-225 Mriya the biggest plane in the world arrives at Perth Airport. Photo: Andrew Ritchie L-R: Jack Carter (14) of Morley, Alex Myint (14) of Bassendean and Kaylee Lewsen (14) of Dianella. Jack, Alex and Kaylee are off to Korea for the Namwon Cup in roller blading. Photo: David Baylis Birds eye view of Andy Murray (GB) serving at the Hopman Cup at Perth Arena. Photo: Andrew Ritchie Picture: Jon Hewson Lieutenant Steven Christensen and son Blake (2) during the Anzac Day service in Mandurah. Photo: Jon Hewson Circus performer Taylor Nichole Henderson (19) from America, performing at Circus Joseph Ashton during her gap year. Photo: David Baylis Kate Poll (Volunteer at the Lockridge Community Garden and Shed) seen here with damaged plants in the community garden. The Lockridge Community Garden and Shed is being vandalised on a weekly basis. Photo: David Baylis Organist Stewart Smith at Perth Concert Hall. Organ Symphony will be WASO's first concert of the 2016 season on March 11 and 12 at Perth Concert Hall. Photo: Andrew Ritchie Lightning serves as a stunning backdrop to the Old Mandurah Bridge. Photo: Jon Hewson L-R: Kara Donnellan (24) (League Captain), Nicole Graves (General Manager Vswans), Emily McGuire (17) (18's Captain) and Tara Stribley (12) (15's Captain). Swan District's women's league, under 15's and under 18's are all competing in the finals of their respective division. Photo: David Baylis Rollerderby Dead Pirates member Bree Spencer – AKA Bloody Bree. Photo: Jon Hewson Ethan Richter (3), the nephew of missing Mandurah teenager Hayley Dodd, looks at a plaque in her memory at a Missing Persons Memorial. Photo: Jon Hewson Powerlifter Jack Miles-who was gearing up to lift more than 760kg across three disciplines at the Perth Health and Fitness Expo. Photo: Jon Hewson. L-R: Sarah Wiese of Highbury and Jemma Read of York. Sarah and Jemma have completed a run from Albany via the Bibbulmun Track to Kalamunda to raise money for Breast Cancer. Photo: David Baylis L-R: Alex Cayas (Director Paracon Australia), Patty Williams (Director Shanks Pony Tours), Ben Hansen (TV host and Paranormal Investigator) and Beth Luscombe (Director Access Paranormal). Ghost Busters in town for a show at the Midland Town Hall. Photo: David Baylis Vincent Mayor John Carey is putting on an event to raise funds for his 2017 election campaign for Labor, and is holding a Halloween Ball event on October 31. Photo: Andrew Ritchie Emma Pearson and Wade Kernot, the two leads in the West Australian Opera’s first mainstage production in the 2016 season called "The Riders". Seen here with Ebano 35, an Andalusion horse at Riding School for the Disabled in West Swan. Photo: David Baylis L-R: Year 9 student Sophie Carrington (13) of Muchea and Year 12 student Sianan Bell (16) of South Guildford. Swan Christian College students accepted into the WA Youth Orchestra. Photo: David Baylis Georgia Jackson (17) of Darlington. Georgia is doing well in science at Helena College Senior School. Photo: David Baylis Igor Sas dressed as Shakespeare with the 3D glasses that will make people feel like they are in the globe as part of the Shakespeare Festival at UWA. Photo: Andrew Ritchie The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter visits the Swan Valley Anglican Community School in Aveley. Photo: David Baylis Cameron Daddo played the role of Captain Georg von Trapp in the production of The Sound of Music. Photo: David Baylis Netta Brown (Owner of Parrys News in Nollamara). Seymour, the Rainbow Lorikeet that lived in the shop, was stolen from her cage. Photo: David Baylis Ceri Ovans of Guildford. Ceri took part in the Halloween Fun Run for Cystic Fibrosis on October 23. Photo: David Baylis Nobuyuki Matsuhisa at Crwon Perth fro an Audience with Nobu, sushi chef and co-founder of the Nobu restaurant chain. Photo: Andrew Ritchie Federico Paci a micologist from Italy examines a truffle in readiness for the Mt Hawthorn Festival. Photo: Andrew Ritchie L-R: Geoff Black of Kalamunda with his 1960 FB Holden and Adele Standeven of Maida Vale with some vintage items. Adele organised the 'All Things Vintage Car Boot Sale' on Sunday November 6 at Maida Vale Reserve and she is looking for a new venue for future events. Photo: David Baylis

A picture is worth a thousand words, and here at Community Newspaper Group we’re lucky to have some of the best photographers in the business.

Award winners Andrew Ritchie, David Baylis and Jon Hewson are always on the road, documenting Perth and Mandurah in all its beauty and glory, its pain and despair.

MORE: CNG photographers bring home awards

Even in this day and age, when any kid with an iPhone can pass themselves off as Annie Leibovitz or Herb Ritts, getting to work with these guys you realise that a few filters is still no substitute for experience.

Watching them work close up, seeing how they compose their subjects and capture the image in their mind’s eye, is always educational.

We asked all three to nominate their favourite pictures from 2016, and we hope you enjoy their selections.