Photos: Looking back at 2020, via the lens of staff photographer Brittany Murray

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Saying 2020 has been a difficult year is almost cliche now, which is sad.

For far too many people, 2020 has truly been their worst year. For others, 2020 has been a minor inconvenience and shown that we all should be thankful for what we have.

Personally, I am thankful for many things, one of which being my career. I’ve been a photojournalist for 22 years and I can honestly say that 99 out of 100 days I love it, a pretty good percentage by any standards.

  • Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield. left, goes to the basket against Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, March 1, 2019. The Clippers won 116-109. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • Los Angeles Clippers guard Landry Shamet shoots during the first quarter of the team’s NBA basketball game agains the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, March 1, 2019. The Clippers won 116-109. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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  • Los Angeles Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, left, tries to stop the drive of Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, March 1, 2019. The Clippers won 116-109. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • Los Angeles Clippers guard Landry Shamet flashes three fingers after scoring a 3-point basket during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, March 1, 2019. The Clippers won 116-109. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • Los Angeles Clippers guard Garrett Temple, left, and Sacramento Kings guard Yogi Ferrell scramble for the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, March 1, 2019. The Clippers won 116-109. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes dunks over Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, March 1, 2019. The Clippers won 116-109. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • Los Angeles Clippers guard Garrett Temple, left, defends as Sacramento Kings guard Yogi Ferrell passes the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, March 1, 2019. The Clippers won 116-109. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Documenting 2020 has been a roller coaster.

At the beginning of COVID-19 in the spring, most of my images had no people.  By summer, my images had too many people but the message outweighed the risk.

Since summer, there seems to be a false sense of security and normalcy. Too many people are choosing to ignore common sense rules in an age of pandemic.

Knock on wood, I have not contracted the disease yet.

As the year winds down and I look back at my images from 2020, I’m hopeful that the upcoming year brings successful implementation of the vaccine and change on the horizon.

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