Looking back at 2022: Our favorite photos of the year

December 26, 2022 Damon Casarez, David Medzerian

A picture is worth more than 1,000 words, and it can also bring back countless memories.

Take a look at this gallery featuring our favorite images from 2022 and see what comes to mind.

New USC students: Lana Le and her dog during USC back to school
New Trojan Lana Le, 19, gives her 4-year-old Maltese, Buddy, a ride during move-in week in August. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)
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Members of the USC Trojan Marching Band make sure everyone is enjoying Trojan Family Weekend. (Photo/Sarah M. Golonka)
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Favorite USC photos: Spirit Rally
First-year students take part in the annual Spirit Rally in August, part of the USC Welcome Experience. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)
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Monica Bill Barnes and USC Kaufman dancers
Monica Bill Barnes and USC Kaufman student dancers practice Monica Bill Barnes & Company: The Running Show. The Trojans had just four days between auditions and the final performance. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)
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Favorite USC photos: Song Girls at Spirit Rally
What’s a USC Spirit Rally without the Song Girls? The world may never know. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)


USC mariachi: Alondra Santos performs with Mariachi los Troyanos de USC
Singer Alondra Santos performs with student group Mariachi los Troyanos de USC outside the USC Amy King Dundon-Berchtold University Club at King Stoops Hall. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)
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USC new student convocation: taking a selfie
Students Honey Robinson, Venessa Liu and Kailee Bryant, from left, take a selfie before the start of USC fall’s new student convocation. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)
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USC drum major Jacobo Herrera and Tony Swatton
USC drum major Jacobo Herrera watches Tony Swatton work on the custom Trojan armor Herrera would soon sport on the field. (USC Photo/Damon Casarez)
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Favorite USC photos: Zero-waste team
Members of the zero waste team take their show on the road during football tailgating on the University Park Campus. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)
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Favorite USC photos: Ron Medicine Crow
Ron Medicine Crow pauses to remember his father during the April ceremony dedicating the Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow Center for International and Public Affairs. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)
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Favorite USC photos: Women’s volleyball team sweeps Villanova
The women’s volleyball team celebrates a sweep of Villanova at Galen Center on Aug. 27. (Photo/Jenny Chuang)
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A person inside a round structure meant to provide a solitary space for healing.
A “Peace Pod” in Doheny Memorial Library bring an island of serenity to a very busy campus. The pod and another in Leavey Library — designed as transitional spaces for those needing to decompress before and after therapy sessions — are a USC Arts in Action project that emerged from a collaboration between the USC School of Dramatic Arts, the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy and Inglewood-based Open Paths Counseling Center. The pods are now at the Open Paths facility in Inglewood. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)
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Channel Island fox
A paid internship program offered by USC Dornsife’s Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies trains students to communicate scientific research to the public. Yannick Peterhans used the program to hone his field photography skills, but also learned perseverance: After spending much of the summer attempting to track down the Channel Island fox, he got his shot on the last day of his internship. (Photo/Yannick Peterhans)
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A talented dancer adds a spot of class to an already classy Trojan Family Weekend. (Photo/Sarah M. Golonka) 
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Japanese American family of USC alumni view a rock garden on campus
USC in April dedicated a quiet rock garden in honor of university’s Nisei students. The contemplative space off Trousdale Parkway commemorates the Japanese American students who were forced into detention centers right after the U.S. entered World War II. (Photo/Damon Casarez)
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Great ShakeOut: USC President Carol L. Folt puts out fire
At USC, everyone has a role in emergency preparedness — even the president. Here, President Carol L. Folt demonstrates the use of a fire extinguisher as part of October’s Great ShakeOut activities. (Photo/Erroll Southers)
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Jasmine Jones leaves two Bruins in her dust during the annual USC-UCLA Dual Meet in May. The USC women won 81-80 and the Trojan men won 86-76 in the competition at Loker Stadium on the USC University Park Campus. (Photo/John McGillen) 
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Favorite USC photos: Graduates file in
The last walk: Soon-to-be graduates file into the 139th USC commencement on May 13. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)
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