Jan. 29: Lunar New Year fireworks

A young girl covers her ears as a display of firecrackers explodes. Photo by Chris Stone

Photos by Chris Stone

The origin of the phrase “‘A picture is worth a thousand words” is in dispute.

One source says Frederick R. Barnard in 1921 published a Printer’s Ink magazine piece commending the effectiveness of graphics in advertising with the title “One look is worth a thousand words.”

“Barnard claimed the phrase’s source to be oriental by adding: ‘So said a famous Japanese philosopher, and he was right,'” according to phrases.org.uk.

In March 1927, a Chinese proverb was cited as saying: “One picture is worth ten thousand words.”

Whatever the count, Times of San Diego posted some memorable pictures in 2022, including images from the July world track and field championships in Eugene, Oregon, lowriders returning to National City’s Highland Avenue and service members (and veterans) being greeted at homecomings and Force-Con.

Contributing photographer Chris Stone, taker of these shots, has won 55 photo awards over nine years in San Diego Press Club competition.

Here are 22 of her best photos in 2022, plus a video slide show of what we call the Best of the Rest. Enjoy.

July 21: Noah Lyles revels in U.S. 200m record

Noah Lyles celebrates after winning the 200m race at World's Athletic Championship. Photo by Chris Stone

July 15: Japan’s Ryoichi Akamatsu

South Korea's South Korea's Woo Sangheok, who trains in Chula Vista, qualifies for world championships final in Oregon.

July 17: Team USA’s Gabriela Leon

Team USA's Gabriela Leon took 12th in the pole vault

Nov. 4: President Biden in Oceanside

President Joe Biden in Oceanside. Photo by Chris Stone

Nov. 4: Selfies at MiraCosta College rally

Taking selfies at Biden rally.

Nov. 18: Cam at Wonderfront

Country music singer Cam performs. Photo by Chris Stone

Sept. 25: Blue Angels mechanic at Miramar

A Blue Angels mechanic stands as engines start. Photo by Chris Stone

Sept. 24: Serenading vets at Force-Con

Sweethearts of Swing entertain Saturday's jumpers, Lt. Willie Sharp (left) and Vincent Speranza. Photo by Chris Stone

Aug. 11: Homecoming of USS Lincoln

A military member greets a sailor aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln with a candid sign. Photo by Chris Stone

July 4: ‘Tom Cruise’ at Coronado parade

Coronado Fourth of July Parade 2022. Photo by Chris Stone

June 18: Battle of the Badges on USS Midway

June 12: Megan Rapinoe at Wave game

Soccer Legend Megan Ripinoe laughs while talking to Abbie Dahlkemper after the match. Photo by Chris Stone

May 25: Vigil for Uvalde victims

Youngsters were held tight at vigil mourning the 19 children and two teachers in Texas.

May 6: Cheerleaders for lowriders

National City is allowing lowriders to cruise down Highland Avenue again. Photo by Chris Stone

April 7: FanFest kids at Petco Park

Young fans enjoy running from first to third base at Petco Park during FanFest. Photo by Chris Stone

March 4: Blue Angels train in El Centro

The Blue Angels train in El Centro. Photo by Chris Stone

Feb. 27: Hugging dad in Miramar return

Three-year-old Dakota embraces her father Sgt. Major Charles Latour. Photo by Chris Stone

Feb. 27: Embracing at MCAS Miramar

Capt. Dillon Craig and his wife, Mesa, embrace upon his return from deployment. Photo by Chris Stone

Feb. 20: Pre-invasion rally for Ukraine

Oksana Boyko, 6, holds a sign in support of Ukrainian people. Photo by Chris Stone

Jan. 17: Down at Gaslamp Quarter

A homeless man sleeps in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone

July 15: Focus on world sprinters

Jamaican Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah won heat of 100 over Nigeria's Nzubechi Nwokocha (center) and Israel's Diana Vaisman as photographers focus

Best of the rest

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