Mobile Bay’s Top 25 Photos of 2022

We close the door on 2022 with a look at some of the most eye-catching photos of the year.

A shrimp boat heads out of harbour near Bayou la Batre’s Lightning Point. Featured in “Guarding the Coast,” July 2022 // Photo by Meggan Haller, Keyhole Photo

“Meggan’s photo evokes memories that I’ve tucked in my heart, an amalgamation of boat rides and beach frolics, cool breezes and daydreaming. ”

Amanda White, Mobile Bay Magazine Planning & Development
Butter Poached Redfish with New Potato and Blue Crab Salad. Recipe adapted from Chef Jeffery Compton. Featured in “Top Chef Recipes from the Alabama Seafood Cook-Off,” July 2022 // Photo by Elizabeth Gelineau
As a child, Cleon Jones had visions of winning a World Series. Now, Jones is using that championship mindset to help the revitalization efforts in his beloved hometown, Africatown. Featured in “Cleon Jones, A Miracle Met,” August 2022 // Photo by Matthew Coughlin

“Just a terrific picture of a terrific player and man by a terrific photographer. Jones’ image pops out of an evocative background and creates an interesting mood.  Plus, the ’69 season with the “Amazing Mets” was one of the best baseball stories ever, and Cleon Jones was right in the middle of it along with his .340 batting average. A great era for baseball.”

T.J. Potts, Publisher
Nature was designed to be self-maintaining, but at times it gets by with a little help from its friends. Here are nine of them, stewards of coastal Alabama’s earth, guardians of the Gulf and recipients of Mobile Bay Magazine’s 2022 Watershed Award. Featured in “Mobile Bay Magazine’s 3rd Annual Watershed Awards,” March 2022 // Photo by Matthew Coughlin
Pete J. Vallas’ downstairs bathroom plays up the home’s nautical theme with brass fixtures, beaded walls and ceilings, and boat cleats for drawer handles. Featured in Tour Architect Pete J. Vallas’ Orange Beach Getaway,” July 2022 // Photo by Summer Ennis Ansley
Cheesy Tomato Tart made with homegrown heirloom tomatoes. Featured in “The John Kitch Tomato,” May 2022 // Photo by Elizabeth Gelineau

“YUM! The lighting on this Tart photo is SPOT ON! Elizabeth catches just the right amount of light on the edges of the tomatoes and makes the perfectly browned pastry crust glisten. The dark blue fabric background is the ideal backdrop for the colors of the food.”

Laurie C. Kilpatrick, Art Director
Locally renowned “Music Man” Catt Sirten lived in 14 cities before coming to Mobile. Now he’s reflecting on the journey that led to his permanent home on the Gulf Coast. Featured in “Catt Sirten: A Life Made for Radio,” January 2022 // Photo by Meggan Haller, Key Hole Photo
Fresh blue crabs arrive at the dock of Billy’s Seafood at Bon Secour. Featured in “The Ultimate Local Seafood Guide,” May 2022 // Photo by Chad Riley

“I like Chad Riley’s vibrant crab photo from our May issue. I still enjoy the jolt of excitement every time I check a crab trap, and this photo takes me there.”

Stephen Potts, Assistant Publisher
Oakleigh Garden Historic District, Palmetto Street, Original Structure Built 1867, Renovated Post-WWII. Featured in “Stroll Through 4 Incredible Local Gardens,” June 2022 // Photo by Elizabeth Gelineau
After being purchased in 1966, while its owner was in France in the army, this blue Mediterranean Sunbeam Tiger traveled 45,000 miles throughout Europe before making its way home to South Alabama. Featured in “British Classics,” October 2022 // Photo by Matthew Coughlin

“I loved so many of the shots from this photoshoot with Matt. This one in particular evokes such a sophisticated sixties fashion vibe. The way Matt captured the model is as if the viewer has happened upon the subject by accident. The lighting is perfect and the street scene is SO Mobile, Not to mention the pop of color of that fabulous blue on that iconic 1965 Sunbeam Tiger.”

Laurie C. Kilpatrick, Art Director
The bloody mary has been a staple at brunches and get-togethers since its invention in a Parisian bar just over 100 years ago. Mobile has taken the classic and infused its own Gulf Coast spin, with ingredients such as blackened shrimp, red pepper jam and pickled okra. Featured in “Reimagining the Classic Bloody Mary,” April 2022 // Photo by Elizabeth Gelineau
10-year-old Kaci Payne recites her original poem written for Mobile Public Library’s Slam-O-Rama. Featured in “Poetry Slam,” September 2022 // Photo by Matthew Coughlin

“I admire the confidence Kaci Payne (age 10) exudes when she recites her poem about Black heroes. She is owning the moment with her multicolored painted nails,  floral dress and pink t-rex purse.  Matt Coughlin’s photo perfectly captures the energy and movement of the poetry slam.”

Marissa Deal, Editorial Assistant
Rex Turner’s favorite place is his studio, where he fashions commissioned pieces for patrons and creates art for himself. Featured in Artist In Residence: At Home With The Turner Family,” September 2022 // Photo by Elizabeth Gelineau
Homemade Pasta made from scratch by Anna Cowart, owner of Cowart Kitchen. Featured in “Pasta Amore,” November 2022 // Photo by Elizabeth Gelineau

“All the photos from this shoot were stunning! There’s nothing like a counter covered in made-from-scratch pasta to motivate you to get in the kitchen for your own Italian night!”

Amelia Rose Zimlich, Editorial Assistant
A lifetime of fishing in waist-high water has yielded plenty of specks for Buddy Russell – and two lifetimes’ worth of stories. Featured in “Buddy Russell: Wade Fishing Extraordinaire,” July 2022 // Photo by Chad Riley
Dancer and recent Davidson High School graduate Victoria Blakley leaps in front of the doorway at her alma mater. Featured in “Wonder Kids 2022,” August 2022 // Photo by Matthew Coughlin

“I am in awe of what dancers like Victoria can do with their body! Her dancing inspired so many when she became the first African-American woman to dance in a lead role with Mobile Ballet. Performing as Tiana in The Princess and the Frog, she gave little girls all over our area a chance to see themselves in someone on stage, hopefully lighting a spark of creativity in a generation of children that will one day dance on stages across our town. Brava, Victoria!”

Maggie Lacey, Executive Editor
There are a variety of bagels on Kind Cafe Fairhope’s menu, but Alex Pikul and Megan Harden know the best thing about the round dough is the kindness that’s served with it. Featured in “Kind Cafe: New York-Style Bagels in Fairhope,” March 2022 // Photo by Elizabeth Gelineau
Matthew Bees adores Jim Marvin glass ornaments, saying they reflect the light better than any other. “Jim Marvin is to Christmas what Julia Child is to French cooking. Featured in “Merry and Bright,” December 2022 // Photo by Elizabeth Gelineau

“In our December issues, Matthew Bees whisks me away to Christmases of my childhood when the trees were formal and the dress code was, too. Elizabeth Gelineau beautifully captured the warmth and light Matthew created in this vignette, and I feel as though I’m being welcomed at the door of my grandparents’ home on Christmas evening. I hope all MBM readers feel this same warmth, light and love this season, and throughout the upcoming year.”

Jennifer Ray, Advertising Sales Executive
Local artist Maggie Stickney sitting among her creations. Featured in “4 Local Artists Share Their Inspiration,” September 2022 // Photo by Elizabeth Gelineau
A craft bourbon with a nod to Judge Roy Bean brings local flare to this traditional eggnog recipe. Featured in “Making Spirits Bright,” December 2022 // Photo by Elizabeth Gelineau
Teddy Williams goes whole hog on pulled pork, all the fixings and a heavy load of fun at his neighborhood party. Featured in “Pig Roast,” October 2022 // Photo by Chad Riley

“While we try to work ahead, we can’t usually take photos a full year in advance. But when I heard Teddy Williams was doing his annual pig roast, we just had to take pictures and hold them. Chad Riley made at least two trips to capture the process at the start and finish over a 24 hour period- dedication! And when I got the gallery, I saw this picture and KNEW it was going to make a great cover. A year later, when fall finally arrived, I was still as in love with this photo as when I first saw it, and it made the October cover.”

Maggie Lacey, Executive Editor
Peri and Brad Summersell undertake a renovation combining modern taste and traditional style atop the Fairhope bluff. Featured in “Step Inside this Modern Renovation Overlooking Mobile Bay,” July 2022 // Photo by Justin Cordova
Fairhope Waterman Carl Black sits down with writer Sonny Brewer during a pause in Black’s journey to sail around the world. Featured in “Meet Captain Carl Black,” January 2022 // Photo by Matthew Coughlin

“This photo from our January 2022 issue really stood out to me. I feel that it perfectly captures the persona of a sailor. The mix of the cloudy sky, boats faded in the background and the bearded captain sporting his nautical blue sweater embody the image of a man who spends his life on the sea.”

Mattie Naman, Digital Editor
Pitcher Plants at the Graham Creek Nature Trail in Foley, Alabama. Featured in “The Ultimate Mobile Bay Trail Guide,” March 2022 // Photo by Kathy Hicks
Wood salvager and craftsman Adam Scardamalia reclaims the natural beauty of trees. Featured in “New Life for Old Wood,” October 2022 // Photo by Meggan Haller, Key Hole Photo

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