Mobile Bay’s Top 20 Photos of 2021

We close the door on 2021 with a look at some of the most eye-catching photos of the year.

Dancer and recent Davidson High School graduate Reginald Turner, Jr. leaps through the hallways at St. Joan of Arc School. Featured in “Meet the 2021 Wonder Kids,” August 2021 // Photo by Matthew Coughlin

“The photo poetically depicts both grace AND tension, expertly using light, motion, converging lines, exaggerated perspective and spatial tension. To top it off, I have a profound love and nostalgia for old buildings.”

Laurie Kilpatrick, Art Director
Cozy up with coffee, fried dough and a pile of powdered sugar at Mo’Bay Beignet. Featured in “Restaurant Review: Mo’Bay Beignet Co.,” January 2021 // Photo by Elizabeth Gelineau
Local vendors join forces to create a bold tropical tablescape. Featured in “Setting the Table with New Friends,” April 2021 // Photo by Elizabeth Gelineau
Pickled shrimp recipe by Mrs. O.H. Delchamps. Featured in “6 Timeless Southern Recipes,” February 2021 // Photo by Elizabeth Gelineau

“We loved diving into some classic Bay recipes for our 50th Anniversary Issue, and this marinated shrimp was my favorite. The light glistening off the marinade on the bay leaf, along with perfect local seafood, made this shot so quintessential Mobile Bay. The recipe came from Mrs. Delchamps and the Junior League cookbook – you can’t get more Mobile than that! Elizabeth Gelineau hit it out of the park with her food photography, as always!”

Maggie Lacey, Executive Editor
Builder Robert Brown finds that renovating a classic third-generation Bay house is a labor of love, a walk down memory lane and a tug-of-war between the past and the present. Featured in “Grandfathered Inn: A Family Bay House Renovation,” May 2021 // Photo by Matthew Coughlin
close-up of alligator in the water
Alligator Alley’s Wes Moore rescues reptilians up to 13 feet long and observes their personalities and pecking order up close. Featured in “Explore Alligator Alley with Owner Wes Moore,” June 2021 // Photo by Matthew Coughlin

“I love the evolution of this photo: At first, this unusual image causes a brief pause as you figure out what you’re seeing. Then there’s that “Aha/Oh Sh*t” moment as the gator materializes out of the neon algae. Finally, you stop to appreciate the details—the slits for eyes, the wrinkled forehead, the individual specks of green on its nose. The photographer really captures the subtle, but somehow commanding, presence of the alligator.”

Stephen Potts, Assistant Publisher
Fearn-Syson House exterior
When two world travelers fell in love with Mobile on a whim, they decided to restore one of the city’s magnificent old homes, the Fearn-Syson House. Featured in “From Thailand to the Loop,” September 2021 // Photo by Summer Ennis Ansley
Fried Soft-Shell Crab Po Boy featuring crispy blue crab atop a bed of lettuce, tomatoes and pickles. Featured in “Restaurant Review: Debris Po Boys & Drinks,” May 2021 // Photo by Elizabeth Gelineau
The bedrooms at Ryan Dunagan and Chris Bailey’s RiverBend property offer a blend of Southern tradition, contemporary chic and old-world charm. Featured in “Explore 3 Historic Homes in Camden,” October 2021 // Photo by Summer Ennis Ansley

“I absolutely love how Ryan Studio owners Ryan Dunagan and Chris Bailey were able to make this traditional Southern bedroom feel fresh, clean and modern. The combination of fun blue patterns and textiles is perfection. This room makes me want to go wallpaper my whole house!”

Abby Parrott, Digital Editor
Man on a boat fishing for tripletail
Eric Womble casts just past the shadow of a channel marker, hoping the wind will drift his bait into the grasp of a blackfish. Featured in “Hunting the Ever Elusive Tripletail,” July 2021 // Photo by Matthew Coughlin
Davidson High School senior Iyana Johnson displays her elite track and field skills. Featured in “Meet the 2021 Wonder Kids,” August 2021 // Photo by Matthew Coughlin
For more than 90 years, centenarian Marie Poiroux Wilson White has made her prize-winning dough, leaving a trail of flour and memories along the way. Featured in “The Yeast Roll Lady,” August 2021 // Photo by Elizabeth Gelineau

“I can feel the strength and love in her hands – and I can smell the yeast in the rolls!”

Joe Hyland, Sr. Account Executive
An aerial shot of the early 19th-century fort on Dauphin Island is rich with detail, color and history. Featured in “An Aerial View of Fort Gaines,” August 2021 // Photo by Todd Simms
A group of south Alabama women head to the Montana mountains for an incredible fly fishing trip, finding adventure that feeds the soul. Featured in “Fly Fish Chicks,” March 2021. Photo by Matthew Coughlin
Reza and Mehran Hejazi of the beloved local food mart, Food Pak International. Featured in “25 Food Innovators You Should Know,” November 2021 // Photo by Matthew Coughlin

“Most visitors to Food Pak International in Spring Hill have never seen Reza Hejazi (left) and Mehran Hejazi sitting still; the father-son duo are kept busy by the stream of customers at their international market and deli. I love this photograph because it pulls back a curtain on the personal side of the owners that many customers, even after 30 years, have never seen. Plus, the background shelves of unfamiliar yet tantalizing goods from around the world remind me of one of my favorite pastimes — following my curiosity up and down the Food Pak aisles on my way to grabbing a six-pack of Greek beer.”

Breck Pappas, Staff Writer
Christina Lindeman brings a European sensibility to her historic craftsman in Midtown. Featured in “Step Inside this Reed Avenue Renovation,” May 2021 // Photo by Elizabeth Gelineau
Up in Creola is one of the most unusual neighborhoods you’ll ever find — 13 homes built on the shores of a competition water ski lake. Featured in “If You Dig It, They Will Ski,” June 2021 // Photo by Matthew Coughlin
Karl Brantley of Local Appetite Growers in Silverhill with his Labrador Si. Featured in “25 Food Innovators You Should Know,” November 2021 // Photo by Matthew Coughlin

“The rich greens and warm browns…the lighting…the DOG! There’s nothing I dislike about this fall-inspired photo.” 

Amanda Hartin, Editorial Assistant
A tall stack of Bill Thompson’s World-Famous Pancakes. Featured in “The Quest for the Perfect Pancake,” December 2021 // Photo by Elizabeth Gelineau
A historic two-story gem in midtown Mobile gets the lavish holiday treatment with stunning traditional decoration dreamed up by an owner with a flair for design. Featured in “Tour a Midtown Home Decked for the Holidays,” December 2021 // Photo by Summer Ennis Ansley

“Blue and white and red berries, oh my! I had the pleasure of popping in the McBay’s amazing home during the photo shoot for our December issue. Each room was more inviting and splendid than the next, so naturally I was drawn to this beautiful vignette captured by photographer Summer Ennis Ansley. Julianne’s story of her lifelong love affair with family, home and decorating is as beautiful as it is quintessential Mobile.”

Jennifer Ray, Account Executive

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