It was hard selecting a single picture to represent 2009. But we decided to select this photo of the top of the Frost Bank Tower with the moon (shot from the 21st story of the Chase Building). With other buildings rising (even above it) it no longer dominates our skyline. It is fitting, since 2009 may be the end of its dominance of our idea of Austin's cityscape, that we honor it with picture of the year. Even given that, many views of it were available and that made the choice dizzying.
Other pictures that made my short list were a puzzling angel; various sunrises such as this and this; pictures taken from very high up like this and this; outstanding construction pictures taken by our friend Jackie like this and this; and, oh, there were so many others like this fantastic painterly iPhone picture by FFP and this one of players in the Elephant Room. It added up to quite a year for Austin, Texas Daily Photo. I'm sure our compatriots on the City Daily Photo portal found the selection difficult, too. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants