2023 was an intense year for everyone in the University of Maryland community. The Diamondback's photographers documented a special election, student vigils and demonstrations, Maryland athletics' biggest moments and, of course, tons of campus construction.

When reflecting on my last four years on The Diamondback’s photo desk, I am consistently proud of how our newsroom’s photographers have overcome new challenges. I believe our ability to tell the campus’ biggest and smallest stories each semester with professionalism and resilience shows the strength of the university community in College Park. I am particularly proud of how The Diamondback’s photographers have handled every assignment with grace and sensitivity. Our photo staff has upheld ethical photojournalism standards while maintaining respect for both our sources and readers.

This year, the photo desk wanted to prioritize getting more photos in front of the campus and College Park community. For each news story, photo editors typically select one photo from 10 that are filed. For sports games and concerts, there can be hundreds of quality photos turned in that haven’t had the opportunity to shine as an article’s cover photo. Therefore, community members only see a fraction of our photographers’ work in each article they read.

The photos included in our 2023 year in review selections exhibit our photographers’ amazing talent. Each member of the photo desk has shown dedication to capturing the emotion behind each story The Diamondback tells. They have shown up, put themselves in unpredictable situations and showcased their creativity on every assignment. 

This year in review — as well as our gallery showcasing Maryland football — allows The Diamondback’s photo desk to share its best shots of 2023, in addition to some hidden gems we’ve kept in our vault. 

We are honored to present this edition of The Diamondback’s Year in Pictures. 

Autumn Hengen & Giuseppe LoPiccolo, Photo Editors


Maryland men’s basketball plays Nebraska on Jan. 28, 2023. (Riley Sims/The Diamondback)
Hakim Hart walks up the court during Maryland men's basketball 73-55 win over Wisconsin on Jan. 25, 2023. (Riley Sims/The Diamondback)
Maryland’s Mary Brumfield celebrates during her 6-4, 5-4, unfinished match against VCU’s Anja Draskovic on Jan. 22, 2023. (Riley Sims/The Diamondback)
Philip Resnik, a professor with the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies and the linguistics department, with an affiliate appointment in computer science, poses for a portrait outside of Marie Mount Hall on Jan. 30, 2023. (Giuseppe LoPiccolo/The Diamondback)


Carlos PenaVega of Big Time Rush performs at SEE's Surprise Acoustic Concert in Stamp Student Union on Feb. 7, 2023. (Autumn Hengen/The Diamondback)
A woman stands at a bus stop adjacent to Campus Drive on Feb. 10, 2023. (Giuseppe LoPiccolo/The Diamondback)
Diamond Miller celebrates during Maryland women’s basketball's 90-54 win over Ohio State on Feb. 5, 2023. (Riley Sims/The Diamondback)
Maryland gymnastics competes against Southern Connecticut State at Xfinity Center on Feb. 17, 2023. (Riley Sims/The Diamondback)
Nick Dean and Jason Savacool pose for a portrait after their practice at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium on Feb. 15, 2023. (Autumn Hengen/The Diamondback)
King Sandoval wrestles an opponent during Maryland wrestling’s 19-12 win over Binghamton on Feb. 17, 2023. (Riley Sims/The Diamondback)
Maryland cheer performs during Maryland men’s basketball’s 88-70 win over Minnesota on Feb. 22, 2023. (Eric Robinson/The Diamondback)
Juliano Perczek, the founder and president of Fashionista Friends, poses alongside vice presidents Hailey Gray and Logan Beebe outside of Chincoteague Hall on Feb. 28, 2023. The trio formed Fashionista Friends to promote sustainable fashion and bring together people who enjoy fashion and thrifting. (Autumn Hengen/The Diamondback)
Hakim Hart celebrates during Maryland men's basketball's 74-68 win over Penn State on Feb. 11, 2023. (Cam Andrews/The Diamondback)
SZA opens her concert at Capital One Arena sitting at the edge of a plank on Feb. 27, 2023. This introduction replicates the art on her new album S.O.S. (Taneen Momeni/The Diamondback)


Fazlul Kabir, a member of the College Park City Council and mayoral candidate, poses for a portrait outside City Hall on March 17, 2023. (Giuseppe LoPiccolo/The Diamondback)
Students preform "STUMBLE MERGE," a puppetry-focused original one-act, on March 30, 2023. This project was exhibited during the 2023 Henson Awards Showcase, a collection of performances hosted by the theatre, dance and performance studies school at the University of Maryland, which presents student projects funded by the Jim Henson Fund for Puppetry. (Giuseppe LoPiccolo/The Diamondback)
Vigilante Coffee in College Park on March 5, 2023. (Neelay Sachdeva/The Diamondback)
Maryland women’s lacrosse walks on the field during their 22-4 win over William & Mary on March 8, 2023. (Eric Robinson/The Diamondback)


Fazlul Kabir, a member of the College Park City Council and a candidate for mayor, talks to a city resident in North College Park on April 20, 2023. (Giuseppe LoPiccolo/The Diamondback)
Jeff Kinney unveils the Greg Heffley statue in Stamp Student Union on April 29, 2023. (Jess Daninhirsch/The Diamondback)
A member of the Gymkana troupe performs during the group’s 2023 home show on April 21, 2023 in Xfinity Center. (Giuseppe LoPiccolo/The Diamondback)
Half Alive lead singer Josh Taylor performs at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland, on April 24, 2023. (Jess Daninhirsch/The Diamondback)


A statue of Frederick Douglass stands outside Hornbake Library on May 1, 2023. (Jess Daninhirsch/The Diamondback)
Denise Mitchell, College Park mayor pro tem and a candidate for mayor, on May 6, 2023. (Giuseppe LoPiccolo/The Diamondback)
Students celebrate one another's cultures at the Global Terps Spring Festival in Stamp Student Union on May 4, 2023. (Taneen Momeni/The Diamondback)
Aminé performs at Xfinity Center on May 5, 2023 during SEE's Art Attack concert. (Jess Daninhirsch/The Diamondback)
Olivia O'Brien performs at Xfinity Center on May 5, 2023 during SEE's Art Attack concert. (Jess Daninhirsch/The Diamondback)


Noah Kahan performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion on June 9, 2023. (Autumn Hengen/The Diamondback)


Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) during a routine press conference in the Capitol Building on July 11, 2023. (Giuseppe LoPiccolo / The Diamondback)
Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell during a press conference in the U.S. Capitol Building on July 11, 2023. (Giuseppe LoPiccolo/The Diamondback)


Students pet volunteer dogs at a Wags for Wellness event on Aug. 31, 2023. (Autumn Hengen/The Diamondback)
Edith Victoria performs with Meet Me @ The Altar at Jiffy Lube Live on Aug. 18, 2023. (Taneen Momeni/The Diamondback)
Stefan Copetti during Maryland men’s soccer’s 2-0 win over UNC Greensboro on Aug. 27, 2023. (Autumn Hengen/The Diamondback)


Patricie Mackova, a senior golfer at the University of Maryland, swings during practice on Sept. 7, 2023. (Kaya Bogot/The Diamondback)
A Veo scooter sits outside the IDEA Factory on Sept. 30, 2023. (Neelay Sachdeva/The Diamondback)
A student uses the rock-climbing wall outside Eppley Recreation Center on Sept. 8, 2023. (Neelay Sachdeva/The Diamondback)
A Prince George's County Public Schools bus outside Northwestern High School in Hyattsville on Sept. 28, 2023. (Giuseppe LoPiccolo/The Diamondback)
A player cheers in the tunnel before Maryland football’s 38-20 win over Charlotte on Sept. 9, 2023. (Eric Robinson/The Diamondback)
Head coach Missy Meharg cheers with Maryland field hockey during their 3-1 win over Yale on Sept. 10, 2023. (Eric Robinson/The Diamondback)


Shyanne Sellers shoots the ball during Maryland women’s basketball’s 76-66 exhibition game win against East Carolina University on Oct. 29, 2023. (Akash Raghu/The Diamondback)
The exterior of Francis Scott Key Hall on Oct. 12, 2023. (Giuseppe LoPiccolo/The Diamondback)
Shyanne Sellers during a Maryland women's basketball practice on Oct. 11, 2023. (Autumn Hengen/The Diamondback)
Maryland wrestlers during the team's Red vs. Black Match on Oct. 26, 2023. (Jordan Budney/The Diamondback)
Luke van Heukelum celebrates a goal during Maryland men's soccer's 6-4 win over Villanova on Oct. 10, 2023. (Jordan Budney/The Diamondback)
A University of Maryland Police car sits adjacent to McKeldin Mall on Oct. 12, 2023. (Giuseppe LoPiccolo/The Diamondback)
Antwain Littleton II stands on the field during Maryland football’s 37-17 loss to Ohio State on Oct. 6, 2023. (Rohan Pandit/The Diamondback)


A student looks at chairs and balloons on McKeldin Mall on Nov. 9, 2023. Each chair and balloon pairing represents a Hamas hostage. (Neelay Sachdeva/The Diamondback)
Testudo waves a Maryland flag during Maryland men’s basketball’s 68-55 win over South Alabama on Nov. 25, 2023. (Eric Robinson/The Diamondback)
Sydney Dowler attempts to dive for the ball during Maryland volleyball's 3-0 win over Ohio State on Nov. 12, 2023. (Akash Raghu/The Diamondback)
F-16 pilots fly over SECU Stadium before Maryland football’s 31-24 loss to Michigan on Nov. 18, 2023. (Autumn Hengen/The Diamondback)
Hope Rose dribbles the ball during Maryland field hockey’s 3-0 win over Old Dominion on Nov. 10, 2023. (Eric Robinson/The Diamondback)


Testudo wears a Santa Claus suit during Maryland men's basketball's 105-65 win over Alcorn State on Dec. 12, 2023. (Eric Robinson/The Diamondback)
Faith Masonius shoots the ball during Maryland women’s basketball’s 71-58 win over Northwestern on Dec. 10, 2023. (Eric Robinson/The Diamondback)
Billy Edwards Jr. celebrates during Maryland football's 31-13 win over Auburn in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30, 2023. (Autumn Hengen/The Diamondback)

Edited by Autumn Hengen & Giuseppe LoPiccolo, Photo Editors

Photos by The Diamondback's staff photographers:

Adelia McGuire, Akash Raghu, Alexa Yang, Autumn Hengen, Daryl Perry, Eric Robinson, Giuseppe LoPiccolo, Jordan Budney, Kaya Bogot, Lincoln Polan, Neelay Sachdeva, Riley Sims, Rohan Pandit, Sam Cohen


Cam Andrews, Jess Daninhirsch, Jordyn Salow, Riley Sims, Taneen Momeni