Each of these images was the lead picture for a news article or photo essay published in 2017.

Hundreds of thousands of photographs were taken over the course of a year, to be able to pick the best and most powerful versions for editorial features. In 2016, that total was 21,744. For 2017, published images totaled 29,254. The selections presented here, from the 2017 content, represent the transformational mission of Milwaukee Independent to tell every story one picture at a time.