This year saw Mississippians go to the polls in record numbers, the Legislature called back into session to find a solution to the state’s bridge crisis while sports fans set aside their differences and cheered in one voice for the Bulldogs women’s basketball team. Mississippi Today photojournalist Eric J. Shelton shot and edited many of the images from these news events and more — from state Capitol debates to sports in Neshoba County and beyond to the dramatic moments of this year’s Senate elections.

Eric J. Shelton is a 2018 corps member in Report for America, and joined the team as our first photojournalist. A native of Columbia, Miss., Eric earned his bachelor’s in photojournalism from the University of Southern Mississippi. He was a multimedia journalist for Abilene Reporter-News, chief photographer for the Hattiesburg American and photo editor for the Killeen Daily Herald before joining our team June 2018.