For the second year in a row I was named Photojournalist of the Year in the annual New England Newspaper and Press Association competition. It was a wonderful evening spent with friends and colleagues. It’s an honor to be recognized by my peers. Take a look at my winning images.
I was honored last night during the (NESNE) New England Society of News Editors spring awards celebration at the Boston Globe where one of my sports photographs was selected as a finalist in the Best Sports / Feature Photo category. I love knowing that some of the images I capture standout and I appreciate being recognized for the work I love to do.
"Block your ears" was all I heard before a piercing gunshot rang out.
I was assigned to cover an active shooter training inside the abandoned Osgood Landing site in North Andover with officers from the North Andover and Lawrence Police Departments. It's an honor to be invited to these types of training exercises and be given the opportunity to document the important work that goes into ensuring the publics safety.
I was honored to be named the 2017 Photojournalist of the Year in the annual New England Newspaper and Press Association Better Newspaper Competition. Below are my winning entries for 2017. I had a great time celebrating with my colleagues last night at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, congratulations to all the nominees.
Photographing celebrities or high end officials usually comes with some restrictions. This time was much different, I was graciously invited inside (after a pat-down, of course) and for the most part was given access to freely walk around the auditorium while Vice President Biden spoke.
Former Vice-President Joe Biden answers a question asked by Samantha Power, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, during their conversation as part of the Joe Biden American Promise Tour at the Chevalier Theatre in Medford on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018.
I was assigned to cover the 151st Regional Support Group, Massachusetts Army National Guard deployed recently. The group will be deployed to southwest Asia for nine months and held a deployment ceremony at Reading High School. These assignments usually present opportunities to capture raw emotion but you need to be in the right place at the right time because moments like these don't last to long.
Here is a small selection of some of my favorite news photos of 2017.
The entire Boston Bruins team took a little bit of time out of their days to shop for gifts to be donated to area hospitals around Boston for children who are unable to celebrate the holidays at home. This event is part of the Bruins Annual Holiday Toy Shopping event at Walmart in Saugus. The players had full run of the store and were scattered throughout all the different departments. It was nice to have complete access to the players and be able to photograph them on their shopping spree.
Shown below is a small selection of images from assignments around the North Shore mostly from the past few months.
I was assigned the Northshore Magazine's 12th annual Best of the North Shore party. This is an event for business owners around the Northshore who were awarded with a party at the Swampscott White Court Estate which was the former Summer White House for 30th President of the United States Calvin Coolidge in 1925.
Dozens of people witnessed the partial solar eclipse, about 65% at peak, from the observatory at Salem State University. The atmosphere on the observation deck was electric and full of excitement and curiosity. What a wonderful way to view such an incredible celestial event.
I attended the rather peaceful "Free Speech" rally on the Boston Common today. After the rally was shut down police had to push back counter-protesters along Boylston Street to clear a path for the police paddy wagons full of "Free Speech" activists. This was when emotions started to get tense. Most of the counter-protesters refused to move and things ramped up pretty quickly as the police started to advance on the counter-protesters. Several arrests were made as police eventually cleared a path for the "Free Speech" activists to safely leave the scene.
These photos show only a very small portion of what was a much larger and very peaceful event. I attended the rally as a spectator on my own free time and wanted to witness and photograph history being made in Boston. I was not assigned to cover the rally.
Band camp is a sure sign that summer is on the way out and fall is right around the corner. As a photographer reflections can lead to interesting images, so when I saw shiny sousaphones I knew an image could be made. The musicians were running through drills which gave me an opportunity to walk among them on the field. If given the opportunity I always like to get right in the middle of the action.
It's been a busy summer full of various events and activities. Here are a few of my favorite images from the last couple of months.
I've had a lot of opportunities to photograph various fireworks displays around the North Shore this Fourth of July season. Here are a few of my favorites.
Here are the last of my favorite spring sports action photographs. All these images were taken during tournament games, which are usually high intensity games with a lot of action.
High school state championship sports games usually include high impact action as well as raw emotion and this year's 2017 spring sports tournament games didn't disappoint. Here are a few of my favorite from the past few weeks.
Every year I cover multiple graduations around the North Shore of Massachusetts. Here are a few of my favorites from this years ceremoies.
All I heard was gunfire as I entered the building and I knew the drill had already started. I was quickly ushered up the stairs of this vacated nursing home in Melrose. I knew my assignment was an active shooter scenario but I wasn't expecting to be throwing right into the middle of the action. I got up stairs was quickly told where to stand and where not to stand. Things were happening all around me very fast. People were running from different rooms, I wasn't sure who had the gun and who were patients. After a few minutes the drill was over as fast as it began. I saw 2 more drills before they broke for lunch. Each scenario started without warning and the 3 scenarios I was able to witness only lasted a total of a few minutes. I was very impressed with how the Melrose Police Department and local hospital staff were able to control each unpredictable scenario. Check out more photos here.
I recently covered a town hall with Senator Elizabeth Warren at Salem High School. After answering questions from the audience Senator Warren posed for photo with supporters. I actually didn't expect this to happen and it was a nice surprise, so I hang around for a while and made some images. It's always nice when there is an opportunity to capture something unexpected. Check out more photos here.