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.
Take a look at some of my favorite sports images 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.
I never thought I'd be photographing a football game at Fenway Park. Masconomet and Everett High School competed as part of the Fenway Gridiron Series. Since the location of the game was special I spent some time looking for a vantage point to show the stadium including the famous "Green Monster." The game ended with Everett winning 36-20.
Shown below is a small selection of images from assignments around the North Shore mostly from the past few months.
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.
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.
In between rain showers and postponed games I was still able to photograph a variety of spring sports. Here are a few of my favorite photographs so far this spring sports season.
Here are a few more favorites from this past winter sports season.
I spend a lot of time photographing high school sports and there's plenty to keep my busy in the winter. Here are a few photographs from various games I've covered so far this winter season.
Joe Alba of Saugus wrestles Michael Castro of Malden in the 145 lb weight class during their meet at Saugus High School, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol
Beverly fans react to an out of bounds ball being chased by Justin Roberto of Danvers during their game at Beverly High School, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2016. Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol
Swampscott's Julia Carbone competes in the 200m freestyle race during their meet against Marblehead at the JCC of the North Shore, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016. Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol
Belmont's Paul Ramsey and Cal Christofori battle for a loose ball with Dylan Vienot of Melrose during their game at Melrose High School, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol
Ski racing is a lot of fun to photograph and being ready to capture peak action is key to great skiing photographs. I was ready to capture this moment as a Masconomet racer veered slightly off course and ended up crashing into one of the gates just before the finish line. The student athlete didn't finish the race but was able to walk away from the accident.
A North Andover athlete cuts the corner close making contact with one of the gates as he races down the slopes at Ski Bradford during a ski racing event.
Somerville's Ryan Vogel places a club into his bag after completing the second hole at Unicorn Golf Course during their match against Medford.
I arrived at Unicorn Golf Course after the match had already started, luckily the staff at the course was nice enough to let me use a cart. This enabled me to be able to move around the course and position myself in the best possible place to create an image. I noticed a golf bag in a perfect location under a backlit tree and I knew at some point when a person arrived an image might unfold. I was luck that Ryan was positioned perfectly for me to capture this sports feature photograph.
Michael Tansey of Peabody nearly gets kick in the head by Pasulayman Sowe of Lynn Classical as he attempts to head the ball during their game at Manning Field in Lynn.
Soccer is a great sport to photograph. There is always action on the field and the game has a good pace. Staying focused and understanding the game being photographed is a key element in capturing peak action.
I was assigned to photograph golf at Turner Hill Golf Club on a beautiful summer afternoon. Not a bad days work. One of the best parts of this particular golf course is the rolling hills and white sand bunkers. I like how the Masconomet players red shirt really stands out from the lush green grass. If you look close enough you can see the tee flying through the air.
A Wakefield player safely slides back into the bag after taking a lead off first base during their game against Melrose at Walsh Field at Wakefield High School.
Baseball is a sport where you really need to pay attention and understand the game. There are a lot of small moves which make a big difference in the outcome of the game. It's a good idea to know what plays may be made and to be ready for them when they occur.
Photographing track and field can be a little tricky. There are usually multiple events going on at the same time and trying to capture it all can be difficult. I spend a little time at each event and capture what I see. I enjoy the variety and always look forward to a good competition.
Softball and baseball are two sports where you really need to concentrate and focus on the game. Both of these sports have long periods waiting for key moments that happen quickly.
Seen in this photograph, a Saugus player reacts after a Swampscott runner was called safe at second base. The umpire called the runner safe due to the Saugus player having her foot off the bag. I like how the Saugus athlete is pointing down at the bag as she looks towards the umpire.
Lucky the Boston Celtics Green Team mascot dunks the ball during an exhibition for students at the Glover School in Marblehead.
This was a fun, fast, and high energy assignment. The members of the Green Team really know how to put on a show. I arrived early to this assignment and the athletes were already warming up. This gave me a chance to see what kind of stunts were going to be performed and figure out the best place to position myself. There was a lot of high flying action and after a few stunts the show was over and the Green Team was off to help cheer on the Boston Celtics in their tournament run.