2017 Photojournalist of the Year!!

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.  

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1st Place, Spot News Photo  A Salem police officer, left, holds a switchblade knife, which was allegedly found on this man, near Washington and Essex Street on Halloween night in Salem on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016.

1st Place, Spot News Photo

A Salem police officer, left, holds a switchblade knife, which was allegedly found on this man, near Washington and Essex Street on Halloween night in Salem on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016.

1st Place, Sports Photo  Lincoln-Sudbury's Andre Kotikian and Landon DeCesare-Fousek get tripped up Somerville's Edwin Mejia Sanchez as they battle for a loose ball during their north division 1 game at Manning Field in Lynn on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016.

1st Place, Sports Photo

Lincoln-Sudbury's Andre Kotikian and Landon DeCesare-Fousek get tripped up Somerville's Edwin Mejia Sanchez as they battle for a loose ball during their north division 1 game at Manning Field in Lynn on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016.

1st Place, Photo Illustration  A green crab rests on the top of a glass of beer inside the Ipswich Ale Brewer's Table to promote Ipswich Cask and Clam week, to be held May 8th-13th, 2017.

1st Place, Photo Illustration

A green crab rests on the top of a glass of beer inside the Ipswich Ale Brewer's Table to promote Ipswich Cask and Clam week, to be held May 8th-13th, 2017.

1st Place, Personality Photo  Arabella Pelekoudas, 7, and Aspen Ridge, of Sciencetellers, react after using pressure in one of their science experiments during the Sciencetellers program, "Power and Energy" at the Swampscott Public Library on Monday, Aug. 1, 2016. Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol

1st Place, Personality Photo

Arabella Pelekoudas, 7, and Aspen Ridge, of Sciencetellers, react after using pressure in one of their science experiments during the Sciencetellers program, "Power and Energy" at the Swampscott Public Library on Monday, Aug. 1, 2016. Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol

1st Place, News Feature Photo  People enjoy a fireworks display and music at Patton Park in Hamilton at the conclusion of the Community Block Party, Sunday, June 25, 2017.

1st Place, News Feature Photo

People enjoy a fireworks display and music at Patton Park in Hamilton at the conclusion of the Community Block Party, Sunday, June 25, 2017.

2nd Place, Pictorial Photo  November's supermoon rises near Thatcher Island as seen from Long Beach in Gloucester, Sunday on Nov. 13, 2016.

2nd Place, Pictorial Photo

November's supermoon rises near Thatcher Island as seen from Long Beach in Gloucester, Sunday on Nov. 13, 2016.

2nd Place, Photo Illustration  Kerrie Bates, Director of Ipswich ReCreation and Culture, blows colored powder cornstarch into the air at Crane Beach to promote the upcoming Ipswich Spring Equinox Extravaganza at Crane Beach on Monday, March 13, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

2nd Place, Photo Illustration

Kerrie Bates, Director of Ipswich ReCreation and Culture, blows colored powder cornstarch into the air at Crane Beach to promote the upcoming Ipswich Spring Equinox Extravaganza at Crane Beach on Monday, March 13, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

2nd Place, Portrait Photo  Zach "The Shark Attack" Calmus inside Private Jewels Fitness in Lynn where he is training for his fight in the Golden Gloves tournament in Lowell, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.

2nd Place, Portrait Photo

Zach "The Shark Attack" Calmus inside Private Jewels Fitness in Lynn where he is training for his fight in the Golden Gloves tournament in Lowell, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.

2nd, News Feature Photo  Nico Altoniaa, 10, takes a close look at his hand of cards during a cribbage game between students from the Village School and seniors from the Senior Center at the Old Town House on Thursday, June 15, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

2nd, News Feature Photo

Nico Altoniaa, 10, takes a close look at his hand of cards during a cribbage game between students from the Village School and seniors from the Senior Center at the Old Town House on Thursday, June 15, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

3rd Place, Portrait Photo  John Goldsberry and his longtime friend John Finlay pose for a photo supporting their former prep school, Northfield Mount Hermon in Gill, MA, inside the Residence at Riverbend. The two friends were out of touch for 70 years and have recently reunited at the residence Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2016. Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol

3rd Place, Portrait Photo

John Goldsberry and his longtime friend John Finlay pose for a photo supporting their former prep school, Northfield Mount Hermon in Gill, MA, inside the Residence at Riverbend. The two friends were out of touch for 70 years and have recently reunited at the residence Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2016. Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol

3rd, General News Photo  Melrose Police Sgt. Josh Crowley, Patrolman Brian Ladner and Sgt. Dave Mackey take part in an active shooter drill inside Wingate at Melrose on Friday, May 12, 2017.

3rd, General News Photo

Melrose Police Sgt. Josh Crowley, Patrolman Brian Ladner and Sgt. Dave Mackey take part in an active shooter drill inside Wingate at Melrose on Friday, May 12, 2017.

3rd, Sports Photo  Lucas Fortini is seen flying through the air after making contact Sam Rosenholtz who crashed after crossing the finish line at the conclusion of the Men's State Championship Race during The Gran Prix of Beverly on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

3rd, Sports Photo

Lucas Fortini is seen flying through the air after making contact Sam Rosenholtz who crashed after crossing the finish line at the conclusion of the Men's State Championship Race during The Gran Prix of Beverly on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

3rd, Personality Photo  Marblehead High School METCO students Essence Townes, Shanazi Jackson, and Tiara Greene talk about their high school experiences inside the Marblehead High School library, Thursday, May 18, 2017.

3rd, Personality Photo

Marblehead High School METCO students Essence Townes, Shanazi Jackson, and Tiara Greene talk about their high school experiences inside the Marblehead High School library, Thursday, May 18, 2017.

2017 Sports Photos of the Year

Take a look at some of my favorite sports images of 2017.

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]

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]

Steeve Tremblay competes in the steer wrestling competition of the Rodeo at The Aleppo Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, Friday, April 7, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Steeve Tremblay competes in the steer wrestling competition of the Rodeo at The Aleppo Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, Friday, April 7, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Ryan Fitzpatrick of Wakefield gets checked by Tom Adams of Beverly during their Division 2 North championship game loss, 7-6, at Concord Carlisle High School, Saturday, June 10, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Ryan Fitzpatrick of Wakefield gets checked by Tom Adams of Beverly during their Division 2 North championship game loss, 7-6, at Concord Carlisle High School, Saturday, June 10, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Lucas Fortini is seen flying through the air after making contact Sam Rosenholtz who crashed after crossing the finish line at the conclusion of the Men's State Championship Race during The Gran Prix of Beverly, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Lucas Fortini is seen flying through the air after making contact Sam Rosenholtz who crashed after crossing the finish line at the conclusion of the Men's State Championship Race during The Gran Prix of Beverly, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Members of the Gloucester All Star team react as the final out of the game is called during their Little League All Stars State Final loss to Holden, 13-9, at the Benevento Complex in North Reading, Sunday, July 30, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Members of the Gloucester All Star team react as the final out of the game is called during their Little League All Stars State Final loss to Holden, 13-9, at the Benevento Complex in North Reading, Sunday, July 30, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Athletes head out of the Atlantic Ocean after completing a half mile swim during the 16th annual Ipswich YMCA Triathlon at Cranes Beach, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Athletes head out of the Atlantic Ocean after completing a half mile swim during the 16th annual Ipswich YMCA Triathlon at Cranes Beach, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

An athlete heads down Argilla Road towards the finish line after completing the 9 mile bike portion of the the 16th annual Ipswich YMCA Triathlon at Cranes Beach, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

An athlete heads down Argilla Road towards the finish line after completing the 9 mile bike portion of the the 16th annual Ipswich YMCA Triathlon at Cranes Beach, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Casey Smith of Georgetown gets tangled up with Grace Evans of Ipswich as they both charge after a loose ball during their game at Ipswich High School, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Casey Smith of Georgetown gets tangled up with Grace Evans of Ipswich as they both charge after a loose ball during their game at Ipswich High School, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Dustin Rosh, center, of Reading, accidentally knees his goalkeeper Alex Katsoufis in the face while being pressured for the ball by Will Clifford of Arlington during their game at Reading High School, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Dustin Rosh, center, of Reading, accidentally knees his goalkeeper Alex Katsoufis in the face while being pressured for the ball by Will Clifford of Arlington during their game at Reading High School, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Rheanna Murray of Masconomet celebrates a point with team mates during their 3-0 MIAA North Division 1 tournament game loss to Central Catholic at Masconomet High School, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Rheanna Murray of Masconomet celebrates a point with team mates during their 3-0 MIAA North Division 1 tournament game loss to Central Catholic at Masconomet High School, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Arlington goal keeper Claire Ewen makes this save as she gets tangled up with Regan Pratt and Olivia Bonacorso of Masconomet during their 2-0 MIAA North Division 2 game win at Masconomet High School, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Arlington goal keeper Claire Ewen makes this save as she gets tangled up with Regan Pratt and Olivia Bonacorso of Masconomet during their 2-0 MIAA North Division 2 game win at Masconomet High School, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Riley Baker and Abby Cash of Danvers celebrate the teams only goal during their 1-0 MIAA Div. 2 North Sectional Finals win over Winchester at Manning Field in Lynn, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Riley Baker and Abby Cash of Danvers celebrate the teams only goal during their 1-0 MIAA Div. 2 North Sectional Finals win over Winchester at Manning Field in Lynn, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Members of Masconomet football team compete against Everett during the 2017 Fenway Gridiron game at Fenway Park, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017.  [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Members of Masconomet football team compete against Everett during the 2017 Fenway Gridiron game at Fenway Park, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017.  [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Boston Bruins Shop at Walmart

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.

Nikon D4s, 1/200 @ f/5.6, ISO 2000, 17-35mm  David Backes, Bruins right wing player, has his arms full of gifts during the Bruins Annual Holiday Toy Shopping event at Walmart in Saugus where gifts purchased by members of the Boston Bruins will be donated to area hospitals around Boston for children who are unable to celebrate the holidays at home, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D4s, 1/200 @ f/5.6, ISO 2000, 17-35mm

David Backes, Bruins right wing player, has his arms full of gifts during the Bruins Annual Holiday Toy Shopping event at Walmart in Saugus where gifts purchased by members of the Boston Bruins will be donated to area hospitals around Boston for children who are unable to celebrate the holidays at home, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/250 @ f/4, ISO 3200, 70-200mm  Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins defenseman, peaks at the cashiers register screen as he checks out after shopping at Walmart in Saugus during the Bruins Annual Holiday Toy Shopping event where gifts purchased by members of the Boston Bruins will be donated to area hospitals around Boston for children who are unable to celebrate the holidays at home, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/250 @ f/4, ISO 3200, 70-200mm

Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins defenseman, peaks at the cashiers register screen as he checks out after shopping at Walmart in Saugus during the Bruins Annual Holiday Toy Shopping event where gifts purchased by members of the Boston Bruins will be donated to area hospitals around Boston for children who are unable to celebrate the holidays at home, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D4s, 1/250 @ f/5.6, ISO 3200, 17-35mm  Kevan Miller, Boston Bruins defenseman, smiles as he check-out during the Bruins Annual Holiday Toy Shopping event at Walmart in Saugus where gifts purchased by members of the Boston Bruins will be donated to area hospitals around Boston for children who are unable to celebrate the holidays at home, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D4s, 1/250 @ f/5.6, ISO 3200, 17-35mm

Kevan Miller, Boston Bruins defenseman, smiles as he check-out during the Bruins Annual Holiday Toy Shopping event at Walmart in Saugus where gifts purchased by members of the Boston Bruins will be donated to area hospitals around Boston for children who are unable to celebrate the holidays at home, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Fenway Gridiron Series

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.

Nikon D4s, 1/640 @ f/7.1, ISO 8000, 17-35mm  Athletes on the Masconomet football team compete against Everett during the 2017 Fenway Gridiron game at Fenway Park, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017.  [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D4s, 1/640 @ f/7.1, ISO 8000, 17-35mm

Athletes on the Masconomet football team compete against Everett during the 2017 Fenway Gridiron game at Fenway Park, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017.  [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D4s, 1/1600 @ f/3.5, ISO 4000, 300mm  Jack Seymour of Masconomet holds onto the ball as he is wrapped up by Jhamal Siomon and Kevin Brown of Everett during their 2017 Fenway Gridiron game at Fenway Park, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017.  [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D4s, 1/1600 @ f/3.5, ISO 4000, 300mm

Jack Seymour of Masconomet holds onto the ball as he is wrapped up by Jhamal Siomon and Kevin Brown of Everett during their 2017 Fenway Gridiron game at Fenway Park, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017.  [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Mid-Fall Update

Shown below is a small selection of images from assignments around the North Shore mostly from the past few months. 

Nikon D500, 1/320 @ f/3.2, ISO 1100, 70-200mm  Joey Duffield, 8, uses his tongue to get a taste of sushi he made during a cooking class at Taste Buds Kitchen in Beverly, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017.

Nikon D500, 1/320 @ f/3.2, ISO 1100, 70-200mm

Joey Duffield, 8, uses his tongue to get a taste of sushi he made during a cooking class at Taste Buds Kitchen in Beverly, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017.

Nikon D4s, 1/250 @ f/5.6, ISO 100, 17-35mm  Honorary Middleton firefighter Bobby Jensen, 89, is helped into Middleton Engine 2 as he prepares to go for a ride around the block during his visit at the Middleton Fire Department, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.

Nikon D4s, 1/250 @ f/5.6, ISO 100, 17-35mm

Honorary Middleton firefighter Bobby Jensen, 89, is helped into Middleton Engine 2 as he prepares to go for a ride around the block during his visit at the Middleton Fire Department, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.

Nikon D500, 1/2500 @ f/3.5, ISO 160, 300mm  Casey Smith of Georgetown gets tangled up with Grace Evans of Ipswich as they both charge after a loose ball during their game at Ipswich High School, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.

Nikon D500, 1/2500 @ f/3.5, ISO 160, 300mm

Casey Smith of Georgetown gets tangled up with Grace Evans of Ipswich as they both charge after a loose ball during their game at Ipswich High School, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.

Nikon D500, 1/800 @ f/5.6, ISO 100, 70-200mm  Allyson Nowak and her brother Christopher look on during funeral services for their mother, Boxford and Middleton Police Officer Michele Nowak, outside the St. Richard Roman Catholic Church in Danvers, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017.

Nikon D500, 1/800 @ f/5.6, ISO 100, 70-200mm

Allyson Nowak and her brother Christopher look on during funeral services for their mother, Boxford and Middleton Police Officer Michele Nowak, outside the St. Richard Roman Catholic Church in Danvers, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017.

Nikon D4s, 1/400 @ f/8, ISO 200, 17-35mm  Professional artist Mark Shasha uses oil paints as he works on a painting looking over a marsh along Argilla Road in Ipswich, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017.

Nikon D4s, 1/400 @ f/8, ISO 200, 17-35mm

Professional artist Mark Shasha uses oil paints as he works on a painting looking over a marsh along Argilla Road in Ipswich, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017.

Nikon D500, 1/250 @ f/8, ISO 2000, 70-200mm  Richard Marino owner of Chianti Restaurant & Lounge, which is celebrating 25 years in Beverly, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.

Nikon D500, 1/250 @ f/8, ISO 2000, 70-200mm

Richard Marino owner of Chianti Restaurant & Lounge, which is celebrating 25 years in Beverly, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.

Nikon D500, 1/1250 @ f/4, ISO 2000, 70-200mm with a 1.4x  Dustin Rosh, center, of Reading, accidentally knees his goalkeeper Alex Katsoufis in the face while being pressured for the ball by Will Clifford of Arlington during their game at Reading High School, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.

Nikon D500, 1/1250 @ f/4, ISO 2000, 70-200mm with a 1.4x

Dustin Rosh, center, of Reading, accidentally knees his goalkeeper Alex Katsoufis in the face while being pressured for the ball by Will Clifford of Arlington during their game at Reading High School, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.

Nikon D4s, 1/1250 @ f/8, ISO 1400, 17-35mm  Georgetown and Hamilton cross country athletes compete in Hamilton during their cross country meet, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. 

Nikon D4s, 1/1250 @ f/8, ISO 1400, 17-35mm

Georgetown and Hamilton cross country athletes compete in Hamilton during their cross country meet, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. 

Nikon D4s, 1/13 @ f/4.5, ISO 3200, 17-35mm  A person dressed as a witch scares people along Front Street during the Haunted Happenings Grand Parade in downtown Salem, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017.

Nikon D4s, 1/13 @ f/4.5, ISO 3200, 17-35mm

A person dressed as a witch scares people along Front Street during the Haunted Happenings Grand Parade in downtown Salem, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017.

Nikon D4s, 1/1250 @ f/2.8, ISO 8000, 300mm  Isaac Seide of Melrose breaks free from a tackle while running the ball during their 14-10 win over Dracut at Melrose High School, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. 

Nikon D4s, 1/1250 @ f/2.8, ISO 8000, 300mm

Isaac Seide of Melrose breaks free from a tackle while running the ball during their 14-10 win over Dracut at Melrose High School, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. 

Nikon D4s, 1/1250 @ f/2.8, ISO 8000, 300mm  Louis Izzi Jr. and Colin Kiernan of Melrose celebrate at the conclusion of their 14-10 win over Dracut at Melrose High School, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. 

Nikon D4s, 1/1250 @ f/2.8, ISO 8000, 300mm

Louis Izzi Jr. and Colin Kiernan of Melrose celebrate at the conclusion of their 14-10 win over Dracut at Melrose High School, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. 

Nikon D500, 1/320 @f/3.2, ISO 4000, 70-200mm  Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders addresses community members as he endorses Our Revolution Somerville at the ONCE Ballroom in Somerville, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. 

Nikon D500, 1/320 @f/3.2, ISO 4000, 70-200mm

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders addresses community members as he endorses Our Revolution Somerville at the ONCE Ballroom in Somerville, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. 

Nikon D4s, 1/10 @ f/2.8, ISO 1600, 24-70mm  Dan Nadeau, from Salem, makes his way down the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall dressed as a ghoul on Halloween night in downtown Salem, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. 

Nikon D4s, 1/10 @ f/2.8, ISO 1600, 24-70mm

Dan Nadeau, from Salem, makes his way down the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall dressed as a ghoul on Halloween night in downtown Salem, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. 

Nikon D4s, 1/1000 @ f/2.8, ISO 12800, 70-200mm  Rheanna Murray of Masconomet celebrates a point with teammates during their 3-0 MIAA North Division 1 tournament game loss to Central Catholic at Masconomet High School, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. 

Nikon D4s, 1/1000 @ f/2.8, ISO 12800, 70-200mm

Rheanna Murray of Masconomet celebrates a point with teammates during their 3-0 MIAA North Division 1 tournament game loss to Central Catholic at Masconomet High School, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. 

Midsummer Update

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.

Nikon D500, 1/320 @ f/7.1, ISO 140, 70-200mm  Danielle Dedeo, Adventure Camp councilor, gets soaked in the Dunk Tank during the Kids Carnival at Lynch Park, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/320 @ f/7.1, ISO 140, 70-200mm

Danielle Dedeo, Adventure Camp councilor, gets soaked in the Dunk Tank during the Kids Carnival at Lynch Park, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D4s, 1/800 @ f/6.3, ISO 6400, 17-35mm  Lucas Fortini is seen flying through the air after making contact Sam Rosenholtz who crashed after crossing the finish line at the conclusion of the Men's State Championship Race during The Gran Prix of Beverly, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D4s, 1/800 @ f/6.3, ISO 6400, 17-35mm

Lucas Fortini is seen flying through the air after making contact Sam Rosenholtz who crashed after crossing the finish line at the conclusion of the Men's State Championship Race during The Gran Prix of Beverly, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/1000 @ f/4, ISO 100, 70-200m  Benjamin Smith, 4, plays a game of "Mega 4 In Line" during the Danvers Family Festival Field Day & Scoop-ah-bowl at Plains Park, Saturday, July 1, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/1000 @ f/4, ISO 100, 70-200m

Benjamin Smith, 4, plays a game of "Mega 4 In Line" during the Danvers Family Festival Field Day & Scoop-ah-bowl at Plains Park, Saturday, July 1, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/2500 @ f/4.5, ISO 200, 70-200mm with 1.4x teleconverter  Jansen Landen of the Swampscott Little League all-stars safely slides into second base during their game against Winthrop at Lt. Ross Park in Peabody, Wednesday, July 5, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/2500 @ f/4.5, ISO 200, 70-200mm with 1.4x teleconverter

Jansen Landen of the Swampscott Little League all-stars safely slides into second base during their game against Winthrop at Lt. Ross Park in Peabody, Wednesday, July 5, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D4s, 1/320 @ f/7.1, ISO 100, 17-35mm  Jeff Barry, CEO of Vertical Groove Golf, poses for a photo with his Vertical Groove Golf titanium driver at the Turner Hill Golf Club in Ipswich, Monday, July 10, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D4s, 1/320 @ f/7.1, ISO 100, 17-35mm

Jeff Barry, CEO of Vertical Groove Golf, poses for a photo with his Vertical Groove Golf titanium driver at the Turner Hill Golf Club in Ipswich, Monday, July 10, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/320 @ f/4.5, ISO 5600, 70-200mm  Casey Staton, volunteer from Saugus Lowe's, paints one of the walls inside a new conference space at Medford Vocational Technical High School, Saturday, July 29, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/320 @ f/4.5, ISO 5600, 70-200mm

Casey Staton, volunteer from Saugus Lowe's, paints one of the walls inside a new conference space at Medford Vocational Technical High School, Saturday, July 29, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/2500 @ f/4.5, ISO 500, 70-200mm with 1.4x teleconverter  Nate Marston of the Swampscott Little League all-stars makes contact with this pitch during their game against Winthrop at Lt. Ross Park in Peabody, Wednesday, July 5, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/2500 @ f/4.5, ISO 500, 70-200mm with 1.4x teleconverter

Nate Marston of the Swampscott Little League all-stars makes contact with this pitch during their game against Winthrop at Lt. Ross Park in Peabody, Wednesday, July 5, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D4s, 1/500 @ f/10, ISO 100, 17-35mm  Children gather around Jim Dichter as he creates large bubbles before the start of the 50th Annual Beverly Yankee 5K Road Race at Lynch Park, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D4s, 1/500 @ f/10, ISO 100, 17-35mm

Children gather around Jim Dichter as he creates large bubbles before the start of the 50th Annual Beverly Yankee 5K Road Race at Lynch Park, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Spring Sports Wrap-up

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.

Nikon D500, 1/2500 @ f/4, ISO 200, 300mm  Thomas Mento of Danvers is unable to make this catch as Kevin Santigo of Greater New Bedford safely slides back into first base during their Division 2 state finals 6-2 loss at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton, Thursday, June 15, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/2500 @ f/4, ISO 200, 300mm

Thomas Mento of Danvers is unable to make this catch as Kevin Santigo of Greater New Bedford safely slides back into first base during their Division 2 state finals 6-2 loss at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton, Thursday, June 15, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/2000 @ f/3.2, ISO 2800, 300mm  Chris Cole of Beverly carries the ball as he is pressured by Tommy Welch of Hingham during their Division 2 state semi-finals loss, 17-5, at Norwell High School, Wednesday, June 14, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/2000 @ f/3.2, ISO 2800, 300mm

Chris Cole of Beverly carries the ball as he is pressured by Tommy Welch of Hingham during their Division 2 state semi-finals loss, 17-5, at Norwell High School, Wednesday, June 14, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/3200 @ f/4.5, ISO 500, 70-200mm  Sarah Ryan of Swampscott reaches for the bag as she safely slides into home plate during their 3-1 win over Burlington in their Division 2 North tournament game at Endicott College, Friday, June 9, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/3200 @ f/4.5, ISO 500, 70-200mm

Sarah Ryan of Swampscott reaches for the bag as she safely slides into home plate during their 3-1 win over Burlington in their Division 2 North tournament game at Endicott College, Friday, June 9, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/2000 @ f/2.8, ISO 1250, 300mm  Ryan Fitzpatrick of Wakefield gets checked by Tom Adams of Beverly during their Division 2 North championship game loss, 7-6, at Concord Carlisle High School, Saturday, June 10, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/2000 @ f/2.8, ISO 1250, 300mm

Ryan Fitzpatrick of Wakefield gets checked by Tom Adams of Beverly during their Division 2 North championship game loss, 7-6, at Concord Carlisle High School, Saturday, June 10, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/2500 @f/4, ISO 1000, 70-200mm  Annie Gillis of Ipswich gets tripped up during their, 15-11, D2 loss to Newburyport during their tournament game at Peabody High School, Friday, June 9, 2017.  [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/2500 @f/4, ISO 1000, 70-200mm

Annie Gillis of Ipswich gets tripped up during their, 15-11, D2 loss to Newburyport during their tournament game at Peabody High School, Friday, June 9, 2017.  [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/2000 @ f/4, ISO 250, 300mm  Lynnfield shortstop Jonathan Lunders throws the ball to first base after fielding a ground ball during their game against Pentucket at Lynnfield High School.

Nikon D500, 1/2000 @ f/4, ISO 250, 300mm

Lynnfield shortstop Jonathan Lunders throws the ball to first base after fielding a ground ball during their game against Pentucket at Lynnfield High School.

Nikon D500, 1/2000 @ f/2.8, ISO 8000, 300mm  Nick DiLuiso of Beverly reaches for a loose ball during their Division 2 North tournament game win over Wakefield, 7-6, at Concord Carlisle High School, Saturday, June 10, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/2000 @ f/2.8, ISO 8000, 300mm

Nick DiLuiso of Beverly reaches for a loose ball during their Division 2 North tournament game win over Wakefield, 7-6, at Concord Carlisle High School, Saturday, June 10, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat

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.  

Nikon D4S, 1/320 @ f/4.5, ISO 6400, 17-35mm, with SB-910 flash  Benjamin Yanakakis of Ipswich shows off his teams Division 3 state championship trophy to Caleb Comeau after defeating Grafton, 8-7, at Nickerson Field at Boston University, Saturday, [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D4S, 1/320 @ f/4.5, ISO 6400, 17-35mm, with SB-910 flash

Benjamin Yanakakis of Ipswich shows off his teams Division 3 state championship trophy to Caleb Comeau after defeating Grafton, 8-7, at Nickerson Field at Boston University, Saturday, [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/2500 @ f/4 ISO 160, 300mm  Matt Andreas of Danvers cheers after hitting a triple in the second inning of their Division 2 state finals loss to Greater New Bedford, 6-2, at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton, Thursday, June 15, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/2500 @ f/4 ISO 160, 300mm

Matt Andreas of Danvers cheers after hitting a triple in the second inning of their Division 2 state finals loss to Greater New Bedford, 6-2, at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton, Thursday, June 15, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Fuji X-T2, 1/500 @ f/5, ISO 640, 18-55mm  Newburyport's Isabelle Sarra holds up the D2 North championship trophy as teammates Rebecca Turi, left, and Olivia Katavolos, right, react after defeating Ipswich, 15-11, at Peabody High School, Friday, June 9, 2017.  [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Fuji X-T2, 1/500 @ f/5, ISO 640, 18-55mm

Newburyport's Isabelle Sarra holds up the D2 North championship trophy as teammates Rebecca Turi, left, and Olivia Katavolos, right, react after defeating Ipswich, 15-11, at Peabody High School, Friday, June 9, 2017.  [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/1250 @ f/2.8, ISO 4,000, 70-200mm  Members of the Ipswich boys lacrosse team celebrate at the conclusion of their Division 3 state championship win over Grafton, 8-7, at Nickerson Field at Boston University, Saturday, [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/1250 @ f/2.8, ISO 4,000, 70-200mm

Members of the Ipswich boys lacrosse team celebrate at the conclusion of their Division 3 state championship win over Grafton, 8-7, at Nickerson Field at Boston University, Saturday, [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/320 @ f/4.5, ISO 140, 70-200mm  Danvers High School athletes Matt Andreas, left, and Justin Roberto, right, react at the conclusion of their Division 2 state finals loss to Greater New Bedford, 6-2, at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton, Thursday, June 15, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/320 @ f/4.5, ISO 140, 70-200mm

Danvers High School athletes Matt Andreas, left, and Justin Roberto, right, react at the conclusion of their Division 2 state finals loss to Greater New Bedford, 6-2, at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton, Thursday, June 15, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Spring Sports Highlights

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.

Nikon D500, 1/2500 @ f/4, ISO 180, 70-200mm with 1.4x

Nikon D500, 1/2500 @ f/4, ISO 180, 70-200mm with 1.4x

Nikon D500, 1/2000 @ f/4, ISO 250, 300mm

Nikon D500, 1/2000 @ f/4, ISO 250, 300mm

Nikon D500, 1/2500 @ f/3.2, ISO 320, 300mm

Nikon D500, 1/2500 @ f/3.2, ISO 320, 300mm

Nikon D500, 1/2500 @ f/3.2, ISO 320, 300mm

Nikon D500, 1/2500 @ f/3.2, ISO 320, 300mm

Nikon D500, 1/2500 @ f/4, ISO 140, 70-200mm with 1.4x

Nikon D500, 1/2500 @ f/4, ISO 140, 70-200mm with 1.4x

Rodeo

 I always enjoy photographing something different and to me a rodeo is different. I've never photographed one before and it was a fun experience. See more photos here at Wicked Local North of Boston.

Nikon D500, 1/1000 @ f/2.8, ISO 10,000, 70-200mm  Steeve Tremblay competes in the steer wrestling event of the Rodeo at The Aleppo Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, Friday, April 7, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/1000 @ f/2.8, ISO 10,000, 70-200mm

Steeve Tremblay competes in the steer wrestling event of the Rodeo at The Aleppo Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, Friday, April 7, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/1000 @ f/2.8, ISO 10,000, 70-200mm  Wesley Concalves hangs on during the bull riding event at the Rodeo at The Aleppo Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, Friday, April 7, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/1000 @ f/2.8, ISO 10,000, 70-200mm

Wesley Concalves hangs on during the bull riding event at the Rodeo at The Aleppo Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, Friday, April 7, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D4s, 1/1000 @ f/2.8, ISO 8,000, 17-35mm  Daniel Scavone and Ryan O'Donoghue autograph a fans cowboy hat at the conclusion of the Rodeo at The Aleppo Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, Friday, April 7, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D4s, 1/1000 @ f/2.8, ISO 8,000, 17-35mm

Daniel Scavone and Ryan O'Donoghue autograph a fans cowboy hat at the conclusion of the Rodeo at The Aleppo Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, Friday, April 7, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Winter Sports Wrap-up

Here are a few more favorites from this past winter sports season. 

Nikon D4s, 1/1,000 @ f/2.8, ISO 5,000, 70-200mm

Nate Rogers of Ipswich competes in the high jump during their indoor track meet at Ipswich High School.

Nikon D4s, 1/1,250 @ f/2.8, ISO 1,250, 70-200mm

Ryan Groark of Saugus checks Michael Talbot of Lowell Catholic against the boards during their game at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell.

Nikon D4s, 1/800 @ f/2.8, ISO 3,200, 70-200mm

Belmont goalie Kevin Dacey makes a save on this shot by James Reilly of Reading during their game at Burbank Arena in Reading.

Nikon D4s, 1/800 @ f/2.8, ISO 1,250, 70-200mm

Stoneham's Nick Federico, Nick Feliciano, and Adrian Sousa celebrate a goal during their Division 2 North win over North Reading, 2-1, in double overtime at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell.

Nikon D4s, 1/1,000 @ f/2.8, ISO 6,400, 70-200mm

Hannah Dziadyk of Wakefield holds onto the ball as she is defended by Elizabeth Kirschner and Lauren Flynn of Hamilton Wenham during Wakefield's D2 North tournament game loss, 54-53, at Woburn High School.

Winter Sports Action

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.

Nikon D4s, 1/1,000 @ f/2.8, ISO 10,000, 70-200mm

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

Nikon D4s, 1/800 @ f/2.8, ISO 5,000, 70-200mm

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

Nikon D4s, 1/800 @ f/2.8, ISO 5,000, 70-200mm

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

Nikon D4s, 1/800 @ f/2.8, ISO 6,400, 70-200mm

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

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.

Nikon D500, 1/1600 @ f/3.2, ISO 1600, 300mm

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.

Nikon D500, 1/1600 @ f/2.8, ISO 3200, 300mm

Golf Days....

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.

Nikon D4s, 1/5000 @ f/5, ISO 3200, 70-200mm

Close Call

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.

Nikon D4s, 1/2500 @ 4.5, ISO 400, 300mm with a 1.4x teleconverter

Fore!

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.

Nikon D3s, 1/1600 @ f/5, ISO 640, 70-200mm with a 1.4x teleconverter

Down and Dirty

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.

Nikon D4s, 1/2500 @ f/5, ISO 280, 300mm and 1.4x teleconverter

Long Jump Landing

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.

Nikon D4S, 1/2500 @ f/5, ISO 200, 70-200mm

Safe?!?!

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.

Nikon D4s, 1/2500 @ f/5, ISO 400, 70-200mm with a 1.4 teleconverter

Boston Celtics Green Team

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.

Nikon D4s, 1/800 @ f/6.3, ISO 25,600, 24-70mm