BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 20: Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts after losing to the Dayton Flyers 60-59 in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 20: Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts after losing to the Dayton Flyers 60-59 in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The competitive drive that college athletes possess and leave out on the court is always an exciting thing to watch – especially when the NCAA basketball tournament comes around. For some, it may be the last time they ever play the game, at least on such a big stage. And for these reasons, anything can happen during March Madness. Forget the team rankings, strength of schedule, and the star players who will be top draft picks in the upcoming NBA draft. Basketball is a team game and sometimes it just comes down to who wants it more.

That was certainly the case this year, as I covered the second and third rounds of the NCAA tournament at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York alongside fellow Getty staffer Elsa Garrison. Here are some of my favorite images spanning a total of six games over two days. Enjoy!

 

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 20:  Chris Wilson #24 of the Saint Joseph's Hawks goes to the basket against the Connecticut Huskies during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 20: Chris Wilson #24 of the Saint Joseph’s Hawks goes to the basket against the Connecticut Huskies during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 22: C.J. Fair #5 of the Syracuse Orange holds the ball as Jalen Robinson #12 of the Dayton Flyers defends during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 22, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 22: C.J. Fair #5 of the Syracuse Orange holds the ball as Jalen Robinson #12 of the Dayton Flyers defends during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 22, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 22: Rakeem Christmas #25 of the Syracuse Orange takes a shot over Matt Kavanaugh #35 of the Dayton Flyers during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 22, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 22: Rakeem Christmas #25 of the Syracuse Orange takes a shot over Matt Kavanaugh #35 of the Dayton Flyers during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 22, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 22: Members of the Villanova Wildcats participate in a pregame huddle prior to the game against the Connecticut Huskies during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at First Niagara Center on March 22, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 22: Members of the Villanova Wildcats participate in a pregame huddle prior to the game against the Connecticut Huskies during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at First Niagara Center on March 22, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 20: Austin Arians #34 and Jordan Aaron #1 of the Milwaukee Panthers celebrate against the Villanova Wildcats during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 20: Austin Arians #34 and Jordan Aaron #1 of the Milwaukee Panthers celebrate against the Villanova Wildcats during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 20:  Sam Thompson #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes gets tangled with Khari Price #0 of the Dayton Flyers under the basket during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 20: Sam Thompson #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes gets tangled with Khari Price #0 of the Dayton Flyers under the basket during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 20: Trevor Cooney #10 of the Syracuse Orange reacts against the Western Michigan Broncos during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 20: Trevor Cooney #10 of the Syracuse Orange reacts against the Western Michigan Broncos during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 20:  Halil Kanacevic #45 of the Saint Joseph's Hawks and Amida Brimah #35 of the Connecticut Huskies go for a rebound during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 20: Halil Kanacevic #45 of the Saint Joseph’s Hawks and Amida Brimah #35 of the Connecticut Huskies go for a rebound during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 20:  Jerami Grant #3 of the Syracuse Orange blocks a shot by Shayne Whittington #21 of the Western Michigan Broncos during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 20: Jerami Grant #3 of the Syracuse Orange blocks a shot by Shayne Whittington #21 of the Western Michigan Broncos during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 20: Shabazz Napier #13 of the Connecticut Huskies goes up for a layup against the Saint Joseph's Hawks during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. The Connecticut Huskies defeated the Saint Joseph's Hawks 89-81. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 20: Shabazz Napier #13 of the Connecticut Huskies goes up for a layup against the Saint Joseph’s Hawks during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. The Connecticut Huskies defeated the Saint Joseph’s Hawks 89-81. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 22: Jerami Grant #3 of the Syracuse Orange and Jordan Sibert #24 of the Dayton Flyers battle for a loose ball during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 22, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 22: Jerami Grant #3 of the Syracuse Orange and Jordan Sibert #24 of the Dayton Flyers battle for a loose ball during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 22, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 20:  Shabazz Napier #13 of the Connecticut Huskies goes to the basket as Ronald Roberts, Jr. #13 of the Saint Joseph's Hawks defends during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 20: Shabazz Napier #13 of the Connecticut Huskies goes to the basket as Ronald Roberts, Jr. #13 of the Saint Joseph’s Hawks defends during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 20: Lasan Kromah #20 of the Connecticut Huskies and Langston Galloway #10 of the Saint Joseph's Hawks colllide during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 20: Lasan Kromah #20 of the Connecticut Huskies and Langston Galloway #10 of the Saint Joseph’s Hawks colllide during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 22:  The Dayton Flyers celebrate after defeating the Syracuse Orange 55-53 in the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 22, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 22: The Dayton Flyers celebrate after defeating the Syracuse Orange 55-53 in the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 22, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a year! A Stanley Cup and a World Series in my backyard here in Boston. A 20-year playoff drought for my Pittsburgh Pirates finally ended. And I documented an awful tragedy that had the overwhelming healing and support of its community and the very sports teams I photograph on a daily basis. Immediately following that was an inspiring showcase of talent and determination of the Wounded Warriors Amputee softball team that was put on display at Fenway Park against the men and women who were among the first responders on April 15th on near the finish line on Boylston Street.

For many, I’m sure that looking at sports photographs is merely for entertainments sake. Some, because of the raw power, skill, and emotion it shows that watching on television or in person may not be able to convey. But for the few who reached out and called, emailed, etc, because they were moved by my pictures for whatever reason, that to me is the best feeling and what I hope to accomplish every day as a photographer. Those messages help solidify why I do what I do for a living.

And as always, I appreciate the ever-continuing support from the photo community that I’m so lucky to be a part of every day.

So, to recap the year that was, here are some of my favorite images from 2013. Enjoy & Happy New Year!

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 24: The New England Patriots take the field against the Denver Broncos before a game at Gillette Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 24: The New England Patriots take the field against the Denver Broncos before a game at Gillette Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 12: Members of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds practice during training at Highmark Stadium on April 12, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 12: Members of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds practice during training at Highmark Stadium on April 12, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

TALLADEGA, AL - MAY 05: Trevor Bayne, driver of the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, leaves a trail of smoke after blowing an engine during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 5, 2013 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

TALLADEGA, AL – MAY 05: Trevor Bayne, driver of the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, leaves a trail of smoke after blowing an engine during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 5, 2013 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 15: Stephen Drew #7 of the Boston Red Sox dives but comes up short for a ball hit down the third base line against the New York Yankees during the game on September 15, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 15: Stephen Drew #7 of the Boston Red Sox dives but comes up short for a ball hit down the third base line against the New York Yankees during the game on September 15, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 4:  Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics spills into the fans sitting in the court side seats before flipping over a chair after attempting to grab a loose ball against the Indiana Pacers during the game on January 4, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kevin Garnett

BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 4: Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics spills into the fans sitting in the court side seats before flipping over a chair after attempting to grab a loose ball against the Indiana Pacers during the game on January 4, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets catches a pass against the New England Patriots in the second half during the game at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 12: Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets catches a pass against the New England Patriots in the second half during the game at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 14: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates stands in the on deck circle during the game against the Cincinnati Reds on April 14, 2013 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 14: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates stands in the on deck circle during the game against the Cincinnati Reds on April 14, 2013 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 20:  Brandon Lloyd #85 of the New England Patriots misses a catch against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2013 AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium on January 20, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – JANUARY 20: Brandon Lloyd #85 of the New England Patriots misses a catch against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2013 AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium on January 20, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - MAY 18: A member of the Chesapeake Bayhawks runs off of the field prior to the game against the Boston Cannons on May 18, 2013 at Harvard Stadium in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – MAY 18: A member of the Chesapeake Bayhawks runs off of the field prior to the game against the Boston Cannons on May 18, 2013 at Harvard Stadium in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - JULY 31: Fans watch the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners in the 4th inning as the sun sets during the game on July 31, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – JULY 31: Fans watch the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners in the 4th inning as the sun sets during the game on July 31, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 01:  Jason Grilli #39 and Russell Martin #55 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrate their 6 to 2 win over the Cincinnati Reds during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 1, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 01: Jason Grilli #39 and Russell Martin #55 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrate their 6 to 2 win over the Cincinnati Reds during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 1, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, CT - JULY 16: Brek Shea #23 of the United States celebrates his goal after scoring late in the second half against Costa Rica during the CONCACAF Gold Cup match at Rentschler Field on July 16, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, CT – JULY 16: Brek Shea #23 of the United States celebrates his goal after scoring late in the second half against Costa Rica during the CONCACAF Gold Cup match at Rentschler Field on July 16, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 29:  Terrence Williams #55 of the Boston Celtics dunks the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter during the game on March 29, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – MARCH 29: Terrence Williams #55 of the Boston Celtics dunks the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter during the game on March 29, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - MAY 13: Patrice Bergeron #37, Tyler Seguin #19, and Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins celebrate following Bergeron's game-winning overtime goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 13, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – MAY 13: Patrice Bergeron #37, Tyler Seguin #19, and Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins celebrate following Bergeron’s game-winning overtime goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 13, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 08:  Shakim Phillips #8 of the Connecticut Huskies makes a catch in the fourth quarter in front of Calvin Pryor #25 of the Louisville Cardinals at Rentschler Field during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 08: Shakim Phillips #8 of the Connecticut Huskies makes a catch in the fourth quarter in front of Calvin Pryor #25 of the Louisville Cardinals at Rentschler Field during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - JUNE 15: US Womens National midfielder Kristie Mewis #8 celebrates with teammates following her goal in the first half against Korea Republic during the game at Gillette Stadium on June 15, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – JUNE 15: US Womens National midfielder Kristie Mewis #8 celebrates with teammates following her goal in the first half against Korea Republic during the game at Gillette Stadium on June 15, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Mike Napoli #12 of the Boston Red Sox is congratulated by teammates at home plate after hitting a walk-off home run in the 11th inning against the New York Yankees during the game on July 22, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.

Mike Napoli #12 of the Boston Red Sox is congratulated by teammates at home plate after hitting a walk-off home run in the 11th inning against the New York Yankees during the game on July 22, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 03:  Emmanuel Sanders #88 of the Pittsburgh Steelers misses an attempted pass in the endzone in front of Kyle Arrington #25 of the New England Patriots in the second quarter at Gillette Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 03: Emmanuel Sanders #88 of the Pittsburgh Steelers misses an attempted pass in the endzone in front of Kyle Arrington #25 of the New England Patriots in the second quarter at Gillette Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - JULY 24: Felix Doubront #22 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays as the sun sets over Fenway Park in the fourth inning during the game on July 24, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – JULY 24: Felix Doubront #22 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays as the sun sets over Fenway Park in the fourth inning during the game on July 24, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, CT - JULY 16: Celso Borges #5 of Costa Rica takes a corner kick in the first half against the United States during the CONCACAF Gold Cup match at Rentschler Field on July 16, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, CT – JULY 16: Celso Borges #5 of Costa Rica takes a corner kick in the first half against the United States during the CONCACAF Gold Cup match at Rentschler Field on July 16, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - MAY 1: Leo Komarov #47 of the Toronto Maple Leafs attempts to continue fighting Chris Kelly #23 of the Boston Bruins by grabbing his arm after having his jersey pulled over his head in the final seconds of the third period in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 1, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – MAY 1: Leo Komarov #47 of the Toronto Maple Leafs attempts to continue fighting Chris Kelly #23 of the Boston Bruins by grabbing his arm after having his jersey pulled over his head in the final seconds of the third period in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 1, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 24: Members of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate following their 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins during Game Six of the Stanley Cup Final on June 24, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

BOSTON, MA – JUNE 24: Members of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate following their 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins during Game Six of the Stanley Cup Final on June 24, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

 

EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 08: Liam Sallquist #15 of the Connecticut Huskies runs onto the field prior to the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Rentschler Field on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 08: Liam Sallquist #15 of the Connecticut Huskies runs onto the field prior to the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Rentschler Field on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 06: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up in the on deck circle in the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Three of the National League Division Series at PNC Park on October 6, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 06: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up in the on deck circle in the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Three of the National League Division Series at PNC Park on October 6, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 16: Kevin Ogletree #85 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reaches but misses a catch in front of Justin Green #41 of the New England Patriots during the game at Gillette Stadium on August 16, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – AUGUST 16: Kevin Ogletree #85 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reaches but misses a catch in front of Justin Green #41 of the New England Patriots during the game at Gillette Stadium on August 16, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 19:  Koji Uehara #19 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates after defeating the Detroit Tigers in Game Six of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox defeated the Tigers 5-2 to clinch the ALCS in six games.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 19: Koji Uehara #19 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates after defeating the Detroit Tigers in Game Six of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox defeated the Tigers 5-2 to clinch the ALCS in six games. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02:  Jonny Gomes #5 of the Boston Red Sox lays the World Series trophy and the 'Boston Strong 617' jersey onto the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 02: Jonny Gomes #5 of the Boston Red Sox lays the World Series trophy and the ‘Boston Strong 617′ jersey onto the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 19: Gregory Reynolds #5 of the Wounded Warriors Amputee softball team catches a fly ball before throwing off his glove and throwing the ball with the same hand during the game against the Boston Marathon first responders on August 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – AUGUST 19: Gregory Reynolds #5 of the Wounded Warriors Amputee softball team catches a fly ball before throwing off his glove and throwing the ball with the same hand during the game against the Boston Marathon first responders on August 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins #85 of the New England Patriots drops a pass in the endzone against cornerback Dee Milliner #27 of the New York Jets in the second quarter at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 12: Wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins #85 of the New England Patriots drops a pass in the endzone against cornerback Dee Milliner #27 of the New York Jets in the second quarter at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 10: Neymar #10 of Brazil walks off of the field and through the tunnel past cheering fans following their 3-1 win against Portugal during the international friendly match at Gillette Stadium on September 10, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 10: Neymar #10 of Brazil walks off of the field and through the tunnel past cheering fans following their 3-1 win against Portugal during the international friendly match at Gillette Stadium on September 10, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

Now that things have calmed down here in Boston following my eight days of helping out the news team on the Boston Marathon bombing coverage, I’ll put up some images from the last couple of weeks that include some new ideas, taking some chances, and a lot of light chasing!

Enjoy…

WATERTOWN, MA - APRIL 19: Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis speaks during a media briefing in the parking lot of the Watertown Mall on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. Earlier, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer was shot and killed late Thursday night at the school's campus in Cambridge. A short time later, police reported exchanging gunfire with alleged carjackers in Watertown, a city near Cambridge. It's not clear whether the shootings are related or whether either are related to the Boston Marathon bombing. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA – APRIL 19: Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis speaks during a media briefing in the parking lot of the Watertown Mall on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. Earlier, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer was shot and killed late Thursday night at the school’s campus in Cambridge. A short time later, police reported exchanging gunfire with alleged carjackers in Watertown, a city near Cambridge. It’s not clear whether the shootings are related or whether either are related to the Boston Marathon bombing. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

CAMBRIDGE, MA - APRIL 19: Residents are evacuated as members of the FBI, State Police, Boston Police, Cambridge Police, and other law enforcement agencies, survey the perimeter on April 19, 2013 near the home of suspect #2 on Norfolk Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Earlier, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer was shot and killed late Thursday night at the school's campus in Cambridge. A short time later, police reported exchanging gunfire with alleged carjackers in Watertown, a city near Cambridge. It's not clear whether the shootings are related or whether either are related to the Boston Marathon bombing. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

CAMBRIDGE, MA – APRIL 19: Residents are evacuated as members of the FBI, State Police, Boston Police, Cambridge Police, and other law enforcement agencies, survey the perimeter on April 19, 2013 near the home of suspect #2 on Norfolk Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Earlier, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer was shot and killed late Thursday night at the school’s campus in Cambridge. A short time later, police reported exchanging gunfire with alleged carjackers in Watertown, a city near Cambridge. It’s not clear whether the shootings are related or whether either are related to the Boston Marathon bombing. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA - APRIL 19: A woman reacts while being questioned by the Cambridge Police and other law enforcement agencies on April 19, 2013 near the home of suspect #2 on Norfolk Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Earlier, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer was shot and killed late Thursday night at the school's campus in Cambridge. A short time later, police reported exchanging gunfire with alleged carjackers in Watertown, a city near Cambridge. It's not clear whether the shootings are related or whether either are related to the Boston Marathon bombing. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA – APRIL 19: A woman reacts while being questioned by the Cambridge Police and other law enforcement agencies on April 19, 2013 near the home of suspect #2 on Norfolk Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Earlier, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer was shot and killed late Thursday night at the school’s campus in Cambridge. A short time later, police reported exchanging gunfire with alleged carjackers in Watertown, a city near Cambridge. It’s not clear whether the shootings are related or whether either are related to the Boston Marathon bombing. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

WATERTOWN, MA - APRIL 19: Members of the FBI, State Police, Boston Police, Cambridge Police, and other law enforcement agencies, survey the perimeter on April 19, 2013 near the home of suspect #2 on Norfolk Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Earlier, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer was shot and killed late Thursday night at the school's campus in Cambridge. A short time later, police reported exchanging gunfire with alleged carjackers in Watertown, a city near Cambridge. It's not clear whether the shootings are related or whether either are related to the Boston Marathon bombing. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA – APRIL 19: Members of the FBI, State Police, Boston Police, Cambridge Police, and other law enforcement agencies, survey the perimeter on April 19, 2013 near the home of suspect #2 on Norfolk Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Earlier, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer was shot and killed late Thursday night at the school’s campus in Cambridge. A short time later, police reported exchanging gunfire with alleged carjackers in Watertown, a city near Cambridge. It’s not clear whether the shootings are related or whether either are related to the Boston Marathon bombing. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA - APRIL 19:  A member of the North Metro SWAT team raises his fist while leaving the scene near Franklin Street on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. After a car chase and shootout with police, one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was shot and killed by police early morning April 19, and a manhunt is underway for his brother and second suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. The two men are suspects in the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15 that killed three people and wounded at least 170. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA – APRIL 19: A member of the North Metro SWAT team raises his fist while leaving the scene near Franklin Street on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. After a car chase and shootout with police, one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was shot and killed by police early morning April 19, and a manhunt is underway for his brother and second suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. The two men are suspects in the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15 that killed three people and wounded at least 170. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA - APRIL 19:  Two police officers share a laugh while securing the area around Franklin Street on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. After a car chase and shootout with police, one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was shot and killed by police early morning April 19, and a manhunt is underway for his brother and second suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. The two men are suspects in the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15 that killed three people and wounded at least 170. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA – APRIL 19: Two police officers share a laugh while securing the area around Franklin Street on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. After a car chase and shootout with police, one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was shot and killed by police early morning April 19, and a manhunt is underway for his brother and second suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. The two men are suspects in the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15 that killed three people and wounded at least 170. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA - APRIL 22:  An American flag sits atop the Franklin Street sign while many different members of law enforcement investigate the scene on April 22, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. A manhunt for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing ended after he was apprehended on a boat parked on a residential property in Watertown, Massachusetts. His brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the other suspect, was shot and killed after a car chase and shootout with police. The bombing, on April 15 at the finish line of the marathon, killed three people and wounded at least 170.(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA – APRIL 22: An American flag sits atop the Franklin Street sign while many different members of law enforcement investigate the scene on April 22, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. A manhunt for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing ended after he was apprehended on a boat parked on a residential property in Watertown, Massachusetts. His brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the other suspect, was shot and killed after a car chase and shootout with police. The bombing, on April 15 at the finish line of the marathon, killed three people and wounded at least 170.(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA - APRIL 19:  Spectators clap and cheer while law enforcement was leaving the scene near Franklin Street on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. After a car chase and shootout with police, one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was shot and killed by police early morning April 19, and a manhunt is underway for his brother and second suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. The two men are suspects in the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15 that killed three people and wounded at least 170. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA – APRIL 19: Spectators clap and cheer while law enforcement was leaving the scene near Franklin Street on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. After a car chase and shootout with police, one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was shot and killed by police early morning April 19, and a manhunt is underway for his brother and second suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. The two men are suspects in the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15 that killed three people and wounded at least 170. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

 

 

 

WATERTOWN, MA - APRIL 22: Andrew Belli, 30, Pastoral Assistant of the Redeemer Fellowship Church, rings the bell in the steeple at 2:51pm following the moment of silence on the one week anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings on April 22, 2013 at the Redeemer Fellowship Church in Watertown, Massachusetts. A manhunt for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing ended after he was apprehended on a boat parked on a residential property in Watertown, Massachusetts. His brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the other suspect, was shot and killed after a car chase and shootout with police. The bombing, on April 15 at the finish line of the marathon, killed three people and wounded at least 170.(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA – APRIL 22: Andrew Belli, 30, Pastoral Assistant of the Redeemer Fellowship Church, rings the bell in the steeple at 2:51pm following the moment of silence on the one week anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings on April 22, 2013 at the Redeemer Fellowship Church in Watertown, Massachusetts. A manhunt for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing ended after he was apprehended on a boat parked on a residential property in Watertown, Massachusetts. His brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the other suspect, was shot and killed after a car chase and shootout with police. The bombing, on April 15 at the finish line of the marathon, killed three people and wounded at least 170.(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

WATERTOWN, MA - APRIL 20: Watertown Police officer Brandon O'Neill, touches the head of a young boy during a candlelight vigil at Victory Park on April 20, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. A manhunt for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing ended after he was apprehended on a boat parked on a residential property in Watertown, Massachusetts. His brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the other suspect, was shot and killed after a car chase and shootout with police. The bombing, on April 15 at the finish line of the marathon, killed three people and wounded at least 170.(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA – APRIL 20: Watertown Police officer Brandon O’Neill, touches the head of a young boy during a candlelight vigil at Victory Park on April 20, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. A manhunt for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing ended after he was apprehended on a boat parked on a residential property in Watertown, Massachusetts. His brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the other suspect, was shot and killed after a car chase and shootout with police. The bombing, on April 15 at the finish line of the marathon, killed three people and wounded at least 170.(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA - APRIL 20: Watertown Police officer Brandon O'Neill stands and listens to a pastor's words during a candlelight vigil at Victory Park on April 20, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. A manhunt for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing ended after he was apprehended on a boat parked on a residential property in Watertown, Massachusetts. His brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the other suspect, was shot and killed after a car chase and shootout with police. The bombing, on April 15 at the finish line of the marathon, killed three people and wounded at least 170.(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA – APRIL 20: Watertown Police officer Brandon O’Neill stands and listens to a pastor’s words during a candlelight vigil at Victory Park on April 20, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. A manhunt for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing ended after he was apprehended on a boat parked on a residential property in Watertown, Massachusetts. His brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the other suspect, was shot and killed after a car chase and shootout with police. The bombing, on April 15 at the finish line of the marathon, killed three people and wounded at least 170.(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA - APRIL 20: Residents of Watertown stand during a moment of silence during a candlelight vigil at Victory Park on April 20, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. A manhunt for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing ended after he was apprehended on a boat parked on a residential property in Watertown, Massachusetts. His brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the other suspect, was shot and killed after a car chase and shootout with police. The bombing, on April 15 at the finish line of the marathon, killed three people and wounded at least 170.(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WATERTOWN, MA – APRIL 20: Residents of Watertown stand during a moment of silence during a candlelight vigil at Victory Park on April 20, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. A manhunt for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing ended after he was apprehended on a boat parked on a residential property in Watertown, Massachusetts. His brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the other suspect, was shot and killed after a car chase and shootout with police. The bombing, on April 15 at the finish line of the marathon, killed three people and wounded at least 170.(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 16: A young boy holds a lit candle and an American flag atop his father's shoulders during a vigil for eight-year-old Martin Richard, from Dorchester, who was killed by an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 16, 2013 at Garvey Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The twin bombings resulted in the deaths of three people and hospitalized at least 128. The bombings at the 116-year-old Boston race resulted in heightened security across the nation with cancellations of many professional sporting events as authorities search for a motive to the violence. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 16: A young boy holds a lit candle and an American flag atop his father’s shoulders during a vigil for eight-year-old Martin Richard, from Dorchester, who was killed by an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 16, 2013 at Garvey Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The twin bombings resulted in the deaths of three people and hospitalized at least 128. The bombings at the 116-year-old Boston race resulted in heightened security across the nation with cancellations of many professional sporting events as authorities search for a motive to the violence. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 16: People gather and light candles during a vigil for eight-year-old Martin Richard, from Dorchester, who was killed by an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 16, 2013 at Garvey Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The twin bombings resulted in the deaths of three people and hospitalized at least 128. The bombings at the 116-year-old Boston race resulted in heightened security across the nation with cancellations of many professional sporting events as authorities search for a motive to the violence. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 16: People gather and light candles during a vigil for eight-year-old Martin Richard, from Dorchester, who was killed by an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 16, 2013 at Garvey Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The twin bombings resulted in the deaths of three people and hospitalized at least 128. The bombings at the 116-year-old Boston race resulted in heightened security across the nation with cancellations of many professional sporting events as authorities search for a motive to the violence. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

STONEHAM, MA - APRIL 23: A Somerville Police officer salutes as he walks past the hearse carrying the casket of the slain MIT police officer, Sean Collier, following the funeral at St Patrick's Church on April 23, 2013 in Stoneham, Massachusetts. A manhunt for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing ended after he was apprehended on a boat parked on a residential property in Watertown, Massachusetts. His brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the other suspect, was shot and killed after a car chase and shootout with police. The bombing, on April 15 at the finish line of the marathon, killed three people and wounded at least 170.(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

STONEHAM, MA – APRIL 23: A Somerville Police officer salutes as he walks past the hearse carrying the casket of the slain MIT police officer, Sean Collier, following the funeral at St Patrick’s Church on April 23, 2013 in Stoneham, Massachusetts. A manhunt for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing ended after he was apprehended on a boat parked on a residential property in Watertown, Massachusetts. His brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the other suspect, was shot and killed after a car chase and shootout with police. The bombing, on April 15 at the finish line of the marathon, killed three people and wounded at least 170.(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 28: Iman Shumpert #21 of the New York Knicks fights for possession of the loose ball with Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 28: Iman Shumpert #21 of the New York Knicks fights for possession of the loose ball with Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 28: Jason Terry #4 of the Boston Celtics celebrates after hitting a three-point shot against the New York Knicks in overtime during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 28: Jason Terry #4 of the Boston Celtics celebrates after hitting a three-point shot against the New York Knicks in overtime during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 28: A young fan receives the game-worn pair of shoes from Jason Terry #4 of the Boston Celtics following their overtime win against the New York Knicks during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 28: A young fan receives the game-worn pair of shoes from Jason Terry #4 of the Boston Celtics following their overtime win against the New York Knicks during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 28: Raymond Felton #2 of the New York Knicks celebrates after making a three-point shot to end the third quarter against the Boston Celtics during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 28: Raymond Felton #2 of the New York Knicks celebrates after making a three-point shot to end the third quarter against the Boston Celtics during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 28: Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics dunks the ball in front of Jason Kidd #5 of the New York Knicks during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 28: Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics dunks the ball in front of Jason Kidd #5 of the New York Knicks during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 28: Erik Condra #22 of the Ottawa Senators is midair after being hit by Johnny Boychuk #55 of the Boston Bruins during the game on April 28, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 28: Erik Condra #22 of the Ottawa Senators is midair after being hit by Johnny Boychuk #55 of the Boston Bruins during the game on April 28, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 24: Andrew Bailey #40 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after striking out the side to end the game and win 6-5 against the Oakland Athletics in the ninth inning during the game on April 24, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 24: Andrew Bailey #40 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after striking out the side to end the game and win 6-5 against the Oakland Athletics in the ninth inning during the game on April 24, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 24: Andy Parrino #12 of the Oakland Athletics throws to first base against the Boston Red Sox during the game on April 24, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 24: Andy Parrino #12 of the Oakland Athletics throws to first base against the Boston Red Sox during the game on April 24, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 24: Chris Young #25 of the Oakland Athletics trots around second base after hitting a three-run home run in the fourth inning off of Jon Lester #31 of the Boston Red Sox during the game on April 24, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 24: Chris Young #25 of the Oakland Athletics trots around second base after hitting a three-run home run in the fourth inning off of Jon Lester #31 of the Boston Red Sox during the game on April 24, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 14: John McDonald #17 of the Pittsburgh Pirates tosses to second base against the Cincinnati Reds during the game on April 14, 2013 at Fenway Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 14: John McDonald #17 of the Pittsburgh Pirates tosses to second base against the Cincinnati Reds during the game on April 14, 2013 at Fenway Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 14: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates stands in the on deck circle during the game against the Cincinnati Reds on April 14, 2013 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 14: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates stands in the on deck circle during the game against the Cincinnati Reds on April 14, 2013 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 14: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates stands in the on deck circle during the game against the Cincinnati Reds on April 14, 2013 at Fenway Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 14: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates stands in the on deck circle during the game against the Cincinnati Reds on April 14, 2013 at Fenway Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

Jeff Green #8 of the Boston Celtics dunks over Al Jefferson #25 and Paul Millsap #24 of the Utah Jazz during the game on November 14, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 14: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics goes up for a layup against the Utah Jazz during the game on November 14, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 14: A fan holds up a ‘Please end the lockout’ sign while wearing a Boston Bruins jersey during the game between the Boston Celtics and the Utah Jazz on November 14, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 14: Marvin Williams #2 of the Utah Jazz drives to the basket in front of Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics during the game on November 14, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 14: Jason Terry #4 and Chris Wilcox #44 of the Boston Celtics fight for posession of the ball against Al Jefferson #25 of the Utah Jazz during the game on November 14, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 14: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics limps after rolling his ankle on a play against the Utah Jazz during the game on November 14, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

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Apply, apply, apply.

Anyone who has applied for an internship will tell you how hard they are to get. Sometimes though, it’s not so much about your portfolio as it about the intangibles. Let me explain…

Everyone knows how much talent exists in photojournalism and how many schools are churning out photography students (especially if you read the article about the school where I graduated from, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh). All of the best colleges and universities are having their students apply for internships. So how do you think you can win over the editors and photography departments of the respective newspaper/magazine/wire agency that you are applying at? By simply wanting it more.

I will use myself as an example here. I had three internships while going through school: Pittsburgh Pirates, Getty Images, and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. I know for a fact that the other students who applied for all three of these internships had much better work than I. In fact, I failed to get the internship with Getty the first time around. After working my butt off for a year and attending Sports Shooter Academy for a second time, I was asked to reapply and I did so with even more motivation.

Some are you are probably thinking, “Well, I’m not ready or think my portfolio is good enough for an internship yet”. Maybe you aren’t ready to get it THIS year, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t apply for it. You are not going to be looked down upon for applying for an internship earlier than you should. It actually can help you in many cases. Just like with the images you make – you have to do all of the little things to set yourself apart from the competition. So when the DOP or person in charge of hiring the upcoming photography intern every year sifts through the many applications and recognizes your name from the previous year(s), they are much more likely to set yours aside for final consideration because it shows your persistence.

Wickerham

For those of you who may think your body of work isn’t strong enough to nail an internship, think about this. An internship is your opportunity to take chances. As a young, student intern you are expected to make some mistakes. Learning from those mistakes is sometimes the best learning experience you can have. In my opinion, to be surrounded by a group of supportive veteran photojournalists in a real world environment will help you grow as a photographer more than a semester of any college course you might take.

Most internships will ask you to write an essay explaining why you think you deserve it. Even if they don’t – as was the case in one of my internships – send one along with your application and portfolio anyways. The mere fact that you spent time to write an essay and went above and beyond what they asked for will speak volumes in and of itself. Even more so if that essay expresses your passion for photography and your desire to grow as a photography intern, your chances of being picked go way up.

The one thing most students or recent graduates looking for an internship or job don’t realize is that how well your personality fits in with the company is often times the clincher. Even if it’s just for the possibility of steady freelance work, it’s important. If you don’t get along well with others, your talents may not be enough to save you. This is a small community – even smaller with social media. Your reputation will follow you wherever you go.

Although most internships are announced and made public on many online photography forums (SportsShooter, NPPA, ASMP, etc), some come from referrals by meeting the right person at the right time. If you put yourself in the right situations by attending workshops (i.e. Eddie Adams Workshop, Sports Shooter Academy, NPPA Northern Short Course), your chances for these opportunities are much greater. Another way to find internships and learn exactly what each is like is to read the blog of the students who have already experienced it. They will show you and tell you things that aren’t written up in the description of the internship. That student can also be a great resource to recommend you for the internship the following year as well!

All in all, apply for and do as many internships as you can. No matter where it takes place, I guarantee that you will come away with some of the best images and experiences of your life.

And as my favorite editor picture editor at Getty, Trudy Laltoo, always used to tell me before every assignment, “Don’t fuck up!”

Wickerham

Here are a few blogs of students from various schools who completed internships this past year:

- Joel Hawksley (Ohio University) – Seattle Times

- Patrick Fallon (University of Missouri) – Dallas Morning News

- Patrick McDermott (Brooks Institute) – Getty Images Sport

- Brooks Canaday (Boston University) – Moline Dispatch & Rock Island Argus: