Thursday, December 27, 2012

Best of 2012 | Sports

"Safety Ed Reed #20 of the Baltimore Ravens closes his eyes during the national anthem on the sideline before taking on the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium on September 10, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland."


Each and every year I look back on my favorite images of the year.

Every assignment teaches me something new, but it's not until the end of the year that I can comb through everything I've photographed and reflect. I'm continually grateful for my editors, new clients for instilling trust in my vision to deliver compelling images of each and every assignment. I cannot thank them enough and I'll be forever grateful for each and every opportunity as long as I remain a freelancer.

Being based back in Baltimore, Md., is bittersweet. I love the area that I grew up in, but it's also familiar in a way that is very challenging.

In 2012, I found myself covering the same teams more than I ever have before in a single season - which pushed my creativity to a new level. It challenged me to see the same players, stadiums and venues in a new light

With that, I also feel like I failed a lot this year. I was always taught if you win say 'We' and you lose say 'I' - and I feel like I missed a lot this year and wasn't sharp all the time.

There are defining moments that still haunt me. Not major moments in sports history or even huge plays of a single game, but seconds in time I missed. Yet it was those moments that taught me the most this year. Adversity is no stranger in my life, and has always been my biggest motivator.

Away from the field, I am very proud of my work in Penn State during the child abuse scandal. It reintroduced me to breaking news and made me realize that news, features make my photographic heart tick just as strong as sports always have.

Finally, I wouldn't have been able to produce the work above without my editors, so I must publicly give thanks to all my editors, but mostly to my team at Getty Images, as most of the images above were made while on assignment for them. Thank you for the inspiration, motivation and all the help.

And as always, I'm very eager and looking forward to a full-year of health, happiness and shooting in 2013 - sports related or not.

Feedback welcome. Enjoy.

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