Best of Photojournalism: 2010

As the decade comes to a close I wanted to do a look back on my favorite photojournalism images I’ve taken from the past 10 years. Considering I wasn’t doing as much freelance work in the 2000s (the first 10 years I was out of photography school), I feel like there’s a marked difference between how I shot at the beginning of this current decade to the end. Not to mention I had some improvements in the equipment I was using. Also, I never did a “best of post” back then, so this is kind of my last chance for 2010.

Jody Donnelly, of the Ride -n- Grind Stunt team did a back flip over a ramp on his BMX bike . Donnelly & his teammates were part of a mid day show inbetween bands during the 6th annual Iron Horse Roundup motorcycle show hosted by Austin’s restaurant. The event was held in the parking lot of the Libertyville Sports Complex. Vincent D. Johnson/for Sun-Times Media. Sunday, May 2nd 2010.
Nazareth’s Angela Ufheil, at the Lisle Mane Event cross country meet. Vincent D. Johnson/for Sun-Times Media. Sat. Oct. 2, 2010.
Niles West’s Milena Zalloni, (10), celebrates with her teammates after making a big play during the 2nd match of their 4A playoff victory over Von Steuben. | Vincent D. Johnson~for Sun-Times Media.
Leyden’s QB Joey DiFronzo, throws while rolling out of the pocket in the first quarter f play versus Proviso West. Vincent D. Johnson/for Sun-Times Media. Saturday, Sept. 3, 2010.

I think it’s really telling as I go along from year to year, how my assignments went from being half feature/half sport (with a few spot news assignments here and there), to pretty much 90% sports by 2019.

Connell Lyon, 4, of Naperville, tries on a head set while him and his brother Quinn, 3, explore the front of a Pleasantville Fire Truck, whiel at Harvest Fest in Burr Ridge. Vincent D. Johnson/for Sun-Times Media. Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010.
Senior Jennifer Vaile, was crowned the Homecoming Queen 2010 at the end of the Lyons Township pep rally.Vincent D. Johnson/for Sun-Times Media. Friday Oct. 1, 2010.

I couldn’t imagine getting sent to cover a homecoming event (not halftime at teh football game either) in the future unless there was some controversy surrounding the event.

Tessa Scarlati, 10, from Lemont, catches some serious air on the bounce slide at Harvest Fest in Burr Ridge. Vincent D. Johnson/for Sun-Times Media. Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010.
The sunset peaks through the crowd as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra starts off a Ravinia show dedicated to the music of Steven Sondheim. Vincent D. Johnson/for Sun-Times Media. Saturday, July 31, 2010.
Starter/Referee, Mike Gibbs of River Forest, signals the final lap in the frosh/soph 1600 meter race at the Metro Suburban Conference boys track meet. Vincent D. Johnson/for Sun-Times Media. Friday, May 14th 2010.
Proviso West’s QB Malik Thurman, (15) puts a stiff arm on Leyden’s Sebastian Chrzaszsz, as he starts to turn up field. Vincent D. Johnson/for Sun-Times Media. Friday, Sept. 3, 2010.

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