Best of Photojournalism: 2012

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Chicago, 10/30/12–41st Street Beach, Hurricane Sandy’s effect on Lake Michigan. Photo by Vincent D. Johnson~Othervertical Media
Chicago, 10/30/12–41st Street Beach, Hurricane Sandy’s effect on Lake Michigan. Photo by Vincent D. Johnson~Othervertical Media

One of the last years I was sent out to cover a lot of community events.

Oak Park, 10/26/12–Loretta Rosenthal, 5, of Oak Park, checks out the competition mid action and dad Sam, (left) coaches her on during the pumpkin pie-eating contest at the Hruby Ice Arena. | Vincent D. Johnson~for Sun Times Media
Elmwood Park, 2/3/12–Second grader Charlize Guerrero, of Elmwood Park, learned to stay low as two lines of kids feverishly whipped & bounced ping pong balls over here head at cups of water in an attempt to win a goldfish. The activity was part of the “Winter Wonderland” Fun Fair at St. Celestine Catholic School.

High school sports as always has a big showing in my best of the year.

Darien 4/7/12– | Oak Park-River Forest’s junior Zach Booth, lets out a yell after winning the 4×200 meter race during the Horent Relays at Hinsdale South.
While not the greatest shot I had technically, this image from Regina versus Queen of Peace is a reminder that the girls play as competitive as the boys do in a lot of high school sports.
Chicago, 11/24/12– Freshman Gabe Townsell, (left) of Oak Park-River Forest, versus Colin Kenyon, of New Trier, in the 113 lbs match at Marist.| Vincent D. Johnson~for Sun-Times Media
Sometimes when I’m just taking images between the action I get a good shot. This practice long-jump from a Proviso athlete was just a perfect bit of symmetry. Even his hair band falling off plays well in the image.
Even back in 2012 I knew the days of mud bowls would be coming to an end as artificial turf has started to take over. So for this battle between Fenwick and De La Salle. The De La Salle sideline, I gave myself the assignment of documenting the calamity. See a post I did on the Mud Bowl here.
Park Ridge, 9/28/12– | Vincent D. Johnson~for Sun Times Media
Norridge, 9/7/12– Fumble recovery. | Vincent D. Johnson~for Sun-Times Media
Lake Forest Academy versus Hales Franciscan.
Hurdles.
Darien, 1/27/12–The Downers Grove South bench errupts with excitement during a timeout, as the Mustangs went a run to reclaim the lead versus Hinsdale South.
Darien, 1/27/12–Hinsdale South’s Brock Benson, (53) had to deal with a little pressure in the paint from Downers Grove South’s Robert Mara, (54) and Kevin James, (42).
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