Photojournalist Patrick Farrell has joined the blog with his weekly feature, The Sunday Still. Farrell selects one image each week that showcases the best photojournalism by photojournalists from around the world. The feature runs weekly in The Sunday Long Read. The goal of the newsletter, edited by Don Van Natta Jr. and Jacob Feldman, is to put the week’s best journalism in your hands every Sunday morning.
The Masters at Augusta National isn’t only a challenge for golfers. With limited access and strict rules—no running, no transmitting images on phones—the storied golf tournament tests the most experienced photographers. Even after schmoozing the crowd to get close there are risky judgment calls. Do you want the 18th hole between you and the golfer so you catch his first reaction? Or do you go behind him, hoping he turns to celebrate with the crowd? Reuters senior staff photographer Lucy Nicholson won the scramble to snag the best image of Tiger Woods celebrating an 11-year comeback to win the Masters for the fifth time on April 14. She also made the winning decision to shoot wide, instead of tight, to capture Woods’ full body language, with the joyful crowd in the background. Pity the shooters on the other side of the green who had to make the best of Woods’ back. Nicholson followed up her victory shot with a celebration of her own the next day: She was on the Reuters team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for documenting the “urgency, desperation and sadness” of migrants traveling to the U.S. from Central and South America.
Patrick Farrell, the curator of The Sunday Still, is the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winner for Breaking News Photography for The Miami Herald, where he worked from 1987 to 2019. He is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Media Management at the University of Miami School of Communication.