Monday, December 30, 2019

AL DIAZ PHOTO: Pictures of the Year ABC News & Most Memorable Sports Photos of the Decade by ESPN




By Al Diaz

Wow! I'm honored to have two photos included in this year's roundup for Pictures of the Year 2019 by ABC News and Most Memorable Sports Photos of the Decade by ESPN.
The coolest part is my mentor, AP's Kathy Willens photo is posted on the ESPN gallery too! 


Here are the links. 
Pictures of the Year ABC News on Video
Pictures of the Year ABC News Photo Gallery
Most Memorable Sports Photos of the Decade by ESPN

Friday, December 20, 2019

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

WEEK'S WORK: Seven Days, 14 Photographs from South Florida by Al Diaz

By Al Diaz

Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) walks out for introductions prior to the start of the game as the Florida Panthers host the Columbus Blue Jackets at the  BB&T Center in Sunrise
on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Al Diaz Photo / Miami Herald
People often ask me what kind of assignments I shoot for the Miami Herald. I tell them, anything that’s fit to print but I do cover a lot of sports. What I like most is the variety of my assignments. My day can go from scrambling on breaking news to Art Miami, fistfights, basketball, football, or invasive pythons in the Florida Everglades. Here’s a good example of what I photographed in the last seven days.
Florida Panthers defenseman Josh Brown (2) punches Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno (71) during fight on the ice in the first period as the Florida Panthers host the Columbus Blue Jackets at the  BB&T Center in Sunrise on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Al Diaz Photo / Miami Herald
Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) battles with Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills (31) in the fourth quarter as the Miami Dolphins host the Philadelphia Eagles at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on
Sunday, December 1, 2019. Al Diaz Photo / Miami Herald
Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) battles with Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills (31) for a first down in the fourth quarter as the Miami Dolphins host the Philadelphia Eagles at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Sunday, December 1, 2019. Al Diaz Photo / Miami Herald
Miami Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders (7) is picked up by Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Christian Wilkins (94) as they celebrate a second quarter touchdown on a trick play as the Miami Dolphins host the Philadelphia Eagles at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Sunday, December 1, 2019. Al Diaz Photo / Miami Herald
FINAL PLAY. Miami Dolphins defensive back Chris Lammons (30) beats Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) to the ball for an interception in the end zone to end the game as the Miami Dolphins defeat the Philadelphia Eagles at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Sunday, December 1, 2019. Al Diaz Photo / Miami Herald
Miami Dolphins celebrate after defensive back Chris Lammons (30) comes up with an interception in the end zone to end the game as the Miami Dolphins defeat the Philadelphia Eagles at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Sunday, December 1, 2019. Al Diaz Photo / Miami Herald
NFL fans capture the moment using cell phones as the Miami Dolphins prepare to take the field as they host the Philadelphia Eagles at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on
Sunday, December 1, 2019. Al Diaz Photo / Miami Herald
Python incentives and education specialist, Robert Edman, with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, demonstrates how to catch a python during an event promoting the Florida Python Challenge 2020 Python Bowl on Thursday, December 5, 2019. The python challenge is a conservation effort that includes public outreach on the invasive pythons and a ten-day competition to remove pythons from the Florida Everglades.
Al Diaz Photo / Miami Herald
An investigator photographs bullet casings after a shooting during a robbery attempt of Regent Jewelers on Miracle Mile on Thursday, December 5, 2019. Al Diaz Photo / Miami Herald
Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) takes a shot inside the paint as Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura (8) defends in the first half as the Miami Heat host the Washington Wizards at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Friday, December 6, 2019. Al Diaz Photo / Miami Herald
Miami Heat forward Chris Silva (30) is fouled under the basket by Washington Wizards guard Admiral Schofield (1) in the second quarter as the Miami Heat host the Washington Wizards at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Friday, December 6, 2019. Al Diaz Photo / Miami Herald
Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13), wears a colorful pair of basketball shoes on the court as the Miami Heat
host the Washington Wizards at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Friday, December 6, 2019.
Al Diaz Photo / Miami Herald
"Anonymity" by artist Chakaia Booker, rubber tires and stainless steel on display during the opening of Art Miami on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. Al Diaz Photo / Miami Herald
Can't beat em, join em... shooting selfies at Art Miami on 
Tuesday, December 3, 2019. Al Diaz Photo / Miami Herald




Sunday, December 8, 2019

The Sunday Still: Red-Hot Street Rage by Hussein Faleh

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 Sunday Still
from Patrick Farrell


Red-Hot Street Rage

People lunge at photographers to intimidate or thwart them, but a running protestor’s hand closing in on his lens became AFP photographer Hussein Faleh’s best image on Nov. 25 as he covered dangerous street protests in Basra, Iraq. Faleh fills 100% of the frame with layers of action. The eye rotates from burning tires and smoke to the crowd in the street to the protestor’s hand and covered face. Using a wide-angle lens to capture the action close up, Faleh conveys the drama and urgency of a country demanding change. More than 420 people have been killed and 15,000 wounded over the past two months in Iraq as anti-government crowds have lashed out against corruption and a stagnant economy. Four days after Faleh’s photograph, Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi announced he would resign.

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.