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December 30, 2012

2012 Pictures of the Year

Staff photographers choose their best shots and tell readers how they got them

Every day all year long, Eagle-Tribune photographers take dozens of photos of people and places in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire.

Each photo assignment brings its own challenges and opportunities. Today, staff photographers present their favorite photos of 2012 and explain how they were able to capture them.

Mary Schwalm

Mary grew up in Arizona, but came east to attend Colby College and hasn’t left. Before settling in North Andover and joining the staff at The Eagle-Tribune, she lived in New York City and worked for the Associated Press as a sports photo editor and freelance photographer. Mary was NFL photographer of the year in 2011.

Known previously in the Merrimack Valley as “the girl who goes to zoos,” watch for Schwalm in scenic, windy spots around the region and beyond as she pursues her new passion for Kite Aerial Photography.

POY_ET_MSC (121218_ET_MSC_POY_2) by Mary Schwalm (recropped version of original)

Whittier Tech’s Jesus Sanchez is upended in the end zone by Georgetown’s Jackson Fritz after scoring a touchdown in the first half of their game in Haverhill. Whittier Tech won 52-48 in the Sept. 22 game.

Photographers Take

I don’t get many opportunities to shoot sports, but I do very much love doing so. I enjoy the challenge of trying to anticipate where the next photo might unfold. It’s not like a news assignment: If you have a great photo, you have a great photo. Good action is good action!

This photo is a tribute to the focus of the talented Jesus Sanchez, but it could also have been a storyteller of an upending had they lost the game. I knew I captured the catch. It wasn’t until after the game when I edited the photos that I realized that regardless of the outcome, I had a story-telling image.

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