NCAA Sweet 16 Tournament

Last week I had the opportunity to shoot the NCAA tournament Sweet 16 matchup between No. 2 seed Arizona Wildcats and No. 11 seed Xavier Musketeers on assignment for my school newspaper, The Daily Wildcat. Arizona men's basketball lost to the Musketeers 71-73, cutting our San Jose journey short. While it was not the win we had hoped for, it was still an amazing experience working alongside professional photographers from media outlets like Getty, Associated Press and more.

Shout out to these student journalists for all their hard work in covering Arizona men's basketball this season–y'all have produced some killer content.

From left to right: DW Sports Editor Christopher Deak, UATV Sports Director Danielle Fork, DW Sports Editor Saul Bookman, Me, DW Sports Reporter Justin Spears.

From left to right: DW Sports Editor Christopher Deak, UATV Sports Director Danielle Fork, DW Sports Editor Saul Bookman, Me, DW Sports Reporter Justin Spears.

Below are a few of my photos from the Sweet 16 game. Click here to view the full Daily Wildcat gallery.

Arizona senior guard Kadeem Allen (5) drives past Xavier guard J.P. Macura (55) during the second half of the Arizona vs Xavier Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday, March 23. Wildcats lost to Xavier Musketeers 73-71.

Arizona senior guard Kadeem Allen (5) drives past Xavier guard J.P. Macura (55) during the second half of the Arizona vs Xavier Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday, March 23. Wildcats lost to Xavier Musketeers 73-71.

Sophomore guard Allonzo Trier (35) looks toward referee after he called a foul during the Arizona vs Xavier Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday, March 23.

Sophomore guard Allonzo Trier (35) looks toward referee after he called a foul during the Arizona vs Xavier Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday, March 23.

Arizona head coach Sean Miller reacts to a call during their Sweet 16 matchup against Xavier on Thursday, March 23.

Arizona head coach Sean Miller reacts to a call during their Sweet 16 matchup against Xavier on Thursday, March 23.

Sophomore guard Allonzo Trier, left, cries to teammate Lauri Markkanen, right, after Wildcats' 73-71 loss to Xavier Musketeers in the Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday, March 23

Sophomore guard Allonzo Trier, left, cries to teammate Lauri Markkanen, right, after Wildcats' 73-71 loss to Xavier Musketeers in the Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday, March 23

Freshman guard Rawle Alkins sits in the locker room with his head in his hands after Wildcats' 73-71 loss to Xavier Musketeers in the Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday, March 23.

Freshman guard Rawle Alkins sits in the locker room with his head in his hands after Wildcats' 73-71 loss to Xavier Musketeers in the Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday, March 23.

Sophomore guard Allonzo Trier talks to press in the locker room after after Wildcats' 73-71 loss to Xavier Musketeers in the Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday, March 23.

Sophomore guard Allonzo Trier talks to press in the locker room after after Wildcats' 73-71 loss to Xavier Musketeers in the Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday, March 23.

Arizona head coach Sean Miller talks to senior guard Kadeem Allen during the Arizona vs Xavier Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday, March 23. This was Allen’s last game for the Wildcats.

Arizona head coach Sean Miller talks to senior guard Kadeem Allen during the Arizona vs Xavier Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday, March 23. This was Allen’s last game for the Wildcats.

Sophomore guard Allonzo Trier (35) drives to the basket during the second half of the Arizona vs Xavier Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday, March 23. Wildcats lost to Xavier Musketeers 73-71.

Sophomore guard Allonzo Trier (35) drives to the basket during the second half of the Arizona vs Xavier Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday, March 23. Wildcats lost to Xavier Musketeers 73-71.

2017 Tucson Rodeo Parade

Continuing my coverage of Tucson Rodeo, here are a couple of snapshots from the 2017 Tucson Rodeo Parade on Thursday, Feb. 23 shot on assignment for the Arizona Daily Star.

To view the full gallery, click here

A girl from Viva Performing Arts Center dances Folklorico at the Tucson Rodeo Parade Feb. 23, 2017.

A girl from Viva Performing Arts Center dances Folklorico at the Tucson Rodeo Parade Feb. 23, 2017.

Lily Dimitrov, 4, waves at participants in the Tucson Rodeo Parade Feb. 23, 2017.

Lily Dimitrov, 4, waves at participants in the Tucson Rodeo Parade Feb. 23, 2017.

Members of Miss Latinoamerica Model Agency de Lourdes Garcia walk down Park Ave. during the Tucson Rodeo Parade Feb. 23, 2017.

Members of Miss Latinoamerica Model Agency de Lourdes Garcia walk down Park Ave. during the Tucson Rodeo Parade Feb. 23, 2017.

A person riding in the Arizona/Sonora Western Heritage Foundation at Old Tucson carriage waves and flies an American flag during the Tucson Rodeo Parade Feb. 23, 2017.

A person riding in the Arizona/Sonora Western Heritage Foundation at Old Tucson carriage waves and flies an American flag during the Tucson Rodeo Parade Feb. 23, 2017.

Modelos y Charros Regionales de Arizona walk down Park Ave. during the Tucson Rodeo Parade Feb. 23, 2017.

Modelos y Charros Regionales de Arizona walk down Park Ave. during the Tucson Rodeo Parade Feb. 23, 2017.

92nd Annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros

If Tucson is known for anything, it's rodeo (well really, for a lot of things but let's just disregard those for the sake of this post).

For the third year in a row I had the opportunity to cover the annual Fiesta de los Vaqueros, this time as an intern with the Arizona Daily Star. This was no average rodeo, blessed with abundant sunshine, warm temperatures and the occasional sunburn. No, this rodeo was wet and cold—oh, and did I say wet? Nonetheless, my camera survived the rain and I made it out fairly intact as well.

Below are general action shots from opening day, Saturday, Feb. 18, of the 92nd Annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, including images of Saddle Bronc Rider Taos Muncy who the reporter featured in his story.

Saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy from Corona, N.M. holds on tight to a bucking horse Saturday, Feb. 18 at the 92nd Annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros.

Saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy from Corona, N.M. holds on tight to a bucking horse Saturday, Feb. 18 at the 92nd Annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros.

Saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy from Corona, N.M. who currently holds two world championships, competed at the at the 92nd Annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros' opening day on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy from Corona, N.M. who currently holds two world championships, competed at the at the 92nd Annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros' opening day on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Barrel racer Cody Adams from Ault, Colo. makes her way around the second barrel during the barrel racing competition at the 92nd Annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros' opening day on Saturday, Feb. 18 in Tucson, Ariz.

Barrel racer Cody Adams from Ault, Colo. makes her way around the second barrel during the barrel racing competition at the 92nd Annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros' opening day on Saturday, Feb. 18 in Tucson, Ariz.

Roping duo Jim Ross Cooper from Stephenville, Texas, left, and Brandon Beers from Butte, Ore., right, lasso their bull during the team roping competition at the 92nd Annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros' opening day on Saturday, Feb. 18 in Tucson, Ariz.

Roping duo Jim Ross Cooper from Stephenville, Texas, left, and Brandon Beers from Butte, Ore., right, lasso their bull during the team roping competition at the 92nd Annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros' opening day on Saturday, Feb. 18 in Tucson, Ariz.

Bull rider Alex Guzman from Walnut Grove, Calif. hangs on tight to a bucking bull, Tumbler, during the bull riding competition Saturday, Feb. 18 at the 92nd Annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros.

Bull rider Alex Guzman from Walnut Grove, Calif. hangs on tight to a bucking bull, Tumbler, during the bull riding competition Saturday, Feb. 18 at the 92nd Annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros.

To view the Arizona Daily Star's updated Tucson Rodeo photo gallery, click here.

Washington D.C.

I recently had the opportunity to attend the ACP National College Media Convention in Washington D.C. To say the least, it was an amazing experience interacting with fellow student journalists and meeting influential individuals such as Donna Brazile. Here are a few snapshots from my trip:

 

Jacqueline Peterson walks her dogs Oliver (left) and Vivy (right) on the National Mall in front of the United States Capitol Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. "It's Jacqueline, like Jacqueline Kennedy."

Jacqueline Peterson walks her dogs Oliver (left) and Vivy (right) on the National Mall in front of the United States Capitol Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. "It's Jacqueline, like Jacqueline Kennedy."

Korean War veteran overlooks the 19 stainless steel statues at the Korean War Veterans Memorial located in Washington D.C.'s West Potomac Park Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. The memorial pays tribute to the 5.8 billion Americans who served in the Korean War. More than 36,000 Americans lost their lives in one of the most hard fought wars in American history and an additional 103,284 were injured during battle.

Korean War veteran overlooks the 19 stainless steel statues at the Korean War Veterans Memorial located in Washington D.C.'s West Potomac Park Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. The memorial pays tribute to the 5.8 billion Americans who served in the Korean War. More than 36,000 Americans lost their lives in one of the most hard fought wars in American history and an additional 103,284 were injured during battle.

A spotted European Starling watches carefully as park goers enjoy an afternoon snack on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016.

A spotted European Starling watches carefully as park goers enjoy an afternoon snack on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016.

A people-friendly squirrel cracks open a peanut Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 on the National Mall in Washington D.C.

A people-friendly squirrel cracks open a peanut Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 on the National Mall in Washington D.C.