Best of 2013 – Fight Action

UFC 166 - Melendez v SanchezCapping off my “Best of 2013” series of galleries is the one you’ve all been waiting for. This is a collection of my best fight action images from this year. I limited it to the top 50 images – ok, 52 in total, but one is a 3-image sequence. Some will say that’s probably too many, but I had to cut out so many good ones just to get to that number. It’s amazing just how many fights I shot this past year.

The obvious choice for my favorite would be the renown sequence of Stefan Struve getting his jaw broken at the left hand of Mark Hunt. But, I have a different one that has stuck in my head ever since I captured it. The Diego Sanchez v Gilbert Melendez fight was one of the best fights of the year, if not in UFC history. As soon as I knew I had this shot (at right), I tagged it and set it aside for this gallery. I knew nothing else would top it.

Here is a slideshow of the full gallery. Please click through to my site and view everything at full resolution to get the full effect.

Best of 2013 – Fight Action – Images by Joshua Hedges

Best of 2013 – The Features

TUF 17 Finale Open WorkoutsContinuing with my recap of 2013, I wanted to do a gallery that encompassed some of my favorite feature images I captured over the last year. This includes portraits and pretty much anything that’s not fight-action. I really enjoy trying to make interesting photos outside of the fights themselves, and I relish every opportunity I have to shoot something different than fights, whether it be for fun, for charity, or for another assignment.

One of my favorite feature images from this year is the image at right of Cat Zingano stretching before a workout leading up to her UFC debut.

Here is a slideshow of the full gallery. Please click through to my site to view the full-size gallery.

Best of 2013 – Features – Images by Joshua Hedges

Best of 2013 – The Reactions

UFC 156: Volkmann v GreenKicking off the first of a few “Best Of” galleries for last year with my favorite emotional reactions I captured. It was hard to narrow it down to a healthy edit of 40. I photographed so many great events this past year and saw so much emotion on both the winning and losing end. My favorite overall for the year still remains the Bobby Green celebration shot (seen at right) from his come-from-behind victory over Jacob Volkmann. I was up the fifth-floor press box of Mandalay Bay shooting the fight with my 400mm 2.8. Most of the action was turned away from me, and I was really regretting my decision to go upstairs for this fight. Then, as soon as Green mounted his comeback and finished the fight, he turned as if he meant to line up perfectly for my lens and let out an incredible scream. This ended up being my favorite frame of the night and one of my favorite overall shots of the entire year.

Here is a slideshow for the rest of my favorite reactions from 2013. Please click through to my website and look through the entire gallery at full resolution.

Best of 2013: The Reactions full gallery