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Matzomania

Fans of competitive eating and matzo, I do believe I stumbled into your dream photo assignment yesterday.

The folks at Maxie’s Deli in Stoughton put together a Matzo Mania matzo ball eating contest to raise money for New England Sinai’s Alzheimer’s day program, and sure enough, I had the pleasure of starting my Sunday shift for the Boston Herald getting pictures of people jamming unleavened bread balls down their gullets. From what the organizers told me, the event was a resounding success, packing about 100 people into the restaurant to watch 18 competitors and raising more than $5,000 for the hospital.

Success for the competitors came in the form of winner Joe Menchetti of Cheshire, Conn., who downed 51 matzo balls within the 8-minute timel limit. Then again, everyone was a winner in my book if they didn’t have to use the barf buckets…

Stoughton, Mass. -- Scott Krawitz, 30, of Seekonk, struggles to down a matzo ball at Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011. The benefit raised more than $5,000 for New England Sinai Hospital's Alzheimer's day program, with approximately 100 people in attendance, event coordinator Faith Weiner said. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

4/10/2011 -- STOUGHTON, Mass. -- Scott Krawitz, 30, of Seekonk, struggles to down a matzo ball at Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011. The benefit raised more than $5,000 for New England Sinai Hospital's Alzheimer's day program, with approximately 100 people in attendance, event coordinator Faith Weiner said.


Stoughton, Mass. -- Cooks prepare a load of matzo balls for Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011. The benefit raised more than $5,000 for New England Sinai Hospital's Alzheimer's day program, with approximately 100 people in attendance, event coordinator Faith Weiner said. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

4/10/2011 -- STOUGHTON, Mass. -- Cooks prepare a load of matzo balls for Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011.


Stoughton, Mass. -- Liam Burt, 29, of East Boston, center left, and Scott Krawitz, 30, of Seekonk, center right, dive into their trays at Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011. The benefit raised more than $5,000 for New England Sinai Hospital's Alzheimer's day program, with approximately 100 people in attendance, event coordinator Faith Weiner said. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

4/10/2011 -- STOUGHTON, Mass. -- Liam Burt, 29, of East Boston, center left, and Scott Krawitz, 30, or Seekonk, center right, dive into their trays at Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011


Stoughton, Mass. -- Candace Taralla shuttles a tray of matzo balls to contestants in Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011. The benefit raised more than $5,000 for New England Sinai Hospital's Alzheimer's day program, with approximately 100 people in attendance, event coordinator Faith Weiner said. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

4/10/2011 -- STOUGHTON, Mass. -- Candace Taralla shuttles a tray of matzo balls to contestants in Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011.


Stoughton, Mass. -- Jesse Barnett, 41, of Easton, struggles to keep food down at Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011. The benefit raised more than $5,000 for New England Sinai Hospital's Alzheimer's day program, with approximately 100 people in attendance, event coordinator Faith Weiner said. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

4/10/2011 -- STOUGHTON, Mass. -- Jesse Barnett, 41, of Easton, struggles to keep food down at Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011.


Stoughton, Mass. -- Jaron Golb, 23, of Brockton, digs into his tray at Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011. The benefit raised more than $5,000 for New England Sinai Hospital's Alzheimer's day program, with approximately 100 people in attendance, event coordinator Faith Weiner said. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

4/10/2011 -- STOUGHTON, Mass. -- Jaron Golb, 23, of Brockton, digs into his tray at Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011.


Stoughton, Mass. -- Jordan Golb, 25, left, holds in a "reversal" as his brother, Jaron Golb, 23, both of Brockton, presses on at Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011. The benefit raised more than $5,000 for New England Sinai Hospital's Alzheimer's day program, with approximately 100 people in attendance, event coordinator Faith Weiner said. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

4/10/2011 -- STOUGHTON, Mass. -- Jordan Golb, 25, left, holds in a "reversal" as his brother, Jaron Golb, 23, both of Brockton, presses on at Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011.

Free Hugs

So the AAJA Convention is in Boston this weekend. Part of the festivities included the 10th Annual Dith Pran Photo Shootout, hosted by AAJA Photo.

Here was one of my five entries, based on the theme “Freedom Trail.”

8/13/2009 — BOSTON — College student Sam Hines, 21, gives out "Free Hugs" at the corner outside the Park Street T station for the simple reason that, "It makes people happy!" on Aug. 13, 2009. It was Hines' first day at the spot at the head of the Freedom Trail this summer, though she said she spent a number of days out there last summer.

8.13.2009 — BOSTON — College student Sam Hines, 21, gives out 'Free Hugs' at the corner outside the Park Street T station for the simple reason that, 'It makes people happy!' on Aug. 13, 2009. It was Hines' first day at the spot at the head of the Freedom Trail this summer, though she said she spent a number of days out there last summer.

My idea was to photograph the marginal people along the Trail, basically all the people who ask for your money. As a local, I’ve always just known the Freedom Trail as one big money grab for tourists. I still haven’t ever walked the whole thing in its entirety.

Anyway, believe it or not, I actually won the shootout with this photo — the one photo that didn’t have a person asking for money! Thanks, Sam.

Good karma all the way around.

Mileage

The results from the 2009 Southern Short Course are in, and out of the two images I entered, this one placed second in the Sports Feature category. Safe to say, I’ve been trying to get as much mileage out of this one as possible. Here it is:

6/1/08 -- ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays bench rushes to greet right fielder Gabe Gross and look out for his batting helmet after he hit a walk-off solo home run in the 10th inning to beat the White Sox, 4-3, on June 1, 2008. (©2008 Tampa Tribune)

6/1/08 - ST. PETERSBURG - The Rays bench rushes to greet right fielder Gabe Gross and look out for his batting helmet after he hit a walk-off solo home run in the 10th inning to beat the White Sox, 4-3, on June 1, 2008 (©2008 Tampa Tribune).

This is a shot that I had been trying to capture for years, all the way back to my time with the Cubs. For some reason or another — probably because the Rays weren’t all that good until last year — I never got it. Then, a week before this happened, my buddy over at the St. Pete Times, Brian Cassella (he’s very good), gets a similar shot on my day off! Frustrating, for sure, but my turn came… while Brian’s shot was still fresh in everyone’s mind, of course.

Go figure!

Anyway, it’s a nice cherry-on-top to what was a great half-season of covering the the Rays’ magical season. To see more of my coverage of the 2008 season, check out my main website: http://www.kelvinmaphoto.com.