Category: Champions Magazine

NCAA Feature: Photo Finish

March 11, 2015

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Rich Clarkson buries his hands in one of those boxes, sifting through the hundreds of photographs inside, searching for memories. He could reach into any one of these boxes and pull out a spellbinding shot: politicians, auto accidents, carnage from a tornado.
He draws out a photo of Stan Musial, close to retirement, hunched over and alone on the St. Louis Cardinals bench.

Next, he draws out a sequence of photos from the 1972 Munich Olympics: A Russian basketball player holding his arms up triumphantly, followed by three American players. One looks like his stomach is trying to wring out its contents. Another is angry. The last looks to be in deep shock. The U.S. had just lost the Olympic gold-medal game, in controversial style, to the Russians.

They’re the types of images for which Clarkson is best remembered – moments that reflect a deeper humanity that influenced the way people look at sports. Clarkson focused not just on the action, but also on the defining moments that came before the big games and after the big shots. He developed a signature low-angle style shot from a camera placed just off the baseline and pioneered the mounting of cameras behind backboards and above locker rooms to capture unique perspectives.

College sports was his preferred canvas for capturing those innovative illustrations of significant moments. It took him to dozens of Final Fours, where he captured some of the most memorable and reproduced images from the tournament: University of Kansas basketball coach Phog Allen giving his Jayhawks a pep talk at halftime; UCLA center Lew Alcindor pulling down a rebound over the University of Houston’s Elvin Hayes; North Carolina State University coach Jim Valvano, dazed from a historic upset of Houston, being hoisted onto the shoulders of his players and fans.

Read more of the visually stunning article at NCAA Champion Magazine.

Cover shoot wins gold Tabbie award

July 2, 2013

Clarkson photographer, Stephen Nowland, was awarded the gold medal for magazine cover photography for the Tabbie Magazine awards for his work on the Summer 2012 NCAA Champion Magazine.

The magazine article, On Course to Succeed, showcases University of Washington golfer Cheng-Tsung Pan and his success in college as well as his goals for the pros.

Below are the judging comments from the Tabbie award panel:

“A very strong photograph and appealing cover. The perspective down the
aisle and contrast of his purple shirt is nice. It has a warm and friendly
look and feel to it. Having the shot in a collegiate setting versus a golf
course was a good move. Fantastic photo in a unique setting! Grabs your
attention and makes you want to know more.”

portrait photography for NCAA magazine

NCAA Champion Magazine Fall 2012

October 25, 2012

The Fall 2012 NCAA Champion Magazine features Ashley Priess, a gymnast from the University of Alabama. Having clinched a national championship for her school on the beam last year, I knew heading down to Tuscaloosa that we really wanted to show her on that apparatus. Here is how it turned out.

NCAA cover brings home gold award

August 1, 2012

For TABPI, the Trade Association of Business Publications International, the Tabbie Awards represent the best in trade publications from medical, digital, to everything in between.

The 2012 Tabbie Awards featured nearly 500 entries, with nominations coming from the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, France, India, Singapore and South Africa.

Photographer, Jamie Schwaberow, won the Gold Tabbie Award for his cover photograph of NCAA Champion Magazine featured below. The judging comments were “This photograph is great… the basketballs frame the subject perfectly, it’s colorful without being distracting and it sets a great tone. The copy balances the photograph nicely.”

Photographers like Schwaberow at RCA shoot the Champion Magazine covers on a quarterly basis profiling certain student athletes excelling within NCAA athletics.

 

Championship moments

January 10, 2012

This weekend we produced two pieces for the BCS Championship Game in New Orleans.

First, we showed up early to document the ‘love for the game’ and the passion that drives both teams and their strong base of fans.

Secondly, as NCAA photos we turned the game into a moving time-lapse of photos showing the excitement of the game (minus the score!).

Tribal College Basketball

November 10, 2011

This past weekend I had the great fortune to document the love of basketball that exists within the hearts of many Native Americans. We covered a couple basketball tournaments at tribal colleges in rural Montana and spent some time on the Crow Agency Reservation. The NCAA Champion Magazine article has not been published yet, so we don’t want to show too much, but here is a quick preview.03 NOV 2011: Photographs of Little Big Horn College in Crow Agency, MT for NCAA Champion Magazine. Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos (Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos)03 NOV 2011: Photographs of Little Big Horn College in Crow Agency, MT for NCAA Champion Magazine. Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos (Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos)03 NOV 2011: Photographs of Little Big Horn College in Crow Agency, MT for NCAA Champion Magazine. Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos (Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos)03 NOV 2011: Photographs of Little Big Horn College in Crow Agency, MT for NCAA Champion Magazine. Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos (Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos)

NCAA Champion Magazine Summer 2011

July 26, 2011

The latest NCAA Champion Magazine was published this week with Indiana’s Andrew Poore gracing the cover. This is the 11th cover I’ve shot for this magazine. We photographed him at the Rooftop Quarry in Bloomington, IN, made famous in the 1979 film Breaking Away.

NCAA Champion Magazine Summer 2011

NCAA Champion Magazine

September 8, 2010

The folks at Ashland University in Ohio could not have been more accommodating or patient. Ryan Avery, an outfielder on their baseball team, was our cover subject for the Summer 2010 issue of NCAA Champion Magazine. Myself and the art director, Arnel Reynon, scouted locations for a while and decided the baseball stadium was our best option. We decided on a late afternoon/early evening start time and although we had no sunset to work with on that particular day we worked the heck out of the possibilities awarded us. Within a couple hours we photographed Ryan in the outfield, the batting cage, the dugout and the base paths. This shoot worked because we built a friendly rapport with the subject and made it fun for all involved. We kept it light and engaging and it had the feel of us all working on a project together to come up with some great results. I wish all subjects could be like Ryan.

-Jamie

©Jamie Schwaberow/Rich Clarkson and Associates,LLC


©Jamie Schwaberow/Rich Clarkson and Associates,LLC


©Jamie Schwaberow/Rich Clarkson and Associates,LLC


©Jamie Schwaberow/Rich Clarkson and Associates,LLC


©Jamie Schwaberow/Rich Clarkson and Associates,LLC