2022 Photos of the Year

    I took well over 160,000 photos of this year from a multitude of events. About 50-60 thousand of those photos, are from obstacle course racing events from all over the world.

    Here are my favorite photos from each event, a story about each one, and the camera settings I used to capture the image.

    San Luis Obispo, California 2022 – Jack Goras

    Canon 1DX Mark III – 16-35mm f/2.8 III
    Shutter- 1/2000
    ISO- 250
    Aperture- f/2.8

    I am not in love with this photo, but most of my pictures from this event did not stand out for me. I love this angle on this obstacle, and it is my go-to.

    Big Bear, California 2022 – Jack Goras

    Canon 1DX Mark III – 70-200mm f/2.8 III
    Shutter- 1/4000
    ISO- 200
    Aperture- f/2.8

    I picked this photo from this event because my options could have been better. I enjoy this photo of Kris because it shows her mindset, and the colors pop. This is the day after her World Championship win in Las Vegas.

    Ogden, Utah 2022 – Jack Goras

    Canon 1DX Mark III – 16-35mm f/2.8 III
    Shutter- 1/5000
    ISO- 200
    Aperture- f/2.8

    This is my favorite photo from this event because of the foreground. This event venue is one of my favorites to shoot. The mountains and the endless scenery make for some pretty incredible photography.

    Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada 2022 – Jack Goras

    Canon 1DX Mark III – 70-200mm f/2.8 III
    Shutter- 1/1250
    ISO- 500
    Aperture- f/2.8

    I promise I use different lenses! For most events, my go-to lenses are the 16-35 and 70-200. I chose these lenses because I love the wide angle on hand for those epic images and the tight shots for the intensity. This photo shows Rylan’s first big win at the North American Championships in Canada.

    Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada 2022 – Jack Goras

    Canon 1DX Mark III – 16-35mm f/2.8 III
    Shutter- 1/4000
    ISO- 640
    Aperture- f/2.8

    Okay, maybe I do not use very many different lenses. I love this shot of Lindsay of her coming across the finish line! It really shows the emotion she is feeling and gives you a wide range of epicness.

    Blue Mountain, Ontario, Canada 2022 – Jack Goras

    Canon 1DX Mark III – 70-200mm f/2.8 III
    Shutter- 1/4000
    ISO- 320
    Aperture- f/2.8

    I. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. SHADOWS. Shadows, I love them. I think shadows can make images look so dramatic and majestic. It makes the images look so epic.

    Sparti, Greece 2022 – Jack Goras

    Canon 1DX Mark III – 70-200mm f/2.8 III
    Shutter- 1/5000
    ISO- 160
    Aperture- f/2.8

    Greece… Beautiful, intriguing, and so much fun. One of my favorite courses to photograph. I have so, so many photos I love from this event. Here are two more!

    Sparti, Greece 2022 – Jack Goras

    Canon 1DX Mark III – 70-200mm f/2.8 III
    Shutter- 1/1600
    ISO- 100
    Aperture- f/2.8

    Sparti, Greece 2022 – Jack Goras

    Canon 1DX Mark III – 16-35mm f/2.8 III
    Shutter- 1/1000
    ISO- 200
    Aperture- f/2.8

    This photo really came out well given the lens was full of condensation. In between the UV filter and the lens, condensation was condensating… I am basically saying, science happened. It rained all day, it was also cold all day.

    College Station, Texas 2022 – Jack Goras

    Canon 1DX Mark III – 16-35mm f/2.8 III
    Shutter- 1/3200
    ISO- 200
    Aperture- f/2.8

    You can see me! I love this photo of me in action, but also, it is a pretty cool photo of a Mudder dropping into the water!

    St Louis, Missouri 2022 – Jack Goras

    Canon 1DX Mark III – 16-35mm f/2.8 III
    Shutter- 1/2500
    ISO- 250
    Aperture- f/4

    I love taking photos of the kid’s race in the morning. They are a joy to capture and so authentic. I love how many kids stayed to help other mudders up Mini Everest.

    St Louis, Missouri 2022 – Jack Goras

    Canon 1DX Mark III – 16-35mm f/2.8 III
    Shutter- 1/4000
    ISO- 200
    Aperture- f/2.8

    College students competing in their first Mudder! It’s safe to say they will do another one! I had many favorite photos from this event!

    Denver, Colorado 2022 – Jack Goras

    Canon 1DX Mark III – 16-35mm f/2.8 III
    Shutter- 1/2000
    ISO- 200
    Aperture- f/2.8

    FINALLY!! A local event. I did not have to get on a plane to get to this event. Very effortless!! Other than driving over an hour to get there, it was quite alright.

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2022 – Jack Goras

    Canon 1DX Mark III – 50mm f/1.2
    Shutter- 1/400
    ISO- 400
    Aperture- f/2.8

    Toughest Mudder Philly, what a fantastic event hanging out with Sean and Carlo. They may get on my nerves sometimes, but having them around surely makes pulling an all-nighter much easier. They are for reals napping on the job…someone, please show their boss.

    Atmore, Alabama 2022 – Jack Goras

    Canon 1DX Mark III – 24mm f1.4 II
    Shutter- 1/500
    ISO- 100
    Aperture- f/1.6

    This photo was taken at World’s Toughest Mudder, my favorite event of the year. I love the emotion of this photo of Everest. This man gave his all as fellow Mudder pulled him up.

    Atmore, Alabama 2022 – Jack Goras

    Canon 1DX Mark III – 24mm f1.4 II
    Shutter- 1/400
    ISO- 500
    Aperture- f/1.4

    I set up two Profoto lights to capture this chilling photo. The lighting came out great in this photo.

    Las Vegas, Nevada 2022 – Jack Goras

    Canon 1DX Mark III – 16-35mm f/2.8 III
    Shutter- 1/200
    ISO- 2500
    Aperture- f/2.8

    Kris Rugloski’s closest friends cheer her on while she was completing the final obstacle at Hyrox World Championships. I love the emotion and watching them go out of control was awesome.

    Stratton, Vermont 2022 – Jack Goras

    Canon 1DX Mark III – 70-200mm f/2.8 III
    Shutter- 1/2500
    ISO- 160
    Aperture- f/2.8

    Have I mentioned I loved shadows? They are pretty cool!

    Stratton, Vermont 2022 – Jack Goras

    Canon 1DX Mark III – 16-35mm f/2.8 III
    Shutter- 1/2000
    ISO- 125
    Aperture- f/2.8

    OCRWC is one of my favorite events of the year. This photo of Kris Rugloski takes the tea for me as one of my favorite photos from the event.

    Atlantic City, New Jersey 2022 – Jack Goras

    Canon 1DX Mark III – 24mm f/1.4 II
    Shutter- 1/800
    ISO- 800
    Aperture- f/1.4

    This photo of Terra winning the Deka World Championship is by far my favorite photo from the event. It shows she gave her all and at the finish line, she fell down out of exhaustion.

    Gadsden, Alabama 2022 – Jack Goras

    Canon 1DX Mark III – 16-35mm f/2.8 III
    Shutter- 1/2000
    ISO- 400
    Aperture- f/2.8

    My favorite local event of the year, the Barbarian Challenge, takes place in Gadsden, Alabama. A beautiful venue with some amazing views. This photo shows a competitor coming out of the water under the gorge.

    And that’s it. 15 events, 11 states, 2 Canadian provinces, and Greece. What a great year in OCR and my journey to get where I am. Feel free to follow more of my work on Instagram @sportsbyjack and if you have any questions, please reach out!

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