But what really elevates the photograph is the somewhat unconventional vantage point that allowed Dickens to get Buffalo State's goaltender in the frame with his look of determination.
That photo also earned Dickens the prestigious Bernard J. Kolenberg Award for Best in Show in the Associated Press contest.
The award is named for an Albany Times-Union photographer killed in a plane crash in Vietnam while he was covering the war for The Associated Press.
Robin Caudell, features reporter for the Press-Republican, won second place for Arts/Entertainment Writing for "Former professor's memoir a 'Mad Men' fix."
The story was published in the Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, edition of the Press-Republican.
Caudell profiled SUNY Plattsburgh professor emerita of English Janet Groth, whose memoir, “The Receptionist: An Education at The New Yorker,” was a New York Times bestseller.
In its fourth printing, the book is an expose of the Midwestern ingenue’s 20 years on the 18th floor of the iconic publication and her exploits in New York City and abroad, where she met literary giants during the William Shawn years.
Editor Lois Clermont won second place for Editorial Writing for a group of three editorials: “Give restaurants this advantage,” which appeared on April 25, 2013; “City action on test unethical” from April 21, 2013; and "Leave religion out of decisions," which ran on May 10, 2013.
All of the editorials took a strong stand against decisions made by members of local governments.