You have to create your luck in sports photography. That means honing your instinct for the sport and the story you’re covering. It means positioning yourself to get the best opportunity to create a compelling, storytelling image. It means paying attention to details like backgrounds, where the officials position themselves, and lighting. It means keeping your eye on developing plays so you can anticipate rather than just react, because if you see something happen in your viewfinder then you likely didn’t get it into your camera. But even if you take care of all those elements, you can still miss a shot because another player or official got in the way, or the lens’ autofocus suddenly didn’t, or you were distracted by looking at your screen to see if your shot from the last play was in focus. Fortunately, none of that happened in this selection of favourites from the past year. And yes, luck played a role in many of them.