In February I received my 8th Fearless Award in Round 8 for the picture below. It’s always an honor to win awards that are judged by peers whom I have great respect. The story that follows about thoughts of a Fearless Award curator by Scott Lewis did a great job of explaining what it’s like to judge this contest. Scott really puts this competition into perspective.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of photographing the Special Olympics Colorado 2012 State Basketball Championships at Gold Crown Field House in Lakewood.
True confession here, I’ve never really considered myself a sports photographer. Seriously! I’ve covered sports of all different levels from pro football to little league baseball and everything in between but I’m more of what I consider a feature photographer, or a personal photographer.
Documenting this tournament reminded me of why I enjoy photographing weddings. I get a front row seat. Actually, I got an all access pass allowing me to moved around a lot getting close to athletes and coaches just like I do with families at weddings. The honest emotions and feelings from this perspective feeds my soul.
A couple of weekends ago I covered the Colorado Special Olympics Winter Games. The ice skate events were held at South Suburban Ice Arena in Littleton and the skiing and snowshoeing events were held at Copper Mountain.
When I worked for the Denver Post, The Fort Collins Coloradoan or the Glenwood Post, this was the kind of assignment I always looked forward to because of the rawness, honest emotion and access to be close to your subjects. I’ve never hugged so many athletes at an event in my life.
Cheers to all the athletes and their families for opening up their hearts to me.
A couple of weeks ago we went on our annual 10th Mountain Division hut trip. This year we went to Margys Hut near Aspen with a group of 13 friends. It was a 6.5 mile ski/snowshoe trek and it took us about 5 hours! We used two snowmobiles to haul some of our gear/food/beverages etc. Still, it was a long, hard trip. The snowmobiles even got stuck several times in the deep snow and were tough to dig out.