Award-winning Curling Photo

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For once, the shooter shares the limelight with the subject.

David Cooper, a photographer for the Toronto Star, has won a Canadian Newspaper Award for this photo of Ontario skip Glenn Howard scoring the title-winning three in the ninth end of the 2007 Brier curling final.

The award news release is here, and the Star photo page is here. And here is the original Star story as it ran (online) back in March of 2007. In the print edition, by the way, the photo itself ran full-size, and very large, on the front page of the sports section.

There were all kinds of similar photos taken at that very same instant – by Adrian Wyld of CP, by the National Post, by Michael Burns of the CCA, local shooters, and also by Anil Mungal of this here The Curling News – which makes us wonder: did other news outlets submit their versions of this photo for the award, or not?

If the former, the question becomes: what made the Star photo better than any of the others? Was it the precise angle of the shot? Did Cooper get more “air” between Howard and the ice?

Regardless, a nice job from a photographer who would typically not have even been in the building, if not for Hamilton’s close proximity to Toronto.

By the way, did you know The Curling News is currently running a photo contest? No? Well, you must not read the print edition of TCN; the contest has been underway since late February and the entries received to date are quite good. Stay tuned for more on this in the coming days ...

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