Here’s some cool news: The International Network of Golf (ING) handed out a first place trophy to me for a photo essay that was commissioned by Colorado AvidGolfer magazine. The photo story captured the work being done by the Broadmoor Golf Club maintenance crew in preparation for the 2008 U.S. Senior Open Tournament.
The assignment began at 5 a.m. to document the crew’s daily morning meeting where work assignments are handed out. As the sun began to rise, I followed the crew around the course as they mowed fairways, greens, and trimmed commemorative tee markers.
AvidGolfer Editor Jon Rizzi had my photograph taken with the crystal trophy and I believe he’s going to publish it in the April issue.
My “storytelling with a camera” style of documentary photography was the perfect fit for this assignment. That golden glow from the early morning light really adds warmth and long shadows across the green grass. You can even see the dew on the green and parts of the fairway.
It was worth the 4 a.m. wake-up call just to be on the quiet, empty golf course that morning photographing the grounds crew. Receiving the award is icing on the cake.