42nd Annual Photo Contest Winner Announced


"Jackson's Parade"

Philadelphia Inquirer
photographer Ron Cortes is the winner of the Dave Boss Award of Excellence for his entry in the 42nd Annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Photo Contest. His photo titled “Jackson’s Parade" was deemed the Photograph of the Year for the 2009 National Football League season.

The color action image captures Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver/kick returner DeSean Jackson’s returning a punt 72 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter of the Eagles game against the New York Giants on December 13, 2009 at Giants Stadium. Jackson appears to be high stepping like a band majorette with several Giants defenders chasing in perfect line behind him.

The prestigious contest, sponsored by Canon, U.S.A., Inc., the official camera of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is open to professional photographers ordinarily on assignment to cover NFL games. Photos taken during the 2009 NFL season, that included Super Bowl XLIV and the 2010 Pro Bowl, were eligible.

Cortes’ entry was the first place winner in the Action category while Jim Davis of the Boston Globe placed first in the Feature category. Davis’ image titled “On the Same Page" depicts three New England Patriots players simultaneously checking the incoming play call on their wrist bands before heading to the line of scrimmage as the team runs their hurry up offense vs. the New York Jets on September 20, 2009.

Judging was conducted on April 16 by a panel of prominent photo editors and photographers. The judges included Ron Kuntz, wire service photographer, UPI & Reuters news pictures; Ben Liebenberg, Photo Editor/Lead Photographer, NFL.com; Paul Nisely, Senior Photo Editor, The Sporting News; Brad Smith, Senior Sports Photo Editor, The New York Times; and Tony Tomsic, freelance photographer who has shot every Super Bowl.

Cortes will be officially honored at the Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable, part of the 2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, on August 8, 2010. The multi-day enshrinement celebration is highlighted by the induction of the Class of 2010 – Russ Grimm, Rickey Jackson, Dick LeBeau, Floyd Little, John Randle, Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith – on August 7, followed by the NFL Hall of Fame Game the next day. This year's game showcases the Cincinnati Bengals and the Dallas Cowboys.

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Recent Comments
  • Cami - May 05 2010 04:07 PM

    Jackson's high step makes me think of a Grambling half time show. Great photo!!!


  • Scott - May 05 2010 03:20 PM



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  • Frank - May 05 2010 11:28 AM

    Jake Delhomme "Doh I should have had a V8!"


  • Joe - May 05 2010 08:00 AM

    I've seen similiar photos over the years in the photo contest. One with the old St. Louis Cardinals back in the 1970's

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  • Kirk King - May 05 2010 07:44 AM

    Who needs a band?


  • Adam L. - May 05 2010 07:35 AM

    1 little, 2 little, 3 little Giants.....4 little, 5 little, 6 little Giants

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  • Steve - May 05 2010 07:33 AM

    Action Jackson!


  • Brad - May 04 2010 07:57 AM

    That is a beautiful thing... Nothing better than seeing the Giants sing Jackson's song.


  • Albin S. Lutes - May 04 2010 07:48 AM

    All football pics are awesome, but to get all the big moments captured in a photograph, amazing!! Can't wait to see the best of 2010.....


  • TJ Bennett - May 03 2010 08:38 PM

    as a cowboys fan, i am prohibited from making any positive comments about this photo.


  • Bryan - May 03 2010 04:15 PM

    I gotta get to my train!!!


  • Andrew Leskovac - May 03 2010 12:42 PM

    Action Jackson surfing his way through the wave of Blue


  • Rawley Dale - May 03 2010 09:34 AM

    Looks like we got us a convoy!


  • ROMALDO - May 03 2010 07:50 AM

    and when the eagles come marching in


  • ryan - May 01 2010 08:47 PM

    always a pleasure to see a great guy and great athlete make plays like this


  • eric boylan - May 01 2010 08:30 PM

    always great to see a guy out run the whole team.


  • theresa - May 01 2010 08:29 PM

    he could go all the way


  • Sam - May 01 2010 06:51 PM

    Jackson looks like the Pied Piper.


  • Dwight Holcek - May 01 2010 07:58 AM

    That's one parade I would like to see the Cowboys CRASH!!!


  • Don - April 30 2010 08:31 PM

    Love the best pictures. They are amazing. I really appreciate the eye that can catch those moments


  • Brent - April 30 2010 07:09 PM

    Great photo!


  • Tisha - April 30 2010 06:36 PM

    Jackson had a huge game, with another 60yd TD this day. He should have this one hanging on his mantle. Congrats to Cortes, being from Philly, I'm sure he wanted to cheer, but held on and got this great shot instead.


  • John Strasser - April 30 2010 01:47 PM

    Loved the photos. I have been going to the Hall of Fame game since 1968 and always have looked forward to seeing the pictures in the program each year.


  • Brent - April 30 2010 11:58 AM

    Great photo!


  • Joe Gutowski - April 30 2010 07:29 AM

    The Pied Piper of Philadelphia leads the Giants to the end zone... love the shot!


  • John - April 29 2010 03:51 PM

    Great capture!! I'm fron the Bay Area and also played for coach Reid in college so anything with "local talent" is great. I'm glad you were situated in that spot!


  • Vivian - April 29 2010 12:00 PM

    Here comes the parade.


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