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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