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BARBARA LIVINGSTON WINS ECLIPSE AWARD FOR PHOTOGRAPHY
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that Barbara D. Livingston's photo of a Thoroughbred during a workout, which appeared on the cover of the March/April 2001 issue of The Thoroughbred Chronicle, has won the Eclipse Award for Photography. This is Livingston's second Eclipse Award for photography. The winning photo can be seen online at the NTRA Web site, www.ntra.com, and at the Daily Racing Form Web site, www.drf.com.
The photo was selected by a panel of judges that included Steve Fine, director of photography for Sports Illustrated, Clement H. Murray, director of photography for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Todd Buchanan, Jim Gensheimer, a photojournalist with the San Jose Mercury News, and Julia Schmalz, a sports photo editor at USA TODAY. Livingston's close-up shot shows the head and neck of New York-bred filly Truebreadpudding in a powerful, athletic pose. "I picked [Livingston's photo] for first because I thought the veins in the horse's neck were very compelling," Schmalz said. "I just kept studying the picture."
"The filly galloped by twice that morning," Livingston said. "The first time, I was talking with someone and just noticed how strong and masculine and striking she was, even though I didn't know who she was. The second time around, I photographed her, just trying to capture a bit of her 'fire.' When The Thoroughbred Chronicle asked if I had anything striking to start off their new magazine, I just sent it on spec -- to be honest, I thought it was too unusual for them to choose it."
Eclipse Awards are given to recognize members of the media for outstanding coverage of Thoroughbred racing. Eclipse Awards also are bestowed upon horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements have earned them the title of Champion in their respective categories. The awards are presented by the NTRA, the National Turf Writers Association and Daily Racing Form. The Eclipse Awards are named after the great 18th-century racehorse and sire Eclipse, who began racing at age five and was undefeated in 18 starts, including eight walkovers. Eclipse sired the winners of 344 races, including three Epsom Derbies.
Media Eclipse Award winners will be honored at the 31st annual Eclipse Awards Dinner, to be held Monday, Feb. 18, 2002, at the new, $800 million Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Fla. For ticket information and reservations contact Alison Thompson-Murphy at the NTRA, (800) 792-6872 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horseracing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing popularity of horseracing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA and Breeders' Cup Limited also conduct the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Thoroughbred racing's year-end Championship consisting of eight races and $13 million in purses and awards, and the Breeders' Cup Stakes Program, which are funded by the industry's owners and breeders. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. NTRA press releases appear on the NTRA Web site, www.ntra.com, and at the Web site for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, breederscup.com. Contact the NTRA at email@example.com.
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