It is with great pleasure to announce that my work has been recognized by Photo District News Magazine in their annual Faces contest in the category of editorial portraiture. The image that won was from a photo shoot I did for National Geographic Traveler Magazine about dining in Sydney. My editor had assigned me to shoot the project with the broad missive that the images could include anything that had to do with Sydney or Food in Sydney. That is a broad topic for a relatively short shoot, so we chose a few locations that were iconic to Sydney, Bondi Beach being one of them. This image was made with a Hasselblad with an 80mm 2.8 lens, hand held, and there’s only one frame. The swimming club itself is a marvelous place to photograph, and has been probably thousands of times, but this moment ended up being whimsical and unexpected. This picture was published with the story, “Sydney a la Carte,” was chosen by Keith Bellows, editor-in-chief of National Geographic Traveler, as one of the best travel images in 2009, and now PDN has recognized it as well. Thank you to all for your support and I look forward to having opportunities to make more inspired imagery in the very near future.