Five years ago this week I covered an event that was a game changer for me: Gay Games VII. The quadrennial amateur sports event has brought together thousands of gay athletes to events around the world since 1980. The event was special to me, because not only did I spend the week covering a unique sports event, the likes of which I have never seen before, I also earned the accolades of my peers, taking fourth place, third amongst Americans, in the National Press Photographers Association sports photojournalist of the year competition.
During the course of the week several of my photos were amongst the most viewed and emailed images on the web according to Yahoo. My friend and colleague Molly Riley said it was because the images were “so shocking”… a claim I found hard to believe at the time, because I was so deep into the forest, that I couldn’t begin to see the photos from an outsiders perspective.