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|| SportsShooter.com: News Item: Posted 2011-01-05

Cliff DesPeaux's Favorite Image of 2010
“My passion is for spot news.”

By CLIFF DESPEAUX, University of Washington

Editor's Note: For this issue of the Sports Shooter Newsletter I asked students that are members of ss.com or had attended one of the Academy workshops to submit their favorite photo of 2010 and write a short piece about it. This image could be from a favorite assignment, show something they had learned or is something of a personal nature. The one requirement was, the image had to have special significance to them.

Photo by Cliff DesPeaux

Photo by Cliff DesPeaux

Lisa Brenton kisses her son Quinn after the color guard removes the colors during the unveiling of a memorial to slain Seattle Police officer Timothy Brenton on the one-year anniversary of his death, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010, at the intersection of 29th Aven
Late Halloween night 2009, Seattle Police Officer Timothy Brenton was shot and killed while sitting in his parked patrol car in Seattle's Leschi neighborhood. The officer he was training, Britt Sweeney, was injured. Later that week, Suspect Christopher Monfort was arrested during Officer Brenton's funeral.

The story shocked the city, and I took charge of it visually. I was the only journalist to get a photo of the patrol car after the shooting, and I broke the news that Brenton had indeed been killed.

This year, I shot a couple one-year anniversary follow-up stories, including an interview at the home of the widow and the unveiling of the memorial.

I shoot everything from food reviews to sports, but my passion is for spot news. This picture is a highlight for me because it's not often when I get to revisit a scene and "complete" a spot news story. In the photograph, officer Brenton's family and closest colleagues sit in silence after the color guard exited during the unveiling of the memorial. It's a subtle, sweet moment: a culmination of community grieving.


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