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

Luke Sharrett's Favorite Image of 2010
“What did I do to deserve this?”

By LUKE SHARRETT, Western Kentucky University

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 Luke Sharrett / The New York Times

Photo by Luke Sharrett / The New York Times

President Barack Obama shares a laugh with factory worker Max White during a tour of the Gelberg Sign Company in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington, D.C., Friday, August 6, 2010.
In 2010 I was afforded an incredible undeserved honor, the extension of a photo internship in The New York Times' Washington, D.C. Bureau. Covering news and professional sports inside the beltway was a dream come true. Could it get any better for a sophomore in college? Apparently, yes.

The highlight of my 21st year was the opportunity to work in the White House Press Corp, traveling and documenting the presidency of Barack Obama. What did I do to deserve this? Who did I know? Nothing. No one. That's what made 2010 astoundingly beautiful.

Being able to sit at the feet of NYT legends Doug Mills and Stephen Crowley and being able to work with editors and producers in New York was... well... there's probably no adjective that can accurately describe it. Doug's insatiable appetite for excellence and constant striving for the next level and Steve's idiosyncratic eye and comically ironic photographs will surely be inspiration for my future career.

Along with the friendship of two wonderful mentors, the relationships I formed with Washington's wire photographers and freelancers may mean more and last longer than any photos I captured last year.

How could a young impressionable photo journalism student from Western Kentucky University not look up to shooters like AP's Charles Dharapak, Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Alex Brandon, and J. Scott Applewhite to name a few, Reuters' Jason Reed, Jim Young, Larry Downing and Kevin Lamarque, or AFP's Jim Watson, Saul Loeb, Jewel Samad, and Mandel Ngan? Not to mention the boys from Getty (Win, Mark, Chip and Alex) The Washington Post folks, the ISP, White House photo staff... there are too many to name.


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