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.
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.Livingston is a regular contributor to The Blood-Horse, whose parent company published a book of her work entitled "Four Seasons." Another book featuring Livingston's photos will be published by Blood-Horse Publications in 2002.Livingston lives in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.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."