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William DeShazer January 27, 2011

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.
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Marching Band Members, Illinois 2009

William DeShazer (b. 1981, USA) is a Photojournalist currently working for the Chicago Tribune. He graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2007 with a degree in Photojournalism. William has held internships with The Idaho Statesman, The Flint Journal, The Herald (Jasper, IN) and The Dallas Morning News. He has freelanced for The Courier-Journal, The Star-Ledger, and Golf Week and was  a staff photographer with the Concord Monitor. William has been recognized by College Photographer of the Year, Photographer of the Year, and the National Press Photographers Association. In 2006 he  earned First Place honors for Photojournalism in the National Hearst Journalism Awards Championship. William also won first place for the 2009 Illinois Photographer of the Year.

About the Photograph:

“Marian Catholic High School color guard member Jasmin Weaver, bottom right, puts her make-up on with other members of the color guard before the bands final performance at Bands of America Regional Championships. In situations like this I always find myself circling the individuals or group and just keeping my eyes open for something a little different. The color guard makeup was so elaborate I knew I wanted to make a photo that involved it to fit the story. The Marian Catholic Marching Band has been to the Grand Nationals and won more than any other school in America.  They have won seven times and are the only school to win three years in a row. This is from an essay following them through the State Competition, the Regional’s Competition, and the Bands of America Grand Nationals Championships during their 2009 season.”

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