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Greg Kahn November 18, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.

Naples, Florida

Greg Kahn (b. 1981, USA) started his photography career as one of ten recipients of a week long trip studying under National Geographic photographers during the North American Nature Photography Annual Summit in San Diego. After graduating from George Washington University, Greg worked at a the Independent Tribune, a small daily newspaper outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. He then moved to Naples, Florida for a staff position at the Naples Daily News in 2007. Recently his work on the the housing foreclosure crisis in Florida garnered him awards in both Pictures of the Year International and the NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism including the 2010 NPPA Photojournalist of the year (small markets) and the 2008 and 2009 NPPA National Clip Photographer of the Year.

About the Photograph:

“This image of Lee Shearer, 13, was taken at the starting line before the Naples Fitness Challenge Triathlon. I was positioning myself to make photos of the runners sprinting off the start line, when I noticed the teenager standing uncomfortably in front of all the competitors. It was odd to see such a young athlete in front of the field of adults. He seemed lost in his own thoughts as he stood waiting for the starting gun to go off. The other triathletes kept packing in tighter and crowding him as though he didn’t exist. Just then, he took a long deep breath and his cheeks puffed out as he let the air go. I caught up with Shearer after the race and he told me he was intimidated by the field of adult competitors. He explained he competed in the teen triathlon the previous day and was rattled challenging a more experienced group of athletes.”