Tod Marks, a regular contributor to ST Publishing newspapers Steeplechase Times and The Saratga Special, won the recent American Horse Publications photo contest and his image will be used on the AHP website and member newsletter for 2009.
Marks was one of 13 photographers to submit images for the contest, the first such event sponsored by AHP. The image will represent the association on the home page of the official AHP website, www.americanhorsepubs.org , for one year. The contest is also held to select photographs to appear on the front cover of the AHP monthly newsletter.
A panel which included two AHP board members, the AHP webmaster, and the AHP newsletter editor judged the entries based on the following criteria: Composition, Light and Color, Subject Matter, Creativity, and Suitability. The judges could select images from all entries as their top choices in either of the two divisions, AHP Website Image and AHP Newsletter Cover Photograph.
Marks’ winning photo is typical of his work at Saratoga – shooting early and often all over the race course and the town. The photo captures a Thoroughbred on the racetrack in front of a blazing summer sunrise.