Connection is a cornerstone value of the DPPF, and we were saddened that the rise of the COVID-19 Delta variant led to cancellation of our in-person 2021 Sport Photography Gathering. We didn’t get to spend the weekend together in beautiful Golden CO, but our grantees did have a terrific opportunity to spend part of Saturday online with 11 photographers and editors from our Advisory Board.


The first general session was led by Maureen Cavanagh and Elsa Garrison and featured contributions by Rebecca Butala How, Jed Jacobsohn, Marguerite Schropp Lucarelli, and Bedel Saget. Topics included freelancing tips, how to approach an editor, and event/game workflow and management.


The second general session was a report from the Getty Images Tokyo Olympics. It was led by Maxx Wolfson, and included Olympic highlights and insights from Al Bello Elsa Garrison, Harry How, Ezra Shaw, and Jamie Squire.


2020-2021 Mentor Al Bello led a brief report on the work that this cycle’s mentors (Al, plus Helen Richardson and Sean Haffey) did with mentorship recipients Andy Bao, Chloe Knott, and Yong Teck Lim. Although severely curtailed and affected by the pandemic, the mentorships were a significant growth experience for the recipients. They were a success due to the creativity, flexibility, and positive attitude of all those involved!