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Donald Miralle, Award-Winning Sports Photojournalist


Iron Man World Championships

Iron Man World Championships © Donald Miralle

The art of sports photography demands a particular type of person to deliver outstanding images. First, they must be familiar with the sport they are shooting. Knowledge is essential for anticipating where the action will be. Second, a sports photographer must be as agile as the athletes. The difficult points of view and movements necessary to capture the action makes being physically fit part of the job description. There’s also the issue of lugging heavy equipment around that is necessary to get the perfect shot. Third, a great sports photographer must have that “something extra”. What is this? I describe it as an inherent aesthetic value, producing images that crush the work of the rest of the photographers out there.

Donald Miralle has all of the elements above and then some. James Colton, Photo Editor at Sports Illustrated describes Miralle this way: “He definitely sees things in a different way. And I think a lot can be learned by other photographers. They’re all at the same event, but nobody else saw the same thing”.

Miralle has a long history of getting the shot, and his record proves it. He holds over 30 international awards for his work. He has documented the most important moments of the Olympics, Super Bowls, World Series, and Pan American Games.

Miralle is at the peak of his photographic skills, and that is why he is being included in Wide Angle View, an exhibit of the top photo and videojournalists in the world. Wide Angle View will be on public exhibit from February 3 to March 26, 2011 at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, in Santa Ana, California. More details about this exhibit will be posted as the time draws near.

Donald Miralle at the Winter Olympics.


About Gina Genis

Hi Friends, I'm a photographer and artist who lives in Washington DC. I have two blogs. The Gina Genis Blog is about art and photography. My new blog, DC Discoveries is dedicated to showing you everything from fashion to art, food to entertainment in all sections of the District. I hope you will take the journey with me. I exhibit my work in museums and galleries across the U.S. I'm included in the permanent collections of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, the Otto G. Richter Library Special Collections Division of the University of Miami, Hard Rock Casino, Orange County Transit District, IBM, and the Sarah and Adam Markman Collection among others. My series "Window Peeping" was included in OsCene 2010 at the Laguna Art Museum, Truman State University, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Biola University, and solo shows at Gallery 825 and Cypress College. The "June Gloom" series was exhibited in a solo show at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The "Kala" series has been exhibited at MPLS Photo Center, Cypress College, and Gallery 825. "Economy Portraits" was created as an Artist In Residence project at the Huntington Beach Art Center, and was awarded "Best Art Show of 2011" by the OC Weekly. I curated Wide Angle View, an exhibit of 16 international, award-winning photo and multi-media journalists at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art to much critical acclaim. Recent reviews of my work have appeared in the Huffington Post, Art Scene, OC Weekly, Orange County Register, New University, Riviera Magazine, Coast Magazine, Huntington Beach Independent, and appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, and more. I lead the Gina Genis Photo Workshops where I show beginning and intermediate photographers how to jump to the next level with their work. I also teach online photography courses through The Compelling Image.

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