01/04/2017 5:37PM

Steeplechase photo earns Marks an Eclipse Award


Tod Marks, a freelance photographer who specializes in racing, has been named the 2016 Eclipse Award winner for Photography for a picture of the stretch run of a hurdle race at the Iroquois Steeplechase meet on May 14 in Nashville, Tenn., the administrators of the awards announced late on Wednesday.

Marks, who resides in Yonkers, N.Y., is the primary photographer for the National Steeplechase Association and contributes photos to a variety of publications. The winning photograph appeared in the July/August issue of The Chronicle of the Horse Untacked.

The selected photograph depicts a frame from a convoluted series of events during the stretch run of the George and John Sloan Hurdle. During the latter stage of the race, jockey Kieran Norris was unseated while trying to avoid a fallen rider. The photograph shows Norris reaching for his loose whip after being unseated from his mount while a horse and rider streak by in close quarters behind him.

“Photography is all about timing – being in the right place, at the right time, and at the ready,” Marks said. “But you have to have luck, too.”

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This is the first Eclipse for Marks. In 2010, he was selected as the winner of Canada’s Sovereign Award for Photography.

The winning photo can be found here.