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AAN Photography Award Entry 

For the fourth year in a row, Creative Loafing photography is a finalist in the Association of Alternative Newsmedia Awards. CL won the award in 2010 and 2012. This year's submission was made up of nine images by photographers Joeff Davis, Dustin Chambers and Brandon English.
Joeff Davis
JANUARY 19, 2012, 9:15 A.M., GEORGIA WORLD CONGRESS CENTER: Members of the Morehouse College and Spelman College glee clubs perform following Mayor Kasim Reed’s State of the City address.
Joeff Davis
MARCH 30, 2012, 12:02 A.M., GEORGIA STATE CAPITOL: Every year at the end of the Georgia legislative session, the lawmakers throw their papers into the air to celebrate the end of the session, leaving the room a mess for others to clean up. The fraternity-like feeling at this moment is fitting. Every year I seem to miss capturing a decent image of this highly photogenic moment despite being in the middle of it. This year I was ready. As soon as the gavel went down I climbed on a window ledge and started shooting pictures like a madman.
Joeff Davis
OCTOBER 29, 2012, 2:47 P.M., UNDERNEATH INTERSTATE 20, I75/85 INTERCHANGE: Rarely do all the elements of a photograph — subject, light, color, emotion — come together in a single 1/60th of a second. This was one of those rare moments. Thomas Wheatley and I spent an intense week interviewing and photographing people who live under the highway for a cover story on homelessness. As we walked away from interviewing “Skipper,” a homeless former airport cargo worker, I turned and I saw this.
Dustin Chambers
JUNE 11, 2012, 8:54 P.M., ATLANTA BELTLINE: This image was shot for the “Our Favorite Places” issue. One of my favorite places in Atlanta is this swing on Three Tree Hill on the Beltline just as you cross over North Avenue, headed south. The plan was to make it up the hill just as the sun was setting to capture the skyline and a person’s swinging silhouette against one of Atlanta’s vibrant orange-pink summer sunsets. Lily Chambers, my trusty model/assistant/stylist/sister, agreed to be in the photo. I figured out an exact time we should get there, knew exactly when the sun set, and told her to be ON TIME, in capital letters, as older brothers are allowed to do. Unfortunately, she was not, but we sped away from my house, anyway, thinking we’d still make it in time for a bit of the sunset. As we drove, I saw the neon-pink cloud streaking the orange sky, gradating into an airy, light blue. That was the sky I wanted, the one I imagined for the photo. My heart sank, I knew it would be gone, but we still had a photo to make. I’ll never know what that sky could have been, and I think that’s OK. If we had made it for the sunset, I probably wouldn’t have stayed to explore the dark, dusky blues that glow just before night.
Joeff Davis
MAY 11, 2012, LATE AFTERNOON, OAK GROVE DRIVE, DECATUR: This is from CL’s Summer Guide 2012 photo shoot. It was taken underwater at a friend’s pool near Toco Hills and featured local photographer Matt Miller — he’s the one covered in tattoos — and other volunteers. We shot the cover and inside photos in about two hours. By the end, everybody was shivering.
Joeff Davis
JUNE 7, 2012, 10:22 A.M., ATLANTA ZOO: Feeding time in the tortoise area.
Dustin Chambers
OCTOBER 13, 2012, 4:04 P.M., THE MASQUERADE: A break-dancer smashes his face on the ground to prove himself to the judges at the A3C B-boy Battle.
Brandon English
OCTOBER 29, 2012, SOUND TABLE: Few things mystify in the internet age more than the continued hype and buzz surrounding the group Death Grips, well that and the appeal of Honey Boo Boo. After Death Grips cancelled their last tour, photographer Brandon English couldn't wait to witness the madness and mystery first-hand. Standing in the crowd, camera in hand, he found it hard to believe he was about to meet the band face-to-lens. "Topping out at around 45 minutes, the show was a constant peak of blistering sound with no pauses or valleys in between," English said.
Joeff Davis
JUNE 26, 2012, 1:25 p.m.,WESTIN HOTEL: President Barack Obama was in town for a day of fundraising. While in Atlanta Obama stopped at the Varsity, where he ordered five chili dogs, four regular dogs, and one hamburger before heading to the Westin to speak at a reception for approximately 200 people who each paid $500. After his speech, Obama attended a $35,000-a-head roundtable discussion for around 20 people.
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Joeff Davis
JANUARY 19, 2012, 9:15 A.M., GEORGIA WORLD CONGRESS CENTER: Members of the Morehouse College and Spelman College glee clubs perform following Mayor Kasim Reed’s State of the City address.
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