Monday, June 13, 2016

Snapping Win

"Raymond Henley #2 of the New Mexico Vatos Snapchats on his phone with teammates under the grandstands after defeating St. Mary's College of Maryland, 31-7, in the NSCRO Final during Day 2 of the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championships at Talen Energy Stadium on June 5, 2016 in Chester, Pennsylvania."

There is nothing like winning the big championship - and then sharing it with the world.

For the second year in a row, I had the opportunity to document rugby sevens action for two days at the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championships in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Knowing the lay of the land this time around I tried to change my style of visual coverage for us at Getty Images. And one thing I wanted to look for was a big moment of jubilation or dejection away from the field.

After the New Mexico Vatos defeated St. Mary's College of Maryland in the NSCRO championship, I followed them under the grandstands to their makeshift locker room.

I didn't think anything of it because they weren't in a proper locker room - and as excited as they were - simply taking off their jerseys wasn't a picture. But something told me to stick around, and I am glad I did. 

Moments later, Raymond Henley lead the team in Snapchat showing the world what they've done.

It's this type of access, and these types of moments, that make sports special - and it would be possible without them allowing a total stranger into their world for a brief couple of minutes.


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