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Fort Lauderdale – SPLASH! A photo exhibit depicting the artistry, athleticism and unique imagery of aquatic athletes in action, as captured by the world’s best sports photographers, will go on display at the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF), in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, beginning May 7, 2009.  The exhibit opening coincides with the Hall of Fame’s hosting of the FINA ATT/USA Diving Grand Prix, which will bring the world’s finest Olympic divers to the United States.  SPLASH! will run through the  conclusion of ISHOF’s Annual Induction Dinner, which will also take place in Fort Lauderdale, on September 12.

SPLASH will present nearly 200 of the best photographs from the sports of swimming, diving, water polo, synchronized swimming and open water swimming as snapped by some of the world’s best sports photographers, including Heinz Kluetmeier, Donald Miralle, Al Bello, Tim Morse and Dr. Peter Bick.  Their images have graced the pages of Sports Illustrated, ESPN Magazine, Time Magazine, Swimming World Magazine and many, many others.

About the Photographers
Heinz Kluetmeier is a legendary photographer whose photographs have appeared on over 100 covers of Sports Illustrated.  His images have virtually defined what great sports photography is all about. In a world where television and magazines have saturated our imaginations to numbness with an endless stream of great sports images, Kluetmeier's photographs manage to perform the unthinkable: they cause us to pause, to examine - and, most importantly, to feel. Indeed, if there is one defining characteristic of Kluetmeier's images, it is their ability to draw us into the passion of the moment, to make us experience the emotions of that moment - whether it's an instant of victory or defeat, of joy or sadness. In Beijing, it was Heinz who landed the signature sequence of the Olympics: the underwater shot of Michael Phelps beating Serbia's Milorad Cavic to the touchpad in the 100 m butterfly.For more about Heinz:

Donald Miralle is recognized as one of the foremost and innovative photographers in the photographic industry today. In ten years at Getty Images, as a Senior Staff Photographer, Miralle has covered nearly every major sporting event in the world, including five Winter and Summer Olympic Games, five Super Bowls, three Pan American Games, the World Series, The Masters and the Indianapolis 500 to name a few. Donald’s first passion is in the water where he was an All-American swimmer and water polo player. His photos have won World Press Sports Photo of the year in 2005 & 2006, Pictures of the Year International 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008, Best of Photojournalism Sports Photojournalist of the Year 2006-2008, National Headliner Award for work in Sorts Illustrated to name a few. For more about Donald: www.donaldmiralle.com

Al Bello landed a position as a junior photographer at Allsport, now Getty Images, in 1993. Today, Al is Getty’s Chief Sports Photographer in North America. His precisely composed and operatic images portray the action, drama and pathos of sports in ways only the best artists achieve.  Al has covered 4 Winter and 4 Summer Olympic Games, many Super Bowls, World Series and Stanley Cups. He has worked on editorial assignments for Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine, Newsweek, Time Magazine, US News and World Report, Maxim, The New York Times, The LA Times and London Times and has won “First Place Sports Picture Story” from both the National Press Photographers Association and from Getty Images North America.
For more about Al:  www.albello.com

Tim Morse has more than thirty years of experience as a photographer, video producer and filmmaker, overseeing large and small projects in the corporate and educational sectors as well as a major commitment in recent years to the world of non-profits. As a still photographer, Tim began his career shooting National and International swim meets and became Harvard University’s sports photographer, where he continues to shoot. He has photographed two presidents, numerous international events including the Olympic Games, and his work was featured in the exhibit "Champions of American Sport" at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.  For more about Tim:  www.morsephotography.com

Dr. Peter Bick specializes in sports, nature and event photography. Peter has covered nearly every sport on the Olympic program and is the Chief Photographer for Swimming World Magazine. His images have been published around the world. His publication credits include Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated for Women, Time, Swimming World, Swim, Splash and Synchro Swimming to name a few. With a PhD. in Immunology & Microbiology, experience as a faculty member of the Medical College of Virginia and research scientist with Eli Lilly, Peter brings a unique and fascinating perspective to his photographs and images of aquatic athletes, whether they be human or animal.   For more about Peter: www.peterbick.com

About ISHOF:  The International Hall of Fame, established in 1965, is a not-for-profit educational organization located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Its mission is to inspire everyone to be a swimmer by promoting the benefits and importance of swimming as a key to fitness, good health, quality of life, and the water safety of all adults and children.  

For more information about SPLASH!, visit www.ishof.org or call 954-462-6536


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