Morrell Park native wins photography award

Morrell Park native Tim McCloskey’s photo titled Stay Down! won “2017 Photo of the Year” honors at the recent 11th Annual Briscoe Awards.

Picture perfect: Morrell Park native Tim McCloskey’s photo won “2017 Photo of the Year” honors at the Briscoe Awards. Source: Tim McCloskey

Morrell Park native Tim McCloskey’s photo titled Stay Down! won “2017 Photo of the Year” honors at the recent 11th Annual Briscoe Awards. McCloskey’s winning shot depicted rising welterweight star Jaron Ennis waiting in a neutral corner while referee Blair Talmadge counts out a fallen George Sosa, in a bout that took place at South Philadelphia’s 2300 Arena on Dec. 1, 2017. Ennis won the bout by knockout in round two.

“It’s an honor to have my name mentioned in the same sentence as the great Bennie Briscoe,” McCloskey said. “I feel we are entering into a new golden age of Philly boxing and it’s great to be a part of it.”

McCloskey’s shot was one of nine entries by area photographers that highlighted memorable moments from the 2017 boxing season. Fans and members of the boxing community voted for the year’s best picture during the Briscoe Awards event, held at the Veteran Boxers Association clubhouse in Port Richmond.

“Thanks to all the ringside photographers who have been very helpful since day one,” McCloskey said. “Specifically, Kenny Ludwig, Darryl Cobb, Matt Heasley and Ali Waxman. I learn something from them every time we’re in contact.”

For his efforts, McCloskey earned a Briscoe Medal.

“All nine shots were excellent,” said John DiSanto, founder of the Briscoe Awards. “Congratulations to Tim, but this contest is a celebration of all the photographers’ ability, artistry and contribution to the sport. This was the second straight year we named the top photo, and we plan to continue the tradition every year going forward.”

The Briscoe Awards are presented by Philly Boxing History Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and honoring the boxing legacy in and around Philadelphia. ••