Jerry Frutkoff Preakness Photography Award, sponsored by Nikon

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     To honor the memory of Jerry Frutkoff, its longtime photographer who passed away in 2003 at the age of 81, the Maryland Jockey Club renamed the annual Nikon Preakness Photography Award, which is presented to the photographer of the best Preakness picture from the previous year, to the Jerry Frutkoff Preakness Photography Award, sponsored by Nikon.
Rob Carr of Getty Images has been named the recipient of the Jerry Frutkoff Memorial Award sponsored by Nikon.
 Carr’s winning photo shows 2016 Preakness (G1) winner Exaggerator head-on with all four legs in the air above a sloppy track. Maryland Jockey Club photographer and judge Jim McCue called the photograph “very spectacular.”
“Rob Carr is a great photographer,” he added.
Carr said the winning image was taken with a 300mm lens mounted on a camera under the inside rail in the dirt that was remotely fired about 150 feet past the finish line just as Exaggerator and jockey Kent Desormeaux were crossing the finish line.
A Baltimore-based staff photographer with Getty Images, Carr has been covering horse racing for over 30 years. He previously won the award in 2009. A 1988 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in Journalism, Carr grew up in the Thoroughbred industry, as his father worked at several farms in the region. Although he covers a wide range of sports working for Getty, horse racing is by far his favorite sport to photograph.
2002 Molly Riley, Reuters
2003 Skip Dickstein, Blood-Horse
2004 Jeff Snyder, Blood-Horse
2005 Gary Hershorn, Reuters
2006 Molly Riley, Reuters
2007 Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club
2008 Brandon Benson, Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred
2009 Rob Carr, Associated Press
2010 Scott Serio, Eclipse Sportswire
2011 Mike Stewart, Associated Press
2012 Chad Harmon, Blood-Horse
2013 Barbara Livingston, Daily Racing Form
2014 Patrick Smith, Getty Images
2015 Jonathan Newton, Washington Post
2016 Jim Duley, Freelance Photographer
2017 Rob Carr, Getty Images