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Sports photography "is a very difficult challenge," says McDonough (page 36), who worked for newspapers in Arizona and California before becoming an SI contract photographer in 1988 and a staffer 10 years later. "You're an eyewitness to events that people will carry with them their entire lives, especially if you photograph that decisive moment and make a memorable picture." Covering sports such as basketball, football and baseball as well as the Olympics, McDonough has always striven to get close to the action—sometimes too close, as he did at the NBA Western Conference finals last May (left), when he had to pull his cameras away from a sliding Kobe Bryant of the Lakers on the floor of the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
A 1989 photo of a man being punched in the face in a rugby scrum in England began Bruty's long association with SI. Bruty (page 58), a native Brit who now lives in Washington, D.C., has covered Wimbledon, the Olympics and soccer's World Cup for the magazine and has also shot long features on offbeat subjects such as golfing in Greenland and pigeon racing in Nevada.
A lifelong Wisconsinite, Biever (page 64) started shooting football at age 15 with his father, Vernon, who was the Green Bay Packers' team photographer. Biever worked for 13 years at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and began shooting for SI in 1986. He's one of the few photographers to have covered all 43 Super Bowls. He shares his birthday, Feb. 17, with Jim Brown and Michael Jordan.
A Bronx native who played stickball in the streets and sandlot baseball in the shadow of Yankee Stadium, Capozzola (page 52) picked up a camera after injuries forced him to quit the football team as a junior at Fordham University. He joined SI as a photo assistant in 1980 and eventually began shooting for the magazine. His main SI beat is hockey, which, he says, "is a joy."
A resident of Lake Placid, N.Y., Battaglia (page 50) has documented life in the Adirondacks for more than a quarter century. Her work has appeared in magazines, books and calendars. Her image collection is strong in nature and sports, among other subjects. The 2010 Vancouver Games will be the eighth Winter Olympics that Battaglia has covered.