Hallowell will be honored for his work as the one of the team's talented photographers. Hallowell's photo of wide receiver DeSean Jackson hauling in a pass with Falcons safety William Moore flying to desperately try and make a tackle earned Honorable Mention in the action photo category in the 43rd Annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Photo contest. The photo will be on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Hallowell's winning shot, aptly titled "Pink Hands," was taken with a Nikon D3S camera and a 400mm F2.8 lens.
"I remember Kevin (Kolb) releasing the ball. I looked up from the camera to see where the ball was going and saw DeSean open and brought the lens to him and fired off a few shots," Hallowell said. "Once I looked at the images, I had a few good frames from the sequence, but I knew this was the shot. The eyes on the D-back and the facial expressions immediately stood out. The pink gloves with the ball on the tips of the fingers plus the pink in the background also add to the image. For me, the eyes make it special."
It is the third time that Hallowell has been honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He previously earned third place in the featured photo category in 2006 and honorable mention among action photos in 2004 for capturing Correll Buckhalter's flip in the end zone against the Miami Dolphins. The Buckhalter photo ranks as Hallowell's all-time favorite.
The prestigious contest, sponsored by Canon, U.S.A., Inc., the official camera of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is open to professional photographers ordinarily on assignment to cover NFL games. Photos taken during the 2010 NFL season, that included Super Bowl XLV and the 2011 Pro Bowl, were eligible.
Judging was conducted at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on April 8 by a panel of prominent photo editors and photographers. The judges included Ben Liebenberg, Lead Photographer/ Photo Editor, National Football League; John Reid, III, Cleveland Browns Team Photographer; Brad Smith, Sports Picture Editor, The New York Times; Jim Surber, Senior Photo Editor, ESPN The Magazine; and Tony Tomsic, a nationally acclaimed freelance photographer who has shot every Super Bowl to date.
The other photographs that were honored can be seen here. Hallowell's award-winning photo is below.