Only four photographers can claim to have snapped pictures from the sidelines of each and every one of the NFL’s 46 Super Bowls. Among that select group is John Biever (pictured), presented last night at the Beverly Hilton with the Lucie Foundation’s award for Achievement in Sports:
He started photography working with his father, Vernon, who was the long time Green Bay Packer sideline photographer… Biever vividly remembers shooting the 1967 NFL Championship game in Green Bay, the infamous ‘Ice Bowl’, played in -15 degree temperatures. A picture he took at that game, of Packer QB Bart Starr scoring the winning touchdown with less than 30 seconds to play, has been called one of the iconic photographs of NFL history. He was 16 at the time.
Also celebrated last night in the category of Achievement in Photojournalism was David Burnett. While Biever’s bread and butter has been football, this Salt Lake City native has tended more for TIME, Life magazine and many others towards war zones and Commanders in Chief:
Burnett has photographed every U.S. president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama… In March 1990, TIME magazine chose him to photograph Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev for their exclusive cover-story interview. He likewise accompanied TIME senior editors to Cuba to produce a cover portrait of Fidel Castro for their Cuba feature.
Full list of Lucie Award honorees here.