PokerStars Blog photographer Joe Giron wins American Poker Award

The PokerStars Blog team woke up to some great good news this morning. It wasn't just that PokerStars was heading back to New Jersey, but that the American Poker Awards once again recognised the contribution members of our team have made to the game.

Last year Brad Willis won the Poker Content of the Year award, and this year it was the turn of Joe Giron, a regular photographer for the Blog, whose images at the World Series told one of 2015's biggest poker stories - Daniel Negreanu's run on the WSOP Main Event.

It's not hard to see why.

daniel_negreanu_wsop_26feb16.jpgDaniel Negreanu awaiting his fate at the WSOP feature table last July

daniel_negreanu_busts_wsop_26feb16.jpgThe picture that said it all: the moment Negreanu busted

For us, that means he saves us the thousand words his pictures tend to say instead. The moment above, captured seconds after Daniel Negreanu busted 11th in the World Series Main Event, spoke about more than just his elimination, but about the hopes he carried for himself, and for the game in the US.

While Joe was working for the WSOP at the time, we were lucky enough to have access to his work for our coverage. We highly recommend ignoring the words and checking out the pictures from back then to see what we mean.

A photo-journalist in the traditional sense, Giron has spent his career telling stories with every image - first for major US newspapers, then extensively in the music industry. In the poker world Giron captures those moments others seldom notice. Except perhaps on this occasion. Allow us to say that for once we saw this one coming.

A great photographer, a great colleague, a great friend. Congrats Joe.

Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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