“The Dave Boss Award has always been about the photographer and the photo,” Schwalm said. “Anyone who shoots football knows it could easily have been anyone in that photograph.”
Well, it wasn’t anyone and Hall of Fame officials bowed to what they described as “several requests” to remove the photo from display.
Schwalm wasn’t honored for her football abilities. Rather, the award applauds her prowess with the camera.
In fact, this year she received an Honorable Mention for her photo of iconic Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick. Shot from behind and clad in the ever-present hoodie, Belichick is instantly recognizable, despite the fact the photo doesn’t reveal an inch of his face.
Schwalm is gracious in her understanding of the decision, but she still wishes someone had reached out to her.
She also hopes the Hall of Fame will figure out a way to honor her and her award-winning photograph, perhaps with a plaque bearing her name and an explanation for why the photo was removed.
It’s the least they can do.