March 10, 2015 - Saturday marked the Ceremonial Start of the 2015 Iditarod Sled Dog Race in Alaska (The official start was yesterday in Fairbanks). I can't remember the last time I watched the event, which fills downtown Anchorage with the excited yips and howls of hundreds of dogs that are SO excited to get on the trail. Not to mention tons of mushers and spectators as well. It's quite a production, and there's a great community vibe to the event. This year was particularly odd because it has been such a bizarrely snow-less winter. Crews had to bring in truckloads of snow to cover the fourth avenue downtown, and put in significant effort to make the entire 11-mile track mushable for the dog teams. Even so, there were several spots that were pretty much entirely devoid of snow. It was the first time I've shot the event, and I must say it was a blast - great energy, and a challenge to find a unique perspective, since most of the state's photographers were there (fun to see friends out on the course, too!). I was on assignment for DPA/Deutche Presse-Agenteur for the day. Here are some favorites from the day, one of which ended up on Yahoo!News Germany, here.