Sunshine Santos Haw wins final week of European photo contest

Wed 12 Feb 2020

Great Britain softball community member Sunshine Santos Haw has won the third and final round of Softball Europe’s 2019-2020 European Softball Photo Contest with a picture in the category “My Best Photo Ever”.

The picture, shown below, was taken at the 2019 Softball World Series Tournament in Cranford in a game between Heath USA and the eventual tournament winners, the UCE Travellers from Germany.

Sunshine said, “I have always enjoyed taking photos, from street photography to nature ones.  I find taking pictures captures the moment and provides something everyone can look back on.

“This picture stood out because it was my first time playing in the Softball World Series and it was amazing watching these two teams play during the tournament.  I just found the photo to be amusing -- the play happened so fast when I took the picture and it’s like both players didn’t know what had just happened!”


Background

Sunshine Santos Haw first came to the UK in 2011.

“I have always been a sporty and athletic person,” she said, “so when I couldn’t find any basketball team or league near my area, I decided to search for other sports. The first I found was the Leeds Chargers Women’s American Football Team in 2015, but after a couple of weeks of training with them, I found a softball ad on Facebook. 

“It was the Leeds Softball Association and they were inviting new players to attend their indoor softball training.  I played softball when I was younger, so I decided to give it a go.  After attending the indoor/outdoor training and playing my first league games, I instantly got hooked to the sport and I started to play in other tournaments and the Diamond Series.

“I’m still a rookie when it comes to taking sports photography and using a professional camera,” Sunshine added, “so I never imagined I would actually win!  I’d like to thank my family and friends for liking and supporting my pictures during the contest.”


Winners

The other two winners in the European Softball Photo Contest were Gennaro Campagnano in the category ''More Than Just Softball'' and Marco Pugliese in the category ''Softball Faces''.

You can see Gennaro's winning photo here and Marco's photo here

Romy Marinus from Softball Europe said, “We want to congratulate the winners and we want to thank all the participants for sending their beautiful pictures.  Now we wait until next year!”

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