The Maryland Hunt Cup Association announced on Wednesday, June 18, that the S. Bryce Wing trophy will be presented in 2014 to two-time Eclipse Award-winning photographer Douglas Lees. The S. Bryce Wing award honors those individuals who have made exceptional contributions to Maryland timber racing.
A resident of Warrenton in the heart of Virginia’s horse country, Lees has been chronicling steeplechasing throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for more than four decades.
His work appears annually in American Steeplechasing and on the National Steeplechase Association website. His photographs also have has appeared in nearly every equestrian magazine and newspaper that covers the sport as well as such books as 100 Runnings of the Maryland Hunt Cup (Worrall), The Virginia Gold Cup (Mysk), and Steeplechasing: A Complete History of the Sport in North America (Winants), to mention only a few.
The S. Bryce Wing trophy honors the memory of S. Bryce Wing, who was a member of the Maryland Hunt Cup Association from 1939 until his death at age 85 in 1975. He was secretary of the Maryland Hunt Cup from 1956 to 1966 and also president of the National Steeplechase and Hunt Association (now the National Steeplechase Association) from 1948 to 1964. He was also a member of The Jockey Club and a Master of Foxhounds at Elkridge-Harford.
Lees’ interest in country life and photography began at an early age, fostered by his parents who were avid fox hunters. At age 17, Lees’ first published photo appeared on the front page of the Fauquier Times Democrat. In the years that followed, Lees won both the photography contest for The Chronicle of the Horse and the American Horse Publications award for his 1989 cover photo on the Maryland Horse.
He won Eclipse Awards for photography in 1978 and again in 2007, one of only four photographers to win more than one such award. Lees has the added distinction of three Eclipse honorable mentions in this extremely tough annual competition. Lees is similarly well-known for his photographs of foxes, hounds, and hunting, plus fly-fishing, his other passion.
The first S. Bryce Wing award was presented in 1976. In the following years, the trophy has been awarded 28 times.
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