These images were taken in Nome, Alaska at the finish of the 2016 Iditarod Sled Dog. It is hard to acquire good images of mushers and dogs at the finish chute because of the crowd of supporters surrounding participants. As soon as racers enter the finish chute media crews encircle the mushers. The only photographs readily available were shots of individual fans. I did not have an Iditarod pass so I could not take pictures in the dog yard where animals rested and were feed after the end of the race. Dog handlers had special treats such as salmon fillets for the dogs. All the dogs were healthy looking and well-behaved.
I used my Nikon 70-200mm f/4 lens and monopod to photograph the dog teams and individual animals. I will remove any photo upon request at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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