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Awaiting the arrival of Grenada’s first-ever Olympic gold medalist, Kirani James

There was a still, near total silence in the moments leading up to his arrival. It was almost eerie how an entire airport packed with scores of well-wishers could collectively hold their breath – just waiting for a glimpse of their hero.

Even after his private charter landed the airport was silent.
A welcome entourage took their places… still silent.
A red carpet was rolled out… still silent.
Finally, the door opens… And a nation erupts.

At the end of the red carpet Grenada’s highest dignitaries wait for their chance to greet him – but none of them more stately than Kirani’s mother, who receives the first (and warmest) embrace of the night.

Maurice Bishop International Airport
Point Salines, Grenada

For the last several years I’ve been afforded the privilege of unrestricted access to photograph Grenada’s Carnival activities on behalf of the Spicemas Corporation – the committee that organizes the annual August event.

Of the thousands of photos taken, these are just a few of my favorites…

Grenada Carnival 2012
St. George’s, Grenada

March 03, 2012
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Celebrity chef Jorg Amsler constructs a decorative cake during a workshop on February 28, 2012 at the University Club of St. George’s University.
All of the cake’s components are edible and were constructed, hand-painted, and affixed on-site during the demonstration.

The Swiss trained Master Pastry Chef and Chocolatier spent last week in Grenada on a working-vacation of sorts.  In addition to hands-on workshops, Amsler volunteered his time to judge a dessert competition staged for an annual fundraising gala to benefit the Fund for Orphans & Elderly – raising nearly EC $2,000,000 for Grenada’s most vulnerable over the last two decades.  All of the money raised by the Fund is directed to areas of specific need, whether towards emergency repairs of existing institutions or planning and building new facilities to house and care for those that need it most.

The University Club
Lance Aux Epines, Grenada

I had the pleasure of covering last week’s Spice Island Billfish Tournament for the good folks at Budget Marine.

Emptier than usual scales at the 43rd annual Spice Island Billfish Tournament were signs of a good trend – conservation.  Strict weight requirements and a points-for-release system encourage anglers to release smaller fish, giving them a chance to spawn and grow larger over time.  Fifty sport fishing boats from all over the Caribbean registered this year for the three-day deep sea fishing tournament.  While many white marlin, blue marlin, and sailfish were caught (90 in total!) these conservation-minded fishermen were keen to release them back into the sea with hopes of landing them again next year, ideally with an extra hundred pounds.  This year’s weigh-in was dominated by hefty yellow-fin tuna and massive dolphin fish (mahi-mahi).  Despite the lack of record-breaking billfish the 256 anglers enjoyed good weather, great hospitality, and plenty of rum in the Isle of Spice.

The Grenada Yacht Club
St. George’s, Grenada

I’m spending the weekend in New York City covering St. George’s University‘s School of Medicine and School of Veterinary Medicine commencement activities.

After two days of observing royal protocol in Grenada some excitement in The Big Apple is just what the doctor ordered.  A couple hundred excitedly brand-new doctors.

Lincoln Center
New York, NY  USA

 

It’s been a big week in Grenada, starting with the most regal of occasions – a royal visit from Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal, Princess Anne.  HRH made a personal visit to the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF) at St. George’s University during The Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leaders’ Dialogue (CCELD).  Since this was not a State Visit, I was selected to be the sole photographer tasked with documenting her visit for the CCELD organizers – from red carpet landing to red carpet departure.

While most of the images are kept with the utmost discretion, these are a few of my favorites from her time in Grenada that I am able to share.