JOE BURBANK/ORLANDO SENTINEL
December 15, 2011
That's how many of my images made the cut and are permanently archived in the Sentinel's photo library, from the tens of thousands of frames I shot in 2011. So if I'm asked to pick my favorite photo that I shot in the past year the task can be daunting.
This year, however, there is one image that garnered an astounding amount of attention -- with publication, in addition to the front of the Orlando Sentinel, in countless magazines, on network TV shows and Internet news sites, including the cover of People magazine. (I hate to admit it, but it was even on the front of the National Enquirer.)
You guessed it: Casey Anthony. I was one of the two 'pool' photographers to be in the courtroom during the trial, and this image of the sly-looking, smiling defendant on the day of her sentencing may possibly be the most widely published image in my 24 years at The Sentinel. I think the photo got so much worldwide play because it captured an expression that illustrates what most thought of the verdict: Casey Anthony got away with murder.
-- Joe Burbank, Orlando Sentinel Senior Photographer