Las Vegas Sun

July 21, 2019

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Sights Unseen

Our favorite pictures that didn’t run last year


Tiffany Brown

MAVERICKS | OCT. 23 Contestants pose backstage before a Sarah Palin look-alike contest at the Club Paradise strip club. At a uniquely Vegas-spirited event, Club Paradise held a contest for strippers vying to look like Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, the Alaska governor and former beauty queen. The contestants flexed their “maverick” spirit as they vied for the $10,000 cash prize and a trip to Washington, D.C., for the inauguration this month.

Sights Unseen by Tiffany Brown

President Bush arrives at McCarran International Airport before delivering a speech on the war on terrorism at the Nevada Policy Research Institute. I waited with other local media on the tarmac for hours in the cold as it seemed that Air Force One might never arrive. When the president's plane finally landed, the motorcade blocked most of my views of his exit from the plane. I watched through my 400 mm telephoto lens for any glimpse. Then, I got a clear view as the presidential limo pulled away. President Bush sat alone, appearing worn. When I look at this frame now, I feel it holds the essence of his quickly approaching exit from office.
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After almost two years of presidential campaign coverage I thought it appropriate to pull out a few of my politically themed pictures from the 100,000 or so images that I shot for the Sun — and on my own time — in 2008.

As I thought about what I would like to share from the photos that weren’t published in the paper this year, the Sarah Palin stripper look-alike contest immediately came to mind. Considering the energy and amount of focus we gave the presidential race these past two years, I thought I would let the look-alike contest set the tone. I also thought I’d share a few more unique moments from the mixed bag of political assignments I shot in 2008.


Tiffany Brown has been a staff photographer with the Sun since April 2006. Before that, she was a staff photographer at the Corvallis Gazette-Times in Oregon. When not charging around Southern Nevada with cameras for the Sun she can be found doing Ashtanga yoga, snowboarding or seeking new adventures most anywhere. She can be reached at 259-4063 or at [email protected]

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