News: Mugshots of the World's Best Scrabble Players

Mugshots of the World's Best Scrabble Players

Mugshots of the World's Best Scrabble Players

Mugshots aren't just for criminals anymore. In the world of competitive Scrabble, no one's safe from the lens of photojournalist Roger Cullman. For the last couple years, Cullman has been hitting up the Scrabble circuit with hopes of immortalizing some of the world's best Scrabble players in headshot pictures of them holding racks with their surnames spelled out in Scrabble tiles.

It's simple, yet ingenious, but not without hindrance.

Mugshots of the World's Best Scrabble Players Joel Wapnick, 65, from Montreal, Quebec.

Cullman states on his website, "The trickiest part was getting some of them to pose during a tournament, when there's often little time between games."

He started his Scrabble Portraits project at the Michael Wise Memorial Tournament back in 2009 and continued the series in this year's Toronto International SCRABBLE Open and Human vs. Computer Showdown.

Mugshots of the World's Best Scrabble Players Nigel Richards, 44, from New Zealand.

Many of the top players at these Canadian competitions ended up in this year's World Scrabble Championship, vying for the $20,000 first place prize. Pictured in the mugshots above are Joel Wapnick, former World Scrabble Champion (1991), and the current two-time World Scrabble Champion Nigel Richards (2007, 2011).

Make sure to check out all of Cullman's photographs at his website, which includes portraits of Scrabble pros Adam Logan, Jackson Smylie, Jeremy Hildebrand, Maxim Panitch, David Boys and more.

Photos by Roger Cullman Photography

4 Comments

joel wopnick looks a lot like alan harper form 2 and a half men

Oh he does, from the episode where Alan and Jake are shown 25yrs into the future working at a movie theater snack counter.

Thats such a good idea!

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