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In February 2010 I was sent to cover the annual ‘Vertical Rush’ challenge that would see nearly 1000 runners attempt to run the 920 steps of Tower 42, one of London tallest buildings in aid of the homeless charity, Shelter.

It was an early start by anyone’s standards and as is fairly standard in London, looking like a grey and miserable day.

After a short while at the bottom of the building shooting the participants warming up and preparing for their ascent, I took the elevator to the top floor to await the runners as they reached the top.

As day began to break, the first shafts of orange light began to pierce the buildings around Canary Wharf casting long shadows over the River Thames and creating what was one of the most beautiful vistas. 

What I hadn’t realised is just how close to one of London’s most iconic buildings, the Gherkin I was.

As the sun rose further the adjacent building was silhouetted beautifully against the sunrise creating a memorable vista down over London and the River Thames.

The orange light lasted only a few moments before disappearing into the grey monotonous clouds which is where it remained for the rest of the day.

Along with the handful of other people I was with, I felt that we had witnessed a special moment and one I wouldn’t forget.

LONDON - FEBRUARY 25: The sun rises over the City of London on February 25, 2010 in London, United Kingdom. As the UK gears up for one of the most hotly contested general elections in recent history it is expected that that the economy, immigration, the NHS and education are likely to form the basis of many of the debates. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

About Dan Kitwood

Dan Kitwood is a staff  photographer for Getty Images based in London covering news and features across the UK and beyond.

After studying Fine Art at University, Dan began his photographic career with South West News Service, a prestigious regional agency based in Bristol. After three years of interesting and eclectic assignments he was offered a staff position at Getty Images to join a team of five other UK news photographers.

Since joining in 2008 Dan has covered assignments in numerous countries including Dubai, South Africa, Nigeria, Benin, Tunisia and The Vatican. His images have appeared in publications around the world including: The New York Times, National Geographic, Geo, Stern, Time, The Guardian and Newsweek.

Dan’s recent awards include:
UK Picture Editors Awards 2011: Photo Essay winner
UK Picture Editors Awards 2012: News Photographer of the Year

Editor's Note: Dan Kitwood has been named as a finalist in the prestigious 2014 Sony World Photography Awards for his work documenting the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

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