This week, the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest lit up the airwaves from Copenhagen, Denmark, and produced a surprising and inspiring new symbol of a tolerant and defiant Western Europe. After being hushed and kept quiet through the Sochi Olympics and then watching Russia annex part of sovereign nation Ukraine, Europe was ready to show the Russians and their cohorts that love, tolerance and acceptance are the values the Continent holds dear.
After a week of competition, televiewers and international juries turned away from pre-contest favorites and embraced Austria's Conchita Wurst (aka Tom Neuwirth), a bearded drag queen with a big James Bond theme of a song and a message of self-acceptance. At the beginning of the week-long competition, Austria was in tenth place with the betting firms, and rose through the ranks until it finally became the odds-on winner by the time the Grand Finals started Saturday evening. Austria ended the night with 290 points, the third-highest winning score in the show's history.
Here is a photo album shot on location during the semifinals and final night of Eurovision. Hunter Communications was in Copenhagen for this rather historic moment in the Contest.