A photographer on Kauai gets credit for one of the top paparazzi images of the year — capturing Sean Penn’s kiss with 24-year-old actress Leila George.

His name remains secret, but a spokesperson for Splash News, which bought the Hawaiian smooch image, revealed that the photographer has 12 years’ experience shooting “press and sports.”

The unnamed freelancer has taken pictures of “pretty much every celebrity that arrives on Kauai in the last two years,” the spokesperson said. Many reports said the amorous moment was off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii.

How close did the shooter get to the smoochers?

It’s hard to say, depending on the amount of cropping and enlarging. But the Splash News spokesperson said the photographer used a 300-millimeter f/2.8 Canon telephoto lens.

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