Local Sporting Events

November 06, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

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The above photograph shows rider in the Tour of The North (TON) cycling towards Carnlough a village on the Antrim Coast Road in Northern Ireland. This was held each Easter Week-end and attracted many teams from across Europe. However no sponsorship funding was available for the year that Northern Ireland held the GIRO which meant no TON that year. A smaller event has been held in recent years but it has not reached the level of those events held before the GIRO. 

 

I recently posted this article on my Camera Club Site for new members who may be interested in Sports Photography. It covers local sporting events that I have attended which did not require accreditation.

Sports Photography is not popular in Camera Club circles. Since I joined my Club in 2019 there have been no special Northern Ireland Photographic Association rounds for sports photography and the first one is scheduled for the 2028/2029 session ie once in 10 years. There not many entries in the Open rounds.
For any new members interested in having a go at Sports Photography here is a set of photographs taken at local events which did not require accreditation ie I just turned up and started clicking. I presented these to some members in November 2020 on Zoom during Covid.
Sports covered included - rugby, cycling, cross country running, road running, mountain running, sailing and horse racing taken at about 20 local locations.
I have been interested in Sports Photography for many years and have taken thousands of photographs and been to hundreds of events - I have uploaded over 100,000 to my website which to date have been viewed around 63,000 times from visitors from more than 75 countries.
I have had photographs published in 19 publications including newspapers from local to international, magazines and one book and had many viewers have purchased framed prints, prints and jpg files from my site.
Sports photography is good fun, gets you out into the open air in all weathers, challenges and improves your photographic skills, allows you to meet and photograph many interesting people and most of all provides an opportunity to take many photographs on a regular basis. I can take up to 1000 photographs at an event. So it is a good genre if you like taking lots of photographs.
The London Guardian’s prizewinning photographer Tom Jenkins says “Portraiture and Sports are at the opposite ends of the scale. Portraiture is about being in control, creating whatever you want in front of the lens, whereas with Sport you have no control”.
He goes on to say “Sport is the toughest photography to excel in”.

Click the link below to view photographs taken at various local events that I photographed that did not require accreditation.

https://www.hmphotographs.com/p665421097
 

 


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