2015 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships 2015
Hello sports fans,
Just returned after 12 days in Glasgow at the 46th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships held at The SSE Hydro on behalf of Action Plus Sports Images. What a great time seeing and capturing images of the World's best gymnasts competing in one or more disciplines as an individual and/or as a team.
With over 500 gymnasts from over 80 countries competing in one or more of the 8 disciplines, it provided an exceptional opportunity to be close to the action and capture stunning images of the world's best in action. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Championships and I met lots of great people from other photographers from around the globe to enthusiastic staff and of course volunteers. The event organisation was slick and comparable to the London Olympics. The media centre was well resourced and the staff and volunteers were incredibly helpful and a big thank you to all of them.
The Championships were held in the SSE Hydro next to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) and the circular venue provided an ideal opportunity for spectators to see the action across the days competition. It did prove difficult for photographers as there was very limited opportunities to access the field of play and the backgrounds were cluttered and space tight with all other photographers seeking similar shots. One big disadvantage was the T.V cameras locating themselves wherever they wished and regularly blocked views for 10+ photographers - they did not care! It was a shame that the event organisers did not realise that photographers images last considerably longer than video and with photographers from all over the world, the coverage would be extensive and last long in to the future.
Over the course of the Championships there was initial podium training followed by qualifications and then finals. The initial qualifications period was very intensive with a number of sessions throughout the day from 9:00am to 10:00pm and so as a photographer you were constantly capturing the action and downloading the images as and when you could. Only during qualifications and finals did more time become available. If attending again, I would certainly attend more podium training as this enabled greater field of play access and more photographic creativity with being so close to the gymnasts as they practice.
My favourite disciplines that engendered great imagery were the balance beam, uneven bars, parallel bars and pommel horse. The skill and reactions of the gymnasts comes through as they perform to the maximum and I was very pleased with the results. I requested to attend this Championship back in the Spring with the view that I would seek certain images as the outcome and mission accomplished. I would certainly capture this sport again as it provided some many opportunities for great images.
I see on my return that a couple of my images have been used by America's top sports magazine 'Sports Illustrated'. Very pleased and proud that they used my work. All of the Championship images have been added to the Action Plus Sports Images website so please visit them to see the action during the Championships.
Below are a few of my favourite images.
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