Outdoor Sports Stock Photography

For those working in the Outdoor Sports market, getting a source of stock photography can be difficult.  There are lots of outdoor sports photographers out there, but many just take images they can sell to the competitors, these tend to be very personal shots capturing the individual rather than the the atmosphere of the event or sport. Racing Snakes has now added a Gallery of photos suitable for Outdoor Sports Stock Photography. The album of stock photography can be found here Outdoor Sports Photography 

Ricky Lightfoot, 3 peaks winner 2014

3 Peaks fell race winner Ricky Lightfoot summiting Ingleborough, available in the Stock Photography section

In addition to the stock photography Racing Snakes Photography service can also be hired to take Outdoor Sports  brand, individual and event photography. Advanced booking essential as many events book 12 months in advance.

Racing Snakes specialises in outdoor sports such as Cycling Sportives, Ultra running events, Trail Running Events, Mountain Marathons, Mountain Bike Events and Adventure Racing. Clients have included the Wasdale triathlon (the hardest triathlon in the World), The Spine Race (Britains most Brutal ultra race), Open Cycling organisers of ‘Coast to Coast’ and ‘Wales in  a Day’, Patagonia (Sponsors of the Fellsman), Etape Du Dales (Iconic Yorkshire Sportive), Inov8 athletes retreat, Salomon athletes retreat, Sky Running UK, Ilkley Triathlon, Rather be Cycling,

Other events also covered  have included the 3 Peaks Fell Race, The 3 Peaks Cyclocross, The Fellsman, V3k.

Sports Event Photography 2017

The benefits of having professional sports event photography and media of your event is essential to any well run event. A professional service for your sports event not only brings back memories but also provides future marketing material. It also brings added benefits for sponsors and supporters. There are some professional photography services that take images of competitors but offer little else, read on to see why racingsnakes photography offers much more for you and your sports event.

Event Photography

Photograph of sports event showing watermarked logo on image

Event Photography

The are many options for getting the most out of your images and depending on the sporting event and sponsors requirements these do vary. Racingsnakes can provide advice on what will work best for your event, this maybe to maximise reach of the sports event using social media or maintaining that valuable relationship you have with your sponsors and supporters.

Event photography can be broken down into two types, ‘photos of people’ and ‘photos for marketing’. Here at racing snakes photography, both types are catered for.
People Photography – There are some event photography services that stand in one place (usually at the side of a road) and take similar images of every athlete. They don’t like to venture to far from their cars! Fine for some, and they do sell to athletes that just want a picture of themselves competing in the sports event on the day. The other and prefered option of racingsnakes is to get athletes in the best location on the course. This maybe a climb or descent on a sportive with a great backdrop or mountainous checkpoint on a ultra run with moody skies that reflects the true feeling of an event.
Marketing Photography – This is very different from the ‘athlete running shot’. If you are planning on expanding your event or just need professional photographs of your event for flyers, banners and your website. Athlete photos are fine for the individual but often these lack the requirements of capturing the bigger picture and perhaps the key selling point of the sports event.

Escape to Gisburn Mountain Bike Enduro photos

Images provided for Escape Bike shop for the Escape to Gisburn Enduro race

Share The Love – The Racingsnakes Photostore

Having great imagery for the athletes and yourself is just the start of it. You will need a way to be able to share the images and more. Here at Racingsnakes there are great professional options for doing just this.
Share the professional sports photography on the photostore. This allows for images to be instantly downloaded or prints ordered, but that’s not all. Voucher codes can be used and prices set for each gallery of images, so depending on your needs you might wish to choose to offer your competitors free images.
The photostore allows for other professional photographers to also upload their images from the sports event and sell within the photostore making sure all the images from the event are kept in one place and easy to find.

Racingsnakes uses professional Nikon photographic equipment
Contact mick@racingsnakes.com

Clients of racingsnakes professional sports event photography include;

Open Cycling
The Montane Spine
Patagonia UK
Inov8
Salomon
Rather Be Cycling

 

forest with runner, sunlight, event photography, spine race

Event photography for The Montane Spine Race

 

 

Pictures from Buttertubs Pass TdF

Pictures from Buttertubs Tour de France -TdF. Buttertubs Tour de France photos The Tour de France (TdF) finally got underway from Leeds on Saturday 5 July 2014.  The race started off from Leeds at 11 am and visited Harewood House, Otley, Ilkley and Skipton before making its way on to the scenic lanes of the Yorkshire Dales.  The race did the first big climb of day just outside of Buckden with the ‘Cote de Cray’ the first of the categorised climbs of the 2015 Tour de France (the first points of the ‘King of the Mountains’ – Poker dot jersey).  The race then meandered its way via Aysgarth and Bainbridge before reaching the pretty small town of Hawes which nestles at the foot of the Buttertubs pass.

TdF Buttertubs

Jens Voigt leading the pack up Buttertubs Pass in the Tour de France 2014

Buttertubs is one of the great cycle challenges of the Yorkshire Dales, it is just 4.4km in length, but its steep ramps and great views of the Yorkshire Dales makes it one of the locals favourite climbs. Thousands of people turned out to watch ‘Le Tour’ riders tackle the climb. The road rises up from Hawes and passes over the pass before a very fast descent to the typically named Yorkshire village of Muker. The climb has a maximum 20 per cent gradient just about the cattle grid half way up the hill.  It is estimated up 60,000 spectators may turn out to see the climb.

First pictures of Le Tour De France 2015

 

First pictures of Le Tour de France 2015

The first pictures from the Le Tour De France taken at the opening ceremony of the Tour de France 2015 can be found by clicking on this link to the gallery on racing snakes website. GRAND DÉPART. The images were captured on Thursday 3rd July as Le Tour De France riders made their way through the streets of Leeds from Leeds university to the Leeds Arena before the celebration and team presentation to the crowds at the Leeds Arena. The riders were joined by local club riders to set off for the short ride from Leeds University to the Leeds Arena. The riders set off just after 6pm before making their way to the Millennium Square in Leeds with big crowds expected for the first glimpses of the riders.The first pictures were taken as the riders arrived at the university followed by more photos of the riders as they entered the Millenium square in Leeds City, West Yorkshire.

The biggest cheer of the night will surely be reserved for Team Sky being headed by Chris Froome, team Sky are the favourites to win Le Tour de France with Froome being heavily backed for finishing the race in the yellow jersey.  Another favourite of the crowds will be sprinter Mark Cavendish who is one of the favourites to win stage one on Saturday, Mark Cavendish has links to the local area and will be well supported by the Yorkshire crowds.

First Pictures of Le Tour de France 2015

First pictures of Team Sky as they cycled to the presentation evening

Le GRAND DÉPART

Le Grand Depart starts for real on Saturday 5th July when the riders of Le Tour will set off from outside the Leeds Town Hall on their way to the first days race finish in Harrogate.     The route takes them to some lovely Yorkshire Dales Towns of Otley, Ilkley, Skipton, Aysgarth, Hawes, Reeth, Knaresborough before finishing in Harrogate.  Over one million spectators are excepted to be on the course on Saturday 5th July.

Team Quickstep

Team Quickstep which includes Mark Cavendish the favourite for the stage one win of the Tour de France 2015

The riders stay in Yorkshire for the second stage, although they do cross from North Yorkshire to West Yorkshire before finishing in South Yorkshire.  This is a tough stage which although doesnt have any alpine climbs in is undulating to say the least.  The riders will tackle a number of not too short climbs including Holme Moss (the biggest climb of the day) which will attract big crowds and much excitement.  The race continues to finish in Sheffield on day two.

All pictures copyright of Mick Kenyon (racingsnakes.com)

Photo album of the Tour de France riders 2015

More information about the start is available on the official website http://letour.yorkshire.com/news/2015-yorkshire-race-official-launch

Scafell Trail Marathon photos

Scafell Trail Marathon

Scafell Trail Marathon photos. Sunday 15 June 2014 the Scafell Trail Marathon took place, the photos can be seen of most of the runners on http://racingsnakes.com/

Kim Collison leads Cristofer Clemente off scafell pike

Kim Collison leads Cristofer Clemente off scafell pike

Cristofer Clemente Wins after Ricky Lightfoot Makes Navigation Error

The 2014 Scafell Trail Marathon was won by Cristofer Clemente who beat Ricky Lightfoot into second place.  The race was in warm and mostly dry conditions but the weather was certainly a factor in the top three positions.  On the climb to Sty Head Ricky Lightfoot had a good few minutes lead on the chasing duo of Kim Collison and  Cristofer Clemente,  Once they reached Sty head visibility was very down to a few meters and Ricky made a navigational error coming off Scafell Pike.  Kim Collison used his compass skills and navigated with only a minor error off the summit.  Cristofer Clemente was playing a very wise game and letting Kim lead the way whilst he hung on to his shirt tails.   Once off the mountain Kim was finding the pace hard to maintain and Cristofer pulled away from Kim on the climb to Watendlath, Ricky was making big gains into the leading pair and overtook Kim to finish second.

Ricky Lightfoot

Ricky Lightfoot having to make do with second place after a navigation mistake

 

The 42km Scafell Trail Race took the runners from just outside Keswick to summit Scafell Pike and then return to finish at the Lakeside in Keswick.  The race was organised by High Terrain events and attracted some high profile sponsors with Salomon, Suunto and 9bar all backed the race.  This year the Scafell Trail Race marathon was part of the EMM (the European Mountain Marathon series)

The race starts off following the shores of Derwentwater from Nichol End Marina, before then making its way up the Borrowdale Vally to Seathwaite.  There is a feed station here that provides the racers with food, water and a chance to take on some 9bar energy food.  The race then ascends the highest mountain in England (Scafell Pike) via Styhead and the corridor route.  This year (2014) sees a prize awarded to the fastest Male and Female runner up the mountain. This is where racingsnakes took the photos  of the Scafell Trail Race.  Once the Scafell Pike has been summited the race descends back to Seathwaite via Esk Hause.  The race still has a kick in its tail though as there is a further climb up to Watendlath before the final undulating descent to the finish in Keswick. There is also a chance just after Watendlath to refuel at a feedstation.

Altura Gravity Stage Race

Pictures from the  Altura Gravity Stage Race which took place in Whinlatter Forest on Saturday 31 May 2014. The photos can be viewed and purchased from Racingsnakes.com The race was also sponsored by Cyclewise (based at Whinlatter visitor centre) and The Forestry Commision who do a great job of looking after the Forest in the Lake District National Park.  The other main sponsor was Altura (a brand of cycling wear)   There were six stages to test the mountain bike riders as they rode around the Whinlatter Forest Mountain Bike trails, many of the trails had been built for the event . Each of the stages were timed with electronic timing (sportident timing system). The riders dibbed their electronic punch at the top of the runs as they started, the riders also did the same at the end of the stage with the Marshall stood on the finishing line. The time was not counted between the stages, so riders could take time to get their breath back.

 

Altura Gravity Whinlatter Stage Race

There were over 200 riders that raced, the results from the days racing are now available on the Sportsident website

Photos were taken at various points around the Whinlatter course.  Many were on stage 6 which was a narrow trail built through the thicket of the Forest.  This stage although not a long section was challenging. the line held well and the later riders benefited from a clearer route with burns starting to build allowing for faster cornering.

Etape du Dales

The Etape du Dales is a gruelling 112mile cycling sportive that set off from Threshfield (Grassington) in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  The route climbs over a number of significant hills inluding Fleet Moss, Buttertubs, Tan House Hill, Coal Road and Dale Head.  The total amount of climbing (and descent) is 9170 feet (2795 meters).

The first 10 miles of the route follows the Tour De France (Le Grand Depart) stage 1 from Threshfield to Buckden.  The route then peels off to do the brutal but beautiful climb over Fleet Moss at about 18 miles into the route, there is then a long before descent into the small Dales town of Hawes.  When in Hawes the Etape du Dales rejoins the Tour de France stage 1 route to ascend the Buttertubs pass at about 25 miles into the route.  The Buttertubs Pass has an official category 3 rating for the Tour De France and is a popular climb with cyclists trying to gain the King of the Mountains on the Strava app.  The route continues into Swaledale before leaving the TdF route before it reaches Reeth at Low Row.  The Etape du Dales then heads off to climb the Tan House Hill but first there is the climb over to Arkengarthdale. Tan house hill is at about 46 miles into the route.  Before starting its homeward leg.  At 70 miles the Old Coal Road is a hard climb with all those miles in the legs, it passes Dent Station the highest mainline railway station in the UK before descending into the pretty vally bottom. The Etape du Dales continues along the vally gently climbing at first before another big climb from Stonehouse towards Newby Head.  A descent is then enjoyed to iconic Ribblehead viaduct and continues to Stainforth before the final big hill of the day climbing to Dalehead at aproximately 90 miles.

Etape Du Dales cycling sportive

The route of Etape du Dales is a cycling sportive challenge and is not officially a race (however the fastest time for completing the route is just a little over 5 hours and 43 mins).

The ride is organised by the Dave Raynor Fund. The Dave Rayner Fund was set up in his memory on 12 January 1995, to help riders make a career from racing on the continent. (Wikipedia)

Fred Whitton 2014 Photos

Fred Whitton Challenge Photos 2014 will be posted on Racing Snakes photo albums soon after the race, the pictures link will be live once the photos are published.  The photos of the Fred Whitton Challenge Cycling Sportive can also be seen on my Facebook page

The Fred Whitton Challenge is a 112 mile challenge cycling sportive around the Lake District National Park.  The Fred Whitton Challenge route starts and finishes from the Showground in Grasmere.  The route goes in an anti-clockwise direction and takes in the Cols (mountain passes) at Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands Hause, Whinlatter, Hardknott, and Wrynose.  This sportive is recognised as one of the hardest cycling sportives in the country, it has 10,779 ft (3285 meters) of ascent.  The ascent over the Harknott pass is one of the steepest roads in the UK with 30% gradient, and this is in the latter end of the route so the legs are tired. The full route of the Fred Whitton Challenge can be seen here

Biker Honister Pass

The fastest time will be around the 5 hours and 50 mins mark with the slowest time around double that at 12 hours 30 mins. The Fred Whitton Challenge is expected to attract around 2000 riders.  There are various feed stations and check points on the route.  The ride is very well organised and has become the ‘must do’ sportive of many riders and thus has become one of the most popular rides in the sportive calendar and usually sells out well in advance of the ride.

 

Fred Whitton Challenge Photos

Fred Whitton Challenge Photos 2014 will be posted on Racing Snakes photo albums soon after the race, the pictures link will be live once the photos are published.  The photos of the Fred Whitton Challenge can also be seen on my Facebook page here Fred Whitton 2014

The Fred Whitton challenge is a 112 mile challenge cycling sportive around the Lake District National Park.  The Fred Whitton Challenge route starts and finishes from the Showground in Grasmere.  The route goes in an anti-clockwise direction and takes in the Cols (mountain passes) at Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands Hause, Whinlatter, Hardknott, and Wrynose.  This sportive is recognised as one of the hardest cycling sportives in the country, it has 10,779 ft (3285 meters) of ascent.  The ascent over the Harknott pass is one of the steepest roads in the UK with 30% gradient, and this is in the latter end of the route so the legs are tired. The full route of the Fred Whitton Challenge can be seen here

The fastest time will be around the 5 hours and 50 mins mark with the slowest time around double that at 12 hours 30 mins. The Fred Whitton Challenge is expected to attract around 2000 riders.  There are various feed stations and check points on the route.  The ride is very well organised and has become the ‘must do’ sportive of many riders and thus has become one of the most popular rides in the sportive calendar and usually sells out well in advance of the ride.Fred2

PMBA Escape to Gisburn Enduro

Pictures from the  Gisburn Mountain Bike Enduro are available here.  On Sunday 27 April 2014 the Escape to Gisburn Mountain Bike Enduro race took place around the Gisburn Forest with the a stage sponsored by Escape Bikes based in Ingleton.  There were 3 stages to test the riders as they rode round the Gisburn Forest Mountain Bike trails, including on stage one the famous ‘Hully Gully’ black run descent and on stage three. the ‘Leap of Faith’. Results from the days racing are now available on the Roots and Rain website

Escape to Gisburn Mountain Bike Enduro photos

Escape to Gisburn Mountain Bike Enduro

Photos were taken of the second jump on stage two of the Gisburn Enduro and can be seen on   http://racingsnakes.com/Escape1.php  These pictures were sponsored by Escape Bikes, so a massive thanks you to the team.  The pictures are now on the Escape Bike shop facebook page there are over 400 action photos to look through.  So grab yourself a cuppa and head over to  http://facebook.com/escapebikeshop . Please keep the banter clean 🙂