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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

 

 

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

FREE Sports Photography for your customers.

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FREE sports event photography

That’s got your attention!  Probably the best way to promote your event is to employ a photographer.  People love to see pictures of their friends, or for the more vain, themselves :-). A sports photographer will come along for a fee, snap away on their digital SLR and at the end of the day you have hundreds of photo’s of your event to do as you please.  If you choose to share these with your customers for free via the likes of facebook it becomes a very powerful marketing tool for your next event.  For every photo that gets tagged it is seen by that persons friends, the average facebook user now has 190 friends, thats means each person tagged is potentially seen by 190 potential racers (and thats without photo shares), add your logo to the event, encourage likes on your page and you have a great marketing tool.  That’s just the start, with other social sites like twitter, instagram etc. along with your blog and website and you soon get the idea of just how valuable a sports event photographer is.

To get the most out of your investment in a sports photographer you should get someone that not only knows photography but also knows about the sport and racing (that’s me!!!).  It’s no good employing a sports photographer that is out of breath looking at a hill never mind climbing one with heavy kit on his or her back, if all the action is taking place up on the hills. As a racer I know the likley best lines the racers will take, ensuring I am at the right spot with camera in hand rather than stood 500m away looking in the wrong direction.   I have plenty of experience in adventure racing/ fell running, mountain biking, ultra running and navigation events.

I will come along to take your event photography, taking high quality sports photographs of your event for a fixed fee (hourly rate + travel).  Post event I will use lightroom to enhance the photo’s  and add logos/ branding as required. I can offer advice on marketing and getting the most from the photographs. Introductory offer of only £130 for full day (£70 half day).

For a chat or to book contact for; mick@racingsnakes.com leave me your contact details and I will call to give you more details.

FREE sports event photography

“Great Photo’s” – James Thurlow – openadventure

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Ride London 100

Ride London 100: Possibly the biggest cycling event Britain has ever seen.
Demand for places in the inaugural RideLondon100 is anticipated to outstrip supply, the entry process will shut when 75,000 people are registered or no later 4th January 2013. 20,000 amateur cyclists are expected to take part in this 100 mile ride which is a modified version of the London 2012 Olympic Road Race route. It is anticipated that the event will be over-subscribed and that a ballot will be held to allocate places in the event. Further details