Working for Getty – First Three Months

After making the tough decision to go freelance with the inevitable worries of whether you will you get enough work, I can safely say it has been the best decision I have made so far in my career.

With probably 95% of my work now coming from Getty Images I am covering a wider variety of sport than before. It has always been a goal of mine to work for Getty Images, and although I am only a freelancer it still feels good to see Getty Images next to your name.

The first three months of freelancing have been great fun and I’ve covered several events that I’d never done before. Here I hope to show you a few of my favourite pictures from the last few weeks.

Bath v Brive - Amlin Challenge Cup Quarter

BATH, ENGLAND – APRIL 6:  Dom Day of Bath is tackled by Damien Lavergne and Louis Acosta of Brive during the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter final match between Bath and Brive at the Recreation Ground on April 6, 2014 in Bath, England.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

 

EXETER, ENGLAND - MAY 4:  Dave Lewis of Exeter Chiefs dives over for his side's first try during the Aviva Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Harlequins at Sandy Park on May 4, 2014 in Exeter, England.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

EXETER, ENGLAND – MAY 4:  Dave Lewis of Exeter Chiefs dives over for his side’s first try during the Aviva Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Harlequins at Sandy Park on May 4, 2014 in Exeter, England.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

 

Somerset v Nottinghamshire - LV County Championship

TAUNTON, ENGLAND – MAY 5:  Nick Compton of Somerset hits for four during day two of the LV County Championship Division One match between Somerset and Nottinghamshire at The County Ground on May 5, 2014 in Taunton, England.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

 

Exeter City v Scunthorpe United - Sky Bet League Two

EXETER, ENGLAND – APRIL 26:  Russ Wilcox, Manager of Scunthorpe United is thrown in the air by his players following his side’s promotion to League One during the Sky Bet League Two match between Exeter City and Scunthorpe United at St. James’ Park on April 26, 2014 in Exeter, England.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

 

Boxing at Motorpoint Arena

CARDIFF, WALES – MAY 17:  Dale Evans looks dejected as the Referee stops the contest due to a serious head wound during his Welterweight bout against Mark Douglas at the Motorpoint Arena on May 17, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

 

Gloucester v Bath - Aviva Premiership

GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 12:  A young fan makes his way to the ground before the Aviva Premiership match between Gloucester and Bath at Kingsholm Stadium on April 12, 2014 in Gloucester, England.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

 

Badminton Horse Trials

BADMINTON, ENGLAND – MAY 11:  Tiana Coudray of The USA riding Ringwood Magister during the Show Jumping on day five of the Badminton Horse Trials on May 11, 2014 in Badminton, England.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

 

Badminton Horse Trials

BADMINTON, ENGLAND – MAY 9:  Selina Milnes of Great Britain riding Bodidily during the dressage on day three of the Badminton Horse Trials on May 9, 2014 in Badminton, England.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

 

Somerset v Sussex - LV County Championship

TAUNTON, ENGLAND – JUNE 10:  Alfonso Thomas of Somerset celebrates taking four wickets in four balls after dismissing Matt Machan of Sussex during day three of the LV County Championship Division One match between Somerset and Sussex at The County Ground on June 10, 2014 in Taunton, England.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

 

Somerset v Sussex - LV County Championship

TAUNTON, ENGLAND – JUNE 10:  Alfonso Thomas of Somerset poses after taking 4 wickets in 4 balls following day three of the LV County Championship Division One match between Somerset and Sussex at The County Ground on June 10, 2014 in Taunton, England.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

 

Sainsbury's British Championships Birmingham: Day Two

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – JUNE 28:  Deborah Martin competes in the Women’s High Jump Final during day two of the Sainsbury’s British Championships at Birmingham Alexander Stadium on June 28, 2014 in Birmingham, England (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

 

Sainsbury's British Championships Birmingham: Day Two

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – JUNE 28:  Sophie McKinna competes in the Womens’ Shot Put Final during day two of the Sainsbury’s British Championships at Birmingham Alexander Stadium on June 28, 2014 in Birmingham, England (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

 

Somerset v Kent Spitfires - Natwest T20 Blast

TAUNTON, ENGLAND – MAY 23:  Craig Kieswetter of Somerset is hit by a ball during the Natwest t20 Blast match between Somerset and Kent at The County Ground on May 23, 2014 in Taunton, England.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

LV= Cup Final

Sunday was my last shift as a club photographer for Exeter Chiefs and it just so happened to be a Cup Final too. Having beaten Bath for the first time in all competitions in the semi-final Chiefs had the momentum coming into the final. Long before Exeter qualified it was announced that Sandy Park was to host the LV= Cup Final, which proved to be a bonus as the ‘neutral’ ground for the final just so happend to be the home of the Exeter Chiefs. It wasn’t a high scoring affair but Chiefs ran in two tries and a determined defence held Northampton out. Chiefs eventually won the game 15-8, the first piece of major silverware the club has ever won. Cue the celebrations.

Below Exeter Chiefs’ Captain, Dean Mumm celebrates at the final whistle.

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Skipper Dean Mumm raises the LV Trophy and celebrates with his team mates.

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The Exeter Chiefs’ team celebrate with champagne as Captain, Dean Mumm is held aloft with the LV Trophy.

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Exeter Chiefs’ Luke Cowan-Dickie and Don Armand celebrate after winning the LV Trophy.

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Head Coach of Exeter Chiefs, Rob Baxter (r) and Hoani Tui celebrate with the LV Trophy.

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Exeter Chiefs’ Captain, Dean Mumm drinks from the LV Trophy after beating Northampton Saints in the final.

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A big thank you to all the staff and players of Exeter Chiefs who have made my time there a pleasure.

If Carlsberg did last days at work….

Cheltenham Festival – Day Four

The last day of the Cheltenham Festival was action packed, even more so than expected. It started with the very first race of the day as Ruby Walsh took a very heavy fall from Abbyssial in the JCB Triumph Hurdle, the injury he sustained ruled him out of the rest of the day’s racing and possible the Grand National in April.

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The highlight of the jump racing season was the Gold Cup and it wasn’t without controversy. A stewards enquiry led to muted celebrations in the winner’s enclosure until the final result was announced. Below the eventual winner Lord Windermere (purple colours with yellow hat) ridden by Davy Russell clears the last.

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Winning trainer, Jim Culloty celebrates as the result of the stewards’ enquiry was announced.

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Jockey, Davy Russell celebrates by kissing the Cheltenham Gold Cup after riding Lord Windermere to victory.

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That concludes a rather long and tiring week at the Festival but it was well worth the effort. Until next year…

Cheltenham Festival – Day Three

Day Three of the festival started with the racecourse shrowded in thick fog. Below the deserted main grandstand as fog envelopes the racecourse.

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On the Thursday of the festival week it is St. Patrick’s Thursday where most of the 230,000 pints of Guiness sold over the week, will be consumed. Below punters gather in the Guiness village and enjoy a pint of the ‘black stuff’

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Below Derek O’Connor hangs on to the neck of Indian Castle after making a mistake at the last during the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase.

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Last year at the Festival, JT McNamara was badly injured in a fall breaking two vertebrae leaving him paralysed. In the same race this year his cousin Robbie McNamara rode Spring Heeled to victory. Below, Robbie leaps from Spring Heeled in celebration.

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Cheltenham Festival – Day Two

Here is a quick post with a couple of my favourite pictures from Day Two of the Cheltenham Festival.

Below the grandstand was packed with punters ready for the start of racing.

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A stable girl cheers on her horse as the race passes the grandstand.

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The big race of the day was won by the favourite, Sire de Grugy ridden by Jamie Moore. Below they clear the last in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

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Sire de Grugy riddeb by Jamie Moore clears the last and goes on to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

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Cheltenham Festival – Day One

The first day of the festival didn’t go quite as smoothly as I’d have like. With my remote firing maybe 10% of the time, but that is the nature of the beast and I’ve learnt never to rely on them, especially as there is sometimes another 20 remotes side by side.

Below, runners approach a flight in the home straight in the first race of the Festival, the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

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Below the runners take a flight in the Baylis & Harding Affordable Luxury Handicap Chase.

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Ruby Walsh started the Festival with a double, below he celebrates on board Vautour after winning the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

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The big race of the day went down to the wire but Barry Geraghty was victorious on boady Jezki. Below he celebrates with the Champion Hurdle Trophy.

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Cheltenham Festival Gallops

My week in Cheltenham for the Festival started with the early morning gallops on Monday. This is usually a good opportunity for pictures of Willie Mullins’ horses as he brings all of his cohort out for a gallop as they had been travelling over from Ireland for hours. It also helped that Hurricane Fly (favourite for the Stan James Champion Hurdle) was galloping with Ruby Walsh on board.

Below Ruby Walsh on board Hurricane Fly leads the Willie Mullins horses around the gallops.

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Ruby Walsh looks on during an early morning gallop.

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The early morning takes its toll on Ruby Walsh who lets out a big yawn ahead of the biggest week of jump racing.

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Horses from the Willie Mullins yard gallop in the early morning.

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Ruby Walsh on board Hurricane Fly leads out the horses from Willie Mullins’ yard.

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Hurricane Fly and Ruby Walsh rest after galloping with the empty grandstand in the background.

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The Cheltenham Gold Cup lies on the landing side of the last fence.

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Cornish Pirates v Jersey

Sunday saw me head down into Cornwall for the Championship clash between the Cornish Pirates and Jersey. I was hoping that the rain that followed me all the way down would disappear come kick off but that wasn’t to be and a long, wet and muddy afternoon was in store. However, this was made a lot easier by the customary Cornish Pasty in the press room beforehand. I’ve been to Pirates a few times and they look after you very well there. They even bring out a tea or coffee at half time for you to drink pitchside!

With the conditions playing their part in the game it was always going to be a scrappy affair. Below Elvis Taione of Jersey (c) is helped forward by teammate Latu Makaafi.

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The players soon got stuck in and after only a few minutes it was starting to get hard to distinguish between the teams. Below Alex Cheesman of Cornish Pirates takes a breather during a break in play.

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The conditions only got worse and the pitch soon resembled something from Glastonbury. Below, Tom Kessell of Cornish Pirates slides into the mud to collect a loose ball.

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Below, Tom Kessell of Cornish Pirates looks for a pass as he is tackled by David Bishop of Jersey.

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Towards the latter stages of the game it was near on impossible to tell which team was which. Below, James Voss of Jersey (L) in amongst a maul.

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The Pirates managed to hold out for a 19-15 win despite a spirited comeback from Jersey late on in the second half. Below, James Voss of Jersey covered in mud at the final whistle.

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Wincanton Favourites – 26th Feb

A quick post to show you two of my favourite pictures from Wincanton Races on 26th Feb. As I’ve said before I really like this course as it’s photographer friendly and there is always opporutnity for making different pictures. Plus the sun is in the right place late in the afternoon.

Below a runner takes the final flight in the home straight as the sun sets.

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When I go racing I try and find some different angles away from the racetrack itself. Below the sun burst through the dark grey clouds to illuminate this runner as they headed to the track.

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Exeter Chiefs v Bath

Things started badly at Sandy park before most people had even arrived at the ground. The strong winds overnight had blown down one set of posts, this meant emergency repairs were needed, involving one post being transported to Exmouth whilst the other went to Crediton. A team of welders then set to work getting the posts repaired and sent back to Sandy Park in time to be erected before the TV cameras switched on. Below the finishing touches as groundstaff hoist one of the repaired posts back into place.

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Ben White forced his way back into the starting line up and got straight to work. Below he takes on Bath’s Dave Attwood.

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The first half was pretty much neck-and-neck with Chiefs having the ascendancy in the scrum. Below, Exeter Chiefs’ Luke Arscott battles for the high ball with Micky Young of Bath.

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Ben White marked his return to the team with the opening try of the game. Below, he celebrates crossing the line for his side’s first try.

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Even with the use of the Television Match Officials there is still some contentious issues on the field. One was the awarding of Nick Abendanon’s try. Below, Referee, Andrew Small calls the scrum engagement.

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The Chiefs piled on the pressure late on but a simple mistake let Bath escape off their own line. Muscling their way down the field and earning a penalty let them wind down the clock and George Ford’s successful kick signalled the end of the game. Chiefs 23 – Bath 27. Exeter came very close to beating Bath for the first time in any competition but fell short of the mark. The dejection was visible on the Exeter players’ faces following the final whistle. Below, Exeter Chiefs’ Gareth Steenson reacts after the final whistle.

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