Some sports are just made to look good in front of a camera and watersports are definitely one of them!

DWD Photography headed along to the British Canoe Championships at Holme Pierrepont in Nottingham to capture the action of four exciting championships as part of the British Canoe Super September. The consisted of four different championships; the Wild Water Racing championship, the Freestyle European Open, Canoe Polo National Championships and the Sprint & Paracanoe National Championships. This meant there was clearly a lot of ground for us to cover across the course of the day.

We were focusing in on the Freestyle European Open as this was the international competition with some of the best Freestyle paddlers in Europe competing for top honours. Freestyle is somewhat of a challenging sport to photograph. The paddlers don’t move that much from the stationery area in which they compete in, this makes finding new angles somewhat of a challenge.

Luckily Holme Pierrepont has a few different angles to approach, one of my favourites was the top down approach as this gave a very unique aerial perspective on the paddler – it helped to emphasis the waters current and the action of the paddler flipping and completing their tricks. We really wanted to also capture some detail shots of the concentration required for the paddlers to complete these incredible manoeuvres in the water this helped us to achieve a set of work that really helped to communicate the human element of the sport.

When we head out to any sporting event we always want to capture a range of images that helps to tell the story of the event. It’s something that we take great pride in as photographers as it helps us to make an engaging set of images that tells the story of the day.

I hope you enjoyed this insight into our time photographing the canoe championships at Holme Pierrepont. We hope that we can return again in the future for more time photographing these awesome sports!



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