An equestrian photo competition has been launched by the FEI to uncover new photographic talent around the world in the Chinese Year of the Horse.
The FEI Solidarity World Photo Grand Prix is a joint initiative with Action Images/Thomson Reuters, and amateur and professional photographers to submit images that capture an aspect of equestrian sport and lifestyles in a memorable and eye-catching way. There are nine categories, and the contest runs to June 29.
Individual winners will receive a tablet, a personalised leather photography portfolio and an Action Images/Thomson Reuters masterclass.
The overall winner of the FEI Solidarity World Photo Grand Prix will be invited to the FEI’s flagship event, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014, from August 23 to September 7, in Normandy, France, to work with a Thomson Reuters photographer and experience unparalleled, behind-the-scenes access to the world’s top equestrian talent.
Winning entries in the FEI Solidarity World Photo Grand Prix will also be exhibited in the FEI Pavilion in the heart of the Games village.
The competition is open to everyone – “any style, any age, any where – anything to do with horses” via http://feiworldphotograndprix.com, and to Instagram users who can enter their images by using the hashtag #FEIPhotoGrandPrix.
A world-class international judging panel will be called upon to deliver the winning verdict and launch an aspiring sports photographer’s career. The panel is made up of:
- Princess Haya, FEI President
- Bob Rosato, legendary sports photographer and COO of USA Today
- Melissa Farlow, award-winning National Geographic photographer
- Mark Adams, Director of Communications at International Olympic Committee
- Giuseppe Della Chiesa, Chair FEI Eventing Committee and international course designer
- Alan Whiter, Vice President of Action Images
- Deirdre Lyons, Co-Founder and Director of Corporate Image and Design at Alltech
- Ingrid Klimke, two-time Olympic Eventing champion
- Arnd Bronkhorst, internationally renowned equestrian photographer
- Dustin Vaughn-Luma, mobile photography and visual design specialist
“The FEI Solidarity World Photo Grand Prix in association with Action Images is a new and exciting initiative, which celebrates not only the horse but also the many talented photographers out there, shining the spotlight on the diversity and uniqueness of the equestrian world,” said Ingmar De Vos, FEI Secretary General.
“We’re delighted to have such a strong panel of judges on board and to be collaborating with Action Images, part of the Reuters Group. Their support is testimony to the interest and global reach of our sport and the greater equestrian community. This competition – like FEI Solidarity – is about providing opportunities, and I am sure we will see many gifted photographers from all backgrounds and ages emerge onto the global scene as a result of this outreach.”
Alan Whiter, Vice President of Action Images, said: “The FEI Solidarity World Photo Grand Prix is a great opportunity for aspiring and professional photographers to showcase their talent on a global platform. Working with the FEI, we are hoping to open up equestrian sport to a wider audience and we are looking forward to seeing a wide variety of submissions.”
Richard Johnson, FEI Director of Corporate Communications, said: “It’s all about cultivating new creative talent, from seasoned professional photographers to passionate amateurs. The theme is based around equestrianism, opening up endless styles and takes on the subject. We are not just looking for pretty pictures of horses, we want to be challenged and find new photographers from different sports and genres. This being the Year of the Horse, I can’t think of a more fitting time to launch this exciting initiative.”