Rugby League International England v France 13.6.10

16 06 2010

I was looking forward to covering this match at the Leigh Sports Complex.It was the first chance to try out the Nikon 400 2.8 lens. I finally gave in and bought the lens last week. Hopefully it will prove to be a good investment especially for floodlit matches.It was good to use a the full frame body and have the reach of a 400 lens.

Back to the match itself,Sam Tomkins scored four first-half tries as England ran out comfortable winners against France in coach Steve McNamara’s first game in charge.It was a second international hat-trick for Tomkins, and equalled the England try-scoring record for a single match.England ran out winners 60-6.Some images fro the game below:

Ryan Hall of England

Gareth Ellis of England

Sam Tomkins scores his fourth try

Further images from the game can be viewed and purchased at  www.f2images-photolibrary.co.uk

Alan Edwards





European Championships 2010

12 04 2010

The European Gymnastics Championships for men and women is in Birmingham England this year. The event happens over two weeks starting on the 17.4.10 and finishing on 2.5.10. http://www.british-gymnastics.org/site/
I have been covering the Euros for the last 15 years as Official Photographer to British Gymnastics. This year I am also shooting the event as official UEG Photographer http://www.ueg-gymnastics.com

The venue is the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.I have photographed here on many occasions.Transport links are good and the hotel is a 5 minute walk away.A rare luxury.I will be shooting from inside the podium so the main lens camera combination will be the Nikon 200 f2 and aD3.

The Women’s Teams  juniors and seniors include: 2009 World Floor Champion Beth Tweddle, British Senior Champion Becky Downie, and first time Seniors Nicole Hibbert, Danusia Francis and Niamh Rippin. The accompanying Junior Team includes Lizzie Beddoe, who finished 2nd in the All-Around in the 2009 Junior British Championships, UK Schools Games All-Around Champion Laura Mitchell, Venus Romaeo (2nd in the All-around at the British Espoir Championships), British Espoir Vault Champion Rebecca Tunney and Ruby Harrold (4th on Vault at the British Espoir Championships).

Beth Tweddle

Becky Downie

The mens line ups include 2009 World All-around Silver medallist Daniel Keatings, 2008 Olympic Pommel Horse Bronze medallist Louis Smith, and World 6th placed All-around gymnast Kristian Thomas; along with the current Under-18, Under-16 and Under-14 British All-around Champions Reiss Beckford, Sam Oldham and Frank Baines who will compete in the Junior Team.

Daniel Keatings

British Gymnastics, Men’s Technical Director, Eddie Van Hoof said: “We are very excited and looking forward to testing ourselves against the best European Teams in Birmingham. We hope to follow the individual successes from the 2009 World Championships, with success in the Team rankings. Great Britain are current Junior European Team Champions and we know we face a very tough test to retain such a high position.”

Alan Edwards    www.sports-photo.co.uk         http://www.f2images.co.uk