Week 9, WorldSkills Australia (WSA)

This week is a slight departure from my weekly theme. I had a little gap of a couple of weeks ago while shooting this job for WorldSkills Australia over in Perth for the 2014 WSA National Competition. It is a 3 day long national competition which sees competitors from skill and trade based vocations doing battle against each other and themselves for the chance at making the national the team to head to international competition.
I have now had the pleasure of covering this job four times while working with the team at WSA to deliver images for on going media coverage. It’s a pretty wild week, that includes bump in and bump out plus opening ceremony and other pop up items. What I really look forward to is seeing the concentration in the eyes of the competitors, it is a really tough event as they are on full display to the public while completing their tasks. Then it comes to me, while lens can do a great job of getting in close to the action and eyes it is really a matter of me getting in there.
It’s a difficult thing to judge as I never want to disturb anyone but to give me the best angles I need to be in their with them. Over four competitions and eight years of shooting this I can only remember one person getting ago with me. To give you some stats to let you know what kind of strike rate that might be, there has always been between 420 to 500 competitors per event.
That is is around 2000 people I have seen go through the national competition which has always seen me deliver well over 10,000 images each time. As you can imagine the data has also grown over that time and the recent 2014 competition saw me collate and deliver over 14,000 images and just over 250 gig.
All in all it’s a great event and wonderful organization and client who I get to be involved with on many levels to deliver this job. My huge thanks to Simone for her determination and dedication in getting this event going and completed with a calm and composure.

Ultimately a huge thanks to the competitors who allow me to get so up close and personal to deliver the images they love to see after the event.

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