Top of the South Gymnastics 2013

Top of the South Gymnastics 2013

I spent last weekend at Nelson’s Trafalgar Centre, photographing a gymnastics competition.  Tiring, demanding conditions for photography, but great fun.  You can find all the photographs on my gallery site here

http://www.new-zealand-photos-online.com/tots2013

Here are some local competitors.  First Hannah Bloomfield

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Then Sam FuAllen:

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and the last of the photos donated for use in the Nelson Mail, young Nina Usui:

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The local paper had no photographers there, a sign of the hard times that news photographers are experiencing right now.  They seem to be relying on the public to provide stuff for free.  On Monday I spoke with a sports photographer who has done a lot of work for the Nelson Mail in the past, but no longer.  It’s not viable for him.

These three shots appeared in Tuesday night’s paper.  I was happy enough to provide them, not because I wanted to see my name in the paper, but because the Nelson Gymnastics club really needs the exposure.  They have a great sport which gets very little media attention.

 

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