Photographing 1000 Plus Junior Basketballers
Last month we photographed the Southern Peninsula Junior Basketball Tournament. It is an annual tournament held in November, just before the start of the VJBL rep basketball season. This year the tournament featured 440 teams and was held at 14 stadiums and 34 courts around the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. Those numbers speak for themselves - it is a very popular tournament with over 4000 players participating.
What were we photographing?
This year we photographed the under 12 division. We were shooting action portraits as the players competed. (Ironically the photo below is from the one under 14 game we photographed!)
My understanding is that this is the first time the tournament has partnered with a professional photography business. The under 12's featured 107 teams and over 1000 players. It was quite a photographic challenge!
How did we manage that?
We had 6 photographers across multiple venues on the Saturday and Sunday of the tournament. We aimed to shoot each team at least once, and photographed 70 games over the 2 days. That resulted in close to 10,000 action portraits featuring everything from young players new to representative basketball, through to some of the best under 12 players in the state.
How can players and families access the images?
The images are organised into password protected galleries for each club - with options for families to purchase both digital downloads and prints. Passwords are distributed through each of the team managers. See www.imagesbycraig.com.au and look under the Client Galleries area. The galleries will be live for another few weeks.
Thank you to the many players, parents and families we met over the weekend. It was fun to see the kids in action, and a thrill to see them excited about the photos. Thanks to Lucas and Ben at Southern Peninsula Basketball Club. It was good to deal with you, and thank you for your assistance. Thank you to the stadium officials and referees. It was impressive to see such a big tournament run so smoothly. It was reassuring to know that games would start and finish on time, meaning we could get to our next venue to photograph the next game. And thank you to our photographers - PL, MO, DA, DT, WV, and RF. Good job all round!
We hope to see everyone again next year.
Keywords: action, basketball, junior, muvjbl, photography, portraits, Southern Peninsula Basketball Club, Southern Peninsula Junior Basketball Tournament, Southern Peninsula Tournament, sports, sports photography, tournament, vjbl
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