I just had a chat with the BritishDHChamps team and got an interesting update for photographers in 2010.
For next season, all events will feature taped off areas for pre-registered photographers only. Snappers will be able to use these ‘photo zones’ to get up close to the action without risking the wrath of the marshalls and without getting in the way of riders.
The system of photo zones is one that’s currently used at the UCI World Cups, where photographers have to register to receive a bib to get access. At the British Champs, these zones will be set up for the proffessional/semi pro photographers that are working to commission.
Photogs will need to pre-register with the BDHC team prior to the event to receive a photo-bib and there will be 10 taped off zones that they can then access. There may also be a limited number of bibs available on the day.
The zones will be taped out on Friday morning with the input of the series’ official photographer David Francoisy.
After a season with a few ‘upsets’ between marshals and photographers it’s interesting to see the BDHC team stepping in and introducing something like this. It’ll also be interesting to see how the zones work and whether or not the best snaps will come from inside or outside the zones!
What do you guys think? Good news for the series?
More news will be up on the BDHC homepage soon