Re-mastered: Top shots from the SI Masters Games
Story by: Shuttersport - Photo by: Marc Palmano
The South Island Masters Games recently held in Nelson for the first time were a true test of the capacity and quality of city’s sporting facilities. They also laid down a big challenge to the official photographers, Shuttersport, to provide top quality coverage of the majority of the sporting codes involved as well as the various social activities that ensued.
Shuttersport assembled a team of the region’s top sport’s photographers comprising their own three regulars; Chris Symes, Evan Barnes and Marc Palmano, called in the help of their accomplished associate photographer Barry Whitnall from Murchison to help over the very congested first weekend and enlisted ‘the apprentice’ Shaun Bowie to assist.
A spanner, all be it a very good one, was thrown in the works when Evan ‘s accreditation to cover three the RWC semi-finals and then the grand final came through just before the opening weekend of the games, leaving the team one key player down over the weekends. When local photographer David Chadwick offered his services, it did not need much discussion as having a shooter of David’s quality at their disposal was an opportunity too good to miss.
We believe both Nelson City and Shuttersport rose to the challenge and now that games are over we asked each of our photographers to sift through the collection of over 2800 published images and pick out a few that stood out for them and the reasons why. Here are their picks in no particular order.
dc1110162013 David Chadwick
This competitor, Patrick Murray, exemplified the 'give it a go' spirit
of the games. He seemed to be coming down the hill continuously,
always with a smile, whilst his bike sounded progressively unhappy.
Back Row: Sharon, Sharon, Warney, Kim, Kath, Sharon, Sharon
Front row: Sharon, Sharon, Sharon
dc1110192080 David Chadwick
Photographing golf was a new experience for me and it was difficult to
capture the action without being too distracting. The greens were often
where I could concentrate on the players. I think this more sedate shot
sums up both the seriousness of the competition and the camaraderie
whilst out on the course.
sb11101902774 Shaun Bowie
Miccio bowled Watkins 4: Although this may not be a remarkable
picture, it is the first photo I have had printed in a paper, so for me
it is very memorable. ( Less so for Aldo perhaps)
bw1110157038 Barry Whitnall
The backdrop in Isle Park couldn't have been better to take photos
with so many beautiful flowers and shrubs. This Disc Golf
competitor’s dress blended in perfectly with the background colours.
mp1110221221 Marc Palmano
Beatles night, the Fab 4, and Beverley's pedestrian crossing:
what choice was there but to recreate the famous Abbey Road shot.
This was about the 6th take and 30th shot, previous shots had
arms going in all directions, random party goers in shot and
Jill de Joux’s (the choreographer) arm waving across the lens.
eb11101856020 Evan Barnes
Go the French man making a gesture whilst in pain, and just a
week out from RWC final between All Blacks and France...
mp1110176119B Marc Palmano
The netball games I'd covered were more social than competitive.
The Vikings 30s v Tinkeys final definitely reversed this.
In particular the Tinkeys’ goal keeper was a feisty lass and didn't
give an inch. I love the expression on her face and the linearity
of her arms as she defends for all her worth.
dc1110173114 David Chadwick
The day started sunny and warm with light winds and suddenly
deteriorated. Getting close to the boats was difficult for obvious
reasons and focusing whilst moving up and down was a whole
new challenge. A very enjoyable experience though.
mp1110155043 Marc Palmano
Flight Night at the Hangar: I hadn't done much in the way of
social shooting and I was amazed at how the camera was a
passport into people's personal space. I was flat on my front on
the floor trying to get an interesting angle when I was joined by
this lovely 'Hawea Warbird' flight attendant.