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Rugby Photographer of the Year wants your entries

By Ian Cameron
Last year's Rugby Photographer of the Year Spirit of Rugby winner, photographed by Rachel Wright

The 2023 ‘Rugby Photographer of the Year’ competition has been officially launched, aiming to recognize and celebrate the finest photography rugby has to offer.

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Last year’s competition saw over 600 photographers from more than 30 countries participate, and this year’s event is expected to be even bigger.

Organized in association with Canterbury, the competition has become a sought-after platform for photographers to showcase their talent in capturing compelling moments from the world of rugby. The main objective is to highlight the diverse skills of rugby photographers and showcase the sport’s innate beauty.

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The competition offers the chance for the winner’s work to be featured in an exclusive exhibition at the prestigious World Rugby Museum, located at Twickenham Stadium.

A panel of expert judges, including notable figures from rugby and photography, will carefully review all the entries and select shortlisted photographs in various categories. All shortlisted entries will be displayed in the exhibition at the World Rugby Museum, gaining recognition for their work.

The overall winner, crowned as the ‘Rugby Photographer of the Year,’ will be announced at a special event hosted at the World Rugby Museum in September. The winner will receive a cash prize of £1,000 sponsored by Canterbury and a full set of bespoke Canterbury team wear, which they can donate to a rugby team of their choice, sharing their success with the rugby community.

Category winners will be revealed online before the awards evening, and their work will also feature in a special edition of the Rugby Journal, further showcasing their talent.

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With the competition gaining momentum, additional prizes from sponsors are expected to enhance the allure of the event. Rugby enthusiasts worldwide eagerly anticipate the striking imagery that will capture the intensity and passion of the game.

Categories include:

Young Photographer of the Year
Open to photographers aged seventeen years and under.

Portrait Photographer of the Year
An image of any individual involved in the game: player, coach, volunteer or spectator.

Action Photographer of the Year
A photograph that brings to life the split-second moments that embody the sport.

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The Spirit of Rugby
An image from beyond the eighty minutes, that reflects the spirit of the game.

Landscape Photographer of the Year
A picture that is as much about the setting as the game itself, that gives a sense of place.

Portfolio Photographer of the Year
A collection of up to ten images from different matches in the same season, reflecting a body of work.

To enter, CLICK HERE.

Entries must have been taken between 1st April 2022 and July 16th 2023. You can enter only one (1) image per category, except for the Portfolio of the Year category where you can submit ten (10) images to show a body of work.

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Shaylen 5 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

These guys will be utility players Nick it cannot be helped because coaches cannot help themselves. Rassie looks at players like these and sees the ability to cover multiple positions without losing much. It allows the 6-2 or 7-1. He wont change his coaching style or strategy for one player. At provincial level players like these are indispensable. If there is an injury to your starting 12 but your back up 12 is a bit iffy then a coach is going to go with the back up 10 who is gold and who can play a good 12. Damian Willemse for the Springboks is an obvious case, for the Stormers its the same. Dobson plays him at 12 or 15, with Gelant in the team he plays 12 but if Gelant goes down he doesnt go for his back up 15, he just puts Willemse there. With Frawley its the same at international and provincial level. He just slots in wherever. Frans Steyn made a career out of it. He was much maligned though as a youngster as he never fully developed into any role. He then went to Japan and France to decide for himself what kind of player he was, put on muscle and retained his big boot, ran over players and booted the ball long and came back into the Springboks after about 3 years away and was then certain about how he wanted to play the game no matter what position. Coaches cannot help themselves because they only want what is best for their teams and that means putting your most talented players on even if it means you cause them some discomfort. Sometimes players need to decide how they want to play the game and then adapt that to every position and let the coach decide how they want to use them.

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Jon 11 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

I think the main problem here is the structure of both countries make up. They are going to have very similar.. obstacles(not problems). It will just be part of the evolution of their rugby and they’ll need to find a way to make this versatility more advantageous than specialization. I think South Africa are well on the way to that end already, but Ireland are more likely to have a hierarchical approach and move players around the provinces. Ioane is going to be more than good enough to lock up one of those available positions for more than a few years I believe though. Morgan would definitely be a more long term outlook. Sacha to me has the natural footwork of a second five. Not everything is about winning, if a team has 3 players that want to play 10s just give them all a good go even if its to the detriment of everyone, this is also about dreams of the players, not just the fans. This is exactly how it would be in an amateur club setting. Ultimately some players just aren’t suited to any one position. The example was of a guy that had size and speed, enough pace to burn, power to drive, and speed to kick and pass long, but just not much else when it came to actual rugby (that matched it). New Zealand has it’s own example with Jordie Barrett and probably shows what Reece Hodge could have been if the game in Australia had any administration. Despite the bigger abundance of talent in NZ, Jordie was provided with consistent time as a fullback, before being ushered in as a second five. Possibly this was due to his blood, and another might not have been as fortunate, but it is what it was, a complete contrast to how Hodge was used in Australia, were he could have had any position he wanted. When it comes down to it though, much like these young fellas, it will be about what they want, and I think you’ll find they’ll be like Hodge and just want to be as valuable to the team as they can and play wherever. It’s not like 63 International Cap is a hard thing to live with as a result of that decision!

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