Tuesday 30 April 2013

Brutal Bagshot, 7Oaks Tri and Warrior Run 2013 now live

Hello !
This weekends races are all online and ready for you to browse and order - it's been an epic weekend of off road adventure and the opener of the triathlon season. We have hand processed over 70,000 images - tagging them with the race numbers so you can find your pictures quickly. More on that later...

Here's the list of galleries, get your screen res collections and share them today !
Brutal Bagshot - two laps of brutalising:
Sevenoaks Sprint Triathlon - The first of this season - and Free race downloads:
The Warrior Run - Obstacle racing like you've never experienced before :
Twitter @UKSportPhoto - if you want to know to the second when galleries go live - follow us on twitter. It's the first thing we do once the gallery live button has been pressed !

Next Weekend
This weekend coming is the busiest of the year, with the next Sunday having 6 separate events on; 3 half marathons, a sprint tri, a 10mile and a running festival. This combined with a 10mile on the Saturday and two 10ks on the bank holiday Monday - we're going to be absolutely flat out afterwards getting images numbered ready for searching. So advanced warning - please bear with us it's going to be massive !! (You can bare with us if you want, but those visits are by appointment only in those cases).

Here's The links to the races in case there are entries left for you:
I promised a shout out for the 7Oaks Junior Aquathlon Entries on the 7th of July - a ridiculously successful event last year - this is the race not to miss for young active kids who like a bit of swimming and running. Anyone over 8 - this is your race - make Mum and Dad watch you for a change instead. And the photos are on free download for this too...

I'll get to the pictures from the weekend in a bit, but first a bit of industry news...(yawn I hear you say, but wait one second..it affects you too).

Copyright - it's not yours any more
Copyright laws are changing !!
For those of you who are interested, or if you have ever uploaded your photos to a site like flickr, twitter, facebook, instagram or they show up on search results like google images- you'll be pleased to know that the new Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill on the use of "orphan works" has now passed royal ascent - so in time are very likely to become acts and laws. 
What are orphan works ? - any photo you can't tell who took it - and because it's easy to take copies of images and remove all traces of the author from it's data this means most of them, especially all of yours.

What will the new Act mean when it comes in? currently orphan works should not be used - however...well read this on the Register: http://bit.ly/the-register-orphan-works-article Basically, it's not yours any more...and they don't have to care. 

One Solution
So, if you don't want to have your photos sold on or used by someone else without getting anything (which happens much much much more than you would think), then the only solution is to put your contact details as a watermark across the middle of the image, (not the edge because that can be cropped off). So in the future, if you're wondering why your internet has become covered with photos spoilt by annoying watermarks - you have Google to thank for it (that's who lobbied the government for this). Thanks Google :-) (and the rest of you). 
What's the other impact ?, well newspapers and magazines will continue to use even more images without asking permission first, photographers will all eventually become hobbyists instead of professionals and you'll all wonder what happened to the good old days when magazines and newspapers had good images from lots of different sources. The future will be a bit like this example from the video gaming industry or like this as highlighted by the Sports Journalist Association
On thing is for sure - these guidelines are going to have to change at the UK copyright service.

If you do put a watermark on your images (like we do on our gallery), and you see it being used somewhere else, or hosted on a website without your consent - send an invoice - as the current directive http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2002/2013/regulation/19/made
applies - liability is not absolved under section 19 because the watermark provided the knowledge they needed to know that it should not have been used... and if they have not removed the image, you should then be sending them an invoice... which is what we do, because when it comes to earning a living, we can't afford not to. If you're not sure how much to charge, find a similar image on Getty, and pretend to buy it to get a possible price... Now do you see what your pictures are worth ?

General knowledge for the triathlon season !
OK, what number ? Give us a chance !!
Numbering. Yes, I know, and so should you - it's in the rules.
With the annual triathlon season upon us - I'll ask one thing if you do one - please make sure we can see your race number somehow - if we can't see it you'll have a much harder time to find your photos ! The following locations are of no use / do not count - top of bike helmet shade peak, back or side of helmet, tri-belt (almost always cannot be read), number on your back, number on arm covered by T-shirt. Put it on the front !

The best place to get your race number is on the back of both hands (for the swim exit and run), and on the front of your left shin (for the bike - if not covered by calf guards). Alternatives that work, are on your left forearm (so it can be seen from the front). 

Personally I'm all for numbers on faces (cheeks and foreheads), but that always gets vetoed so please do your best to help us and we will do our best to help you see your pictures as soon as possible !

Right, you've scrolled down past all the interesting bits, here's the short selection of pictures from the weekend, where frankly you were all having far far too much fun. Even in the mud, and the sun.
Finished at 7Oaks !

Busy at the start of the Brutal, before it got Brutal

Skipping the light fandango, before the mud

It really wasn't this bad


lost a contact lens ?

All ok in here

And the course was this much longer than the london marathon

double thumbs up with passion !

Where's my tyre gone ? oops wrong event

High Fives with clubmates

Hang 10 on the bike course hill

No tickling if I'm giving you a piggy back ok

you've missed a bit

yes, but I think I've got it now...

It wasn't that muddy

Here's where the weed was

Even Bolt can't do this

we need some scores from Tom Daly for this one...

All is ok. Wet, but Ok

Physically all is ok...

I said, show us your Pecs... but here's their TRex

Photoshopped. Obviously.

Getting gripped. Tyering times at the Warrior run

It was her bit of wood and nobody else was allowed to use it

and Four my next trick

look where you're putting those things will you !!

the raargh of warrior running

Respect the medal, take the shot

Next stop, Mens Fitness magazine.
so that's it until next time, probably another rant about copyright and some crazy running stuff,

well done everyone - until this time next week !

Monday 22 April 2013

Clandon Park Run 2013 and REP Bluebell 10k - free download galleries now live

Well done to everyone who raced this weekend, not only those of you at Clandon and Angmering, but obviously that other little race up in London - the London Marathon. The weather has been perfect for running, if only we had all acclimatised to it for more than a week...

Marathon memories 
For those of you who did compete at London or indeed Brighton - don't forget to come back and get your training race photos from those half marathons and 20 mile races. It makes it easier to remember your personal journey to your goal race, to share it with your family in 20 or 30 years time (when nobody will believe you that you did it *that* fast, even if at all), and heavens forbid - remind yourself in years to come to do it all again ! 
(NB for proper archiving you should get proper photo prints made (not inkjet prints) - either from the high res digital files or directly from the gallery - as they don't rely on any old technology to work and they won't fade or discolour in 5 years time - and who knows what VHS tape technology will be like by then...)

This Weekend
The race Galleries for both this weekends races are now live and on line - both of them have free downloads - ideal for facebook, twitter, blogs, emailing to the relatives and family, showing them at school, and anything else you can do with them yourself (because that's personal use). If you're a publisher (i.e. a company) and you want to use our images on your website to make your website and company seem a bit more interesting or nicer then get in touch to find out how (because that's commercial use). 

Race logo Race Gallery link
The Clandon Park Run 10k and 4k fun runs - Free digital downloads from the Sponsors Vines BMW here
The Angmering Bluebell 10k and 10m run - free image downloads gallery here
Well, that's it - it's almost spring ! How do we know this ? Let's look at the evidence; - 
no snow, not wearing salopettes to work, Brighton and London marathons happened, birds chirping early morning, BST, and the trees in blossom.

Not yet Spring. April 20th 2013 no foliage.

Oh no, hang on a second. No trees in blossom. If the weather carries on as it is, i.e. above freezing, then we have about 4 days before the hedges and trees burst out into colour and green foliage, but until then - go for a walk into a woods and see if you can spot the difference - it's very unusual to have a high sun and be able to see through the trees in a woods. In winter, with a low sun there is a lot more shade about but right now, with the higher sun, it's light in the woods. Have a go and look see, it's very uncanny and quite unusual. The ground plants are however having a field day... but even the bluebells haven't burst out yet and the brambles are having a field day. Quite what this is doing to our fruit and other farmers crops this year - I dread to think, the price of vegetables and fruit is probably going to sky rocket whatever happens as supplies fail. 

Weekend roundup
The first of the races this weekend was at the Clandon Park 10k and 4k fun run, organised by allabouttriathlons and the PTA at the George Abbot School where it's based. Vines BMW have helped by sponsoring the free race downloads from the gallery - so click here to go to the gallery and take a moment to have a look at their website on the way through to the gallery. You can only get to the free downloads by going through their website - which seems a fair swap !

The 10k route goes around the woods and then into the grounds of Clandon Park - grounds that people don't usually have access to to go for a run - making it a very special course (if you have time to take in the views) http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/clandon-park/  owned by the Onslow family, and Baroness Onslow gave out the prizes this year to the winners and you can see the prize photos if you search on "prize" in the search box.
Otherwise as usual - just enter your race number and find your photos - and if you can't remember your race number - check the results here

One of the best things about the race especially the 4k is the number of young runners out there giving it a go and enjoying running - long may it go on !

The Raw Energy Pursuits 10k and 10m Angmering Bluebell race went off on the Sunday, again through a private estate based around the south downs taking in many paths and tracks that most people don't usually get access to. The Free downloads which are included as part of the race package that REP put together for you are here: http://bit.ly/REP-Bluebell-10k-2013-Photo-Gallery 
Interestingly with all the London marathoning going on, unusually in the 10k there were more women than men - with 176 women v 119 men finishing the race - usually races are only about 30% women - so this is a massive change compared to usual at about 60%. If any of you have any explanation for this then let us know, it can't just have been The Fox pub and its lovely food or the great kids pay area ?

Anyway, enough of the words, time for the photos, don't forget the next weekends races including :

Saturday - Brutal Bagshot - some places still available
Sunday - 7 Oaks Triathlon - full, the second it went open...quite popular
Sunday - The Warrior Run (Obstacle X-Country with wave starts) - entries still open

Running through the sunny woods at Angmering

two miles in and going well

winning the sprint up the last hill

unhappy with their first effort, after the race these two came back for a photocall...

Debbie Pentland - survivor and achiever - get and read her book here: 

The hills are alive - out the other side on the 10 mile route

Victory at in the woods

well, that's over that hill
up *that last hill*, it's not that bad really
A thorough warm up and general route directions for the course
The 4k race start - keep clear they take no prisoners

double thumbs up at Clandon, heading to the 2k point

Happy hands on the way round - for good reason

a nice day for a run

If you're happy and you know it, show it !

Concentratey face at the finish

Double thumbs up in the woods

I've run it , so there !  Top Effort!

Best friends forever ?

Only race organisers can run in their own race with no number. It's a DQ for everyone else ok ...
Until next time, keep running and to everyone recovering from either or both marathons, remember to take a break and recharge those batteries now ! Best of luck with any stairs you find...