Tamworth World Cup REFUSES press coverage on the Horse Deals website and in the magazine and show coverage in The Horse Magazine.
After 20 years of covering horse events for various publications around the world from winter woolly gymkhanas to Olympic Games, today I was refused entry into the Tamworth World Cup event as they had sold the photo rights via sponsorship to Ozshots. This is after being asked to supply the advertising photos free of charge in March and being invited to attend the event at that time. The event is still using my photo as their cover image on their Facebook page.
Events need to realise that taking photos with the view to publication and taking photos purely to sell to competitors are two different activities. I have someone to help me at all times to collect riders and sponsors names along with informative information on the horses. All photos are cataloged with the exhibitors names so publications can easily access the riders they need straight after the event or years later. I provide a cross section of the event rather than just sitting at one jump taking every rider. I do sell to riders as it is impossible to cover all costs with magazine work alone but these photos are not posted to my website for several days after the event when all the media work is done.
The Tamworth World Cup is being held at a public venue and I do not think cameras are banned so just eliminating me does not eliminate any competing photographers who may sell or give away their photos away. It just effects the promotion of the sport and the generous sponsors of the event.
As the coverage of the Tamworth show has been deleted from the magazines the very professionally organised Showjumping Gold Cup next weekend will just receive double the promotion. https://www.facebook.com/Showcase-of-Showjumping-2194083…/…/