Meet the 2017 Race Week im­age mak­ers

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

INTEGRAL to ev­ery great event are the peo­ple be­hind the lens that cap­ture the ac­tion and im­mor­talise the scene for­ever.

Air­lie Beach Race Week has long had the back­ing of some of the best im­age mak­ers in the busi­ness and this year is no ex­cep­tion.

Multi-award win­ning Syd­ney-based pho­tog­ra­pher An­drea Francolini has been cap­tur­ing on and off wa­ter im­ages around the world for al­most two decades.

Spe­cialised in the nau­ti­cal in­dus­try, with over 180 cover shots to his name, he has cov­ered the big­gest re­gat­tas on the planet.

Be it a dinghy or mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar su­per yacht, if it floats there is a good chance that An­drea has pho­tographed it.

His im­agery, which has a spe­cific ac­tion-packed style, has been heav­ily pub­lished in the south­ern hemi­sphere in the past decade. A mix of on wa­ter, in the wa­ter and aerial pho­tog­ra­phy are the ways An­drea shows the va­ri­ety of how he of sees sail­ing.

Mean­while Air­lie Beach Race Week’s prin­ci­pal land-based pho­tog­ra­pher is Vampp Pho­tog­ra­phy’s An­drew Pat­tin­son.

An­drew has built a rep­u­ta­tion as “the event pho­tog­ra­pher” in the Whit­sun­days, as the of­fi­cial pho­tog­ra­pher of the Reef Fes­ti­val and the Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic.

An­drew re­turns to Air­lie Beach Race Week this year to of­fi­cially doc­u­ment all the on-shore ac­tion.

The fi­nal of­fi­cial pho­tog­ra­pher on duty at Race Week is Shirley Wood­son.

Shirley is a long es­tab­lished yacht­ing pho­tog­ra­pher, hav­ing served as the of­fi­cial pho­tog­ra­pher of the Townsville Yacht club and the Royal Yacht Club of Vic­to­ria.

She has cov­ered the Air­lie Beach Race Week and the Hamil­ton Is­land Race week for the last five years run­ning and of­fers dig­i­tal im­ages for sale through her web­site.

Shirley said she had a love of the ocean and her pas­sion was com­bin­ing that love with the art of pho­tog­ra­phy.

Chas­ing that adren­a­line rush of cap­tur­ing the per­fect sail­ing shot is what keeps Shirley com­ing back year af­ter year.

Mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor of Air­lie Beach Race Week, Adrian Bram, said there was a feel­ing of ex­cite­ment in the Whit­sun­day sail­ing com­mu­nity as the largest main­land sail­ing event in the Whit­sun­days ap­proached.

PHOTO: AN­DREA FRANCOLINI

ON-WA­TER AC­TION: An­drea Francolini re­turns to Air­lie Beach Race Week in 2017.

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