As a sports and photography fan, there’s nothing better than combining your two passions. Sports photography is a somewhat tricky type of photography to master so you do need lots of practice. But what events are great to get that practice and which could see you in hot water for taking your camera along?
With all of its rules and regulations, you would think that taking a camera to Wimbledon to watch the prestigious tennis tournament might be a non-starter but this isn’t the case. In fact, the All England Club has a relatively relaxed policy with regards to taking cameras in while watching the matches. They do stipulate that you shouldn’t take larger zoom lenses and you should be very aware of other people – don’t block the aisle with your equipment or hinder other people’s viewing to get the perfect shot. But otherwise, you can take a camera along to capture those perfect serves or returns.
Premier League football
With all the money involved in image and footage rights around the Premier League, it isn’t a surprise that there are rules about electronic devices in grounds that include cameras. However, using Manchester United as a sample, the rules state that you can take a smartphone or camera into the ground as long as it doesn’t exceed permitted dimensions of 150mm x 100mm. You can’t take laptops or tablets into the ground, however.
One word of warning regarding taking pictures of the matches, however – footage is counted as copyrighted material so if you post it on social media or anything, wait a little while before doing it. That way you won’t run into trouble for breaking copyright rules.
For cricket fans, one of the best places to go and see England is always Lord’s so what are their rules regarding taking photos? According to their rules, mobile devices which include cameras, smartphones and video records, may be used with a few restrictions. These include that you can’t take any photos within the Pavilion concourse or balconies unless you have written authorization to do so. There’s also the usual copyright business so be careful that any photos you take are just used for personal purposes to avoid that nasty letter through the post.
The Olympics is surely one of the sports fan’s biggest ambitions to visit and even more so for the photography fan. The next games are in Tokyo in 2020 and there are no clear guidelines about the camera so far on this one. However, we can look back to the rules in place for the London games where you could take camera phones, compact cameras and DSLRs in the venues as long as they would fit into a bag 30 x 20 x 20cm.
F1 Grand Prix
Again, rules can be a little different if you visit an F1 Grand Prix in different parts of the world but Silverstone, here in the UK, do allow photographic equipment as long as it is for non-commercial purposes. In other words, if you take a photo of yourself in the stands, that’s fine but if you take a photo of one of the cars, you have to be a little more careful what you do with it.