Comet Sports Awards: We need your sports photograph entries!

PUBLISHED: 14:55 18 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:55 18 December 2017

Comet Sports Awards

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As a sports journalist I have been fortunate to meet some of Fleet Street’s finest photographers through work and play.

I love seeing their pictures and listening to their take on sports events – because there is something unique about the way a good photographer captures the ‘essential moment’.

I’m sure all those who were present a couple of years ago when the Hitchin Camera Club hosted a legendary master of his trade at the Queen Mother Theatre can still recall listening in awe to one of the world’s best sports photographers explain the art behind his craft.

It was also heartening to note the number of adults and youngsters who went away enthused about sports photography, determined to make progress in a hugely enjoyable pastime.

To that end Comet Sport is asking for your help in highlighting those in North Herts who deserve their work to be honoured at our forthcoming Comet Sports Awards in our special Sports Photograph of the Year award category.

Thanks to your passion we’ve already got a large number of entries among the other categories – Young Team of the Year, Service to Sport, Coach of the Year, Club of the Year, Youth Achievement (Girls), Youth Achievement (Boys), Veteran Achievement, Team of the Year, School of the Year, Paul Pearce Disability Award and Sports Personality – although it’s still not too late to nominate in any of the above.

But we’re looking for more entries in our Sports Photograph of the Year.

We’re looking for more shots like Ann Tryssesoone’s dramatic portrait of swimmer Steffan Iestyn Ford, a member of North Herts triathlon club Freedom Tri. The stunning shot has an intriguing name too, as Anne has called it ‘Pretending to be a mermaid’.

Steffan was doing a butterfly stroke during an open water swim when Ann spotted something that would bring a camera to her eye.

Explaining her experiences behind capturing the powerful image Anne told Comet Sport: “Mastering open water swimming is a challenge. You battle with the elements – the cold, the choppy waters, the natural surroundings of the lake or river.

“But Steffan made it extra hard by performing butterfly in a wetsuit as it helps with endurance and strength building even if most mortals will stick to the freestyle. I just caught this picture on one of the training sessions.”

So if you think you’ve got a picture you’d like to share or know someone who has then email sophie.watts@archant.co.uk as she would love to hear from you.

We’ve already got sponsors on board for the Comet Sports Awards, including Stevenage FC Foundation, Stevenage Borough Council, Redwood Bank and the Hertfordshire FA but if you’re also interested in being associated with this event then do get in touch with Sophie.

The best stories will also be featured in these pages.

Don’t forget, if you know someone – an individual, a group, a team or a photographer – who fits the bill then please let us know.

*The 2018 Comet Sports Awards on February 15 at the Icknield Centre, Icknield Way, Letchworth Garden City, will be hosted by Sky Sports broadcaster and local David Croft.

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