Pole Divas 2009 Finals in Manchester

It was great to be invited to take official photos at the Pole Divas event in Manchester last week. There were once again some superb performances by all the performers (especially as it was the finals), and once again, lots of images were taken throughout the evening, and around 750 photos from the event can be seen on Flickr.

Here are a few of my highlights though:

This was taken just before Tamar's performance, checking the pole for enough grip. I just really liked the naturalness of her smile in this photo (it was a great performance too!)
This was taken just before Tamar’s performance, checking the pole for enough grip. I just really liked the naturalness of her smile in this photo (it was a great performance too!)
The 'Death Lay' is a move that only last year, was VERY rarely seen in competitions or performances, but was performed by Pantera after the Miss Pole Dance UK Finals in 2008. However, this year, at least 4 performers included the move (to varying levels of success) in their routines! Very impressive.
The ‘Death Lay’ is a move that only last year, was VERY rarely seen in competitions or performances, but was performed by Pantera after the Miss Pole Dance UK Finals in 2008. However, this year, at least 4 performers included the move (to varying levels of success) in their routines! Very impressive.
There were three levels within the competition, and this year the 'professional' section was one by the very lovely Annie Norris. Annie is someone I've been fortunate to work with on a large number of occasions through her support of the X-Pole. I love how really incredibly happy Annie was to have won this event, and how it fortunately showed in many of the photos from the evening.
There were three levels within the competition, and this year the ‘professional’ section was one by the very lovely Annie Norris. Annie is someone I’ve been fortunate to work with on a large number of occasions through her support of the X-Pole. I love how really incredibly happy Annie was to have won this event, and how it fortunately showed in many of the photos from the evening.

If you’d like to check out the larger range of images, please see the full collection on Flickr.