World Pole Sports Championships 2012-08-17 – London

I was fortunate to be heavily involved in the photography of the first World Pole Sports Championships, organised by KT Coates of the World Pole Sports Federation.

Some of the best performers from around the world, competed in a range of different categories.  I’ve never seen the standard of performance so consistently high, at any other pole event.

WPSF-warm-up

WPSF-candid

WPSF-spinning

WPSF-4

WPSF-9

WPSF-8

WPSF-7

WPSF-5

judges

WPSF-candid-group

See the full collection of images from Day 1, on Flickr:

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.

Miss Pole Dance UK Finals 2009

It was a pleasure to be invited back to Miss Pole Dance UK 2009 this year, as an official photographer of the event. Once again, it was held in the great venue of Scala, near Kings Cross.

– See the full collection of images on Flickr

Unfortunately, because of other commitments I was only able to make the final part of the event, however this was certainly very worthwhile attending, with some superb performances from some familiar faces, and some incredible new faces too.

I was very lucky with the lighting on this image of Faye Chatterley, especially with the uplighting on a member of the audience gazing at the performance.
I was very lucky with the lighting on this image of Faye Chatterley, especially with the uplighting on a member of the audience gazing at the performance.
In this image, the resulting winner Maxine (Maria Betts) was just completing the final part of a ball drop from the top of the pole. It was great to get the expression of the audience within this one too.
In this image, the resulting winner Maxine (Maria Betts) was just completing the final part of a ball drop from the top of the pole. It was great to get the expression of the audience within this one too.
This was taken at the end of a great doubles entry by Deb Riley and Sasha Kavaleva.
This was taken at the end of a great doubles entry by Deb Riley and Sasha Kavaleva.
Alesia Vazmitsel
After the end of the competition, last year’s Miss Pole Dance winner, Alesia Vazmitsel gave another superb performance. This particular move shown above, isn’t normally my preferred body angle for Pole photos, however the incredible strength and flexibility of this move makes it pretty special, and so well worth posting regardless.

If you’d like to see the rest of the images from the evening, a little over 600 images can be viewed through the full collection on Flickr.

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