FEI launches Photo Grand Prix to uncover new global photography talent

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The FEI Solidarity World Photo Grand Prix, a competition aimed at uncovering new photographic talent around the world in 2014, the Chinese Year of the Horse, has been launched today by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI).

The joint initiative with Action Images/Thomson Reuters encourages amateur and professional photographers to submit images that capture an aspect of equestrian sport and lifestyles in a memorable and eye-catching way.

The competition is divided into nine categories, and the individual winners will receive a tablet, a personalised leather photography portfolio and an Action Images/Thomson Reuters master class.

The overall winner of the FEI Solidarity World Photo Grand Prix will be invited to the FEI’s flagship event, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 (23 August-7 September) in Normandy, France, to work with a Thomson Reuters photographer and experience unparalleled, behind-the-scenes access to the world’s top equestrian talent.

Winning entries in the FEI Solidarity World Photo Grand Prix will also be exhibited in the FEI Pavilion in the heart of the Games village.

Fédération Equestre InternationaleFEI and Action Images/Thomson Reuters uncovers global photographic talent with FEI Solidarity World Photo Grand Prix. Pictured are (left) New Zealand’s Eventing superstar Mark Todd, voted Rider of the 20th Century by the FEI, who inspired the equestrian journey of Alex Hua Tian (right), described by Chinese media as “one in 1.3 billion” back in 2008 when he became the country’s first Olympic rider. © FEI/Liz Gregg

A world-class, international judging panel will be called upon to deliver the winning verdict and launch an aspiring sports photographer’s career. The panel is made up of:

Her Royal Highness Princess Haya, FEI President
Bob Rosato, legendary sports photographer and COO of USA Today
Melissa Farlow, award-winning National Geographic photographer
Mark Adams, Director of Communications at International Olympic Committee
Giuseppe Della Chiesa, Chair FEI Eventing Committee and international course designer
Alan Whiter, Vice President of Action Images
Deirdre Lyons, Co-Founder and Director of Corporate Image and Design at Alltech
Ingrid Klimke, two-time Olympic Eventing champion
Arnd Bronkhorst, internationally renowned equestrian photographer
Dustin Vaughn-Luma, mobile photography and visual design specialist

The competition runs from today (8 May) until 29 June, and is open to everyone via http://feiworldphotograndprix.com, and to Instagram users who can enter their images by using the hashtag #FEIPhotoGrandPrix.

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