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ANZAC Day 2018

We started the city services and events on Saturday with the ANZAC Memorial Walk sunset memorial.

The Pipe band and Army Band were magnificent, and yes the hang-gliders most definitely had the best views in town.

Always a bonus to grab a few shots of your colleagues goofing around before an event starts.

Tuesday night was the War Memorial Grove Candlelight Vigil at Civic Park.

I was honoured to be able to lay a wreath with the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor.

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ANZAC Day morning we rose early to ensure we arrived at the dawn service well on time, the weather was holding out and was looking like a beautiful morning, one of the warmest ones i can remember. Unfortunately not too long into the service the rain started and stayed pretty consistent throughout the service.

The service was beautiful as it always is with the sound of the waves crashing on the shore behind us.

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International Children's Games 2014 – Lake Macquarie

Last night I was very fortunate to part of the official media contingent photographing the opening ceremony of the International Children’s Games (ICG) being held right here in Lake Macquarie Newcastle NSW, along with many of my awesome Sundance mates – we are getting quite a reputation 🙂

The ICG is the largest multi ‐ sport youth games in the world and a member of the International Olympic Committee. Approximately 1500 athletes between 12 and 15 years of age, and their coaches are participating in this prestigious event. It is the first time the games have been held “down under” and presented an poor for 13 new Australian cities to participate.

Before the official proceedings began, my great mate Leigh and I headed back stage to capture the athletes and teams, you certainly didn’t have to work to hard to get these guys lined up for a photo, they were loving it!

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Even the local boys in blue couldn’t get away without a few photos

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The opening ceremony featured an Olympic style athletes welcome parade and the teams had a ball parading their way down the stage and to their seats. You might think that they would be nervous about walking out on a stage in front of thousands of people – definitely not they were in their element!

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All the athletes were having a ball watching the other athletes parade out.

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Even as the rain started to come down as the athletes parade was finishing up it didn’t stop them enjoying the ceremony – ponchos at the ready and everyone was good again.

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The performances included a beautiful welcome to country by local indigenous students, the national anthem, raising of the national flag and games flag and some great singing and dancing.

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There was a whole host of other performers that had been practicing their little behinds off for a very long time, so it was really sad to have the heavens open up before the ceremony was finished meaning that some of them didn’t get to perform – absolutely devastating for them.

I completely respect the decision made by the organisers because let me tell you it was absolutely bucketing down with lightning all around us and the safety of the athletes, performers, crew and volunteers had to be put first. That said, the spirit and determination of the athletes and performers to keep pushing through in torrential conditions until the organisers really had no choice but to halt proceedings, was totally first class!

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With the rain cutting the performances short it was time to light the games cauldron.

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I also have to give kudos to the special surprise guest performers Sheppard who waited out the worst of the rain and still blew the roof off (if there was a roof to have blown off!), much to absolute delight of the screaming fans jammed up around the stage just hoping to get close, a few got closer then they could have imagined 🙂

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When the Posties come to town

On Sunday we headed up the Hunter Valley a little bit to Cessnock where the inaugural Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix was taking place. Yes a race involving those wonderful little postie bikes is actually a thing and I was lucky enough to get media access to the track. Unfortunately it was about 38 degrees Celsius in the shade so standing alongside the bitumen street track was very hot work!

The race was held in the streets of Cessnock’s Central Business District and each team will consist of two riders and two pit persons. Apparently the Honda CT 110 Postie bike is the ideal platform for such a race and the team’s had done a wonderful job of marking up their bikes.

Eighty teams contested the 24 lap qualifying sessions during the day and then at 3:00pm the Australian flag was waved and the Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix was underway with the team crossing the line first sharing the spoils of the $1000 first place prize.

The event overall was very well organised with track marshalls, first aid staff, markets and jumping castles and I think it was a credit to everyone involved for how well the day went and to Cessnock council and businesses for getting behind a very unique event.

As is usually the case with these events my favorite crazy photography mates from Newcastle Sundance were there making sure that the action was covered from all angles – I’m sure the riders are going to love what we all managed to capture for them.

The race was a good opportunity to keep honing my ‘panning’ skills – a photography skill that blurs the background whilst keeping the racer in focus creating that feeling of motion. It can be quite difficult to master and each time the settings are slightly differby depending on the conditions under which you are shooting. I was pretty happy with my shot rate but I did shoot static for a bit in the middle (which you’ll be able to see in the full set of images) as with bigger lenses it can be a bit physical particularly in the heat we were in.

Here are some of the images from the day:

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The full set can be found on Flickr (be warned there are over 250 photos!) here.

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Vivid Light Festival 2014

Vivid Light Festival Sydney – its on every photographers to do list (well a lot anyway). Its a 2 week festival of music, light and creatives that lights up Sydney harbour and its biggest icons – the bridge and opera house.

It is a truly magical and amazing festival that people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures are simply mesmerised by. It is a huge tourist attraction for the city and you can always expect huge crowds in the evening around Circular Quay.

This year we headed to Sydney on Thursday night as we going to the Snowy Mountains for our sundancers snowy adventure.

I thought that i would do something a little different with my final images this year and put them into a video.

This one is of the Museum of Contemporary Art – MCA Video

This is the iconic Opera House – Opera House Video

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Dungog 2014 Rodeo

I’m a country kid at heart and i loooove Rodeo’s! So when the rodeo circuit comes around it try to get to a couple at least.

Due to an unfortunate clash with a Sydney rodeo this years event was a bit smaller than usual and some of the riders could only ride the morning session before having to head south to Sydney for the bigger rides.

Here’s a couple of images from the day:

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The full set is available here:

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