Top 5: Best photos from the Olympic qualifier and World Cup stage in Paris
Sport is best when there’s emotion. Archery is no different.
There are few events that inspire more emotion than the final qualifier for the Olympic Games – and it was great, this time, to see nearly all of the deciding matches shot in the arena, where it was much easier to capture the tears and tribulation of archers who booked, or failed to book, their tickets to Tokyo 2020.
The field in Charlety Stadium was fairly unassuming.
It wasn’t the most constructed, it didn’t have the most beautiful backdrop and there was no iconic landmark to frame in shot. But that was alright. Because the focus was squarely on the archers on the shooting line.
Hope you like this selection and don’t forget to check out the full albums in the event sections for the final Olympic qualifier and Paris stage of the 2021 Hyundai Archery World Cup on the World Archery website.
3) Teamwork makes the dream work
For many countries, the best chance at an international medal is in the team event. If there’s no spirit, no synergy, it’s tough to impossible to get it done. You don’t have to be friends but you do have to be willing to work together towards one goal.
Restrictions like masks and social distancing have enabled us to restart international competition. We all want the risk of the pandemic to be over so we can get back to normal. From a photography point of view, the masks make it exceptionally difficult to capture emotion – with facial expressions obscured.
Hopefully, it won’t be too long before we can all rip them off – just like Kris Schaff did before stepping to the line to shoot in the final.
5) The gift
If you’ve ever shot competitively, you’ll know this feeling.
Missing the final arrow and giving away the win.
She’ll learn from it.