We asked the public to send in their best sports action photo to be in with a chance of winning a Billingham Hadley pro camera bag.

It’s been a golden sporting summer for Britain’s elite athletes as Team GB completed their most successful Summer Olympics since 1908, returning home from Rio with 67 medals in the bag. At Kamkit, we wanted to encourage that spirit of sporting endeavour and so we asked for the public to submit their best sports action photos.

We had a variety of fantastic pictures, of all kinds of activities, from jet skiing to an egg-and-spoon race but, in the end, there could only be one winner. We narrowed down the huge choice of photos, from both amateur and professional photographers, to a select shortlist and our expert judge, Matt Bennett from Digital Photographer magazine, picked the winner and two runners-up.

Matt Bennett worked as a portrait photographer and retoucher in Melbourne, Australia for five years before returning to the UK to work on Digital Photographer magazine. Now the title’s Deputy Editor, he loves everything from landscape photography through to fine art black and white.

So, without further ado, here is your winner in the Take Home Gold sports action photo competition.

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WINNER – Michael Whitefoot

Judge’s comment: “This image perfectly captures the highly physical sport of rugby. The shot is sharp and well-exposed, adding to its impact.”

We spoke to Michael about his win and he had this to say. “The photo was taken at a Rugby World Cup 2015 game at Twickenham and shows Liam Williams of Wales evading a tackle from Adam Ashley-Cooper of Australia. Liam, having caught the ball in his own 22-metre area, is running it back to the Australians – this is a feature of his game style which I had anticipated, so I was ready with the long lens. The main thing about sports photography is knowing your sport well and anticipating the action, which only comes from photographing lots of games.

I have now decided to take a break from sport and concentrate on landscape photography as I can choose the weather conditions, and there is no pressure on sending immediate, captioned images every time something happens! But I still miss the atmosphere of a stadium full of people, so I may well be back pitch-side soon. This Billingham pro bag prize is well suited to my current needs of landscape photography where I have one camera body, a couple of small lenses and some filters, and it looks a lot smarter too!”

You can check out more of Michael’s fantastic photos here!

http://www.michaelwhitefoot.co.uk/

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RUNNERS-UP – Maciej Gadzinowksi and Brian Doble

Judge’s comments: “The kiteboarding is a really dynamic image, with some appealing diagonal lines and a sense of drama and endeavour.”

“The kayak racing perfectly demonstrates the effort put in as both oars dig into the raging white water, and we can see this with excellent clarity.”

Our two runners-up bagged themselves a free 6 month subscription to Digital Photographer magazine and we think it was fully deserved! Well done to all of our entrants for providing us with such a high standard of competition.

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