Paul Fears has received a ‘Highly Commended’ award from Urban Photographer of the Year 2013 for his photograph of British Lions supporters on a train after the famous final rugby union test victory against Australia in Sydney on July 6th, 2013.
The CRBE Urban Photographer of the Year competition is an annual global competition that in it’s third year. In 2013, images were submitted by photographers from 118 countries globally and had the highest number of entries since the competition began. The brief was ‘Cities at Work’ and pushed the boundaries of photography in urban environments. Each photographer was asked to confirm the time the photograph was taken and the best images taken in each hour of the day were selected to feature in a A4 sized, landscape orientated book published by CBRE at the end of 2013. Paul is one of only ten British photographers featured in the book, with other contributions from photographers in countries including Austria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Malta, New Zealand, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Turkey and the USA.
Paul Fears, based in Church Village near Pontypridd, happened to be in Sydney on a work assignment. Being a lifetime rugby supporter and photographer, he took the opportunity to travel to the ANZ Stadium in the Olympic Park on the outskirts of Sydney and take photographs of the general atmosphere before and after the famous test match, which the British Lions won 41-16. After the game, between 11pm and 12 midnight, Paul returned to Sydney by train and continued to take photographs of the euphoric British Lions supporters. His photograph ‘Happy Travellers’ was taken as he stepped down from one level to another inside a train taking supporters back into Sydney.
Paul said, “What struck me as incredible about this scene was the sheer number of British Lions supporters packed onto the train. They were all wearing bright red shirts, hats and scarves and there was only the occasional Australian gold shirt to be seen. I was candidly taking shots of fans on the train and captured this image by surreptitiously holding the camera at waist height as I climbed down the stairs from the upper deck of the train. I was really pleased with the end result. I used my Canon 1000D and a standard 18-55mm lens.”
Additional photographs taken on the day can be seen by clicking on the following link – http://paulfearsphoto.co.uk/index.php?cat=photographs&id=16&album=Sports-Events&sub_album=The-Final-British-Lions-vs-Australia-Test-(Sydney,-July-2013)