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ITPA Photographer of the Year 2013

ITPA Photographer of the Year 2013
Dear ITPA colleagues – It is time again for our ITPA Photographer of the Year 2013 competition

This year there will be a couple of changes.

There are now two awards

1) The Tommy Hindley Award for the best portfolio of 10 tennis photos taken between the 1st January 2013 and the 31st December 2013. The ten photos can be of anything tennis related and can offer as wide a breadth of coverage as you want.

2) The Tennis Photo of the Year. From each portfolio one picture can be nominated as the photo of the year. Alternatively, if you don’t want to enter ten photos as a portfolio, you can just send one photo for the Photo of the Year. Again, this photo has to have been taken between January 1st 2013 and December 31st 2013.

The closing date for entries is 15th May, 2014 and if the photos can carry no metadata and have the title –
ITPA-2013-1001 and upwards to 1010. Can you please email them to me at mfrey@advantagemedianet.com and can you send the 10 photos in 3 emails and can you keep the size to no bigger then 72 DPI and the longest side no more than 1600 Pixels.

This year’s judges will be made up of a panel of three top photographers including Bob Martin.

The results will be announced at Wimbledon during the Championships.

I will put all the entries up on the web site by the start of Roland Garros.

See you all soon

Mike

Australian Open Snappers

Australian Open Tennis Championship

A photo of all the photographers at the Australian Open, taken by Roger Parker. A big thank you from the ITPA to Vicki and Fiona for all their hard work on our behalf at the Open and for giving the ITPA the recognition we are fighting hard to achieve.

Thomas Valentine Hindley

Thomas Valentine Hindley
Michael Cole kindly sent the order of service card from Tommy’s funeral. He thought that members who couldn’t attend would like to see it.

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To Tommy Hindley

Tommy surrounded by the Ladeez - from John Anthony

Tommy surrounded by the Ladeez – from John Anthony

A joyous photo of our friend Tommy Hindley

A joyous photo of our friend Tommy Hindley

Tommy Hindley – By Dave Shopland

Dave Shopland remembers his friend Tommy Hindley

“Tommy Hindley was without doubt one of the top three sports photographers I have ever had the fortune to work with and the best tennis photographer, fact. His coverage of the Olympic Games over the last four decades was amazing and his archive stands as a testament to his talent. Whatever sport he photographed he would always take images of the highest quality and he retained his enthusiasm and drive throughout his exceptional career.
 Tommy told me the story of a recent trip to the West Country to cover a Saturday rugby match.
 The weather was not on his side and he was denied access to the match due to a snowbound M4 where cars were stationary. He hobbled up to a motorway bridge and took a picture, which made the front page of the National Sunday papers. He was as enthusiastic about his snow picture as any top tennis image he had taken. That was Tommy.
 As everyone knows Tommy was a legendary storyteller and a fantastic guy to be around socially. Also legendary were his run-ins with stewards and officials, a recent one happened at the London Olympic Games where we were covering of all things, rhythmic gymnastics. As usual Tommy wanted to be in the best position to get the shot, which happened to be a TV position. “We need to be up there”, he said. So up we went, caused havoc but thanks to Tommy’s persuasive nature and apparent loss of hearing we remained there and got the shot. I’ll remember you with fondness Tommy. Goodbye my friend.” Dave Shopland

Tommy Hindley – By Chryslène Caillaud

Tommy – A message from Chryslène Caillaud

Tommy était certainement l’un des meilleurs d’entre nous. Je le voyais toujours travailler sans cesse, cherchant des angles différents pour des images inédites. Je garde en souvenir son passage devant moi en novembre dernier : il entrait dans une église anglaise avec l’ami Clive. Il allait couvrir la soirée du Masters, et il m’a salué amicalement. Cette image restera comme étant le dernier souvenir de Tommy, un excellent photographe que j’estimais et que je respectais.

Chryslène Caillaud

Tommy Hindley – By Ella

Some personal thoughts on Tommy that Ella wanted to share

‘For me, and as I have found out recently, many others, Tommy was the person to give young photographers the chance to pursue their dream.

In 2005, I was introduced to Tommy at Wimbledon through Rusty, who was then still working at the Daily Telegraph. I queued for hours to get into the grounds, where I then met Rusty. After being given a brief by him to go out and shoot around the grounds for a day to see what I could do, he took me into Tommy’s office and introduced us. Although I had no experience, I think Tommy saw my passion to make it as a tennis photographer (and hopefully skill of some kind!) and immediately took me under his wing. He gave me a technician’s pass for those 2 weeks, something beyond my wildest dreams, and I learnt the ropes by editing, following him around the courts, shooting from the public areas and even advancing onto the court at times, bypassing security, thanks to Tommy’s famous ‘never take no for an answer’ mentality!

Under his tutelage, by the end of the week I had my first photo published on the Wimbledon website, a moment I’ll never forget!

Thanks to Tommy’s faith in me, I got to travel the globe under his name for the next 2 years, to break my way into this ultra-competitive industry. In doing so, he created further competition for himself, but all Tommy saw was the passion we shared. That says a lot about the man.

As two tennis nuts, often I would find myself at obscure tournaments around the world, with only Tommy as a friend. I remember the last 2 years in Perth especially, where I worked for the Hopman Cup and he for the ITF. During the lulls in play he would reminisce about the good old days, when there was no digital, no night sessions, no laptops, just a handful of film rolls and the whole evening free to mingle with players, eat well and get drunk! A different era, and one that Tommy had clearly been very successful in. I’ll always remember a beautifully calm morning, the two of us lying by the pool before play, talking about his early days as a local newspaper photographer, and how he made it as a successful freelancer. We had different backgrounds and different paths into the job, but what we bonded over was our ambition and devotion to get the best photo possible, and to never give up.

When people ask me ‘what’s the best photo that you’ve ever taken?’, I say ‘I haven’t taken it yet’. Who did I get that line from? You got it!!

I last saw Tommy in Monte-Carlo this April, although very briefly as I was only there for the Final. He seemed a little jaded but nevertheless crept into a seemingly nonexistent spot at the front of the photographers and started yelling madly at Novak Djokovic to get the best shot. That made me chuckle at the time, classic Tommy!

Tommy, you’ll always be with us court-side, and although it will be difficult without you there, there will be many laughs to be shared in your memory. My teacher, my friend, irreplaceable Tommy.’

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Can anybody who might want insurance please let me know, so I can work out costs.

Thanks

Mike

Tennishead tribute to Tommy

I first met Tommy after I had taken the gig to provide sequentials (strip photos of player shots) for ACE Tennis Magazine back in 2006. I met Tom at the Queens Club tournament in the Photographer’s Media Room and he prodded me in the chest and said ‘so you are the one, what the hell do you know about tennis’. At first I wasn’t sure what to make of this lisping, curly haired little fellow who looked more hobbit than hard man, but I realised he had a smile on his face and a glint in his eye. I knew straight away there was no malice in his mind but a mildly annoying acceptance of ‘their goes another contract’.
I got to know Tommy well over the next seven years and always looked forward to seeing him at the tournaments all over the globe. He was sometimes hilarious, usually entertaining, often frustrating and always completely self- focused, but he was unquestionably a fantastically talented snapper and actually a bloody decent bloke. We kidded, we bantered and sometimes we argued like our lives depended on it, but what ever Tommy got up to, his photography always won through. He was a true talent and a tennis nut. He always told me he should have been playing on the wing for Spurs and not wasting his time with photography, but you know, I don’t think anything would have given him the pleasure and satisfaction, he derived from his art. So now he is gone, taken so quickly and suddenly from our tennis photography gang. When I was at Wimbledon this year, I spent a long time on the stairs in the media centre looking at all Tommy’s photos of the past greats that adorn the walls of the club he loved so much.
Tommy, you were that good and for that you will always be remembered.

A message from Ray Giubilo about Tommy Hindley

It will feel very strange not to have Tommy around at tournaments anymore. And it will be even stranger not to see him at the ITPA meetings.
Tommy had been a member of ITPA since the very beginning and chairman for five years until 2009. I first met Tommy in Australia,more than 20 years ago, I was a newcomer at the time and ,as it often happens, newcomers are not accepted in the “group” straight away. Plus for the first 5 years I was only covering the tennis tournaments in Australia and South East Asia so I would see him only once a year during the Australian Open .

Then in the mid 90’s, I became a regular on the tour and eventually I got to know everybody and finally after a few years I was invited to join the ITPA. This was the time when I got to know Tommy. Until then I didn’t know the man but I knew the photographer, I used to see his photos in magazines and on his website and I really admired him for the quality of his photos,visually very strong, and the energy he was putting in his work. Even when his hip was in a lot of pain he would still run around loaded with equipment, climbing stairs and ladders with so much weight on his shoulders determined to get that special shot.
If there is one quality that Tommy had and that needs to be taken into big consideration is the respect he had towards the others,I never saw him being rude and never saw him making fun of somebody and whenever he could he would give someone some useful advice. He liked to call younger people “kid” in a fatherly way,which I thought it was a beautiful way to make people feel at ease.

He had a great sense of humour and that is what made us become friends. I got to know him well when I became a regular of the Villa d’Auteuil, a tiny family run hotel in Paris very close to the Roland Garros complex. There was a bunch of us who used to stay there every year,until the place eventually closed,Tommy, Mike Cole, John Anthony, Art Seitz and me.
The reception used to close at 10 pm and by then the cage of Oscar,the whistling parrot, was covered with a blanket so he could go to sleep . Of course by the time we used to get back from dinner and drinks we were always a bit tipsy to say the least. The first hard task was to manage to put the key through the little key hole at the bottom of the front door and then we had to be very quiet when we were looking for our room keys in the dark so we wouldn’t wake up the Oscar.
Of course there was always one of us who would whistle a song as a joke Oscar would wake up and start whisting the song at the top of his voice and we would run upstairs laughing our heads off and lock ourselves in our rooms before the owner of La Villa would wake up.
We had so many laughs at La Villa,it was like living in a Faulty Towers situation.
Miami was another fun place for us. At Key Biscayne they have this very civilized habit to have a happy hour for us between 6 and 7:30 and that was the time we used to exchange stories and jokes over a few gin tonics with pals like Clive, Roger and Anne ,Karl, Dave, Mike Baz, just to mention a few. After that we would often go over to Roger and Anne’s apartment for more drinks and then out for dinner. In 2007 Tommy and I shared an apartment in Miami and we were always talking about ways to make ITPA grow and how to get the photographers to be more united. One night we decided that we would have a party for all the photographers and their friends at our apartment and we would also celebrate Cynthia Lum’s birthday. It turned up to be a great party , a lot of people came, we didn’t talk about work and just enjoyed each other’s company. Finally we all felt part of something that belonged to us all.

At the end of the day us photographers who cover tennis are all in the same boat. We all do this job because we love it and we all do it walking on thin ice because we never know how long it’s going to last. We work hard, often too hard and we stress ourselves too much and we also compete against each other too much.

What happened to Tommy should make us revalue our lives. I last saw Tommy last April in Montecarlo, with Clive. He was his usual self even though he seemed a bit tired. I knew he had some problems with his hip again but I would have never thought that I would never see him again.

Tommy is not here anymore but I know that he will always be with us down there on centre court on finals day with Carol Newsome, Arthur Cole, Nakajima & Abe.
We will not see him but I am sure that we will all feel his presence there next to us waiting for that match point.

I would like to finish with one of Tommy’s most favourite lines : “It ain’t over until the Fat lady sings.” It was a classic,I heard Tommy say it so many times. A very positive line if you think about it, and Tommy was always vey positive in his thoughts.

So long Tommy , you big spurs supporter, it was fun meeting you.

We’ll will miss you kid !

Ray

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