Top Kiwi equestrian photographer Libby Law has again shown she is one of the best with the news she has been short-listed as one of three finalists for the prestigious Silver Camera 2017 Award.
Law, Arnd Bronkhorst (NED) and Eric Knoll (FRA) were announced as the top trio this week. The winner of the best horse sport photo of the year will be presented at CHIO Aachen in July.
Law, who has just left for her Northern Hemisphere campaign, is ecstatic, albeit a little shell shocked. “I was absolutely stunned when I got notification that I had made the final three for this incredible competition,” she said. “Arnd and Eric are two photographers who I hold in very high regard.
“It is a very prestigious competition that is run each year with the winner being named at a special ceremony on the Saturday night in the Main Stadium at CHIO Aachen. I can tell you now I will have my faithful Canons on me as we board the horse-drawn carriages for the parade and plan to take everyone who follows along for the ride.”
The three finalists were chosen from 100 photos submitted by photographers from all over the world. The judging panel was made up of Erich Timmermanns (director advertising and public relations Sparkasse Aachen), Frank Kemperman (chairman of the board of directors of the ALRV), last year’s winner Christophe Bricot, Rob Ehrens (Bundestrainer of the Dutch showjumpers) and Andreas Müller.
"It is not easy to select only three from so many different and professional images, because every single photo reflects a special moment," says Kemperman's summary. The winner will receive 2,500 euros, with second and third picking up 1000 euros 500 euros respectively.
Law – in case anyone hadn’t noticed – is extremely passionate about what she does. “I absolutely adore what I am able to do! The admiration I have for the incredible equestrian stars I capture is huge. I want to make sure I do them justice. The appreciation I have for my wonderful media contracts just grows stronger each day,” she says.
“It is such a team effort, and I couldn't do it without you all. My ROCKSTARS at ESNZ, Warrick, Diana, Sarah and Ginny – and the whole team there, know how to keep me going, keep me focused, keep me absolutely TINGLING to try to capture these epic moments our wonderful riders continuously achieve.”
It is not the first time Law has been applauded internationally for her work. In 2014 she won the FEI Photo Grand Prix – winner of the professional photographer category. The winner was announced just before the Alltech World Equestrian Games and Law had her photo displayed in the FEI pavillion at the games.
By Diana Dobson – HP Media Liaison