Outstanding sports photography on show at annual ‘Assignments’ exhibition

Take a trip to London’s South Bank this week to catch the British Press Photographers’ Association showcase, which features a variety of stunning sports images

By Jon Holmes

Assignments’ is on at the Bargehouse gallery at Oxo Tower Wharf on London’s South Bank until Sunday

Even before you step inside the Bargehouse to view ‘Assignments’, you’re greeted by an extraordinary sports photo.

Many of those watching England’s Rugby World Cup warm-up win over Wales last August thought Freddie Steward should have been red-carded for his tackle attempt on Josh Adams.

What is undeniable, however, is the skill and timing of the great photographers who capture such moments. Gareth Everett of the Huw Evans Picture Agency is the snapper whose pic is on the door here.

Once again, there are countless examples of such artistry in the free-to-view British Press Photographers’ Association exhibition, returning to this special gallery space on the South Bank for another year.

Some of the images selected, taken from March 2023 through to spring 2024, will be familiar to anyone who studied the portfolios and category shortlists for the SJA’s recent Canon Sports Photography Awards.

So appreciate again the exquisite composition of Adrian Dennis’s Wimbledon shot of a diving Caroline Garcia, as well as Lee Smith’s drone-eye views of beaches, displaying a volleyball court and a classic car racing past a chequered flag.

Throughout, we see dramatic moments from news and sport sat side by side, the coronation celebrations alongside the clattering of cricket stumps, the raw grief of those impacted by war and disaster juxtaposed with the fluctuating emotions of athletes and fans.

Philip Brown’s photo of England’s Tom Hartley being bowled during the 3rd Test in India in February 2024

Among the exhibition curators this year is Justin Setterfield, winner of the Ed Lacey Trophy for Sports Photographer of the Year.

He is due to speak at a panel discussion on Wednesday, May 29 (starts 1pm), titled ‘What do picture desks want from photographers?’ – tickets just £5.

Following that, a seminar on editorial lighting with industry legend Neil Turner will be held.

‘Assignments’ is on display at the Bargehouse all this week, before moving to Port Sunlight on the Wirral for a much longer run over the summer.

Read more…

Assignments 2024: the best of British press photography – in pictures (The Guardian)

Stunning exhibition of year’s best press photos (Mail Online)

Assignments 2024 is free to attend. The exhibition is at the Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House St, London, SE1 9PH, every day from 11am to 6pm, up to and including Sunday, June 2.

It then moves from Saturday, June 8, to Bridge Cottage, 10 Bridge Street, Port Sunlight, Wirral, CH62 4UP, where it can be viewed from Wednesdays to Sundays, 10am to 4pm, until Sunday, September 1.

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