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Battylad
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A mate of mine is a bloody good photographer in his spare time and now wants to try his hand at sporting events. How would he go about getting a pass for footy games etc? Is it via the club or does he need someone to send him officially? Can he just turn up and say he is a freelance photographer or does it not work like that?
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Oadlad
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Freelance snappers have just about been driven out of the Prem by the licencing system which can really only be afforded by the big boys...
so no, don't just turn up.

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TonTon
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Depends on the sporting event, really. I'm sure he could get a snapper's pass at Farsley Celtic easy enough, just by phoning them.
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boris
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If he just wants to take pics of a specific club, then he needs to apply to that club for a photographer's pass, which (contrary to TonTon's comment) clubs seem reluctant to grant. If he wants to take pics at a variety of games involving different clubs, then he needs to apply to the FA for a licence, which they will only grant if he can either provide a lenghty cv, or else prove his press accreditation (and which, I think, costs a decent wedge). This is for competition games. If he just wants to take random footy photos then he can go to reserve games and friendlies and such like without going through any of this bureaucratic bullshit.
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I may have picked on a club too high in the pyramid, in a desire to northernise my post. He could certainly get a pass at our games by phoning the club.
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Maybe he could try AFC Leeds.

Oh...

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Tell the truth, Farsley may well be more accommodating than Oxford. So may a lot of other clubs. If I ever make it to an AFC Wimbledon game, I'll try to remember my camera.
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Shorty Medlocke
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It can be very difficult depending on the level he wants to try his hand at - I used to get into Darlo games (home and away) via the club itself as a favour from them as I took shots for some of the websites.

The local paper then wanted to use my shots for away games so they started putting me down on the list they send to away clubs.

Some clubs don't really care about sticking to the rules at our level but the odd club did ask if I had insurance - I didn't - so they wouldn't let me on the pitch. Or they'd want my licence number (which I don't have).

I think to become licenced/accredited to take shots at games outside the Premiership, you need to produce a set number of invoices to show that your shots have been used by local/national papers.

It's the usual chicken and egg situation which is a right royal pain in the arse.

It's not like I'm turning up with a little camera and trying to sneak in for nowt - I just enjoy taking shots of my team in action.

And it's not as if I carry a great big bag of camera gear to away games on trains for the good of my health...

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Thanks for all the advice, will pass this onto him tomorra...
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Will mail you in due course BL;If you don't hear within the week, PM me?
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