In the run up to the 2012 Olympic Games photographers around the country are keen to take snaps of the build up.
One such group is Image17, photographers commissioned by Waltham Forest Council
to document more than 48 community sports groups in the Waltham Forest area, with the images to be exhibited at various local venues.
Nicola Tree, who developed the focus of the project, told the BBC: “I wanted to produce an all-inclusive, community based photographic record of local sports focusing on the dedication and talent in the Borough.”
She added that the aim was to “counterbalance the celebrity culture surrounding the elite and extremely talented athletes that the world will be watching throughout the Games this summer”.
Among the sports captured on film by the photographers were boxing clubs, swimming, bowls, fencing and rowing; all of which demonstrate the wide range of activities undertaken in just one London Borough.
Photographer Dan Green shared with the news agency what the six month period of photography taught him: “Through photography I saw first-hand how every participant shares a passion and enthusiasm for their chosen sport and how friendship and camaraderie can provide a few hours of escapism from our daily lives.”
Amateur photographers keen to develop their own skills to allow them to capture events such as the Olympics could benefit from some classes to help them take the best pictures they can. On-line courses and E books are available for beginners at Photography Courses.