Hang on... are you saying that each individual newspaper/magazine have their own personal photographers?BigMac said:I knew you'd pick on that. That's not what I meant, bad wording I guess. What I'm saying is that the least possible number of vehicles should be in the race, and by that I mean TV, commissaires, a few local newspappers and pretty much none else. I get local newspappers covering local races, and I think they should, but on the bigger events, which come across various localities, more of the small media would be entitled to be on the caravane, meaning not enough space for everyone. If it's possible to filter just one or two local newspappers, that's cool, but some should stay out. Following my example, I'm totally cool with some Algarvian press having motos on the Volta ao Algarve, but I don't understand the Ciclismo a Fondo moto being there.Echoes said:BigMac said:I'm willing to bet a huge deal of those motos belong to some minor newspapper or sports mag which any race could do without.
Do you then suggest it cannot do without the major papers or mags? Sounds pretty elitist, un-you. 😐 I'd say the only motorbikes allowed should be the ones the TV broadcasters covering the races and the officials. Plus, a few minor LOCAL newspapers or sport mags.
And yes, I may be sounding unfair as these races were local races before they rose to a higher status.
Why not just have one set of Official Race Photographers, which the various media then have to pay a small fee - size depending of the size of the media - in order to use. Sure, it'll mean that all the various media will be illustrating their stories with the same pictures, but well; it'll be the same story! Race reports will have to same winners on the pictures...
And maybe local photographers could "get the gig", so to speak.