Libby is a winner!

Our own superstar photographer was in the limelight at Aachen!

Libby Law/www.photosport.co.nz

Huge congratulations to Libby Law, photographer extraordinaire! She has just won the Silver Camera award for the best equestrian sport photo of the year at Aachen.

There is a long-standing tradition at the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen, of honouring outstanding photographic performances in the field of equestrian sport.

Judged by Christophe Bricot (last year’s winner), Rob Ehrens (national coach of the Dutch show jumping team), Andreas Müller (Executive Director, Zeitungsverlag Aachen), Erich Timmermanns (Director Advertising & PR, Sparkasse Aachen) and Frank Kemperman (Chairman of the ALRV), over 100 entries were submitted by photographers from all over the world.

The finalists were announced well prior to the event, and our photographer Libby was one of those. Her fellow finalists (both of them also friends) are among the best equestrian photographers in the world, each having won numerous awards. But Arnd Bronkhorst (Netherlands) and Eric Knoll (France) had to settle for the minor prizes, with Libby taking the winner’s trophy and 2,500 Euros.

Her reaction after the win?  “Freaking ON CLOUD 9!! Crazy!!!”
Even reaching the finals had left her stunned: “GOOSEBUMPS getting into the finalists of this incredible comp… and with two mindblowing photogs – Arnd & Eric…. What a buzz – I feel like I am already a winner being chosen alongside Arnd Bronkhorst and Eric Knoll who I admire hugely – I am totally in heaven regarding this!!!!  Wow does not begin to describe it!”

Of course, Libby has also had her fair share of recognition among her peers and in the equestrian world. She won the inaugural FEI Photo Grand Prix – Professional Photographers Category, in 2014. Her winning photo of Andrew Nicholson and Quimbo was displayed in the FEI Pavillion at WEG. This is the first competition she has entered since then, so she is on a good strike rate!  Libby reckons her busy lifestyle gets in the way of entering many competitions, but she made an exception for this one.

“This one was a must due to the past year being extremely full-on and my first official media accreditation with the Olympics, so I made time to choose, and I just kept coming back to three photos (which was the amount we could submit) – and wha-laaa, this one was chosen!!!”

This is one of the photos that Libby entered in the Silver Camera competition. Team Gold Medallist, France’s Philippe Rozier rides Rahotep De Toscane celebrate a clear round with a fabulous fist punch and magnificent “BOUNCE” as they pass through the finish in the Individual Qualification for Equestrian Jumping. Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Centro Olímpico de Hipismo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sunday 14 August. Copyright photo: Libby Law Photography

Well done, Libby! We here at Horse & Pony are very proud of you and our association with you over the years. We look forward to seeing what you do next, and your next entry into a photography competition.

Let’s hope she doesn’t take up tennis photography instead of equestrian!

Knowing Libby, she won’t be celebrating with champagne (her tipple being more like coffee or sports drinks), but she’ll probably be sitting in front of her trusty laptop, editing into the night.