Most sports action images reach the public via agencies such as Getty Images, Reuters and the European Pressphoto Agency – yet few of us know much about the photographers who shoot them. What are the good and bad aspects of agency work? Why do photographers choose it? How long do they spend away from home, and how much creative freedom are they given?
Richard Heathcote, a senior sports photographer for Getty Images, is one of the most experienced agency photographers working today. He has been a professional photographer for 25 years and has covered countless sporting events, including all the best-known international football, rugby and general sports tournaments. He was the 2019 Sports Journalist Association Photographer of the Year and the overall winner in the 2020 World Sports Photography Awards.
Here, Richard shares his insights into life as an agency photographer, talks about his workflow when covering major sports events and reveals how Canon's EOS R System has had an impact on his work.