Returning to Hickstead for The Al Shira’aa Derby 2019

by Lotte Simons
26th June 2019

This year I set myself the goal to apply for accreditation to more equestrian events. I was thrilled to have my press application accepted for Badminton, giving me the confidence boost needed to apply for Hickstead.

It felt really special for me to be accredited as a fully fledged member of the press and return to where much of my passion for equestrian photography was nurtured into a feasible career. During the 2012 and 2013 season I worked with the Hickstead press team as their photographic intern. This role was a steep learning curve, giving me valuable insight into the media industry and important experience working to a client brief.

It was a role that for two years I absolutely loved and i’m still so proud to have held it. It was an opportunity to learn from professional photographers and see how they work at large events. Some of whom took me under their wing and really helped show me the ropes. Additionally, and most importantly, it gave me belief that a career in equine photography was an achievable ambition. There are a number of succeeding opportunities I can certainly attribute to my time with the Hickstead Press Office.

Sufficed to say, heading back couldn’t have felt any better. Stepping into the Longines International Arena after 6 long years felt a lot like walking into an old friends house. Immediately much too comfortable and completely at home.

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