England Hockey Photographer Recognised

Photographer Ady Kerry, who provides the photographs for England Hockey’s royalty free hockey picture service, was recently commended by the Sports Journalists Association (SJA) at its Annual Journalism Awards.

Ady’s work for England Hockey includes weekly photography from matches in the England Hockey League Men’s and Women’s Premier Divisions and shots from international hockey matches played here in England.

It is a credit to Ady and the work he and the England Hockey are undertaking together that his folio was highlighted by the SJA judging panel despite not having been shortlisted.

Since the beginning of the 2009-2010 England Hockey League season, Ady’s photographs have been available for media outlets to download free of charge from an online gallery.  In providing this service free of charge, the England Hockey continues to encourage and assist media outlets at regional and national level in reporting on hockey with readily available, high quality images.

Ady Kerry said, "It is very gratifying that a prestigious body such as the SJA should recognise hockey within its awards even though at times it struggles to get column inches within the media.

"Quality imagery will help raise the profile of the sport as more media organisations take up the picture service provided by the EHB, helping to take hockey to a wider audience, and potentially make it back page news."

Mark Armitage, the EHB’s Commercial & Membership Services Director, said, “It is pleasing to know that the Sports Journalists Association has recognised the work that Ady is doing with the EHB.  We offer a level of service to the media that we believe is unrivalled for a sport of the size of hockey and I would encourage any newspaper or sports website that hasn’t signed up for our free photography service to do so.

“We have some excellent events coming up from which photography will be available including the exciting England Hockey League Championship Playoffs, the men’s and women’s national cup finals, the international Samsung Women’s Champions Trophy tournament in Nottingham in July and its accompanying Men’s Four Nations tournament featuring Great Britain.” 

The EHB's royalty free picture service is available to all regional and national media organisations via a gallery within photoshelter, through a password system.   Any media not currently subscribed can contact adyk.akpictures@virgin.net for access to over 1500 images from this season's England Hockey League.

Selected images from Ady Kerry's specialist folio can be seen below.

Alex Danson flies through the air while playing for Reading against Canterbury in the women's England Hockey League Premier Division 2009-2010

Reading, England & GB forward Alex Danson flies through the air while playing for Reading against Canterbury in the England Hockey League Premier Division.

England's Natalie Seymour models the adidas England kit

Canterbury, England & GB defender Natalie Seymour models England's new adidas kit.

Barry Middleton tangles with Australia's Jamie Dwyer during England's test series against Australia at Highfields Sports Club in Nottingham, June 2009

England captain Barry Middleton takes a tumble while competing with Australia's Jamie Dwyer during England's test series against Australia in Nottingham, June 2009.

A young Old Loughtonians player throws his stick away

A young player throws his stick away in frustration.

Nick Brothers in goalkeeper kit while playing for Reading in the England Hockey League (EHL) Men's Premier Division

Reading and England goalkeeper Nick Brothers peers through his helmet during a Reading match in the England Hockey League (EHL) Men's Premier Division.

Crista Cullen in action for Leicester in the England Hockey League (EHL) Women's Premier Division

Leicester, England & GB defender Crista Cullen in action for her club in the EHL Women's Premier Division.

A young Canterbury player jumps in celebration at the Yazoo National Youth Hockey Festival 2009

A young Canterbury player celebrates during the Yazoo National Youth Hockey Festival 2009 in Nottingham.

Canterbury versus University of Birmingham in the rain during the 2009-2010 women's England Hockey League Premier Division

Canterbury and University of Birmingham clash in the England Hockey League Women's Premier Division.