Fun runs, triathlons and Tough Mudder style events are becoming increasingly popular.

As well as raising money for charity, people are keen to find new ways to challenge themselves and keep fit. If you’re organising one of these events, it’s worth hiring a sporting events aerial photographer.

TV crews in helicopters circle the air at events like the London Marathon and Great North Run, and you can have the same professional looking footage and photos from a drone sports photographer. 

Safety is of course a key factor when you have crowds of spectators gathered. That’s why it’s essential that you hire a sporting events aerial photographer with PfCO approval from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). A PfCO pilot has to pass exams and a practical flight test to prove he can operate safely and competently. Risk assessments form a part of a commercial drone pilot’s training, and an operator will carry a detailed one out before a flying at a sporting event.

Whilst you’ll want a photographer to get close to the action, you must follow the safety advice of a drone operator and not ask him to breach regulations. Flying over crowds is a red flag unless the drone operator has special permission for such operations and can mitigate the risks of injuring members of the public.

An experienced Sporting events aerial photographer will know how to work at a safe distance and capture great shots and footage using a drone camera’s zoom lens. 

For larger sporting events, you may need to hire more than one drone sports photographer. Additional support crew may also be necessary to help set up equipment and manage the safety aspects of the event.

For more advice about drone events photography and to obtain quotations, search the member database HERE