ANZAC Day Dawn Service Melbourne 2015

MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25 : Soldiers in front of the Shrine during the Anzac Day dawn service at the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance. This years Anzac Day marks the centenary of the ANZAC landing by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War at Gallipoli. Melbourne, Victoria Australia on April 25 2015. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – APRIL 25 : Soldiers in front of the Shrine during the Anzac Day dawn service at the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance. This years Anzac Day marks the centenary of the ANZAC landing by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War at Gallipoli. Melbourne, Victoria Australia on April 25 2015. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25 : An estimated 80 thousand patrons braved cold and wet conditions during the Anzac Day dawn service at the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance. This years Anzac Day marks the centenary of the ANZAC landing by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War at Gallipoli. Melbourne, Victoria Australia on April 25 2015. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – APRIL 25 : An estimated 80 thousand patrons braved cold and wet conditions during the Anzac Day dawn service at the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance. This years Anzac Day marks the centenary of the ANZAC landing by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War at Gallipoli. Melbourne, Victoria Australia on April 25 2015. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25 : Large Crowds walk up towards the Shrine, official estimates that 80 thousand people attended during the Anzac Day dawn service at the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance. This years Anzac Day marks the centenary of the ANZAC landing by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War at Gallipoli. Melbourne, Victoria Australia on April 25 2015. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – APRIL 25 : Large Crowds walk up towards the Shrine, official estimates that 80 thousand people attended during the Anzac Day dawn service at the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance. This years Anzac Day marks the centenary of the ANZAC landing by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War at Gallipoli. Melbourne, Victoria Australia on April 25 2015. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

ANZAC Day Dawn Service Melbourne 2015

MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25 : Badges worn by a Army veteran  during the Anzac Day parade. This years Anzac Day marks the centenary of the ANZAC landing by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War at Gallipoli. Melbourne, Victoria Australia on April 25 2015. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – APRIL 25 : Badges worn by a Army veteran during the Anzac Day parade. This years Anzac Day marks the centenary of the ANZAC landing by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War at Gallipoli. Melbourne, Victoria Australia on April 25 2015. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25 : A carpet made of knitted poppies laid on the road during the Anzac Day parade. This years Anzac Day marks the centenary of the ANZAC landing by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War at Gallipoli. Melbourne, Victoria Australia on April 25 2015. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – APRIL 25 : A carpet made of knitted poppies laid on the road during the Anzac Day parade. This years Anzac Day marks the centenary of the ANZAC landing by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War at Gallipoli. Melbourne, Victoria Australia on April 25 2015. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25 : Members of the HMAS march towards the Shrine of Remembrance during the Anzac Day parade. This years Anzac Day marks the centenary of the ANZAC landing by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War at Gallipoli. Melbourne, Victoria Australia on April 25 2015. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – APRIL 25 : Members of the HMAS march towards the Shrine of Remembrance during the Anzac Day parade. This years Anzac Day marks the centenary of the ANZAC landing by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War at Gallipoli. Melbourne, Victoria Australia on April 25 2015. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25 : A soldier holding a riffle in front of the Shrine during the Anzac Day parade. This years Anzac Day marks the centenary of the ANZAC landing by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War at Gallipoli. Melbourne, Victoria Australia on April 25 2015. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – APRIL 25 : A soldier holding a riffle in front of the Shrine during the Anzac Day parade. This years Anzac Day marks the centenary of the ANZAC landing by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War at Gallipoli. Melbourne, Victoria Australia on April 25 2015. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

2015 ICC Cricket World Cup

The last Olympics featured 204 nations competing in over 300 events over 19 days; the last Fifa world cup had 32 teams & went for 32 days.

The 2015 Cricket World Cup however, consists of only 14 teams and 49 matches yet it goes on for 49 days….6 weeks!!

To put that into perspective a Pre-Season AFL tournament started & finished during the World Cup.

Some Journalists even went on holiday during the World Cup & came back without missing much.

I still don’t see what justification there is for a major sporting event to go on for so long. As the tournament went on, column inches in the papers shrunk which reflected the interest of the event as a whole. The ICC would argue that this was the most viewed, ‘tweeted’, ‘instagrammed’ & ‘facebooked’ event in the history of the sport. The genius at the ICC who came up with that fact obviously chose to ignore that more people use social media since the last World Cup. It’s like saying “more people travel internationally since the launch of commercial aviation.”

I doubt there would be one person that would argue cricket needs such a long world cup. If the reasoning is logistics & player wellbeing I point to the FIFA world cup; an event which has more teams, more matches & players prone to more fatigue than cricketers, not to mention it’s a much bigger event, yet it goes on for just over 1 month.
How is one-day cricket supposed to sell itself to the masses when a 6 week tournament only has 3 ‘exciting’ matches? One of which featured two countries that are semi-professional at best.

My suggestions are simple; keep the tournament to 14 teams, have the tournament in one country only, ensure every team plays at least twice a week & keep the tournament under 1 month.

I ended up covering 9 matches between Melbourne, Sydney & New Zealand. It was an enjoyable World Cup from a photographer’s point of view; it was great to catch up with colleagues from all over the world, the cricket, whilst not exciting did provide some great images for most photographers. Below are a few of my own selects.

Joe Root of England fields on the boundary in the shadows during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Joe Root of England fields on the boundary in the shadows during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
A diving JP Duminy dives in the field to stop the ball during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B group match between South Africa V India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
JP Duminy dives in the field to stop the ball during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B group match between South Africa V India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Morne Morkel bowls to Ajinkya Rahane during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B group match between South Africa V India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Morne Morkel bowls to Ajinkya Rahane during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B group match between South Africa V India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Dale Steyn appeals an LBW decision to get the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B group match between South Africa V India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Dale Steyn appeals an LBW decision to get the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B group match between South Africa V India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Dale Steyn appeals an LBW decision to get the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B group match between South Africa V India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Dale Steyn appeals an LBW decision to get the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B group match between South Africa V India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Taskin Ahmed looks on as he drops Kumar Sangakkara off his own bowling during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Taskin Ahmed looks on as he drops Kumar Sangakkara off his own bowling during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Kumar Sangakkara plays a cover drive shot while batting during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Kumar Sangakkara plays a lofted cover drive on one knee while batting during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Ian Bell looks up in the sky after being bowled for 49 runs during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between England Vs Sri Lanka at the Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Ian Bell looks up in the sky after being bowled for 49 runs during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between England Vs Sri Lanka at the Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
James Taylor dives into his crease to avoid being run out as Angelo Mathews jumps to avoid being run into during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between England Vs Sri Lanka at the Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
James Taylor dives into his crease to avoid being run out as Angelo Mathews jumps to avoid a collision during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between England Vs Sri Lanka at the Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Michael Clarke watches the ball as he is about to play a pull shot whilst batting during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia Vs Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Michael Clarke watches the ball as he is about to play a pull shot whilst batting during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia Vs Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Glenn Maxwell batting during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia Vs Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Glenn Maxwell batting during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia Vs Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Lasith Malinga runs in to bowl in front of the members stand during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia Vs Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Lasith Malinga runs in to bowl in front of the S.C.G members stand during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia Vs Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Lasith Malinga bowling during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia Vs Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Lasith Malinga bowling during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia Vs Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mashrafe Mortaza and bowler Taskin Ahmed celebrate by jumping in the air and bumping their chests together after  wicket of Ajinkya Rahane during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Quarter Final knockout match between India Vs Bangladesh at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mashrafe Mortaza and bowler Taskin Ahmed celebrate by jumping in the air and bumping their chests together after wicket of Ajinkya Rahane during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Quarter Final knockout match between India Vs Bangladesh at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Aaron Finch plays a cut shot in mid air during the ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final match between Australia & India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Aaron Finch plays a cut shot in mid air during the ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final match between Australia & India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Sun sets over the Members stand during the ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final match between Australia & India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Sun sets over the Members stand during the ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final match between Australia & India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mitchell Johnson jumps in celebration after getting the wicket of Rohit Sharma by bowling him out during the ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final match between Australia & India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mitchell Johnson jumps in celebration after getting the wicket of Rohit Sharma by bowling him out during the ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final match between Australia & India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Spectators look on from the grant southern stand at the MCG during the ICC Cricket World Cup Final match between Australia & New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Spectators look on from the Great Southern Stand at the MCG during the ICC Cricket World Cup Final match between Australia & New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Victorious Australian Captain Michael Clarke raises the trophy in front of photographers & camera men after the Australian won the ICC Cricket World Cup Final match between Australia & New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Victorious Australian Captain Michael Clarke raises the trophy in front of photographers & camera men after the Australian side won the ICC Cricket World Cup Final match between Australia & New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

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2015 Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix Melbourne

I only found out I was covering the Melbourne Formula 1 Grand Prix three days out from the race. Covering my hometown race for the first time (finally) with little preparation I didn’t have much time to get acquainted with that F1 Paddock lifestyle, instead it was early morning starts & very late finishes.

Considering I’ve driven along the track hundreds of times, I still needed to re-familiarise myself with the track & figure the best angles to shoot from & where the sun would hit at certain times. My ‘Home ground advantage’ counted for little when the whole course is basically fenced like a birdcage.
Unashamedly I spent hours on Thursday night going through archives of Melbourne f1 photos, looking to see what works & what doesn’t. Even though Formula 1 isn’t a sport I specialise in I’m always looking at the work of f1 photographers as inspiration for my own work. Their composition & use of available light is unique when compared to most sports & a lot can be learnt from their work.

Below are a few of my selects from the weekend, now it’s back to covering this never ending Cricket World Cup.

MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 12 : Nico Rosberg (DEU) #6 from the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team  during the Driver Portrait photo session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 12 : Nico Rosberg (DEU) #6 from the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team during the Driver Portrait photo session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 12 : Jenson Button (GBR) #22 from the McLaren Honda team during the Driver Portrait photo session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 12 : Jenson Button (GBR) #22 from the McLaren Honda team during the Driver Portrait photo session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 12 : Lewis Hamilton (GBR) #44 from the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team  during the Driver Portrait photo session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 12 : Lewis Hamilton (GBR) #44 from the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team during the Driver Portrait photo session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 13 : Sebastian Vettel (DEU) #5 from the Scuderia Ferrari team during the Friday Practice session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 13 : Sebastian Vettel (DEU) #5 from the Scuderia Ferrari team during the Friday Practice session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15 : Felipe Massa (BRA) #19 from the Williams Martini Racing team during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15 : Felipe Massa (BRA) #19 from the Williams Martini Racing team during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15 : Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) #3 from the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15 : Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) #3 from the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 13 : Nico Rosberg (DEU) #6 from the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team  during the Friday Practice session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 13 : Nico Rosberg (DEU) #6 from the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team during the Friday Practice session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 13 : Sergio Perez (MEX) #11 from the Sahara Force India F1 Team during the Friday Practice session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 13 : Sergio Perez (MEX) #11 from the Sahara Force India F1 Team during the Friday Practice session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 13 : Sebastian Vettel (DEU) #5 from the Scuderia Ferrari team during the Friday Practice session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 13 : Sebastian Vettel (DEU) #5 from the Scuderia Ferrari team during the Friday Practice session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15 : Nico Rosberg (DEU) #6 from the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team  during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15 : Nico Rosberg (DEU) #6 from the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 13 : Valtteri Bottas (FIN) #77 from the Williams Martini Racing team during the Friday Practice session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 13 : Valtteri Bottas (FIN) #77 from the Williams Martini Racing team during the Friday Practice session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15 : Sparks fly out of  Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull as Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) #7 from the Scuderia Ferrari team approach turn 3  during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15 : Sparks fly out of Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull as Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) #7 from the Scuderia Ferrari team approach turn 3 during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15 : Lewis Hamilton (GBR) #44 from the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team  during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15 : Lewis Hamilton (GBR) #44 from the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15 : Red Bull driver Daniel Riccardo enters the first corner on lap 1 during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15 : Red Bull driver Daniel Riccardo enters the first corner on lap 1 during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15 : Jenson Button (GBR) #22 from the McLaren Honda team during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15 : Jenson Button (GBR) #22 from the McLaren Honda team during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 14 : Romain Grosjean (FRA) #8 from the Lotus F1 Team during the Saturday Free Practice 3 session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 14 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 14 : Romain Grosjean (FRA) #8 from the Lotus F1 Team during the Saturday Free Practice 3 session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 14 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 14 : Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) #3 from the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team during the Qualifying session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 14 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 14 : Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) #3 from the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team during the Qualifying session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 14 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15 : 2nd Place driver Nico Rosberg shakes hands with 3rd place Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15 : 2nd Place driver Nico Rosberg shakes hands with 3rd place Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15 : 1st Place Lewis Hamilton Sprays champagne on the podim at the conclusion of the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15 : 1st Place Lewis Hamilton Sprays champagne on the podim at the conclusion of the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15 : Lewis Hamilton and movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger shouts 'I'll Be Back" during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15 : Lewis Hamilton and movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger shouts ‘I’ll Be Back” during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

While on assignment in Sydney covering a Cricket World Cup match, I had the chance to shoot the famous Mardi-Gras. An error of judgement on my part meant I missed the chance to get into my media bay on time. I ran the risk of being run over by the float aptly named ‘Dykes on Bikes’ so chose to photograph amongst the punters. With people towering over one another to get a brief glimpse i had no chance of getting any viewing let alone footage. Consequently I missed the chance to shoot the actual parade which was a shame. However, I did get the chance to shoot some of the pre-parade preparations in the marshalling area. I found shooting here far more interesting as it allowed for more candid shots as participants got ‘glittered up’ before the big parade.

A few of my selects below.

2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade
Participants have a chat before the start of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is amongst the worlds most spectacular celebrations of LGBTQ pride and diversity. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade
A group of topless men covered in glitter get ready before the start of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is amongst the worlds most spectacular celebrations of LGBTQ pride and diversity. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade
A participant dressed in drag orders something to eat from a food truck during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is amongst the worlds most spectacular celebrations of LGBTQ pride and diversity. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade
A group of men in golden G-strings before the start of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is amongst the worlds most spectacular celebrations of LGBTQ pride and diversity. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
A group of men drapped in shiny gold & silver outfits during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is amongst the worlds most spectacular celebrations of LGBTQ pride and diversity.  Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
A group of men drapped in shiny gold & silver outfits during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is amongst the worlds most spectacular celebrations of LGBTQ pride and diversity. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade
A man takes a photo of a group of friends dressed in Leather chaps during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade
Spectators using a Selfie stick take a photo in front of a mime in a mask outside a Adult Shop during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade
Silhouttes of spectators viewing hte parade from an apartment building on Oxford street during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade
Men in drag outside the famous gay bar/nightclub ‘The Colombian Hotel’ during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. . Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Australia v India: 3rd Test Boxing Day Test match Cricket

A few of my selects from the 2014 Boxing day test match between Australia Vs India.
The match ended in a draw seeing Australia regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy on a tense final day at the MCG.

Not the most exciting cricket match in terms of photos, in fact day 1 was easily the most boring day of cricket i have ever covered.

General field of play view in the afternoon during day two of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground
General field of play view in the afternoon during day two of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Virat Kohli walks up the players race onto the field during day five of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Virat Kohli walks up the players race onto the field during day five of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake http://www.abrfoto.com
Spectators watch from the stands during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Spectators watch from the stands during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake http://www.abrfoto.com
Steve Smith raises his bat as he walks off the field after making 192 during day two of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Steve Smith raises his bat as he walks off the field after making 192 during day two of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Virat Kohli ducks a bouncer during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Virat Kohli ducks a bouncer during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake http://www.abrfoto.com
Brad Haddin dives in attempt the catch the ball during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Brad Haddin dives in attempt the catch the ball during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake http://www.abrfoto.com
Virat Kohli dives into his crease to avoid being run out during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Virat Kohli dives into his crease to avoid being run out during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake http://www.abrfoto.com
Shaun Marsh jumps as he gets hit in the chest of a ball from Ishant Sharma during day four of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Shaun Marsh jumps as he gets hit in the chest of a ball from Ishant Sharma during day four of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake http://www.abrfoto.com
Ryan Harris celebrates after getting a wicket caught and bowled during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Ryan Harris celebrates after getting a wicket caught and bowled during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake http://www.abrfoto.com
Virat Kohli plays a pull shot off Mitchell Johnson for four runs during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Virat Kohli plays a pull shot off Mitchell Johnson for four runs during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake http://www.abrfoto.com

G20 Leaders Summit 2014 Brisbane

My first major political summit, first of many I hope. I have always had a great interest in geo-politics so getting the ‘guernsey’ to cover G20 was certainly a privilege. In saying this I wouldn’t be lying if I said it was a bit anti-climatic from a photographers point of view as most sessions were highly restricted for accredited media. Photographing press conferences can be mundane at the best of times let alone in rooms where the light is even & the backgrounds the same from most angles, so whenever the chance to shoot something slightly different presented itself I made sure to jump on it. Nevertheless being in the presence of some of the world biggest movers & shakers, the various press corps & delegates made for an interesting experience.

Below are a few of my selects.

United States of America, President Barack Obama walks towards the podium to speak during his final press conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane at the conclusion of the g20 Leaders Summit.  (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
United States of America President Barack Obama walks towards the podium to speak during his final press conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane at the conclusion of the g20 Leaders Summit. (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
Australian Prime Minster Tony Abbott speaks during his final press conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane at the conclusion of the g20 Leaders Summit.  (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
Australian Prime Minster Tony Abbott speaks during his final press conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane at the conclusion of the g20 Leaders Summit. (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy makes an expression during a Joint EU Presidential media briefing at the G20 Leader's summit at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane.  (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy makes an expression during a Joint EU Presidential media briefing at the G20 Leader’s summit at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane. (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
United Kingdom Prime Minster David Cameron speaks during his final press conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane at the conclusion of the g20 Leaders Summit.  (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
United Kingdom Prime Minster David Cameron speaks during his final press conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane at the conclusion of the g20 Leaders Summit. (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
United States of America, President Barack Obama speaks and makes a gesture with his hands during his final press conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane at the conclusion of the g20 Leaders Summit.  (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
President Barack Obama speaks and makes a gesture with his hands during his final press conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane at the conclusion of the g20 Leaders Summit. (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon makes a gesture while he addresses the press during at the G20 Leader's summit at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane.  (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon makes a gesture while he addresses the press during at the G20 Leader’s summit at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane. (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
Police form a line to block protestors from walking through the CBD during the G20 Leader's summit held in Brisbane Australia. Protests were held in a peaceful manner under the close observation of Police.  (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
Police form a line to block protestors from walking through the CBD during the G20 Leader’s summit held in Brisbane Australia. Protests were held in a peaceful manner under the close observation of Police. (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
Aboriginal rights activists protest during the G20 Leader's summit held in Brisbane Australia. Protests were held in a peaceful manner under the close observation of Police.  (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
Aboriginal rights activists protest during the G20 Leader’s summit held in Brisbane Australia. Protests were held in a peaceful manner under the close observation of Police. (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
A G20 protestors holds up a sign reading 'Don't shoot' in front of a police officer during the G20 Leader's summit held in Brisbane Australia. Protests were held in a peaceful manner under the close observation of Police.  (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
A G20 protestors holds up a sign reading ‘Don’t shoot’ in front of a police officer during the G20 Leader’s summit held in Brisbane Australia. Protests were held in a peaceful manner under the close observation of Police. (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
 President Barack Obama waves goodbye at the conclusion of his final press conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane at the conclusion of the g20 Leaders Summit.  (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
President Barack Obama waves goodbye at the conclusion of his final press conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane at the conclusion of the g20 Leaders Summit. (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
Australian Prime Minster Tony Abbott arrives to speak during his final press conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane at the conclusion of the g20 Leaders Summit.  (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
Australian Prime Minster Tony Abbott arrives to speak during his final press conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane at the conclusion of the g20 Leaders Summit. (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
Managing Director of the IMF (International Monetary Fund) Madame Christine Lagarde speaks and makes a gesture with her hand during her final press conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane at the conclusion of the g20 Leaders Summit.  (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
Managing Director of the IMF (International Monetary Fund) Madame Christine Lagarde speaks and makes a gesture with her hand during her final press conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane at the conclusion of the g20 Leaders Summit. (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
President Barack Obama (silhouette) walks off the stage at the conclusion of his final press conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane at the conclusion of the g20 Leaders Summit.  (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
President Barack Obama (silhouette) walks off the stage at the conclusion of his final press conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane at the conclusion of the g20 Leaders Summit. (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved

BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE DAY 5 OF 5

Day 5 of 5 of the ‪#‎fivedayblackandwhitechallenge‬ a good place to end at Flinders Street station in my home city of Melbourne.
Thanks all for looking at my work over the last 5 days, its been good for me to go back through my archive.

Commuters in front of Flinders Street Station
Commuters in front of Flinders Street Station

If you would like to see some Australia’s leading Photojournalists & Sport photographers work during the #‎fivedayblackandwhitechallenge highly regarded & well respected Australian Photojournalist Brian Cassey (www.briancasseyphotographer.com) has been kind enough to compile a list of photographers work over on his blog.
http://www.briancasseyphotographer.com/blog/2014/11/5-day-bw-challenge/

BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE DAY 4 OF 5

Day 4 of the #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge
A former Mujahideen Soldier poses for a portrait at a Bazaar in Bagram.

A bit of a story about this pic. This man pictured tried to get my attention from the other side of the road, i asked my fixer what the issue was & all he wanted a photo taken of him, so i happily obliged.

We spoke (through my fixer) & i found out he fought for the Mujahideen against the Russians & stepped on a land mine. We spoke a bit more about apples & cricket of all things. I asked him if he was going to be around the bazaar for long & told him to hang around cause i want to get the photo printed & hand it to him. An hour later i got the print but couldn’t find the man….

#BlackandWhiteChallenge #reportage #travelphotography #lonelyplanetimages #B&Wchallenge
#Afghanistan

A former Mujahideen Soldier poses for a portrait at a Bazaar in Bagram.
A former Mujahideen Soldier poses for a portrait at a Bazaar in Bagram.

BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE DAY 3 OF 5

Day 3 of the #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge A portrait of an elderly Aboriginal women at her home in the remote community of Warburton in Western Australia, just to the south of the Gibson Desert.

A portrait of an elderly Aboriginal women at her home in the remote community of Warburton in Western Australia, just to the south of the Gibson Desert. 20/05/2009
A portrait of an elderly Aboriginal women at her home in the remote community of Warburton in Western Australia, just to the south of the Gibson Desert. 20/05/2009

#australia #BlackandWhiteChallenge #reportage #photojournalism #australia #B&Wchallenge

BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE DAY 2 OF 5

Day 2 of the #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge A group refugees from Helmand Province ration out fire wood amongst the families living the IDP Charahi Qambar refugee camp on the outskirts of Kabul Afghanistan. 19/2/2010

#BLACKANDWHITECHALLENGE #reportage #photojournalism #Afghanistan #refugees #B&Wchallenge

A group refugees from Helmand Province ration out fire wood amoungst the families living the IDP Charahi Qambar refugee camp in the outskirts of Kabul Afghanistan. 19/2/2010
A group refugees from Helmand Province ration out fire wood amoungst the families living the IDP Charahi Qambar refugee camp in the outskirts of Kabul Afghanistan. 19/2/2010

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