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

Black and White Photography Challenge Day 1 of 5

I have been nominated by Mark Dadswell(www.markdadswell.com) & Jeff Crowe (www.explorer-media.com) for the B&W challenge.
So lets go back to when my career started nearly 5 years ago.
3/2/2010 – A large number of supporters of defeated 2010 Presidential Candidate former Army General Sarath Fonseka cheer at a rally where Fonseka denounced the results and claimed that the election results were fraudulent. – Hyde Park Colombo Sri Lanka.

Hyde Park Sarath Fonseka Rally

2014 Emirates Melbourne Cup

My 5th Melbourne cup and by now I would like to think I have got the hang of it. I have always had a love hate relationship with covering the cup, I’m not a fan of horse racing for a few reasons nor am I a fan of waiting in the VIP birdcage section for some B-grade celebrity to rock up so I can take a photo of them begrudgingly holding a lavazza coffee cup in one of the many shameless publicity displays.

What I do love though is photographing the people. It’s the one event where you get a complete cross-section of society. From the rich to the working class to the MEGA rich, to the classy, the chronic gambler, the alcoholic, the trashy and everything in between all within walking distance from one another.

The day starts with grace in all corners & generally ends with varying degrees of moral decay. To borrow a quote from Sydney Morning Herald columnist Sam de Brito (@samdebrito) Melbourne cup “It’s New Year’s Eve at 3pm with animal cruelty”. Below are a few of my selects from the day.

Winning Jockey Ryan Moore who rode Protectionist to win the Emirates Melbourne Cup raises the trophy as photographers take photos during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Winning Jockey Ryan Moore who rode Protectionist to win the Emirates Melbourne Cup raises the trophy as photographers take photos during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

2014 Emirates Melbourne Cup

Ryan Moore riding Protectionist approaches the finish line before winning the race during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Ryan Moore riding Protectionist approaches the finish line before winning the race during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Two drunk racegoers passed out on the lawn surrounded by rubbish during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia.Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Two drunk racegoers passed out on the lawn surrounded by rubbish during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia.Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Racegoers in one of the VIP tents during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia.Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Racegoers in one of the VIP tents during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia.Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
A spectator in a wheelchair is pushed through the crowd along the lawns of the General Admin area during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia.Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
A spectator in a wheelchair is pushed through the crowd along the lawns of the General Admin area during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia.Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
A women jumps over piles of rubbish during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia.Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
A women jumps over piles of rubbish during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia.Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Men dressed as Teenage mutant ninja turtles taunt a man who has been arrested by police during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia.Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Men dressed as Teenage mutant ninja turtles taunt a man who has been arrested by police during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia.Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
A women with a colourful headpiece sitting on a bench smokes a cigarette during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia.Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
A women with a colourful headpiece sitting on a bench smokes a cigarette during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia.Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
A Silhouette of a racegoers's headpiece during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia.Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
A Silhouette of a racegoers’s headpiece during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia.Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

More pics at the telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/horseracing/picturegalleries/11207422/Melbourne-Cup-in-pictures-British-jockey-Ryan-Moore-wins-on-Protectionist.html?frame=3094738

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/horseracing/picturegalleries/11207422/Melbourne-Cup-in-pictures-British-jockey-Ryan-Moore-wins-on-Protectionist.html?frame=3094738
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/horseracing/picturegalleries/11207422/Melbourne-Cup-in-pictures-British-jockey-Ryan-Moore-wins-on-Protectionist.html?frame=3094738

 

 

 

And one in print at the Daily Mirror
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