World Photo Day: Photographer Ben Lumley's favourite grassroots images

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With a new season approaching, sports photographer Ben Lumley selects his seven favourite community netball pictures for World Photo Day.

Ben is an internationally renowned sports photographer and was voted 2020 Sports Photographer of the Year at the British Photography Awards.

Over the last few years, Ben has attended netball sessions and competitions across the country to capture, showcase and celebrate the Netball Family.

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Here are his top seven…

#1

Team celebration photo taken during the 2020 National Schools Finals

Winning is winning, whether it’s at grassroots level or international. That feeling doesn’t change.

Shot during the 2020 National Schools Finals

 

#2

Photo of an England Netball member of staff co-ordinating a group photo at a netball experience day

There’s much more to netball than the Vitality Netball Superleague. There’s a dedicated team of staff and volunteers who put in hours and hours to help the game moving forward.

Shot during the England Netball, Met Police and London Pulse netball experience day in 2021

 

#3

Photo of three players standing together taken during the 2021 England Men's & Mixed Netball Association Nationals

2021 has seen the world opening up again post-pandemic, which has meant domestic leagues and competitions have restarted and players are getting to play again.

Shot during the 2021 England Men’s & Mixed Netball Association Nationals

 

#4

Action shot of players jumping up and stretching for the ball taken during the 2021 England Men's & Mixed Netball Association Nationals

Standing on the shoulders of Giants, the men’s and mixed movement of grassroots netball is on the rise meaning the public can see netball as the inclusive sport is it.

Shot during the 2021 England Men’s & Mixed Netball Association Nationals

 

#5

Action shot of player shooting taken during the 2020 National Schools Finals

One of the joys of photographing grassroots netball is the occasional stunning sky during an outdoor match.

Shot during the 2020 National Schools Finals

 

#6

Action shot of player shooting taken during the 2021 England Men's & Mixed Netball Association Nationals

You can feel the buzz as players get back on to court after so long waiting on the sidelines as we navigated COVID-19.

Shot during the 2021 England Men’s & Mixed Netball Association Nationals

 

#7

Photo of coach smiling taken during the 2020 National Schools Finals

It’s not just players that are raring to go, but coaches, volunteers and umpires. Everyone ready to get back to playing netball this year.

Shot during the 2020 National Schools Finals

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