Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 starts from Alicante, Spain in October 2011 and concludes in July 2012 in Galway, Ireland after taking in eight other ports in four continents.
Volvo Ocean Race has appointed two photographers with a wealth of sailing experience and know how to cover the 2011-12 race.
New Zealander Paul Todd is a former professional sailor with over 20 years in the photographic industry. Paul served as picture manager during the 2005-06 edition of the race and has worked for several Volvo Ocean Race teams.
'I grew up on boats and have been sailing all my life. When you grow up with a sport you have a passion for it, a feel for it,' Todd said. 'When I’m shooting I can see why the crew are doing what they’re doing and anticipate what’s going to happen next. That can lead to great shots – pictures that a non-specialist maybe wouldn’t get.'
Todd has also covered five America’s Cups, shooting for commercial clients, and most recently was the official photographer for the WSTA/Louis Vuitton Trophy. He has published several books dedicated to race photography in Europe and North America. He currently lives in Alicante.
Ian Roman, one of the UK’s leading marine photographers, used to race dinghies and swapped a job in finance in the City of London for a life shooting international regattas. He covered the 32nd America’s Cup and during the latter stages of the race took on the role of official photographer for Britain’s Team Origin.
In 2008 he started working for the Audi MedCup as official photographer, a position he has held ever since. Throughout this busy schedule he has found time to cover events such as the World Match Racing Tour, the 33rd America’s Cup, The St Barth’s Bucket and the Extreme 40 series.
'I raced dinghies in multiple world championships but after a while I found myself wanting to be out there shooting more and racing less,' said Roman. 'Like Paul, I just have a passion for the sport and that passion brings understanding of the sport that can make all the difference.'
The Volvo Ocean Race, the sport’s premier monohull offshore race, is a grueling test of skill, strength and endurance, covering almost 40,000 nautical miles over nine months of racing. Volvo Ocean Race website