How would you describe your photography style?
"I like cinematic images. When someone looks at my images, I want them to be reminded of a movie frame. I don't want my images to be fiction; they must be real and show the reality. I like to show some small mistakes sometimes; life isn't perfect, so to have a mistake shows the reality of sport. If a picture is 100% right, for me that is fiction."
What are the biggest challenges you face with sports photography?
"You have to always be ready for all kinds of weather and various conditions. I can't control the light in the forest during an ultra-marathon and it's not easy to always catch the runners in the dark. A few years ago, when I was worn out and shooting in Turkey, I suddenly slipped and fell 100m on the ice with my equipment. I wasn't injured, but it can be very dangerous. I must always be ready and fit; sometimes we are climbing mountains, walking for miles, and carrying all of our equipment, so it's very important to be fit."
What advice would you give to someone starting out in the industry?
"You must always be reading and learning. Know everything you can about sport and remember to put your ego in the garbage! If you want to be a good photographer, you must forget your ego. Learn and always try your best. Never forget to try different things, and never be afraid to try in the first place."
Does the type of sport make a difference to how you shoot?
"Yes, absolutely. I always use the same camera, but the lenses are always changing. Sometimes you need the wide angle to get close to the action; you always need to adapt depending on the sport you're shooting. This is why it's so important to know the sport and know your equipment. I carry three cameras with different lenses, so I am always ready for everything. I don't want to be going home crying, why didn't I change my lens? Why wasn't I ready?"
In such a competitive industry, how do you ensure your work stands out?
"The day before an event, I learn everything about the athletes, the weather, the location, and then I check my equipment. Social media has meant that people can now take an image on their phone and post it immediately, so you have to be very fast. That is key. Before digital photography, it was a very different process. I use my Wi-Fi transmitter so I can send pictures to my company straight away, where they are then sent all over the world. If my customers are happy, I am happy too. I am always trying my best for them."