Coltman Stretcher Carry 15

Stretcher with RBL PoppyStretcher with RBL PoppyAt the finish on British Camp, Herefordshire Beacon, of the Coltman Stretcher Carry 2015 This weekend was the annual Coltman Stretcher Carry and a great opportunity to get some good action shots as the teams raced towards the finish at British Camp on the top of Herefordshire Beacon.

I am not a huge fan of selective colour images (where the image is converted to B&W but one element is left in colour) as I think it is an overused technique. For me, it is always important to have a clear idea of what story or message I am trying to convey in an image otherwise it is just a snapshot and sometimes the selective colour technique is a good way to convey this message. 

I think this image, which was taken at the finish of this year's Coltman Stretcher Carry across the Malvern Hills, is a case in point as it shows all the elements of the event. This annual race commemorates the life of Cpl Bill Coltman, a stretcher bearer from WW1, where military teams carry loaded stretchers across the Malverns and raise money for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. By retaining the colour of its iconic symbol of the RBL the important work it undertakes is emphasised together with the real need to raise money to enable this to continue. The rest of my images from the event can be found here.

Next year's 'Coltman' will be held on 18 June and will offer a good photo opportunity, a chance to support military units undertaking an arduous event, and to support the work of the Royal British Legion.


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