Only a few women dare to pursue a career in photographing adventure sports. And if we try to understand them, we will have to call them heroes.
A lot of those athletes, we are starting to take an interest in extreme sports when we see photos of outstanding athletes flying with paragliding in the sky.
Few people remember that behind the pictures that inspire millions of photographers, artists are also rolling and passionate about challenges. And few know that, for women, those challenges are much more arduous.
The images you are looking at on this newspaper site were made by Yana Mavlyutova, a female Russian photographer. And she is one of the rare women to pursue this job.
Sport is still a male dominated field. Most presidents of sports corporations are men. Men’s athletes are often more noticeable, attracting sponsors and fans. As a result, female photographers are also less valued than their male counterparts.
Therefore, it is not surprising that the number of professional sports photographers in the world is extremely small. To have the opportunity to work, they not only have to compete with countless male colleagues about their talent and health to face gender prejudice.
The female photographer Sachi Cunningham, who is known as an excellent camera when capturing images of female surf athletes. She had to admit that her profession was a fiercely competitive world because society still considered women unsuitable for the type of work that needed delicate, sensitive eyes and supple muscles.
The challenge of strength and skill exists is what any photographer specializing in adventure sports must have. These women need not only health, but also a close understanding of the sports they capture.
The work is not only difficult but also life-threatening. Therefore, not many customers want to give that responsibility to women.