Yorkshire Photographer, Jonathan Pow

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Weird and wonderful event photography – World Hen Racing Championship 2015

Anyone who knows me will know I’ve got a bit of a fondness for the weird and wonderful and this weekend’s event photography and filming was no exception.

Along with my wife Pooja (she was drafted in to help with some of the camera work, and did a sterling job) we went to the World Hen Racing Championships 2015.

This year I went with the aim of photographing it for the national picture desks, but also to create a short film with some of the wonderful/colourful characters at the event.

The event was held at the Barley Mow pub, in a lovely Derbyshire village called Bonsall, and is organised by landlord and landlady, David Wragg and Colette Dewhurst.

The winner, with World Record beating (no pun intended) time of 3.8 seconds, was ‘Cooked It’ owned by Jack Allsop-Smith. Needless to say the hen has won the chance not to be cooked, and will (hopefully) remain a family pet! Jack and his grandfather couldn’t share the training involved to achieve the hen’s rapid speed, attributing it to an Allsop family secret.

It was a great event to film and photograph. Truly a great British spectacle, and fortunately one of man we’re blessed with in the UK. Where else in the world do you get hens ‘plucked’ to the post in an action packed race?

You can read all about it in today’s Times (03/08/2015) and today’s Daily Telegraph.

The copy was written up by Mark Branagan, a reporter I’ve worked with for a number of years, for the national papers on Sunday.

The final short film will be put out through an agency I work very closely with these days, Barcroft Media. So time will tell where that ends up!


If you’ve come here for prints prints from the event, they’re available through website, you can find them here: https://jonathanpow.com/1u7l


As ever, if you know of any quirky events coming up, drop me an email jp@jonathanpow.com. Also, believe it or not, this is my job (a bizarre job isn’t it?). If you’d like to commission event photography (I work for many charities and organisations on a number of different projects), give me a call on 07901 617571.

I’m currently based in Manchester, but have car, will and do travel. (Soon to be moving back to Yorkshire!)

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