Friday, 01 December 2017
European Tour Photo of the Year 2017  (European Tour)
European Tour Photo of the Year 2017 (European Tour)

Each day from December 1st to 24th, we will be profiling the best photography from the European Tour in 2017. Every night at 9pm, we will count down the 24 best photos of the year. Hear from the photographer as to what contributed to the photo and how the image was captured.

Stay tuned on social media as well, using the hashtag #ETPhotoOfTheYear.

24. Rooftop tee

Photographer: Warren Little, Getty Images


"The tee box on the 16th tee at the Turkish Airlines Open has a rather fantastically placed location. Positioned on top of a villa the players climb to the top to tee off. The issue is capturing the location. It's easier said than done. You cannot simply get everything in the picture you need: the player, the height, the pool below. So, after some consideration, I discovered a better option. I contacted the hotel nearby the course and was able to get onto the balcony of a vacant room to shoot this angle, which enables you to see the whole location, with pool below, in one frame."

23. Six love

Photographer: Will Pearson, European Tour


“At the end of a ground-breaking week in the inaugural #GolfSixes, it was the Danish side made up of Thorbjørn Olesen and Lucas Bjerregaard who came out on top in the quick-fire, team match play event. Looking for a shot to accurately capture everything this tournament was about, we took the winning duo on to the balcony overlooking Centurion Club and fired off a phone triggered #GoPro selfie. The big smiles, the red and white team uniforms and the vibrant ‘6’ trophy told a great story of camaraderie and success - both for Denmark and the first edition of the innovative event.”

22. Downtown surfing

Photographer: Simon Hoffman, Getty Images


“The photo was taken as a preview for the BMW International Open in Munich. Rafa Cabrera Bello joined Tao Schirrmacher, a Munich local and European Champion in river surfing, for a surfing session at Eisbach, Munich. After only a few tries, Rafa made it to surf the standing wave and really enjoyed it. Even after the filming crew was wrapped, Rafa still wanted to continue surfing. It was a great experience to cover this preview event, standing with my legs in the river to get a closer shot.”

21. The Rory Effect

Photographer: Warren Little, Getty Images


“Rory McIlroy is big news and in South Africa it’s no different. They love watching sport. The high location of a TV tower gave me the angle to capture the massive crowds following Rory’s group. To isolate Rory and his swing I used a very slow shutter speed which, while zooming the lens in carefully keeping it centred on Rory, gives the image a zoomed, soft focus. It’s a bit of a risk taking this shot as it’s easy to move or shake and you lose the quality of the central part of the photo. However, it’s worth it when you get shots like this. I really felt it help capture the attention Rory was getting all week.”

20. Nature's bunker

Photographer: Stuart Franklin, Getty Images


“This picture was taken on the 16th in the Rocco Forte Open in Sicily. At certain times of the day the wind can blow pretty strong off the ocean. I was on the other side of the fairway when I saw how close the ball had come to going down on the beach below. I choose to take the picture from a way back to show the beach, the cliffs as well as the hole. There's not many chances to capture a shot like this and it came out great with all the various elements.”

19. Hideki in Ireland

Photographer: Ross Kinnaird, Getty Images


“Capturing an image of Hideki Matsuyama in ‘splendid isolation’ is a challenge at any tournament. He is followed by as many TV crews, photographers and golf fans as anyone in the game at the moment. To do this at Portstewart during The Irish Open was a pleasant surprise. It’s one of the best supported events on the European Tour. Even though Hideki found himself outside the rope line nobody bar his caddie ventured onto the magnificent sand dunes along side the fourth hole.”

18. Golf in the mountains

Photographer: Stuart Franklin, Getty Images


“Crans Montana is a course of many views, built part the way up a mountain. On a clear day you have amazing views down the valley. This shot on the 14th is one of the best view anywhere on Tour. I knew all week that I wanted to capture this shot and when Lee Westwood was on the hole, I set up half way down the fairway and tried to capture as much as I could in shot: the course, the player, the town, the mountains, it's just a stunning spot. Sometimes I am surprised that the players are as distracted by the views as much as I am.”

17. Record breakers

Photographer: Warren Little, Getty Images


“In Turkey this year, before the tournament started, we went out to catch the efforts of three international teams from England, South Africa and France trying to break the record for the fastest hole played by a team of four. As well enjoying the efforts, I was there to capture moments of the attempts and try and pick up on the moments of emotion and reaction. This was the perfect shot. It came when the lady from Guinness World Records broke the news to the teams that England had won. The English team took off running back down the hole and the other guys just held their heads in their hands. It was all in good spirit and a lot of fun. This photo perfectly summed up the moment.”

16: Skimming at Augusta

Photographer: Photographer: Andrew Redington, Getty Images


“The skipping of balls across the lake on the 16th hole has become a real crowd favourite on practice days and you can hear the chants of "Skip it!!" from 500 yards away. The photographers try and get a good angle to show what's happening and I was pleased to be head-on to show both the flag as well as Rory McIlroy watching his attempt. The symmetry of the evenly-spaced ripples was pure luck though.”

15: Champagne shower

Photographer: Richard Heathcote, Getty Sport


“I've covered The Nebank Golf Challenge many times over the years but since it’s inclusion in the final series of events leading to Dubai it seems to have stepped up another level. The South African crowd are brilliant and had been starved of a home winner for so long. When Branden got himself into the final group for Sunday you could feel the crowd urging him on. The reaction on 16green when he birdied whipped them up more, and when he sunk the winning putt on 18 his reaction of standing back arms out as his compatriots showered him in bubbly summed up the whole feeling of the event. I chose to convert this frame to black & white to emphasise the contrast between the champagne and the dark background, it really helps to focus on the moment of celebration..”

14: A touch of class

Photographer: Daniel Mullen, Getty Images


“This picture was taken at Royal Birkdale ealier this year. For The Open it really is a team effort for Getty especially when it comes to the winning putt and the trophy presentation, with 5 of us positioned around the 18th. I was allocated a spot in the grandstand shooting down on the final hole. Once the official presentations had been completed following Jordan’s victory he walked around the hole showing the Claret Jug to the fans. Luckily he made his way over to a group of fans just beneath my position, amongst the thousands of fans gathered around the 18th was a young boy on his dad’s shoulders. Jordan went over to high five the young boy who then reached out to touch the famous trophy. A moment I’m sure that boy will never forget.”

13: No pain, no gain

Photographer: Kristoffer Broberg, Golfer


“This photo was taken by Kristoffer Broberg of fellow Swede Alex Noren's hands after a particularly long practice session, the day before the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Noren is known as one of the hardest workers on Tour and has said before that he now often wears two gloves during practice to protect his hands from the effects of hitting hundreds of shots in a day.”

Tune in every night at 9pm to see the latest image in our countdown of the European Tour Photo of the Year.

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