The DBS Marina Regatta 2013 is Singapore’s Largest Water Sports Festival. Over two days of high speed Dragon Boating action, from local and international teams arriving at the beautiful Marina Bay, providing us great water sports action, fun and community festivals over 18th and 19th May 2013. While the main action is on the Dragon Boats in action, there were also a festival and carnival for the participants and spectators to join in and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere.
On the 18th May 2013, it was the 200m races; while on the 19th May 2013, it was the 500m races. Over these two days of Dragon Boating competition, close to 120 Dragon Boat teams paddled it out at the Marina Bay. It wasn’t just Dragon Boaters paddling, there were lots of high-octane action, spills, splashes and priceless sporting moments during DBS Marina Regatta 2013. When I was photographing the Dragon Boaters in action, I can see their passion, strength, determination, speed, teamwork, unity and precision when they were on the Dragon Boat paddling and pushing. I got the opportunity to take a ride on the bumboat and it brought us closer to the Dragon Boaters in action. Their priceless sporting moments and actions were gracefully captured down on my Canon 1DmarkIII with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM lens with EF 1.4X Tele-converter.
While there was action on the water, on the land, there were also fun, entertainment and action too! There was the Social Enterprise Carnival at the Waterfront Promenade, Cosplay Festival and Cosplay Parade at the Regatta Village on 18th May 2013. There were the DBS Marina Regatta Drum Challenge semi-finals on the 19th May 2013 and it attracted many people there! The food and beverages, games, roving circus acts and arts and crafts on display during DBS Marina Regatta 2013 made it not just a sporting event, it’s also a community and family carnival for the young and adults to enjoy the family bonding time and enjoy water sports action on the Marina Bay.
With so many actions all around DBS Marina Regatta 2013, it was a great honour to work together with some of Singapore’s talented photographers who are also social media influencers, they are Mr Brown, Callan, Weili, SuperAdrianMe, Bryan, AikBeng and Ivan. Each of us specializes in a certain field of photography, from sports, lifestyle, events, street, action, moments, video production and iPhonegraphy. All of us coming together, to share, create and produce beautiful priceless photographs, moments and memories for DBS Marina Regatta 2013.
If you were at DBS Marina Regatta 2013 on 18th and 19th May 2013 and you had taken colourful scenes, faces, emotions and high-octane action during the regatta. You can participate and submit your photographs or videos by tagging #dbsmarinaregatta0213 on Instagram, Vine or upload via the Facebook App (http://goo.gl/3cZnq). Exciting prizes awaits you! Do check out the website for more information – www.dbsmarinaregatta.com! There is also a Part Two to DBS Marina Regatta 2013 and there will be the Bay Festival on 24th and 25th May 2013. There are many interesting and fun water activities for the public to participate and enjoy. On the 24th May 2013, there are the Dragon Boat Invitation Races and on the 25th May 2013, there is the Water Craft By The Bay. For the land activities and festivities, there are Social Enterprise Carnival and Rhythms by the Bay on both 24th and 25th May 2013! Do check DBS Marina Regatta website for more details of the Family Fun by the Bay!
My coverage and scope were mainly sports photography and my focus was mainly on the Dragon Boats and the participants. I loved photographing, covering, writing and sharing this particular field of Sports Photojournalism and Sports Photography, allowing me to explore different angles, viewpoints and perspectives, besides the sporting and split second moments. Looking back over 2000 photographs that I shot during DBS Marina Regatta 2013, I am delighted to be able to cover and show different angles and perspectives of Dragon Boating sporting actions. Do check out my photographs taken at DBS Marina Regatta 2013 here –
I am looking forward to my Part 2 coverage of DBS Marina Regatta 2013!