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Delly Carr - The Worlds Greatest Sports Photographer

Delly Carr - The Worlds Greatest Sports Photographer

Episode 71: Delly Carr - The Worlds Greatest Sports Photographer

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In this episode of The Greg Bennett Show, Greg has a delightful conversation with Delly Carr.

Delly Carr is arguably the greatest sports photographer in the world.

Officially ranked in Australia as Australia's top freelance Sports photographer, his list of clients reads like a who's who in the world of sport. From swimming to rugby, to Triathlon to Fencing to softball and rowing he’s worked them all.

Plus, 7 Commonwealth Games and 9 Olympics with the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games being his tenth.

But he’s much more than a photographer he’s a man who has captured and preserved the history of some of the greatest moments in sport. The Victories and Triumph’s, the Disappointments and Misfortune’s, the Laughs, smiles, blood, sweat, and tears he’s captured it all.

His awards read like their own book – If there is an award for the most awards this man probably has it. The highlight being a member of the exclusive - World Photography Academy

He’s been a mate of Greg's since the late ’80s, early 90’s and Greg has always loved his passion and commitment to doing whatever it takes to celebrate the story of sport.

In this episode, Delly describes the moment in which he left the comforts of corporate life to follow his passion for sports photography. Although it took a few years his career and his name became a part of the sporting culture around the world.

Delly discusses the world of Triathlon and how it has changed. He shares some of his greatest moments in sport, and some of his favorite images.

Simply a wonderful conversation with a delightful human being.

See the timestamps below for more detail.


For all images discussed in the show, please visit Delly's website at these links below:

0.0 - Introduction to show and advertising

4.05 - Introduction to guest

5.05 - General chit-chat - First shot in Taree 1989 - Old School - Country town races around Australia

10.10 - Delly being a mentor - The sports in good hands - "What would Delly do now"

12.00 - Being creative - the brain matures -

13.30 - Creative genius verse work and opportunity

15.00 - Creative family - Leanne works for NSW Art Gallery and Delly's kids

16.50 - Greg doesn't take a great photo - "You were an ugly racer"

19.00 - Beijing WTS - Photo - "Beauty and the cheat" photos

21.30 - Laura's cover shoot photo

21.50 - Rewind the clock - 99c camera "The Dianna F" - cheap version of Kodak brownie - Economics degree majored in marketing - weekend photographer - In 1997 his company offered a retrenchment package and Delly left the comfort of a steady job - When Sydney got the Olympics Delly grew the sport - The Triathlon Grand Prix in Australia was a great launchpad along with the Sydney Olympic

27.00 - Leaving the comfort

27.30 - Delly's sports background was Rugby, Basketball, and Boxing - "I'm the best armchair sportsman"

29.10 - Missing a shot because of a great sports moment - Kathy Freeman in 2000 Photo, Emma Snowsill Photo Simon Whitfield Gold photo -

31.30 - Grand Prix Triathlon Australia - Parties - teamwork and community "It was a band of brothers" Damien, Adam, and Fraser -

34.30 - ITU Series - "you can't compare eras"

36.00 - Treating photographer - combining business and creativity - negotiating contracts - "photographing according to Delly"

39.40 - Ambassador programs - Nikon, Thule, and Subaru - Working in sport - We want a good photographer and good manners

42.30 - Swimming Australia quote from Leigh Russel

43.50 - Jackie Gallaghers (Fairweather) funeral - documenting athletes important moments - Capturing history - Greg Norman, Pat Rafter, John Eals, Emma Snowsill

46.40 - Love of sport - "You need to know the sport" - "I love Old school sports, fencing, boxing, etc"

49.40 - Epic failures - "I didn't load film" - "No epic failures just lessons"

51.00 - Injuries - "Running of the bulls" - Photo

54.50 - Best standout photo - Sunset WA Ironman - Photo - Daughter and Dad - Emma and Simon Olympic win

58.10 - Table Tennis photo - it took 4 years to get the picture - Peoples choice award

59.30 - Film versus film - "I missed film because I was so good at it - I knew how film behaved" - Workflow is easier

1.02.10 - Preparing for races - lugging 25 kilos of gear

1.03.50 - What Camera? - Nikon D6 pro camera - Delly gives feedback

1.06.30 - Advice for following a passion - Be a good person, have good manners - The passion and love of sports

Who would Delly want a Coffee with? Mohamed Ali, Michael Jackson, Elvis, George Clooney, Michael Angelo

1.13.20 - 15 fun rapid-fire quick answer questions

  1. What is your favorite family vacation? The Entrance, NSW

  2. What event would you love to photograph but haven’t had the opportunity to? Tour De France

  3. What would you change about yourself if you could? Procrastination

  4. On a scale of 1 to 10 how “cool” are you? "9"

  5. What’s the largest animal you could wrestle to the floor? "Pig"

  6. Outside of photography, If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be? "Drummer in a rock band"

  7. Which would you rather do: wash dishes, mow the lawn, clean the bathroom, or vacuum the house? "Wash the dishes"

  8. Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life? George Clooney

  9. Which decade of music is the best? The "70s"

  10. If you had a time machine, would you travel to the future or back to the past? The past - Starting life again - 50s or 60s

  11. Is it wrong for a vegetarian to eat animal crackers? - "Pass"

  12. If you had to describe yourself as an animal, which one would it be? "Pig"

  13. Number one pet peeve? "People not doing their job properly" - No spacial awareness

  14. Proudest moment of your life? My Children

  15. If you won, $100 million in the lottery how would you spend it? Massive Farm with Pigs

1.20.00 - Conclude


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