What's On: Spring Racing Carnival News Roundup

Spring Racing Carnival has been slowly but surely heating up, and we’ve been getting lots of interesting news from around the country. Here are a few things to keep you updated.

Freelance Photographers Banned From Victoria Races

Racing Victoria is booting off over a dozen of the state’s most respected photographers in a bid to protect intellectual property and cut down on “systematic breaches” of terms and conditions.

In their stead, RV has created its own photography hub called “Racing Photos,” which will be their sole outlet of racing images, contributed by accredited photographers.

Freelance photographers, including Quill Award Winner Sharon Lee Chapman, are understandably outraged, given that their livelihoods are on the line. They argue that the racing industry’s benefits from their talents far outweigh RV’s financial gain from the move.

Several racing fans have also voiced their displeasure. G1X’s Trent Masenhelder penned an open letter to RV, saying that “the more people we have taking images of this great sport, the better… the harder it is for people to participate in our sport, the less people will invest. Racehorses are a want, not a need.”

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Freelancers including Sharon Lee Chapman will no longer be allowed to shoot at Racing Victoria. Image: Sharon Lee Chapman

Olympia Valance To Host David Jones Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Racing Parade

The Neighbours star has been tapped to host the major fashion event. Valance says the role is a dream come true, having always been a fan of MSFW. “There is such a strong love of fashion here and it’s fantastic that we get to honour it through an entire week of celebrations. Now to host it, is like a dream come true.”

Valance is Melbourne born and bred, known for her sense of style, and loves dressing up for the races. “I love the buzzing atmosphere of race days. Everyone is so excited to be there and to show off their beautiful outfits and head pieces,” the actress says.

Coinciding with Spring Racing Carnival, this year’s MSFW highlights sustainable fashion, featuring designers such as Carla Zampatti, Bianca Spender, Manning Cartell, Thurley, and White Suede. It starts tomorrow, August 25, and will go on until Friday next, September 2.

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Dream come true for Olympia Valance. Image: Norm Oorloff

Sydney Comes to Life With Spring Racing Carnival 2016 Campaign

The Australian Turf Club has recently launched its advertising campaign for the 2016 Sydney Spring Carnival.

Agency Pencil & Pixel’s work is titled “Sydney Comes to Life,” and is a celebration of Sydney’s transition from winter to spring. The campaign features jockey Hugh Bowman.

ATC CEO Tony Partridge says the campaign perfectly represents the energy that the Spring Carnival brings to Sydney.

“We are seeing Sydneysiders become more aware and involved with racing during the Spring. This campaign is our opportunity to capitalise on the market noise the racing season brings to Sydney and give Sydneysiders the permission to come to Royal Randwick or Rosehill gardens and really celebrate what Spring Racing is about,” said Partridge.

The 2016 Sydney Spring Carnival will see almost $12 million in prizemoney and a total of 21 Group races. It will be held across Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens over nine weeks, from September 10 to November 1.

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Campaign by ad agency Pencil & Pixel

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