Hannah Peters is a staff sports photographer for Getty Images specialising in winter sports, paralympic sports and multisport competitions and is based in Auckland, New Zealand.
She has covered London Olympic Games, Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, World Rowing Championships, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games in Guangzhou and the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
We caught up with her in transit to Sochi to cover the Winter Paralympic Games.
When did you first pick up a camera/start shooting?
I first picked up a camera when I was about 7 years old. I would mainly photograph my cat and things around the home. I took it more seriously when I did it in my last two years of school.
What was your big break? How did you go about achieving this?
The day after I finished my last school exam I was lucky enough to head straight into a sports photo agency here in Auckland. I was 17 and learnt on the job for the next five years before going freelance and then moving onto staff with Getty Images.
Who have been and continue to be your influencers for your photography and in life?
I look up to and admire the top sports shooters at Getty Images, such as Adam Pretty and Al Bello. In life, my family are really important to me and have supported me all the way. They inspire me daily to push myself and keep wanting more.
What challenges have you encountered and how did you overcome them?
The biggest challenge I face daily is getting the right work / life balance. It can be a fairly absorbing job at times. The best way for me to get the balance right is through organization and making time for everything and everyone. Learning when to have a proper day off is important for me to recharge and feel energized again.
You've got a really interesting job which includes a lot of sports – have you had an challenges breaking into what is sometimes seen as a 'all boys club'?
The industry can be seen as a boys club, however I've found that by earning respect through your work from others, is the most important thing. The main challenge in sports photography as a female would be the heavy gear. Strength and keeping fit are an important part of my job.
What do you consider to be your career highlight to date?
My career highlight so far would definitely be covering the London Olympics and Paralympics in 2012. They were my first Olympics and fourth Paralympics. It was the hardest I have ever worked, but also the most rewarding!
What's your next challenge?
My main goal looking forward is to get to the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio, 2016. I look up to the top shooters at Getty who have covered many Olympics and really want that feeling.
What would you say to your 18-year-old self if you could?
Embrace and have the confidence to try something different when shooting.
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About Hannah Peters
Based in Auckland, NZ, Hannah Peters is a staff sports photographer for Getty Images specialising in winter sports, paralympic sports and multisport competitions. She first realised her passion for photography while at St. Cuthbert’s College in Auckland, where she studied photography. Since discovering that she could combine her two favorite hobbies – sports and photography – together as a career, Hannah has never looked back. Following her graduation in 2001, Hannah began working as a sports photographer for Photosport Ltd until 2007, when she became a freelance photographer for Getty Images. In 2010, Hannah joined the Getty Images team as a full-time photographer.
During her career, Hannah has covered sporting events worldwide including the London Olympic Games, Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, World Rowing Championships, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games in Guangzhou and the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. Her work has garnered her several awards including honors from PANPA, NZ Soccer Association and TP McLean National Sports Journalism Awards.
Hannah’s imagery has been featured in leading media publications and outlets such as The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, NZ Herald, BBC, TIME Magazine, Fairfax Magazines and Newspapers, among others. In addition, she has worked on several editorial and commercial assignments for Grazia Magazine, Fairfax Media, APN, NZ Rugby Union, Australian Netball, NZ Winter Games and Tourism NZ.