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.

 

Here is a small sample of Hannah's portfolio. For more, visit Getty Images

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: Valentina Vezzali of Italy celebrates as she wins gold during her contest with Larisa Korobeynikova of Russia in the Women's Foil Team Fencing gold medal match against Russia on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 2, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
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  • AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 12: Mika Vukona of the Breakers lays the ball up during game one of the NBL Grand Final series between the New Zealand Breakers and the Perth Wildcats at Vector Arena on April 12, 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
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  • WANAKA, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 23: Fred Touchette of Canada competes in the men's 15km Cross Country Skiing during day two of the Winter Games NZ at the Snow Farm on August 23, 2009 in Wanaka, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
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  • WANAKA, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 23: Oscar Wester of Sweden competes in the FIS Freestyle Ski Slopestyle World Cup Qualifying during day nine of the Winter Games NZ at Cardrona Alpine Resort on August 23, 2013 in Wanaka, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
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  • WANAKA, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 25: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Noah Morrison of Canada competes in the FIS Freestyle Ski Slopestyle World Cup Finals during day 11 of the Winter Games NZ at Cardrona Alpine Resort on August 25, 2013 in Wanaka, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
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  • LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 08: Blake Leeper of the United States celebrates with Jarryd Wallace of the United States after winning silver in the Men's 400m T44 Final on day 10 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 8, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
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  • AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 23: Imanol Harinordoquy of France lies dejected as the All Blacks celebrate winning the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup Final match between France and New Zealand at Eden Park on October 23, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
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  • AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 02: Shane Cameron of New Zealand lies on the ground after being knocked out by Friday Ahunanya of the USA during the WBO Asia Pacific Title Fight at the SKYCITY Convention Centre November 2, 2007 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
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  • KAWERAU, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 26: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white. No colour version available) Tony Debray of France competes in the New Zealand Canoe Slalom Selection Races on the Kawerau River on January 27, 2013 in Kawerau, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
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  • AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 01: Competitors pick up water at the drink station as they compete in the 2009 Auckland Marathon on November 1, 2009 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
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  • AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 08: Competitors dive in for the start of the Women's 400m individual medley during the New Zealand Open Swimming Championships at West Wave Aquatic Centre on April 8, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
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  • QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 29: Zhang Xin Jun of China competes on day one of the New Zealand PGA Pro-Am at The Hills Golf Club on March 29, 2012 in Queenstown, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
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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.

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