The answer to this question is yes and no. If you are trying to gain press accreditation to an F1 event or Wembley it is very doubtful. However, if you don’t try you will never know.
We have just received our second press pass for the Bramham International Horse Trials Event, which starts on the 6th of June until the 9th of June and thought we would share our experiences. If you are thinking how do you gain a press pass the first thing you need to do is apply for one. As k2photographic have obtained press accreditation for two international equine events, I guess we have either been fortunate or are doing something right when we apply? When you are thinking about an event the first thing to do is check to establish if there are press accreditation details on the events website. The earlier you apply the better chance you will have in being considered. Before you fill in the press accreditation application, read all of the information prior to completing the details, you may find certain conditions apply and if you don’t follow them you won’t stand a chance. If you have a website which highlights your photographic work provide the web address to your most current or best work. You are often asked to fill in details of your editor, if you don’t have an editor write Freelance Photographer. You need to act professionally, so don’t beg or lie. If you have taken images at any other events and were granted access by a specific person, state their name. The majority of press passes will be sent out on a specified date, if you do not receive one within this time frame, you have not been successful. The key to gaining a press pass is to be polite and professional, remember if you do not have contacts or a proven track record, you will have to just keep trying and applying if you want to succeed.