Delly Carr's ITU Instagram Takeover Hailey Danisewicz stretching post-race, Mooloolaba, March 13
“I love this image because I was able to be a silent part of Hailey’s mental and physical finale to her day. So immersed that she never knew I was there.” Delly Carr's ITU Instagram Takeover Elite Female Swim Exit, Tongyeong Korea, Oct. 24
“This is the one part of triathlon that really gets my adrenaline running. When I get the chance to lay low on the swim exit pontoon, I get to feel the rumble, hear the roar, see the rush, and feel the shrapnel of water drops on my face as the athletes explode out of the H2O and on to terrafirma.” Delly Carr's ITU Instagram Takeover Elite Male Swim Start, Auckland, New Zealand, March 28
“This was very first frame of my 2015 ITU World Championship Series photography. Jonathan Brownlee’s shape has so much purpose and direction. A rigid arrow-like shape fired into a far horizon, into a new season of unknowns, the journey started by the sun’s star-burst.” Delly Carr's ITU Instagram Takeover Elite Male Bike, Gold Coast, Australia, April 9
“The lone triathlete tries in vain to catch the pack ahead of him. The dark brewing storm clouds, the drab environment of the power lines, and the monochromatic qualities of the afternoon light leads our mind into believing that the situation our triathlete faces is both hopeless and forlorn. For there is no color, there is no light, there is no life.” Delly Carr's ITU Instagram Takeover Tongyeong, Korea, Oct. 24
“In my 30 years of photographing triathlon one thing remains the same, that being the wondrous bond among the athletes. So when the race is run and won, when the battle is over, the athletes celebrate their day with humor and tales, amongst friends new and old, amongst teammates, and amongst the triathlon family. As the ITU photographer, the athletes are comfortable to let me enter observe and capture all dimensions of their day. I am honored. It’s not always about the swim bike run.” Delly Carr's ITU Instagram Takeover Paratriathlon, World Championships, Chicago, USA, Sept. 19
“I still get teary when I photograph the sport. For many different reasons and at different times.
With my long lens I was able to zoom in close to our Visual Impaired athlete and her guide. I saw the bond between both with prying eyes. I wasn’t quite sure whether the tears were of despair, of sadness, of joy, or relief. But it was overwhelming heartfelt and true. Her guide was genuine in her return of support and love. I watched through my eyepiece for what seemed like minutes. But then the vision became blurred, and I had to put the Nikon down, tears were also welling in my eyes. Through the limited vision that my viewfinder and long zoom lens was giving me, I too had been caught up in that emotional moment.” Delly Carr's ITU Instagram Takeover Andrea Hewitt, Rachel Klamer, Gold Coast, Australia, April 9
“I will always get something different at a drink station, water behaves differently, never once will it shape or behave like the time before. This time we had two athletes in synchronicity, a mirror reflection of each other.
A photograph ‘fixes the moment’ of an event. In that moment, the photograph preserves what the eye might otherwise not capture. The idea that a photo can capture a moment in time happens to be a specific statement born out of, and sustained by our conceptions of what is to be being represented.
As a sports photographer, my work will constantly revolve around each one of these set moments. There will be many. But unlike the athlete, I will have little control over the biology of that moment. And so vision and reflex becomes my key focus.” Delly Carr's ITU Instagram Takeover Ai Ueda, WTS Gold Coast Australia, April 9
“Just as I was walking to the finish line to prepare, I saw out of the corner of my eye that Ai Ueda would grab her water mid-run but hitting it with such force that she create her own water artwork. So I turned around and waited for her to return on her next lap. She did it once more and again painted her individual H2O masterpiece. Sports Photography is about seeing and taking chances. About taking a quick fleeting moment and capturing it covering the image with my own interpretation. Otherwise it is lost forever.” Delly Carr's ITU Instagram Takeover Elite Female start, Tongyeong, Korea, Oct. 24
“We are individuals. I immediately loved this image because it showed me how each one prepares, how each one focuses, how each triathlete takes the one moment and covers it with their own individual skin. The styles are all so different, contrasting and stark, one is quite forceful, and yet they all seem to be at peace.” Delly Carr's ITU Instagram Takeover Paratriathlon, World Championships, Chicago, USA, Sept. 19
“A new chapter in the history of triathlon will be written in 2016. Later this year, paratriathlon makes its debut on the Olympic stage. And expect this man to be a major player in the medal allocation.” Delly Carr's ITU Instagram Takeover Age Group, World Championships, Chicago, USA, Sept. 19
“This is one of my favorite images of 2015. I love being in amongst the rabble of triathletes. So much is happening here, in the foreground, in the background, static, movement, air, ground. What I love most is the how the athletes move left from right, diminishing into the background, with the wharf jumper making it all look so natural that triathletes can also fly. I now believe that they can.” Delly Carr's ITU Instagram Takeover Elite Female Swim Exit, Tongyeong Korea, Oct. 24
“Triathlon gives me the best of chances to make a beautiful image. I have two unpredictable elements to play with……water and light. I also have blues and greens. I have light and dark. And I have triathlon.” Delly Carr's ITU Instagram Takeover Paratriathlon, Olympic Test Event, Rio de Janiero, Aug. 1
“There is a spiritual feel to this image. An athlete in touch with the physical, in touch with the environment, in touch with the atmosphere and earth.
Is he in pain? Does he feel pain? Will he conquer the barrier that he faces?
For blue is nature’s color. Serenity calm and spirituality.” Delly Carr's ITU Instagram Takeover ITU World Championship Series, Yokohama, Japan, May 2015 “This photo is just ‘peak action.’ No creativity, no special effects, no forethought. It is as the cliche says ‘capturing the moment.’
One of the great sprint finishes I have witnessed in the sport. Two amazing champions holding on to dear life as they try to out sprint each other to the finish line. Two athletes at the peak of their physical capability spurred on by the life or death motivation to defeat the other. This is sport at its highest level.” Delly Carr's ITU Instagram Takeover ITU World Championship Grand Final, Chicago, Sept. 2015
“There is wonderful composition and shapes in this image. The colors all complement each other.
Such a great finish line image.
But I love this image because I see a legend in the making. I see Gwen Jorgensen setting benchmarks that may not be overlapped in my lifetime. One of the most pleasant talented and exciting triathlete I have witnessed in my 30 years of triathlon photography. She is reaching for the stars and then the galaxies beyond. I cannot wait to witness the journey. And I have one of the best seats to watch her fly.”
The International Triathlon Union’s photographer Delly Carr, who also happens to be one of the greatest photographers in our sport, took over the ITU’s Instagram account last week to share his favorite images from 2015. We’re excited to now share those images here, as well as the insightful comments from Carr. For more, follow Delly Carr (
@Dellyphotoninja) and World Triathlon ( @Worldtriathlon) for more images from the sport we love.
All photos: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org
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