WFTDA 2014 D1 & D2

Playoffs & Championships

Tournament Credentials for Media and Photographers

WFTDA welcomes members of the media and photographers to cover the exciting, top-level competition at the International 2014 WFTDA Playoffs and Championships.

Given the increasing interest in photographing and covering these events, please understand that we have imposed limits on the amount of credentials issued as well as the number of photographers and media allowed trackside access during any given game. Our desire is to accommodate, but not at the expense of overcrowding to our fans, unsafe conditions for skaters and officials, or less than optimal shooting conditions for anyone.

Media

Media outlets are directed to the WFTDA Media Credential Agreement for details regarding tournament policies and an online application. At its discretion, WFTDA will provide credentials to those applicants who are positioned to provide the best coverage of the event, giving priority preference to members of major media outlets (i.e. wire services, networks, cable, etc.).

Media Credential requests may be submitted at any time.

Apply for Media Credentials

Questions may be directed to credentials@wftda.com.

Who should apply for media credentials?

Media credentials will be assessed to the following types of applicants:

  • Media outlets
  • Writers/Photographers pitching stories to media outlets

All photographers should skip to the Photographers section below, and notify your media outlet to complete the Media Credentials application.

As stated above, priority preference will be given to members of major media outlets (i.e. wire services, networks, cable, etc.).

Members of the media will get complimentary entry for one writer and one photographer. If additional members of the media are on your crew that need entry into an event, please state that on your application, and your request will be reviewed accordingly.

All photographers with media outlets will have to review the WFTDA Photography Agreement and complete the online Photography Application.

Photographers

Photographer Credential requests for Playoffs have rolling deadlines as outlined below. Photographer Credential requests for Championships will be open until September 10th. After these deadlines, any new applications will not be reviewed unless roles are still open for tournaments. Please read the descriptions below for Photographers, before applying.

PHOTOGRAPHER CREDENTIAL APPLICATION DEADLINES

August 07 - D2 Playoff Applications Closed
August 18 - Sacramento Applications Closed
August 21 - Evansville Applications Closed
August 28 - Salt Lake City Applications Closed
September 04 - Charleston Applications Closed
September 10 - Championship Applications Closed

August 11 - D2 playoff Photographers confirmed
August 20 - Sacramento Photographers confirmed
August 27 - Evansville Photographers confirmed
September 03 - Salt Lake City Photographers confirmed
September 09 - Charleston Photographers confirmed

September 10 - Championship Applications Closed
September 30 - Championship photographers for each location confirmed

Photographers for 2014 WFTDA Playoffs and Championships are asked to review the WFTDA Photography Agreement for details regarding photography policies, and to complete a Photographer Credential Application

If you are applying as part of a media outlet, please specify that media outlet on your application.

At it's discretion, WFTDA will provide credentials to those applicants with “professional grade” equipment, significant experience shooting roller derby bouts, and photographers associated with media outlets already credentialed.

The WFTDA is looking to fill the following photographer roles at each tournament:

  • 3 WFTDA Photographers
  • Up to 20 Credentialed Photographers

WFTDA Photographer

A WFTDA Photographer is the confirmed photographer at each tournament who’s been secured to contribute their photos to the WFTDA media centre at the tournament. These photos will be given first opportunity to be used by the WFTDA as “live” updates for social media (i.e: Blog, Website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc).

WFTDA Photographers receive complimentary entry into the tournament.

As part of the role of WFTDA Photographer, this group, or an elected member of this group will also help with the following at each tournament:

  • Communicating venue shooting rules. These are set with the Tournament organizer at each event.
  • Manage off camera flash channel frequencies.
  • Answer photographer questions about venue conditions.
  • Assist in center track scheduling
  • Insure appropriate resources are available - table, power, wifi, etc., and if not, communicating to the photography wrangler.
  • Acting as primary communication channel for ad.hoc WFTDA policy changes during event. i.e. conveying this during a daily meeting throughout the event, if necessary.

The WFTDA will work with photographers to help track photos used, and request that photographers bill WFTDA after tournament season.

The WFTDA pays a standard fee of $10.00 per photo.

Credentialed Photographer

Credentialed Photographers are photographers who are not working directly for the WFTDA, and would like the opportunity to use their professional cameras and flashes at WFTDA tournaments.

Select Credentialed Photographers may receive track access, based on availability. Priority will go to photographers working with a team.

Credentialed Photographers will be asked to contribute their photos to the WFTDA media centre for use on social media, on an as needed basis.

The WFTDA will work with photographers to help track photos used, and request that photographers bill WFTDA after tournament season.

The WFTDA pays a standard fee of $10.00 per photo.

Credentialed Photographers will have to purchase their own tickets into the tournament.

Questions about Photographer credentials may be directed to credentials@wftda.com.

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