Professional Photographer, Daniel Forster Wraps Up Another Year At Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

As the last boat crossed the finish line on December 31, 2012, it not only marked the end of the 68th annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, but Daniel Forster’s 12th consecutive year as the event’s official photographer.

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It’s the most exciting assignment of the year, it’s all about the unusual backgrounds and the tough conditions.

Jamestown, RI (PRWEB) January 23, 2013

Hosted by one of the leading luxury watch manufacturing companies in the world, the 68th annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is a premier event that attracts the interest of boat racing enthusiasts from all over the world. Held on the Australian coast this past December 2012, the event marked the 12th consecutive year for Daniel Forster’s contract as official photographer.

Beginning at 1:00p.m. on December 26, 2012 in Sydney Harbour, 75 yachts set sail for a 628 nautical mile race toward the finish line in Hobart, Tasmania. After only 1 day, 18 hours and 23 minutes of racing, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race found its winner in Wild Oats XI on December 28, 2012. However, it wasn’t until day six that the race saw its end as the last boat, Maluka of Kermandie, crossed the finish line. There to capture it all for yet another year was seasoned yacht photographer, Daniel Forster.

“It’s the most exciting assignment of the year,” said Forster, “it’s all about the unusual backgrounds and the tough conditions.”

Each alternating year, the photographer will switch his platform from shooting among the action in a boat, to an aerial view from a helicopter. To capture photographs for the 2012 race, Forster and his crew started off in a boat before flying to Hobart for the finish. From there, the final frames were shot from a 45 ft sport fishing boat.

“Both the boat and the helicopter are very exciting because on Tasman Island, where the boats go around before heading upriver to the finish, you can work from sunrise to sunset and there’s really nobody else around. It’s an empty space with only the boats; it’s so far away and wild and untouched.”

With roughly 40 years of experience, Daniel Forster chose to focus his work on sailing photography very early on. Since his start, Forster has photographed a total of 12 Olympic Games, 11 America’s Cup events and a number of additional Rolex Yachting Events, such as the Rolex Big Boat Series in San Francisco, CA and the Rolex China Sea Race.

To view and download pictures from the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race free of charge, newspapers and magazines are invited to visit Daniel Forster’s gallery on