Monday 28 February 2011

(Probably) Final World Championship update

Previously, I posted "However, the sponsorship trail is long and hard and.......not very successful. To date, Qantas, Etihad and Irish Dancing Magazine have declined to offer sponsorship, but I will keep trying!!!"

I can now add that Tourism Ireland has also declined to offer any sponsorship for me to photograph Australian and NZ dancers.

So, that means that I won't be going, and there will be no free high-resolution photos of our fabulous Australian and NZ dancers. Sorry, I did the best I could.

Also, the devastating Christchurch earthquake has disrupted my plans to be in Auckland to photograph the AIDA NZ Feis on the 6th March. I am very sorry that I can't be there, but I will try to get to another NZ feis this year, perhaps the Nationals?

Finally, the QLD Flood Fundraising by clicking has all but come to a standstill, with people deciding, apparently, that it is OK to receive the photos, LiveCommentary and LiveCam free, but not to make the effort, on a daily basis, to help the people of QLD. I am saddened by this - I expected more, but I was probably expecting too much. Sadly, this will have a material impact on the ID community, something that I will announce later.

So, enjoy the free stuff while you can, it may not be around for too much longer.