It’s been another great year for Offside, as highlighted by our post on the best images from our team of photographers in 2014.
Yet 2014 has been an exceptional year for one of our number especially, with Simon Stacpoole ending the current calendar period with a nomination for the BT Sports Photographer of the Year award.
His portfolio of pictures that have been submitted to the judging panel have been included in this post, which showcases the range of his work over the past year.
Not only has Simon been hard at work shooting the Premier League and Champions League in 2014, he also made the trip over to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Simon was present for some of the biggest moments of the tournament, including Germany’s 7-1 thrashing of the hosts and their title-winning final victory over Lionel Messi’s Argentina.
While British success was hard to come by in Brazil, with England falling at the first hurdle, Wales’ Gareth Bale was able to allow his native isles to bask in some glory after he helped Real Madrid to a historic 10th Champions League win. And as with so many of the biggest moments in football in 2014, Stacpoole was there to capture the moment.
Based in the North West, Simon is so often Offside’s man when it comes to the big home games for Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United, as well as other Northern powerhouse sides a bit further afield. This is also reflected in his work this year.
Offside wish Simon all the best when it comes to the final decision of who takes home the BT sponsored gong and hope that he takes the prize to become the a fitting victor of the Sports Photographer of the Year award for 2014.