Ouch! Pro sports photographer gets taken down by shot putter’s erratic throw

This pro sports photographer at the World Indoor Athletics Championships last week definitely got the shot, but clearly not the one he was expecting. In fact, he had a darn lucky escape when an athlete’s heavy metal ball came unexpectedly flying his way.

Competing at the event in Portland, Oregon, American shot putter Kendell Williams launched the shot too far to the left, taking it out of the designated landing zone. The press photographer, identified only as Sean, had no time to get out of the way, and tumbled to the ground as the 8-pound shot came down on his shin.

While the video above shows the throw in slow motion, the one below has it at normal speed. Check out the horrifying thud as the shot slams into the photographer, as well as Williams’ reaction, which seems to be more “Oops!” than “Holy crap I almost killed that guy.”

Clearly, had Williams hurled it a little harder, or Sean been a little nearer, the ending would not have been a happy one.

When Williams threw the shot, the photographer was located outside the protection netting that surrounds the landing zone. But as you can see in the video, he was positioned at the point where the netting begins, leaving himself exposed to erratic throws. After a few seconds, the lucky (or should that be “unlucky”?) photographer clambers to his feet and seems to be OK, though no doubt the resulting bruise was a belter.

“He will dine off that for years,” one of the TV commentators laughed, though no doubt Sean is just happy he’ll be able to dine at all after such a close call.

While many sports photographers love to get close to the action, they still have to have their wits about them, with Friday’s incident a scary reminder of how things can so easily go wrong.

As for Sean, if he’s looking for a somewhat safer assignment to cover while his leg heals, perhaps there’s a tiddlywinks contest happening somewhere close by in the coming weeks.


Authentic, holistic, retro photography is in: Here are 2019’s predicted trends

What types of imagery are we most drawn to? According to recent stock photography data from Adobe, StoryBlocks, and Shutterstock, authentic, holistic, and humanitarian content will be in high demand in 2019.

The best battery packs and power stations for use in the outdoors

If you want to keep your smartphones, tablets, and other devices charged while camping int he backcountry these battery packs and portable power stations are rugged enough to survive while providing plenty of power too.

From DIY to AAA, here's how to take a passport photo in 6 different ways

If you're applying for a passport or renewing one, you need to submit a photo in your official application. There are strict guidelines, but fortunately, it's something you can do at home. Here's how to take a passport photo.
Home Theater

Block the outside world, tune into your own with the best in-ear headphones

Over-the-ear headphones offer top-flight sound, but they're not so easy to take along with you. If you're looking to upgrade your portable sound, check out our favorite in-ear headphones -- there's a model for every user and every budget.
Movies & TV

From premiere date to footage: Here's all we have on 'Game of Thrones' season 8

With the eighth and final season looming, Game of Thrones fever has officially become a pandemic. Our list of all the relevant news and rumors will help make the wait more bearable, if you don't mind spoilers.

The best mirrorless cameras pack all the power of a DSLR, minus the bulk

Mirrorless cameras offer a lot of photography firepower, inside a compact body. Explore the best mirrorless cameras, from the pro-level to the beginner-friendly shooters, in this guide.

This A.I.-powered camera follows the action to produce epic selfie videos

Want to capture more epic action selfies? The Obsbot Tail is a camera-gimbal combo that uses artificial intelligence to follow the action. Using a handful of different modes, the camera works to keep the action in the frame.

Sony crams its best camera tech into the new $900 A6400

Love Sony's autofocus, but can't stomach the full-frame price? The Sony A6400 mirrorless camera uses some of the same autofocus technology and the processor of the A9 in a compact, more affordable crop-sensor camera.

These point-and-shoot cameras make your smartphone pics look like cave paintings

If your smartphone camera just isn't giving you the results you're looking for, maybe it's time to step up your game. The latest and greatest point-and-shoot cameras offer large sensors, tough bodies, and long lenses -- something no phone…

GoPro bumps resolution on Fusion 360 cam to 5.6K with new firmware

Currently available in public beta, Fusion firmware version 2.0 offers a new 5.8K mode that results in 5.6K output when the 360 camera's two hemispheres are stitched together. It also adds support for 24 fps video and RAW time-lapse…

With 5-stop optical stabilization, Fujifilm GF 100-200mm is ready for adventure

Fujifilm revealed a new lens designed to deliver on the GFX system's promise of adventure-ready medium-format photography. The GF 100-200mm F5.6 R is a weather resistant, relatively lightweight, 2x telephoto with impressive stabilization.

Olympus teaser shares glimpse of OM-D camera that’s good for more than sports

Is Olympus about to release a new mirrorless camera geared toward sports photographers? The latest teaser offers a glimpse of an upcoming OM-D camera set to launch on January 24, and by the looks of the teasers, it's capable for landscapes…

Nikon A1000, B600 pack big zooms into compact, budget-friendly cameras

The new Nikon Coolpix A1000 packs in a 35x zoom lens, 4K video, and an optical viewfinder, while Nikon's B600 brings a 60x zoom lens to the table. The cameras are modest updates to Nikon's budget-friendly zoom models.
Social Media

Nearly a million Facebook users followed these fake Russian accounts

Facebook purged two separate groups behind more than 500 fake accounts with Russian ties. One group had ties to Russian news agency Sputnik, while the other had behavior similar to the Internet Research Agency's midterm actions.