The Photographer

Chris Davies ARPS, first started marine photography back in 1987 at the Needles Trophy race held in Poole, Dorset. He then started to supply UKOBA with their Powerboat Championship pictures. Whilst maintaining his growing UK client base he started to venture overseas and soon began working with the Dubai Victory Team as they embarked upon their Class One Offshore World Championship pursuit.

Between 1992 and 2001, Chris was the Official Photographer to the U.I.M. Formula One World Championship, during which time he attended over 95 Grand Prix event at venues as diverse as Thailand, China, Russia, and Turkey. Along with various boating publication, his clients included Castrol International, Chesterfield, Fuchs, John Player Gold Leaf, Mercury Racing, Singha Beer, Texaco Havoline and Waterford Crystal.

In 1997, he started writing on the subject and as writer, editor and main photographic contributor he produced the U.I.M. Formula One Powerboat Championship Yearbook, ‘F1 H2O’ from 1997 to 2001.

In 2002, Chris was the Official Photographer to the U.I.M. Pro-Vee Offshore European Cup working closely with its Promoter and several of the race teams. During their 2005 Championship, Pro-Vee actually staged a race inside the Artic Circle, The Midnight Sun Grand Prix, held in Bodo, Norway.

In March, 2004, Chris was awarded the Associateship of The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain.

Between 2006 and 2010, he joined forces with the Oceania Group International, a New Zealand based publishing company that produced the powerboat racing magazine, H2O Full Throttle. Starting as Chief Photographer he quickly became overall Editor of the magazine which went on to become one of the leading racing publications.

During that time he was the Official Photographer for the 2008 Round Britain Offshore Powerboat Race, "The Greatest Offshore Powerboat Race of the 21st Century." Whilst covering this highly successful event, his photographs were published in several National and Local newspapers the length and breadth of the UK, including The Scotsman, The Press & Journal, London Evening Standard, Portsmouth News and the Isle of Wight County Press.

In 2009, he was awarded five medals by the Union International Motonautique, a record haul in their annual Photographic Competition, including "Image of The Year". 2009 was a busy year as ZCR, the new promoters of ZapCat Racing commissioned him as their Official Photographer for their inaugural season, plus he also acted as the main photographic contributor for the book "Chasing The Horizon", one man's account of the 2008 Round Britain Powerboat Race.

In 2010 Chris was the Official Photographer for the British Powerboat Festival which saw the 50th running of the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes powerboat race, the longest consecutive running offshore powerboat race in the world, plus he attended various UIM Formula One Grand Prix working for the Promoter and several race teams.

A change of tack for 2011, when Chris spent the year as the Official Photographer for the World Match Racing Tour, supplying sailing, marketing and corporate images to the ISAF promoter, sailing teams, the media and event organisers.

For 2012 it was back to powerboat racing, developing a media strategy with the Formula Two Team Association whilst also supplying the UIM Formula 2 World Championship race teams and event organisers with their images. For the third year in a row he was also back at Cowes working with the British Powerboat Racing Club.