“It is not an accident these strong women are in my life, I seek them out and stand beside them.” - Karen Yeomans
It’s no secret that sports media is still male dominated, but research funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union and shared at the Women in Sport’s Empower Conference in London last year shows that women’s sport is often ‘barely visible.’
Across all five nations studied, women’s sport was found to be significantly less visible than men’s sport and did not reflect the extent of high-level women’s sport taking place. In the UK, men’s sport accounted for over 80% of sports coverage.
As one of the few female sports photographers working in the UK today, Karen Yeomans understands the need for balanced coverage and is on a mission to support women in being seen. In addition to her commercial photography work, she’s currently working on a long-term project called ‘Standing in the Light,’ with the aim of telling female athletes’ stories.
We talked to her about her passion for sports and photography, the challenges involved in working in a male-dominated industry, as well as some practical considerations for photographers who might be looking to break into the industry.