2015 Photo Contest, Sports, 2nd prize

Conquering Speed


Sergei Ilnitsky

12 December, 2014

Ski jumping is a sport of courageous and strong athletes who overcome fear and uncertainty to challenge flight. Years of training help them understand the wind streams and subdue themselves to an unrealistic speed for a human.

About the photographer

Sergei Ilnitsky

Sergei Ilnitsky is a staff photographer for European Pressphoto Agency (EPA) in Moscow since 2003. He was born in 1974 in the small town of Mariupol, Ukraine. His passion for ph...

Background story

Marinus Kraus of Germany, during the qualification round.

Ski-jumpers in the flight stage of their jump, during the HS134 night event at the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup, in December. Aerodynamics is an important factor in the sport, and strict regulations govern the foil-like suits participants wear.

Technical information

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Focal length
200.0 mm

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