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31 days in France: A photographers view of the Women’s World Cup

24 June 2019, Reims – Women’s World Cup, France 2019 – Round of 16 – Spain v USA – A tattoo on the throat of Maria Leon of Spain reads Looks Can Be Deceiving – Photo: Charlotte Wilson / Offside.

Last month we covered Offside sports agency photographer Charlotte Wilson who set up a blog with fellow photographer Molly Darlington tracking thier trip photographing the Women’s World Cup in France. …now Charlotte is back in London, has caught up on some sleep, had a square meal and edited her images, PAN asked her for a selection of her best from the tournament.

Charlotte told PAN: “During my 31 days in France for the Women’s World Cup, I covered a total of 23 matches, photographed 21 different teams and visited 7 host cities. I shot the Women’s Euros in Holland two years ago, but this was my first World Cup and it was on a completely different level. It was exhausting, but a really great experience at the same time. Things seemed to click for me after the group stages and I’m really happy with some of the images I produced – I hope they show the grittier side of women’s football; the side that a lot of people don’t think it has.”

Charlotte and Molly would like to thank Canon ‘who lent us a lot of gear for the tournament.’

PAN asked Mark Leech, the Boss at Offside, to comment on Charlotte’s trip and coverage for the agency:
“Hi Will, all I’d add to the piece about Charlotte is her ability to organise 90% of the trip by herself and not complain once to me about working conditions, late nights or extreme heat. Her photos speak for themselves.”

Charlotte ready for another day on location
23 June 2019, Valenciennes – Women’s World Cup, France 2019 – Round of 16 – England v Cameroon – Steph Houghton of England scores their 1st goal from an indirect free-kick past a row of defenders on the line and celebrates – Photo: Charlotte Wilson / Offside.
23 June 2019, Valenciennes – Women’s World Cup, France 2019 – Round of 16 – England v Cameroon – An England fan with dreadlocks covered in coloured threads – Photo: Charlotte Wilson / Offside.
20 June 2019, Reims – Women’s World Cup, France 2019 – Netherlands v Canada – Shanice Van De Sanden of the Netherlands celebrates as Netherlands get through to the knockout round – Photo: Charlotte Wilson / Offside.
16 June 2019, Paris – Women’s World Cup, France 2019 – USA v Chile – Christen Press of USA takes a corner kick – Photo: Charlotte Wilson / Offside.
15 June 2019, Valenciennes – Women’s World Cup, France 2019 – Netherlands v Cameroon – Ajara Nchout of Cameroon comes close to catching the face of Kika Van Es of the Netherlands as she heads the ball – Photo: Charlotte Wilson / Offside.
14 June 2019, Le Havre – Women’s World Cup, France 2019 – England v Argentina – A general view (GV) of Stade Oceane as Lucy Bronze of England looks over her shoulder – Photo: Charlotte Wilson / Offside.
13 June 2019, Paris – Women’s World Cup, France 2019 – South Africa v China PR – Bambanani Mbane of South Africa slide tackles Liu Shanshan of China – Photo: Charlotte Wilson / Offside.
24 June 2019, Reims – Women’s World Cup, France 2019 – Round of 16 – Spain v USA – Crystal Dunn of USA sings the national anthem behind the USA stars and stripes flag – Photo: Charlotte Wilson / Offside.
7 July 2019, Lyon – Women’s World Cup Final, France 2019 – USA v Netherlands – The Women’s World Cup trophy is held aloft beside the word FIN – Photo: Charlotte Wilson / Offside.

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