A Photo for Every Season: Mascots

Texas longhorn bull, Driftwood Texas

When we think of increasing stock photo sales, we think of capitalizing on what’s trending. When it comes to upcoming events, we can always count on holidays. Yes, there is Christmas, New Year, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day and a host of others. But there is another big “holiday season” that takes place each fall in America: College Football!

Here in the United States, and especially in the south, home of the SEC (Go Dawgs!), college football is huge! Every Saturday from August to November, hundreds of thousands of people make pilgrimages to their alma maters to pay reverence to their beloved schools. And each one of those games gets media coverage. And media coverage needs stock photos!

Juvenile Alligator with mouth open showing teeth

“Well, I’m not a sports photographer,” you say. But every sports team has a mascot; many being animals. So even the wildlife photographer has a market in the sports arena. Some of my best selling photos are of longhorn bulls. I suspect the Texas Longhorns have something to do with that!

Pregnant English Bulldog dog

Right in my area of the United States we have the Florida Gators and the Georgia Bulldogs. Other teams have secondary animal mascots like Alabama’s elephant, Auburn’s War Eagle and Tennessee’s Coonhound.So even a photographer that focuses on animals and wildlife has a place in the sports stock photo market!

Texas longhorn bull, Driftwood Texas

Photo credits: William Wise.

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August 30, 2019

Williamwise1

"LSU". Those are "fighting words" here in Georgia!!! The bulldogs lost too many times to LSU over the last twenty years and LSU fans brutally rub it in! Never knew they brought in a "ringer" from Australia! lol

August 29, 2019

Rbrucew

PS; great gator photo!

August 29, 2019

Rbrucew

Good creative thinking William. On a totally different tack, not so long ago Australia's very own Ben Simmons was playing for LSU.

August 29, 2019

Williamwise1

Thanks so much! I guess you'll have to get into the water to get that shark picture! William

August 29, 2019

Draganjanovic

William, very nice way you "connected" nature and sport photography. Congrats!For example for Montenegro national water-polo  team mascot is a shark. As usual- nice reading.

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