Korean Sports Day Photo Essay

Recently I was fortunate enough to experience ‘Sports Day’ at a Korean elementary school. What a true spectacle it was. The entire school shut down normal functions for two days as kids, teachers and parents flooded the field and surrounding areas. In a country known for serious academic pursuits (even at a young age) it was nice to see kids being kids on the field with plenty of smiling faces. The radiant faces along with the competitive spirit of the children was rather apparent. The sports event corresponded perfectly with the purchase of my new Sony Alpha A65 dSLR body which features an impressive 10 frames per second burst mode. To capture some of these intense sports action shots I really needed this boost. The following a photo essay featuring one high speed video capturing the event:

A Korean girl leaps to clear a hurdle on Sports Day.

A Korean girl leaps to clear a hurdle on Sports Day.

A group of Korean boys take a tumble on the mat doing somersaults.

A group of Korean boys take a tumble on the mat doing somersaults.

Some Korean boys enjoy piggyback wars with plenty of smiling faces.

Some Korean boys enjoy piggyback wars with plenty of smiling faces.

Korean students push a large white ball while thoroughly enjoying the moment.

Korean students push a large white ball while thoroughly enjoying the moment.

A group of Korean boys race around a pylon with hoops.

A group of Korean boys race around a pylon with hoops.

Some young Korean girls compete in a relay event.

Some young Korean girls compete in a relay event.

A slow motion video capturing all of the sports events

A Korean mother and her son enjoy jump-rope together.

A Korean mother and her son enjoy jump-rope together.

Some adorable Korean girls wave at me.

Some adorable Korean girls wave at me.

As the gun fires these Korean boys are off to the races.

As the gun fires these Korean boys are off to the races.

A group of Korean boys pose for the camera.

A group of Korean boys pose for the camera.

An action shot of a Korean student in clearing a hurdle.

An action shot of a Korean student in clearing a hurdle.

A Korean boy leaps from hoop to hoop.

A Korean boy leaps from hoop to hoop.

A shot of Korean students stretching before the sports events.

A shot of Korean students stretching before the sports events.

An action shot of some Korean boys leaping over a hurdle.

An action shot of some Korean boys leaping over a hurdle.

A shot of Korean girl clearing a hurdle.

A shot of Korean girl clearing a hurdle.

A shot of one of my students jumping.

A shot of one of my students jumping.

A cute Korean girl poses for the camera with a peace sign.

A cute Korean girl poses for the camera with a peace sign.

A Korean elementary student leaps.

A Korean elementary student leaps.

A shot of one of my students jumping.

A shot of one of my students jumping.

A group of boys laugh and share a candid moment.

A group of boys laugh and share a candid moment.

A Korean boy smiles.

A Korean boy smiles.

An action shot of some Korean boys competing in a ball rolling competition.

An action shot of some Korean boys competing in a ball rolling competition.

A lovely Korean girl wearing glasses poses for the camera.

A lovely Korean girl wearing glasses poses for the camera.

Korean kids dart towards the finish line.

Korean kids dart towards the finish line.

Some Korean boys enjoy a relay event.

Some Korean boys enjoy a relay event.

A Korean elementary school student shows fine form with this jump.

A Korean elementary school student shows fine form with this jump.

A Korean boys hides in a garbage can for an event.

A Korean boy hides in a garbage can for an event.

A Korean mother takes a tumble during a race with her son.

A Korean mother takes a tumble during a race with her son.

Korean parents enjoy an intense race.

Korean parents enjoy an intense race.

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