Snapper Sam gets Premier League chance to boost his portfolio

Date 5.09.2017

University of Northampton student Sam Joyce is focusing on English football’s top-flight after landing a role to photograph Leicester City’s home games.

The final-year Photography undergraduate is enjoying a season-long internship with the Foxes’ official photographic partners, Plumb Images.

His brief is to focus on the away teams who visit the King Power Stadium for Premier League, FA Cup and league cup fixtures.

Sam’s work has already caught the attention of some of the country’s biggest media organisations, with The Sun, Daily Mail and the Leicester Mercury all using his photo of Leicester defender Harry Maguire’s goal celebrations from City’s 2-0 league win over Brighton & Hove Albion in August.

Harry Maguire taken by Sam Joyce, Plumb Images

Sam’s photo of Leicester’s Harry Maguire was featured in the national press. Photo courtesy of Sam Joyce/Plumb Images

“This is an amazing chance for me to build my portfolio with images of the Premier League, which is something I could only have dreamt of a few months ago,” said Sam.

“This role allows me to meet and work alongside some of the best sports photographers in the country, learning from them to improve my own work.

“I have already had the dream start to my Leicester City photography career with the Harry Maguire shot – The Sun then used another of my Maguire photos for their double-page feature about his England call-up.”

Sam’s stint with the 2016 Premier League champions comes hot on the heels of a season-long spell with Northampton Town Football Club.

Sam Joyce at Cobblers 2016

Sam during his time with Northampton Town FC in 2016-17

He combined his studies with work experience at Sixfields, taking match day photos for the Cobblers’ website, programme and social media channels.

Sam was able to get his foot in the door at Sixfields, thanks to the club’s close ties with the University.

The University of Northampton has been the Cobblers’ principal partner since 2013, when it became the club’s main shirt sponsor – a deal which was renewed for a further three years in February 2016.