How did you develop your eye for a picture?
"Photography found me at an early age and, although I was interested in art, I discovered a medium that allowed me to see things exactly how I perceived them."
What sort of advice do you offer to photographers moving up through the ranks at The Times?
"I try and offer encouragement and positive creative advice. I would much rather see a young photographer try to capture their own individual images, instead of following the stereotype of thinking they have to shoot the winning goal and celebration pictures."
How many cameras and lenses do you typically have at your fingertips?
"This depends on the event I'm covering. For example, when I am ringside for a world title boxing match, it's usually my Canon EOS-1D X Mark II fitted with a Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens or the superb Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM. At a football or rugby match, I would have three bodies: one with a wide-angle zoom and used as a remote for a camera behind the goal; another fitted with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM (now succeeded by the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM); and the third toting my favourite Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM."
In your experience, what is the most challenging sport to photograph?
"I like being taken out of my comfort zone as a sports photographer. I don't often photograph winter sports disciplines, so from curling to the men's downhill, I thoroughly enjoy them all simply because they're so challenging."
When hasn't luck been on your side?
"At the climax of the 2003 Rugby World Cup final, Australia versus England. I knew my close friend Jonny Wilkinson would take a drop goal from in front of the posts. But what I didn't know was that Lady Luck would rush in front of my lens in the shape of those huge gold and green Australian shirts hurrying forwards to block the kick!"