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Bio: Kym Illman is a Formula 1 photographer and prolific full time content creator on YouTube and Instagram. Kym travels to every F1 event on the calendar and takes a unique approach to the sport, focusing more on the people involved and behind the scenes insights.
He posts long form content to his YouTube channel, live photos and updates from the track to his Instagram page and short F1 insights on his Tiktok page. Boasting more than 900,000 followers across these 3 channels, it’s safe to say Kym has made a name for himself within the sport.
Hometown: Adelaide, South Australia
Reside in: Perth and Lancelin, Western Australia
What’s your photography genre: Motorsport
Career Highlight #1: when National Geographic Germany bought the rights to my wildlife book “Africa on Safari”
Career Highlight #2: My first F1 race in Melbourne in 2017
Career Highlight #3: Capturing Guanyu Zhou’s crash at the 2022 Silverstone Grand Prix
BlackRapid product of choice: Double Camera harness
Age you took your first photo and what camera did you use: It would’ve been at the age of 10 using a Canon film camera.
First realization that you wanted to be a professional photographer: Halfway through my first African wildlife safari in the Maasai Mara, Kenya.
Who inspires you: Joe McNally
Camera of choice used to capture most of your work: Canon R3
Dream photo-shoot: A private photo shoot with David Beckham
What do you do when you are not taking photos: Making YouTube videos about Formula 1 and my travels around the world.
Favorite place on earth: Lancelin, Western Australia
One piece of advice for someone at the beginning stages of their photography career: look at what everyone else is doing and do something unique.
How do you “Live the Moment”: At F1 I live through the lens – constantly scanning my surroundings looking for what is happening and where the action is.