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Media Accreditation

Thank you for your interest in applying for accreditation for the 2017 Punchestown Festival.

The closing date for event accreditation to the festival is Monday the 3rd of April. After this time we regret that accreditation will not be processed and therefore you will be required to purchase a valid admission ticket.

Please enter your details below for Media Accreditation

When completing your application form:

  • All Media Accreditation applications must be submitted by 3rd April 2017.
  • It is not guaranteed that accreditation will be available to all applicants and you are therefore advised to submit your request at the earliest opportunity. Application does not guarantee accreditation.
  • Freelance applications must be accompanied by a supporting letter from the publication editor on company headed paper.
  • All sections must be correctly and completely filled in - incomplete forms will result in delay and possible refusal of application.
  • Successful applicants will receive an email confirmation. Press passes will be delivered by post or left for collection if arranged prior to the event.
  • You will receive immediate notification if the application is declined.

In a bid to further improve conditions for all accredited photographers at Punchestown we request that you familiarise yourself with the conditions for accreditation outlined below.

  • All Photography Accreditation applications must be submitted by 3rd of April 2017. Under no circumstance will any photographer receive accreditation on the raceday itself. Agencies and picture desks please ensure you have applied for sufficient accreditation by this date as there will be no exceptions to this condition.
  • Punchestown Requires photographers to provide evidence, at time of application, of Public liability Insurance for an industry standard minimum of €6.5 million. Please scan and email this to lfay@punchestown.com.
  • All photographers and/or agency or picture desk representatives must attend a mandatory photographer briefing before racing on the opening day of the festival. It is the responsibility of the agency/ picture desk rep to relay the information given at this briefing to their contracted photographers.
  • There will be two levels of photographer accreditation for the 2017 Punchestown Festival.
  • Track/enclosure level is limited to photographers who regularly work at and are familiar with shooting images at sporting, equestrian and/or horse racing events. This level of accreditation will be issued at the discretion of Punchestown racecourse. Please only apply for this level of accreditation if absolutely necessary.
  • Track/enclosure photographers will be issued with a distinctive red photographer bib which must be worn to gain access to the designated photographer area on the racecourse. If you do not have and wear this bib you will not be granted access to the track.
  • Enclosure only level photographer accreditation will not have access to the race track itself but will be permitted access to all other areas where photography is permitted.

Any photographer disobeying the rules, causing an inconvenience or encroaching on other photographers work, attempting to gain access to undesignated photo areas or causing any level of safety concern to jockeys, horses, members of the public, industry, staff or contractors will receive one warming before having their accreditation removed.

* indicates field is required.

(*Please note track accreditation will be limited. Please refer to guidelines above.)

Application Conditions

  • All media accreditation applications must be submitted by the 3rd of April 2017.
  • All accredited media at the Punchestown Festival are requested to comply with and adhere to the guidelines outlined in this section of Punchestown.com and instructions given to them by the Punchestown Racecourse officials and security.
  • All members of the accredited press/photographers are requested to display/wear their allocated press badge; photographer bib once inside the racecourse as there will be increased levels of security on the parade ring, winner's enclosure and track access points. We appreciate your co-operation and patience as we implement this measure.
  • AIR press card holders should access the track through the AIR turnstile but are requested to display their Punchestown press pass once inside the racecourse.
  • It is a condition when issuing accreditation that your press badge has been allocated to you personally and should not be transferred to another person under any circumstances. There were a number of incidents last year whereby members of the public were in possession of press badges. Each badge is number allocated and identifiable for this reason.
  • Failure to comply with conditions of accreditation will result in removal of all privileges and may affect the success of future applications for you and /or company/publication.

Application Conditions

  • All Photographer Accreditation applications must be submitted by the 3rd of April 2017.
  • All accredited media at the Punchestown festival are requested to comply with and adhere to the guidelines outlined in this section of Punchestown.com and instructions given to them by Punchestown Officials and Security.
  • All members of the accredited press/photographers are requested to display/wear their allocated press badge/photographer bib once inside the racecourse as there will be increased levels of security on the parade ring, winner's enclosure and track access points. We appreciate your co-operation and patience as we implement this measure.
  • AIR press card holders should access the track through the AIR turnstile but are requested to display their Punchestown press pass once inside the racecourse.
  • It is a condition when issuing accreditation that your press badge has been allocated to you personally and should not be transferred to another person under any circumstances. There were a number of incidents last year whereby members of the public were in possession of press badges. Each badge is a number allocated and identifiable for this reason.
  • Failure to comply with conditions of accreditation will result in removal of all privileges and may affect the success of future applications for you and/ or company/ publication.

Punchestown requires photographers to provide evidence of public liability insurance for a minimum industry standard of €6,500,000 at time of application. Please scan and email this to lfay@punchestown.com.

Application Conditions

Thank you for your interest in applying for accreditation for the 2017 Irish National Hunt Festival.
The guidelines outlined below are intended to assist with your application.

  • Students will not be accredited.
  • Regional publications will be limited to accreditation for a maximum of two people.
  • After the event, it would be helpful if you could provide copy of your coverage to aid with any future applications you may make.
  • It is a condition when issuing accreditation that it must be clearly displayed throughout the meeting and is not transferable. Any persons found to be disobeying this rule will have their accreditation removed and will not be permitted to re-apply.
  • All accredited media at the Irish National Hunt Festival are requested to comply with the guidelines and any instructions given to them on the day from Turf Club and or Racecourse Officials. Failure to do so will result in the removal of all privileges.
  • There are two press rooms, the visiting press room located next to the Enquiries Office and the Punchestown press room being located next to the Weigh In room. The press rooms will be open from 10.30am to 9.30pm each day.
  • Wireless broadband will be available in both press rooms. A number of phone lines will also be provided along with a limited number of ISDN lines.