EVERY Monday we profile a member of The Northern Echo Camera Club and publish their favourite pictures. This week it's the turn of David Nelson, from Spennymoor

Who or what inspired you to take up photography?

MY dad, who always had a camera with him for days out and holidays when I was a child. It wasn't long until I started having a go myself.

Your first camera?

A RICOH point and shoot 35mm camera bought on a family holiday.

What do most you enjoy photographing?

SPORTS photography particularly football and motorsport. I am currently Spennymoor Town's club photographer and have had the opportunity to cover a number of motorsport events since winning an amateur photography competition last year which allowed me to spend a day with a professional motorsport photographer. Since then I have covered a number of national championship events.

Your favourite picture?

IT has to be Spennymoor Town lifting the FA Vase at Wembley in 2013. A truly amazing day for the club and one I will remember for the rest of my life. As a picture it represents a moment in time captured that supporters of the club will be able to look back on and enjoy for generations to come. What's not special about that!

Your go-to kit at the moment?

SONY A77ii, Sigma 70-200mm f2.8, Sigma 120-400mm, Sony 18mm fisheye, Sony 11-17mm.

Do you spend much time in post-production and what software do you use?

VERY little. Sports photography typically requires a quick turnaround. At the football I am often sending pictures during the match and edits are limited to a quick crop and contrast tweak if required.

Any advice for budding photographers?

OFTEN the main difficulty starting out in sports photography is gaining access to events. Premier League football for example is inaccessible to all but the cream of professional agency photographers. Instead contact a local club and more often than not they will be more than happy to allow you full access and actually in terms of learning and developing skills it doesn't matter if your subject is Premier League or pub league. Some of the best sports photography I have seen is at grass roots venues they are free of all the advertising clutter and restrictions of professional sport.