Covering the opening of the Danish Parliament

 Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on her way to the official church service before the opening of the Parliament. 

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on her way to the official church service before the opening of the Parliament. 

Yesterday was the first tuesday of October which means, the Danish Parliament gathers for the first meeting after the summer holidays. Besides election night coverage the opening of the parliament is probably the biggest, single day political media event in the country. This year I had the opportunity to cover the event for the online political news media Altinget.dk. 

The event in itself is actually not that complicated. The politicians gather for a church service before the official opening, afterwards they all go to the parliament building to listen to the prime ministers speech and then that is basically it. The hard part of covering the event on my own is timing it, so there is time to hand in photos along the way and still have time to get a good spot for covering the next part of the opening, and preferably getting some kind of unique photo. Especially the last part is hard sins there are a lot of photographers and we're all restricted in our movements.

Altinget.dk needed a general coverage of the event with reportage shots of all the preparations, the arrival of the politicians and the royal family, the casual and relaxed atmosphere amongst the politicians before the prime ministers speech, the speech it self and then of course shots of the politicians giving there comments on the speech afterwards. All the while keeping focus on the top politicians, party leaders and ministers.

I think the Danish parliament building is generally very accessible for journalists and photographers but on the day of the opening they are a little more restrictive because of all the attention and of course the fact that the entire government and royal family is gathered for the occasion. But all in all i think it went quite well and with only a little stress, pushing and running I got all the shots that I needed. 

Rasmus Flindt Pedersen