Ed Chan’s top photos from FIVB Beach World Championships

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Up at the top of the stadium the FIVB had dancers/cheerleaders performing. With the whiteout overcast skies, it created a silhouette of the dancer that I thought was interesting.

VIENNA, Austria — The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships was utterly exhausting.

Nearly all of the competition was held in temperatures of more than 90 degrees under a bright sun with little cloud cover throughout the tournament. The heat wave was nicknamed “Lucifer.” Finally it rained at the end of the tournament.

It was rigorous test for a photographer: There was a five-minute walk to public transportation, a 30-minute subway ride, followed by a half-mile walk to the venue. There were equipment and body searches daily, the daily checking in and out of photo vests, the assignment of following all eight USA teams in photos and interviews, and each night capped with writing and posting.

I typically left my AirBNB at 8 a.m. and returned around 7 p.m. with blistered feet from the walking and callouses from dragging around my 30-pound roller suitcase filled with equipment. I dragged myself to bed after 1 a.m after an evening of processing, cropping, sorting and tagging photos. And then there were interviews to be transcribed, posts to write and completing VolleyballMag.com’s social-media follow-up.

Although it was utterly exhausting — my bride thinks that my life is out of balance (and I’m willing to accede that she may be right) — I offer you here an assortment of photos that I think represent this year’s tournament in a beautiful city where the competition was held on an island in the Danube River.

You may have already seen some of these shots from our World Championships coverage. This collection is not intended to be the “best” photos from Worlds, but more of a photo blog to recap the tournament.

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