TMA’s award-winning photographer, David ‘Chippy’ Wood, began as a sports photographer for local newspapers before joining legendary motorsport agency, Double Red Photographic, in 1998. There he was one of the official snappers for the British Superbike championship (BSB), World Power Boat Racing championship, British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), as well as shooting press launches for Kawasaki and Honda.
In 2000, Chippy joined BIKE magazine (Bauer, then EMAP) as staff photographer. Each month the challenges and subjects were varied and, as such, he’s photographed in many different and iconic locations from across the world – from Phillip Island to the Isle of Man. As part of this role, Chip was granted special access to motorcycles early in their development stage, such as the KTM 1190 ADVENTURE, Triumph 675 DAYTONA, Ducati Panigale and many more, long before they had been seen by other motorcycle publications.
Chippy is also an experienced interviewer and has flown all over the world combining his race photography and journalism, talking to the fastest riders on the planet. He was the only journalist to interview Valentino Rossi the weekend before first win on the Yamaha M1 at Welkom in 2004. Naturally, he was also there to witness and photograph this historic moment of sporting history.
After leaving BIKE in 2013 to go freelance, he has covered the World Superbike championship for leading motorcycle sports agency, Gold & Goose, as well as working for all the motorcycling titles at Bauer Media (BIKE, RiDE, Performance Bikes, Practical Sportsbikes, Classic Bike, MCN Sport, MCN) along with Bennetts/Bike Social, Santander Consumer Finance, Avon Tyres, Harley-Davidson (Europe), Yamaha UK, and KTM (UK and headquarters).
Chippy brought his amazing experience, skills and energy to The Motorcycle Agency in 2017 and provides action, portrait, studio and product photography.