The world's first female soccer photographer reflects on her journey

Hy Money football photographer
A screen grab from her interview with Palace TV (Image credit: Palace TV)

As the first female soccer photographer, Hy Money’s career didn’t have the easiest of starts. In the Seventies, soccer really was a “man’s game”, she was subject to sexist comments, treated unkindly, refused entry to Wembley and laughed at in Wimbledon Stadium. But even the lack of a women’s toilet at Selhurst Park (Crystal Palace’s home grounds) wasn’t going to stop Hy Money from making a name for herself.  

Hy Money never had much interest in the beautiful game. She received her first camera, a Kodak Box Brownie, from her Mum when she finished boarding school and moved to England. The purpose of the camera was so she could take photos of Buckingham Palace to send back to her mum in Bangalore, India, but Money used it to capture her children playing football.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.