This year the Automobile Club de Monaco had made a notable effort to manage the huge crowds of spectators attracted to the Monte Carlo Rally. Spectator areas had been well marked out at all the popular public gathering points, but as at other events around the globe, it is the more remote parts of rally route where the 'bravado brigade' gather for their annual bouts of stupidity.
What we don't want - and the sport doesn't need - is a selection of very similar photos from the same location appearing in magazines, newspapers and the more reputable on-line publishing outlets. That's not what rallying is about, and it won't do the future development and promotion of the sport much good either
At least two grades of qualification are needed, with the top grade requiring those on the lower level to qualify. Other major sports have successfully addressed the needs of the 'media' and rallying needs to do so too.
And to make the top grade more appealing and give the lower level an incentive to progress, the top grade guys and guyesses should have a limited, albeit controlled, 'Right to Roam' at rallies. It could be done.
The inexorable rise of social media has confused the original straightforward definition of 'Press' photographers, but just as spectators have to respect the much needed culture change so do aspiring photographers - and journalists too!