Our photo galleries are not as extensive as in previous years'. This is because, for the first time, we have included many more videos. We trust you will still find our photo galleries interesting. We begin with Thursday and Friday practice sessions:

Our first Gallery shows the host nation preparing for Thursday's practice session.

Gallery number two from Thurday's session is of general coverage, but focusses on some South Africans and Channel Islanders in the main.

This short gallery is from Friday's final practice sessions looking at the French in particular.

Our Saturday Galleries feature a limited selection from all the first day sections plus some individual ones of Mikael Tono and Andy Bertyn, which we thought would interest many of you... Enjoy!
Section A

Mikael Tono has some problems getting this fish in!

Section B

Belgium's Andy Bertyn was running out of time with this 'lump'!

Sections C, D and E

The following galleries bring to an end our coverage of this year's Nations Championship in Italy. We hope you have enjoyed our coverage, especially our extensive videos, which we felt were an adequate replacement for the normal articles. There are more extra interviews and features contained in the DVD of the event, which you will find fascinating. Just follow this link...CLICK.
Sections A, B and C

Section A, B and C catchshots

Sections D and E

Sections D and E catchshots

A rather large Serb catches a rather large carp!

The following galleries revolve around the individual champion and winning team before, during and after the presentation ceremony.
First, an emotional moment when news of victory is heard on the bankside:

Without this person, FIPS and Claudio would probably cease to function, and special mention was made of this during the awards ceremony, which drew another emotional response!

This young man was over the moon when he knew he had become the 2011 World Champion!

We must not forget also the two other competitors who took the individual outcome to the 'wire'.

But the Nations Championship is first and foremost about a team. And this year saw the world's top five teams all compete for the top five places. Unfortunately the other four teams could not all take podiums positions, but two of them could join Italy there.

If anyone knows how to celebrate victory, then an Italian does...and this team did not disappoint in a Championship where losing was not an option for them!

And finally, some little extras our camera's caught which you may find amusing and interesting.

Our thanks go to our partner website in Germany, Champions-team, for their cooperation in supplying pictures from places my humble self could not get to!