Here is a selection of shots that I took from around the Crucible Theatre and it's Sheffield surroundings over the two days I was there, player shots to follow shortly.
The full collection of photos can be viewed on the Maximum Snooker facebook page in the photos section (don't forget to "like" it!).
Day 2 Album
Day 3 Album
I arrived at the Crucible from the back side so first thing I saw was the stage door, saw Ding Junhui, Stephen Hendry, Barry Hawkins and various others throughout the days.
The front of the famous Crucible Theatre.
Street Snooker set up outside the Crucible. Alfie Burden, Jan Verhaas and Dominic Dale were amongst those who had a go.
The back of the Winter Gardens where the CueZone and the BBC Studio was housed.
BBC Studio and the CueZone table in the background. Had a doubles game on the table, amazingly fast cloth but was given an awful cue so didn't do very well..
Sheffield Town Hall complete with Snooker banner! Nice to see them get behind the sport so well.
Sheffield Square. Great city centre, one of the best i've ever seen.
Wonder if this chap has spotted a plant?
Inside the Crucible and the trophy cabinet. Welsh Open trophy was strangely replaced with the Snooker Shootout trophy.
Horde of fans waiting for match to start. Great crowd attendance this year.
Inside the famous arena waiting for the days play to start.
Count the lights on the Crucible celing!
The Crucible Theatre at midnight.