“It’s a breathtaking image. Sports photography captures special moments and tells unique stories, but most importantly, it draws you in and reveals the unexpected. It forces you to look again and reconsider,” says Simon Burton, co-founder of the World Sports Photography Awards.
More than 7,000 images were submitted for the awards by professional sports photographers around the world. In total, there were 24 winning images across all sports categories, including American football, basketball, cycling, gymnastics and soccer. The contest is the world’s only award for sports photography.
Some of the images are from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. A stunning black and white image of Alexa Szvitacs serving the ball during women’s doubles table tennis was the winner in the Racket Sports category.
Szvitacs was an elite table tennis player for Hungary, but in the summer of 2018 she was hit with an illness which led to life-threatening complications and the loss of her left forearm and parts of her two feet.
Sport is full of emotions and images such as the Formula 1 driver kicking his Red Bull car after it dropped him at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix are examples of this. The same goes for footage from the Army Black Knights locker room as they prepare for a football game.
“As a judge and sponsor of the 2022 World Sports Photography Awards, I have been incredibly impressed with the quality of this year’s entries,” says Sophie Collins, Chief Marketing Officer at BPM who sponsored the awards.
“Photography captures a moment in time, the emotion, the ups and downs. It tells a story that has the power to change the way the viewer feels and inspires them. It was great to see new faces in the ‘Pro’ space being shortlisted for the awards too, the bar has certainly been raised for next year. »
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