World Sports Photography Awards announce winners

Dirt and dust fly around behind the squeaky wheels of a racing car. The crowd goes wild as cyclists round the corner of a small Italian town. A soccer team celebrates on the field. These are some of the emotions and scenes captured in this year’s World Sports Photography Awards (WSPA) winning images.

“The impact and power of sport is unrivalled. It represents the best of human endeavor,” writes the WSPA on its website. “It transcends language and borders. It inspires, it moves, it delights. The World Sports Photography Awards celebrate the amazing power of sport to touch our lives and the amazing power of photography to capture and communicate those moments.”

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About the World Sports Photography Awards

The competition is open to professional and semi-professional photographers as well as specialized sports photo agencies. It’s free and each participant can submit up to 20 images. A separate amateur competition will be judged later in the year.

Entrants can submit photos in a variety of categories (24 total) including American Football, Boxing, Cricket, Equestrian, Motor Sports, Baseball and more. The extensive jury consists of experts from sports media, sports associations, sports associations, marketing agencies and associations such as NBA, FIFA, NFL and MLB.

In keeping with sporting tradition, gold, silver and bronze prizes are awarded at the World Sports Photography Awards. Here are some of our favorite images in the gold category.

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Our favourites

Samuel Barnes, gold winner, track and field

The rain brings playful chaos to the athletes’ celebrations. Samuel Barnes

This image depicts pure joy, victory, relief and chaos. From the jubilant expressions on athletes’ faces to the raindrops adding to the frenzy, you can taste the triumph.

Muhammad Arbaz, gold winner, cricket

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A solar flare brings the heat to a game of cricket. Muhammad Arbas

It’s the way the solar flare seems to punctuate the portrait of a mid-swing cricketer that gives this image a convincing tone.

Ashley & Jered Gruber, gold winners, cycling

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In sports, the audience is often just as important to the scene as the athletes. Ashley & Jered Gruber

You can feel the excitement of the crowd as they cheer on the cyclists. I found this photo interesting because it not only highlights the athletes but also the spectators who are often crucial to the atmosphere of an event.

Mike Egerton, gold winner, equestrian

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Mud flies on the race track. Mike Egerton

Check out the mud flight! Because horse racing is often viewed from afar, this close-up perspective perfectly captures the frenetic rush to the finish line.

Eloisa Sanchez de Alba, gold medalist, soccer

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A player jumps for joy after a winning match. Eloisa Sanchez de Alba

The smoke, sparklers, and general celebration all paint a grand scene, but it’s the defining move of an incredibly happy player jumping for joy that makes this image a gold medal winner.

Marian Chytka, Gold winner, Motorsport

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A racing car leaves a trail of dust and debris. Marian Tschytka

What drew me to the winning gallery were the unconventional sports photos that focused on the details that could be considered an afterthought. In motorsport, it’s easy to just focus on the vehicles, flashy as they are. But this one tells a pretty cool story in the dust it leaves behind.

Donald Miralle, gold winner, racquet sport

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The still silence before a game. Donald Miralle

The focus, stillness and concentration drew me to this photo. The ping pong ball levitates for a split second before play begins, a quiet zone before intense play.

Morgan Treacy, gold winner, urban & extreme

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Make a daring jump off a cliff. Morgan contract

Sapphire water crashes against the cliff. A line of spectators looks on. The solo free fall into the ocean. Somehow all the elements come together to create a breathtaking tranquillity.

Morgan Treacy, gold winner, water

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A rower’s determined face breaks through the wall of water. Morgan contract

Another not often seen perspective on the world of watersports. I love how the rower’s face breaks through the drops with sheer determination.

How to attend the next World Sports Photography Awards

The World Sports Photography Awards professional category closes on March 6th. On the website you will find information about the amateur competition and the schedule for next year.

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