World Sports Photography Awards
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The World Sports Photography Awards recognize the most captivating and emotional moments frozen in time by talented photographers from around the globe.


Global (03 August 2023) – In the world of sports, there’s something magical about freezing a moment in time through photography. That’s precisely what Patrick Smith of Getty Images achieved with his breathtaking shot, taking us on a journey of wonder and awe.

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DORAL, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 29: Team Captain Lee Westwood of Majesticks GC plays a shot on the driving range during the semifinals of the LIV Golf Invitational – Miami at Trump National Doral Miami on October 29, 2022 in Doral, Florida.

The World Sports Photography Awards, an esteemed global competition, showcased 24 winning images that transcended the boundaries of sports categories. From American Football to Basketball, Cycling to Gymnastics, and Football to more, these stunning visuals conveyed the very soul of each discipline.

This year, over 700 professional sports photographers from a staggering 70 countries submitted their work. The result was a collection of heart-stopping action shots and powerful depictions of teamwork and perseverance. From elite athletes to grassroots champions, these images are bound to elevate your sports coverage and leave a lasting impact on your audience.

Created to honour the artistry and dedication of sports photography, the World Sports Photography Awards are the pinnacle of recognition in this field. More than a mere snapshot, these photographs tell riveting stories of emotion, passion, athleticism, and unwavering focus, elements that lie at the core of every sport. Now in its fourth edition, the World Sports Photography Awards continue to attract the world’s finest sports photographers. With a distinguished panel of judges from sports, media, politics, brands, and creative industries, these awards celebrate the incredible artistry behind sports images.

One of the highlights this year was the inclusion of entries from the “Pro” space, bringing fresh perspectives and raising the bar for future participants.

As Sophie Collins, Chief Marketing Officer at MPB and a judge for the 2023 awards, remarked, “As a judge, and as a sponsor of the 2023 ‘World Sports Photography Awards’ I was incredibly impressed by the quality of this year’s entries. The art of photography is about encapsulating emotions and feelings in an instant, and being able to tell a compelling story which aims to inspire the spectator long after they’ve experienced it. It’s been exciting to see the new entries in the ‘Pro’ space being shortlisted for the awards too as they have elevated the expectations for next year’s participants!”

In essence, the World Sports Photography Awards not only honour exceptional photographers but also immortalize the essence of sports in every frame. It’s a celebration of the beauty, dedication, and inspiration that sports bring to our lives. So, as we continue to marvel at these extraordinary images, we eagerly look forward to the next edition, where the bar will undoubtedly be raised even higher!

Check out all images below:

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 05: Steam rises off a horse during a hose down at the barrier trials at Warwick Farm Racecourse on August 05, 2022 in Sydney, Australia.
Donnell Whittenburg of USA competing on the high bar during men’s qualifications at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships at the M&S Bank Arena on October 31st 2022 in Liverpool. (Photo by Tom Jenkins)
Bath Rugby’s Tom de Glanville scores his sides fifth try
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Gallagher Premiership Round 19 – Bath Rugby v Bristol Bears – Saturday 5th March 2022 – The Recreation Ground – Bath
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BEIJING, CHINA – FEBRUARY 20: Alexandra Trusova of Team ROC skates during the Figure Skating Gala Exhibition on day sixteen of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at Capital Indoor Stadium on February 20, 2022 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Annice Lyn/Getty Images)
Ohio State plays Wisconsin on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio.


Paul Coll during the New Zealand Squash Open Finals at Baypark Arena in Tauranga, New Zealand on Sunday November 13, 2022. Copyright photo: Aaron Gillions
Team Kazakhstan competes during the preliminaries of highlight of the artistic swimming at the 19th FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, June 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Anna Szilagyi)

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NAZARE, PORTUGAL – NOVEMBER 25: Justine Dupont of France rides a wave during a surfing session at Praia do Norte on November 25, 2022 in Nazare, Portugal. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

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World Sports Photography Awards
Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago celebrates after winning gold in the final of the Men’s 200m at the Commonwealth Games at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, August 6, 2022. REUTERS/Phil Noble
World Sports Photography Awards
Audi R8 LMS #25 (Audi Sport Team Saintéloc), Kelvin van der Linde/Patric Niederhauser/Markus Winkelhock
9h Kyalami 2022
World Sports Photography Awards
BEIJING, CHINA – FEBRUARY 20: A firework display is seen inside the stadium during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Beijing National Stadium on February 20, 2022 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Buffalo Bills place kicker Tyler Bass (2) kicks a game-winning field goal as time expires during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022 in Orchard Park, N.Y. (Kevin Sabitus via AP)
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The shadow cast by Coco Gauff (USA) as she serves during Round 1 of the Australian Open on Margaret Court Arena at Melbourne Park in Melbourne on Monday, January 17, 2022.MANDATORY PHOTO CREDIT Scott Barbour/TENNIS AUSTRALIA
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James Anderson of England bowls to Mohammad Ali of Pakistan during the fifth day of the first Test at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on December 05, 2022 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
Philip Brown/Popperfoto
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NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 03: during the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 3, 2022 in Northampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Vince Mignott/MB Media/Getty Images)

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Sources: South African Football Association; Banyana Banyana
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