24 Dynamic Winners of the World Sports Photography Awards

Baseball Photography by Howard Lao

Photo: Howard Lao (Gold, Baseball Category)

More than 700 professional sports photographers hailing from over 70 countries submitted their best work to the World Sports Photography Awards. And now, the winners of the competition—the only global contest to award sports photography—have been announced.

The 24 category-winning images are a spectacular look at the world of athletics. From basketball and ice hockey to martial arts and aquatics, the categories allow these talented photographers to show off their hard work. There are all the dynamic action shots one would expect, as well as quiet moments of reflection before the big game.

Judged by leading figures in the field, the awards recognize the photographers who are able to capture the athleticism, emotion, and passion of sports. By creating compelling stories in a single frame, these professional sports photographers are raising the bar. And thanks to their talents, the public is able to relive every thrilling moment of the events captured.

Scroll down to see all the winning images from this year's World Sports Photography Awards.

Here are the winning images of the 2023 World Sports Photography Awards.

Team Kazakhstan competes during the preliminaries of highlight of the artistic swimming at the 19th FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary

Photo: Anna Szilágyi (Gold, Aquatic Category)

Donnell Whittenburg of USA competing on the high bar during men's qualifications at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

Photo: Tom Jenkins (Gold, Gymnastics Category)

Martial Arts Photography

Photo: James Ward Breen (Gold, Martial Arts Category)

Justine Dupont of France rides a wave during a surfing session at Praia do Norte

Photo: Octávio Passos (Gold, Water Category)

Man Cycling on a Mountain

Photo: Petr Slavik (Gold, Urban & Extreme)

The shadow cast by Coco Gauff (USA) as she serves during Round 1 of the Australian Open

Photo: Scott Barbour (Gold, Tennis Category)

More than 700 professional sports photographers hailing from over 70 countries
Impression, Sunrise
Claude Monet
Oil on canvas
18.9 in × 24.8 in (48 cm × 63 cm)
Musée Marmottan Monet (Paris, France)
submitted their best images.

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

Photo: Kevin Sabitus (Gold, American Football Category)

Cameron Crazies at a Game

Photo: Andrew Hancock (Gold, Basketball Category)

Bath Rugby's Tom de Glanville scores his sides fifth try

Photo: Bob Bradford (Gold, Rugby Category)

Ohio State plays Wisconsin on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Photo: Kirk Irwin (Gold, Ice Hockey Category)

Boxing Match

Photo: Darren Burns (Gold, Boxing Category)

Person Rock Climbing in Silhouette

Photo: Julia Roger-Veyer (Gold, Other Category)

The contest has 24 categories to represent a wide range of sports.

Overturned Formula 1 Car

Photo: Vince Mignott (Gold, Formula 1 Category)

Steam Rising Off a Horse After a Hosedown

Photo: Mrs Evo (Gold, Equestrian Category)

Paul Coll during the New Zealand Squash Open Finals

Photo: Aaron Gillons (Gold, Racquet Sports Category)

Cyclist Racing Down a Street

Photo: Xavier Pereyron (Gold, Cycling Category)

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

Photo: Patrick Smith (Gold, Golf Category)

Player Kissing Trophy During World Cup Final

Photo: Jesus Alvarez Orihuela (Gold, Football Category)

Alexandra Trusova of Team ROC skates during the Figure Skating Gala Exhibition on day sixteen of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games

Photo: Annice Lyn (Gold, Winter Sports Category)

Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago celebrates after winning gold in the final of the Men's 200m at the Commonwealth Games

Photo: Phil Noble (Gold, Athletics Category)

Audi R8 LMS #25

Photo: Bodo Kräling (Gold, Motor Sports Category)

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Photo: Philip Brown (Gold, Cricket Category)

Firework Display at End of the Beijing Olympics

Photo: Richard Heathcote (Gold, Venues & Views Category)

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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